How to apply

Am I eligible

We welcome applications from students who have completed at least one year in full-time higher education by the point of intended entry to Stranmillis University College.

Academic requirements

You should be in good academic standing with your home institution, with an accumulative US GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

To Study at Stranmillis University College you require a good level of English.  Our courses require a minimum of B2 level of English, equivalent to an IELTS overall mark of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 5.5.  Students from non-English speaking countries will be required to provide a recent copy of their IELTS Certificate (achieved within the last 2 years). 

In-sessional English Language Programme

Stranmillis is affiliated with Queen’s University of Belfast who offers an in-sessional English Language Programme.  The in-sessional programme provides English language classes aimed at helping International and Erasmus students whose native language is not English.  These classes are offered to incoming QUB/Stranmillis International and Erasmus+ students at preferential rates.  For more information, contact the   for further information.

How to apply

Your home university must nominate you to Stranmillis, providing the relevant information (name, contact details, length of stay, subject area). We will e-mail you directly with information about our online application process.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the application deadline. 

An application is only considered complete when we have received the following:

  • a nomination from a partner institution
  • completed Stranmillis University College application form

and copies of:

  • an up-to-date and official academic transcript (in English)
  • personal details page of your passport, including photograph
  • evidence of your English proficiency (IELTS certificate), where appropriate
  • travel and health insurance cover
  • EHIC Card
  • police clearance certificate



How do I apply to study at Stranmillis under the Erasmus+ Programme or International Student Exchange?

If your university has an agreement with Stranmillis University College you are welcome to apply as an exchange student.  Please contact your University’s International office as students participating through both the Erasmus+ and International Student Exchange Programmes must be nominated by their home university.

Stranmillis University College’s International Office will then contact you with the application procedure.

What are the final dates for nomination and applications?

Semester One (Fall) or full academic year

Nomination Deadline: 1 May
Application Deadline:  15 June (EU)

Semester Two (Spring)

Nomination Deadline: 1 October
Application Deadline: 15 November (EU)

When do I complete my Learning Agreement?

Students should review the course information provided and discuss their choices with faculty at their home institution. Learning Agreements must be completed before arrival at Stranmillis and changes can only be made in exceptional circumstances.

Do I receive a Transcript of Achievement from the University?

On completion of your study period, the Transcript of Records containing a full and accurate record of achievements will be forwarded to the International Offices of University partners.

Can I work during my studies?

EEU/Swiss national students can work with no restrictions.

International Students on a Short Term Study Visa are NOT permitted to work (paid or unpaid).

International Students on a Tier 4 (General) Visa are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week. This is a maximum of 20 hours in total in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. The 20 hours cannot be averaged over a longer period.  A ‘week’ is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.

However, students should note that they are studying a full-time course and therefore care should be taken to allow sufficient time to complete study preparation, assignments, etc in order to complete the course.


Can I complete observation days in a school?

If you are studying under a Tier 4 (General) Visa, you can complete a placement which may include school observations, teaching practice and voluntary work placements.

Students studying under a Short Term Student Visa cannot complete any type of placement.

Must I arrive into a UK airport?

Students from the European Union (EU) can arrive via any UK or Republic of Ireland airport or seaport and travel onward to Belfast and Stranmillis University College.

Students coming under a Tier 4 (General) Visa should arrive into the UK with the exception of students coming from the USA, who can enter via Dublin but must retain their boarding pass as evidence of entry.

Further information regarding arriving via the Republic of Ireland is available on the UKCISA website.

Do I need to register with the Police?

Some students may be required to register with the police.  Contact a member of the International Office for advice.  Further information on the UK Government website


Does the College offer a meet and greet service at the airport?

Stranmillis University College does not have an airport collection scheme.  However, we do have a Student Buddies who are Stranmillis students who volunteer to support incoming Erasmus+ and International students and will be in contact prior to your arrival in Northern Ireland to ensure your safe arrival at College. 

How can we get from the airport to Stranmillis (International/Belfast City/Dublin)?

Belfast is within an hour of all major UK cities by plane and Dublin Airport is just a couple of hours drive away. Belfast is served by two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport which are both linked to the city by regular bus services. Dublin International Airport is located approximately 100 miles to the south.

Getting from the Belfast International Airport

Bus: The Airport Express Bus Service (Service 300) operates a regular service on weekdays and weekends. The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit.

Taxi: The International Airport Taxi Company, official taxi operator for the Belfast International Airport, are available for hire 24 hours a day 7 days a week outside the right hand door of the airport Exit lobby.  Only taxis approved by Belfast International Airport are permitted to use the taxi rank.  A list of sample fares is displayed in the exit hall of the terminal building. A taxi share scheme to Belfast is available for those who wish to use it. For bookings, contact the Belfast International Airport Taxi Company on +44 (0)28 9448 4353.

Getting from the Belfast City Airport

Bus: The Airport Express Bus Service (Service 600) operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 40 minutes on Sunday from outside the airport to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre adjacent to the Europa Hotel, in the heart of the city. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between the hours of 0545-2125.

Train:  A shuttle bus service operates between the airport terminal and the rail halt at Sydenham. Please go to the information desk and ask for the service. You’ll be instructed to wait by the taxi rank where the shuttle bus will collect you. This service runs every 20 minutes Monday – Saturday between the hours of 0600-2300 and hourly on Sundays (0900-2200) to Victoria Street Station (beside the Europa Bus Centre).

Taxi: Approved taxis operate from the Airport taxi rank outside the terminal building. Wheel-chair accessible taxis are available. The approximate cost of a taxi to Belfast City Centre from Belfast City Airport with our approved taxi provider is £10.00 (including £2 surcharge). All fares are subject to a £2 surcharge).

