Study Abroad


Northern Ireland

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This program is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year.

Dates: September-December
Location: Northern Ireland
Price: $14,510 (tentative)
Financial Aid: Eligible students can use their entire SAU financial aid package (excluding work study grants) for one semester.  

Note: A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Students may not participate in this program for their final semester of study.

Program Description

The Irish American Scholars Program enables SAU to nominate up to three top students to apply for a semester's study at one of four participating institutions in Northern Ireland.  Students can rate their order of preference from this list of schools:

Queen's University Belfast is one of the top 20 research institutions in the United Kingdom. Best for students seeking General Education, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Creative Writing, Economics, Finance, History, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, International Studies, Physics. Most students will find appropriate subjects here. 

The University of Ulster has a national and international reputation for excellence. With four distinct campuses across Northern Ireland, students are placed at a specific campus based on their field of study.  

a. Belfast Campus-Best for Art
b. Coleraine Campus-Best for Communication; Computer Science; History; International Studies
c. Jordanstown Campus-Best for Accounting; Communication; Computer Science; Criminal Justice; Economics; Management; Mechanical Engineering; Marketing; pre-OT; Political Science; Sociology; Sport/Exercise Science
d. Magee Campus-Best for Computer Science, Irish Studies, Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre.

St. Mary's University College specializes in liberal arts and teacher training, and is integrated into the larger Queen's University system. In 2011, St. Mary's was ranked third amongst all universities in the United Kingdom for student satisfaction with their overall university experience. Best for primary and secondary education majors. 

Stranmillis University College, also within the system of Queen's University Belfast, is highly recognized for its teacher training curriculum. Best for early childhood, primary, and secondary education majors. 

Program Highlights

  • Northern Ireland, although located on the island of Ireland, is a component of the United Kingdom. So, you get to experience both Irish and British culture! 
  •  The programs and faculty at these institutions are of the highest quality and students can expect a fulfilling semester regardless of their placement. Participating schools in Northern Ireland review all applications and make final selections and placements. 


What is Included

  • SAU zone tuition (12-18 credits)
  • International health insurance
  • Study Abroad Fees

What is Not Included

  • Passport
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Books
  • Other living expenses

University Application Deadline

January 26, 2016 (for the 2016-2017 year)

How to Apply

Application deadline - January 26, 2016
Step 1: Complete the online application
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Return to the Center for International Education in Lower Cosgrove or upload the form into your online application.
Step 3: Submit your $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education in Lower Cosgrove (checks payable to St. Ambrose University).  
Step 4: Complete the Irish American Scholars Program Application by January 26. 
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students

* If you are not accepted into the program, the application deposit is refundable.
* If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after January 26.

Payment Details

  • $500 application deposit due by January 26. 
  • Remaining tuition balance due by August 10.
  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • Please submit your final payment directly to Student Account Services by August 10.
  • The final tuition payment is non-refundable after August 10.