Course Selection

University of Ulster

As soon as the selection committee confirms a place to study at the University of Ulster through the Irish American Scholars’ Programme, an email will be sent to the student from Ulster’s Exchange and Study Abroad Team.  At this stage the student will be asked to complete Ulster’s online application form, and provisionally select the modules they wish to study.  Upon arrival at Ulster, we will welcome you through our International Student Orientation Programme, and this is when you have an opportunity to meet with your Studies Advisor to confirm your module selection and enrolment details.

Irish American Scholars have access to most subject areas within the University, with some exceptions; however you are generally expected to select modules relating to your major subject area.  A full-time workload for undergraduate students is 60 UK credits (15 US credits).  This normally equates to three modules per semester.

Queen’s University, Belfast

Irish American Scholars are admitted to Queen’s under the Study Abroad programme.  If you are successful in securing a place, you will receive an email in March/April from the Queen’s Exchange and Study Abroad team, which will process your admission to the University and advise you on practical arrangements. At that time, you will be asked to select a provisional list of courses and you will be sent feedback on your selection prior to your arrival.  You will finalise your course selection and enrol on them once you arrive at Queen’s, during the International Welcome and Orientation Programme.  Irish American Scholars have access to most subject areas of the University with the exception of Medicine, Theology and Education. You will normally be expected to select courses from your major subject. A full-time workload for undergraduate students is three modules per semester or 60 Units (15 USA credits).

St. Mary’s University College

The Fall semester will normally begin in the fourth week of September. The Spring semester will normally begin in the first week of January. Students should choose at least two modules from the following College courses–bearing in mind that timetable clashes may not make it possible to study  everything they want. Credits should add up to the designated total required by the student’s own university. Please see linked Handbook for class choices. Briege Ellis has responsibility for incoming International students and is the person you will have most contact with for day–to–day matters, general enquiries and pastoral support.  Briege manages the International Office within the General Administration Centre. For matters relating to your courses, credits, timetable, assessment or personal concerns your coordinator will be your contact. This person is a member of the academic staff and you will have his/her name and details before arrival. Your coordinator will have direct communication with an academic member of staff in your home university.

Belfast Metropolitan College

Successful shortlisted candidates who had been offered a place in Belfast Met and had indicated their acceptances via their colleges will be contacted by our International Office no later than the end of May with general information. Please note that if a shortlisted candidate does not hold a USA passport or is not from a English speaking country (as listed by the UK Border Agency), we will ask for evidence of English proficiency in an exam based qualification such as IELTS or TOEIC, etc.

Students who are starting with us in the Fall will then be contacted with further information and a request for copies of their passport and other relevant documents. Documentation necessary to facilitate entry into the UK will be issued around end of June /July. Students who are coming for the Spring term (which usually starts around the mid or end of January) will be issued with immigration documentation around October. The International Office is available to answer or sign-post queries during the entire process. Please email

Students will be enrolled when they arrive in BMC. They will be given a set timetable which will be similar to the rest of their classmates’. This timetable is drawn up by the college and in line with the UK-wide college practice, students are to attend all the classes listed. General information on full time courses is available from our website from around February to Sept to each year.

Stranmillis University College

Successful shortlisted candidates will be offered a place at Stranmillis University College in March via email. At this time they will be sent a ‘Welcome Pack’ which will include options for class selection and pathway documents. For students attending in Fall semester, this information is due 15th June. For students attending Spring semester, this information is due 15th November. A full-time workload for undergraduate students is three modules per semester or 60 Units (15 USA Credits).More information is available here.

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