Queen's University Belfast - Science Only

Experience the story of the famous Titanic in her city of birth, visit the fascinating scenery of the original filming location of Game of Thrones or take a tour to the mysterious stone formation of the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland’s UNESCO World Heritage site.

Queen's University Belfast is located in the historical port city of Belfast, which offers a lot to discover, such as the Belfast City Hall, one of the city’s most iconic buildings with its imposing copper dome, or the impressive Romanesque architecture of Belfast Cathedral. Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College, QUB ranks among the top 1% of universities in the World (QS 2019)  and today is an international centre of research and education.

Key information


Belfast, UK




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20/21 deadline

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

Fall/Full year until March 15, 2020

Winter until October 15, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

This exchange is only open to students in the Faculty of Science, or chemical engineering.

21/22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Student experience

Study Abroad at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland

Program details

Areas of Study:

Chemistry, chemical engineering, physics and mathematics.

Course Information:

Courses at Queen's are called "modules" and three modules (usually 20 units each) is a full course load for a semester (total 60 units). In some subject areas 10 unit (half modules) and 40 unit (double modules) classes are offered. One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 units. You can search module information by subject area for a list of available courses.

The exchange agreement with QUB falls under TASSEP. TASSEP is the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program, a consortium designed specifically with the curricular needs of science students in mind. Canadian science students have access to a variety of European Partners in the consortium.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester runs from mid-September to late January*. The second semester runs from late January to early June.
*Students may be able to finish their fall semester at the end of December if they apply for alternate assessment and have their exams proctored from Calgary in January. This is only available to students who need to return to the UCalgary for winter semester.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    QUB estimates living costs to be about £800 per month.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the U of C while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office also administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once.

    Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

QUB offers various accommodation options which have a variety of living arrangements and all accommodation is self-catering (no meal plan). Exchange students are guaranteed a place in residence.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in the Faculty of Science (or chemical engineering), who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B). 

Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about QUB's requirements click here

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Mobility Type: TASSEP is the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program, a consortium designed specifically with the curricular needs of science students in mind. Canadian students have access to European Partners in the consortium.

Students with disabilities may read more about the disability supports offered at QUB.

The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country. QUB offers many types of support for LGBT students, from social and well-being through transition support.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.