Getty from Dublin International Airport

There are regular bus services (Airport Express Service X1) which run between Dublin airport and Belfast Europa Bus Station. The pick up point is outside the main terminal. Tickets can be purchased on the bus or alternatively online at Translink airport services

Students travelling on a visa must ensure they are eligible to travel via Dublin which is in the Republic of Ireland – See Visa and Immigration Section.


Does Stranmillis University College provide accommodation?

Stranmillis University College offers the only fully catered package for students in Belfast in our Halls of Residence. The College grounds provide a beautiful and peaceful rural setting in the heart of the university area of the City.  We encourage all our visiting international students stay in Halls and be part of our community. 

How do I apply for a room in the Halls of Residence?

For further information on cost and application procedure, please email Stranmillis Halls Accommodation at 

How do I get access to my room when I arrive?

Keys are available from the Halls Office, Monday-Friday, 0900-1700. If arriving after 1700 or at the weekend, please inform the Halls staff prior to arrival to make alternative arrangements.


What course stages/levels can I study?

Students can select modules from the following degree programmes:  BEd Primary, BEd Post Primary, BA Early Childhood Studies and BSc Health, Physical Activity and Sport. For the list of available modules please see course information section.

Can I select modules from different pathways and stages/levels?

Students should select from one pathway only.  A variety of options are provided which have been designed to make the selection process as simple as possible within each pathway.  The options are sent to students once nominations have been received. 

How many modules should I select and when do I chose?

The module options provided are design to help students to select modules.    Students should select modules for a maximum of 60 CATS/30 ECTS/15 US per semester or as per home university requirements. Most modules carry 20 CATS/10 ECTS/5 US but some carry 10 CATS/5 ECTS/2.5 US.

Students should consider carefully their modules choices as these cannot be changed except by the International Office due to unforeseen circumstances such as timetable clashes.  The chosen modules must be submitted as early as possible and before arrival.

What Stranmillis University College’s credit system?

Stranmillis uses the CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points system, which is a UK recognised method of quantifying credit for a particular course within higher education. CATS equates to the European grading system (ECTS) and USA credit grading system as follows:

20 CATS – 10 ECTS – 5 USA credits

Full Year of Study: 120 CATS – 60 ECTS – 30 USA Credits

One Semester of study: 60 Cats – 30 ECTS – 15 USA Credits

Are there any specific requirements for the placement element (school based work) of modules?

A number of modules have integrated placement requirements and international students (except EEA / Swiss citizens) taking these modules must have a Tier 4 Visa and provide a Police Check/Clearance Certificate.


Is there is plenty to do and see on-campus, Belfast and beyond?

There is plenty to do and see on-campus, Belfast and beyond.  Discover Northern Ireland website will provide you with many ideas.

Are there places to eat nearby?

While staying in the Halls of Residence you will receive breakfast and dinner every day.  However there are numerous places to eat or have a coffee within walking distance of the College – on the vibrant Lisburn Road, Queen’s Quarter and the Ormeau Road. There are also a number of supermarkets close-by to purchase any essentials.

What is the best way to travel?

Belfast is a small city and it is possible to walk to the city centre from the campus. The Metro bus service covers greater Belfast.  Ulsterbus and trains will take you elsewhere in Northern Ireland. Check the Translink website for more information and student discounts.  There are also Belfast Bikes which you can hire to take you to different parts of the city.  Currently, the closed bike station is located at Queen’s University

What is the night life like?

Stranmillis University College Students Union has an on-site Scholars bar and social space, which is the place to meet and socialise and there are different events planned every week.  Further afield Queen’s University Students Union hosts many venues in the Queen’s Quarter, all within walking distance.

Does Stranmillis University College have a Gym?

The College has a small gym with a nominal charge – the Students’ Union can provide more details when you arrive.  Queen’s University has a much larger facility which you can have access to as a student of Stranmillis.  Further details:

What activities can I get involved in?

The Stranmillis Students’ Union run a variety of sport and non-sport clubs and societies such as football, rugby, GAA, Christian Union, drama, music and volleyball.  Students are also eligible to participate in Queen’s University clubs and societies as well.

Can I travel during my study semester?

Students will have many opportunities to travel within Northern Ireland and beyond (subject to any restrictions for those travelling on visas).  However, students must attend all timetabled classes and placement activities.

Other Useful Websites

UKCISA - UK Council for International Student Affairs

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body supporting international students and those who work with them. They provide advice, guidance and information about all aspects of the international student experience, from immigration and fees to mental health, culture shock and orientation.

Their website has a wealth of information to help students as they prepare to study and live in the UK.–Advice



British Council Northern Ireland

This site will provide information about studying in Northern Ireland.


UK Visas and Immigration

This is the UK’s Home Office website which provides information and advice in relation to visas required and entering the UK as a student.


Why study at Stranmillis

Must visit destination

Must visit destination

Belfast is one of the Top 10 cities on the rise (Lonely Planet) and top 12 world travel destinations (Frommer’s).

Student Retention

Student Retention

High student retention rates at >95%.

Student Satisfaction

Student Satisfaction

Stranmillis is ranked first in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction.

Network of partners

Network of partners

Over 750 school, community and business work placement partners.

Global community

Global community

The campus attracts students and staff from over 30 partner universities worldwide.

Stran Halls

Stran Halls

Affordable student living with over 411 on-campus single occupancy bedrooms.



With 24 hour residential support and security you’re always safe.

Budget friendly prices

Budget friendly prices

Guaranteed on-site accommodation at competive rates.