This three-week course gives international students a chance to experience Queen's University, the city of Belfast, and Northern Ireland.

Queen's University 2024 Summer School offers international students a three-week introduction to the rich tapestry of historical, cultural, political, environmental, and socio-economic factors that combine to make Northern Ireland a unique place.

Running from June 17 - July 5, 2024, this experiential program situates Queen’s University, Belfast, and the north of Ireland within the key conversations that shape our wider world. 

Applications are now open for Queen's 2024 Summer School - click here to find out more.

This is not just an academic program, the Summer School also provides a look into the histories, locations, and future visions of Belfast and this part of Ireland by engaging with local people and visiting a range of political, historical, and cultural sites. 

Students will also experience a taste of life in Belfast, staying at the University’s accommodation which is just a 15-minute walk from Queen's main campus.

Week 1 Queen's Summer School

The first week of the course comprises core content and is taken by all students in the summer program. Students will explore the entwined social, political, and historical realities of the city of Belfast today, discovering multiple community perspectives on modern Ireland/Northern Ireland.

In addition to academic lectures and workshops delivered by world-leading experts from across Queen’s, students will have the opportunity to visit sites of cultural and historical significance in Belfast and Derry-Londonderry. 

Week 2 & 3 Queen's Summer School

Participants will have the opportunity to build their own Summer School experience, choosing from a range of unique programs. 

  • Story - Explore Northern Ireland’s long-established culture of storytelling and develop your own creative, digital, musical, or storytelling abilities.
  • Irish Studies - Gain a deeper understanding of identities in Ireland and their relationship with the wider world, through explorations of the country’s history, culture, and language.
  • Identity & Intergroup Relations in Divided Societies - Discover the causes and consequences of division and conflict, and engage with representatives from key governmental, NGO, and community groups in Northern Ireland.
  • Leadership  - Explore leadership both as a broad concept and within the specific context of divided societies. Gain an appreciation of the importance of leadership to address divisions, challenge narratives, and build stronger and more resilient communities.

US students can apply for funding for the Summer School through the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Their UK Summer Institutes program is aimed at US undergraduate students who have little or no travel experience outside North America. More information is available here.

Applications for summer 2024 are now open until March 22, 2024. To find out how to apply, visit the Queen’s 24 Summer School webpage, where you can also find more information on fees and entry requirements.  

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