Queen’s University Belfast is becoming a popular study destination in UK forIndians

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jan 24, 2020 19:07 IST

Queen’s University Belfast is fast becoming an increasingly popular study destination for India students

Earlier this month, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), based in Northern Ireland, UK, made headlines across the world when it announced that it had appointed Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton as its new Chancellor. Secretary Clinton, who received an honorary doctorate from Queen’s last year, will become the University’s 11th and first female Chancellor.

What makes Queen’s so appealing to international students?

Queen’s University Belfast has an impressive international reputation. It is ranked 173 in the world (QS World Rankings 2019), and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centered ethos.

It is not just Queen’s reputation for excellence in research and teaching that is impressive – the University itself is stunning and considered in the top 10 most beautiful campuses in the UK, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. Globally recognised for its astonishing Victorian architecture - the centrepiece and the enduring symbol of Queen’s University is the Lanyon Building, which was completed in 1849. The rich red brick buildings sit alongside state-of-the-art research facilities, all set in perfectly manicured gardens, alive with colour.

World-leading research and academic excellence

The University is seizing opportunities by providing leadership in global trends such as AI, Big Data and Quantum Computing. Queen’s has four Global Research Institutes – The Institute for Global Food Security, the Institute for Health Sciences, the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology. It is committed to academic excellence and has 17 subject areas ranked within the UK’s Top 20. 75% of research at Queen’s is classified in the top two categories of world-leading and internationally excellent (REF, 2014).

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Why should Indian students consider Queen’s as a study destination?

There are many reasons why the burgeoning numbers of Indian students are choosing Queen’s. Queen’s is a vibrant, international and diverse campus with global recognition. It currently has over 3,000 international students from 85 different countries. Queen’s University is committed to building and sustaining strong relations with India and Indian students and has enjoyed a strong relationship with India, and our Indian Alumni, for many years. Our India Recruitment team nurtures students at every stage of the application process – and maintains personal connections with them throughout their time as a Queen’s student and Alumnus.

Queen’s is one of the very few Universities in the UK which accepts JEE scores. Many Indian students at Queen’s choose courses with an integrated placement option – helping to enhance their employability and create industry-ready graduates.  

There are also many partnerships taking place between Queen’s and various institutions in India. Currently, Queen’s is engaged in a range of successful research partnerships. Since 2013, our academics have secured over £900,000 in research funding. These include projects within the areas of Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Physics. Since 2014, Queen’s staff have co-authored 360 publications with collaborating researchers from over 100 institutions in India.

What are the employment opportunities?

Employability is a central element at Queen’s University for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 96% of undergraduate students are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Specific examples include:

  • Some companies in Northern Ireland like First Derivatives have an explorer programme specifically for international students.
  • PGT Courses: these courses can come with a 1-year internship
  • International Student Employability Programme feeds into the Degree Plus accreditation  
  • British Council Tech Trainee Programme: Tech Trainees is the British Council’s Tier 5 Visa sponsorship service that allows international students to remain in the UK after graduation to work in UK companies in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Applied Arts fields. Through the service, the British Council can provide Certificates of Sponsorship for international graduates who have been offered UK-based work opportunities, to support their Tier 5 Visa applications.


Queen’s is committed to helping international students achieve their ambitions. Over £1.5 million of international scholarships are available for 2020/2021. Click here to see all the undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship opportunities.

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What accommodation is available?

International students are guaranteed a place in student accommodation for their first year of study. Northern Ireland has the lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which University, 2018) and Belfast has the lowest student rent in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index 2019) – it is over £5,000 per year cheaper for students to live in Northern Ireland compared to London (Which? University 2018). Queen’s student accommodation is superb boasting 3,400-bed spaces just 15 minutes’ walk from the campus, as well as brand new facilities in Belfast city centre, and a choice of accommodation lifestyle options for shared or single living.

Life in Belfast and Northern Ireland – a global city and beautiful country 

Belfast is a lively, compact and friendly city, rich in history and culture. It is the capital city of Northern Ireland, a country famous for its dramatic coastline, rolling green hills, and stunning scenery. Less than an hour by flight to all major UK cities, Belfast has also become a must-see tourist destination following Lonely Planet naming Belfast and the Causeway Coast the Number 1 region in the world to visit in 2018 (Lonely Planet, 2017).

Belfast is also an exciting place to be for business, enterprise and innovation. It is ranked in the top 10 cities in the UK to develop a digital career (Monster’s Digital Cities, 2019) and was named the world’s most business-friendly small-medium sized city (Financial Times’ FDI Intelligence, 2018). Belfast is also in the world’s top 10 Digital Economies of the Future - the only UK city outside London to be listed (Financial Times’ fDi Intelligence, 2018).

About the Author

Ashish has been spearheading Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in the Higher Education segment in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka with key responsibility to maintain an efficient relationship with nominated agents and other associated partners, including initiatives to develop institutional tie-ups with top Indian Higher Education Institutions for twinning programs, Capacity building initiatives, faculty exchange, student exchange, joint research collaborations.

About the Author
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert

With a plethora of knowledge of the education domain, Piyush Kohli has been involved with study abroad for over 5 years and counting. He comes with prior experience on the complexities of the study abroad applicatio... Read Full Bio


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