The Fulbright Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic programme for US students, focusing on understanding Ireland from a Northern Irish perspective, hosted by Queen's University Belfast.

Please note: due to COVID-19, we will not be selecting participants for the 2021 UK Summer Institutes programme this year.

Queen’s University Belfast was founded by Royal Charter in 1845 and is the UK's ninth oldest university, and ranks among the top 1% of global universities. Queen’s is ranked 16th in the world for international outlook and is attracting global talent to Belfast. (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).

Study in Northern Ireland, the home of Belfast and the Causeway Coast, which was named by the Lonely Planet as the number one region in the world to visit in 2018! Belfast is a compact and growing city which has undergone transformation in recent years. Packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food and shopping, an added bonus is you’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. From the rugged breath-taking coastal landscapes to our award-winning museums such as Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland is ripe for discovery with a remarkable past, an exhilarating present and an exciting future.

Students in this Summer Institute will learn about Northern Ireland in terms of its political, economic and cultural relationships within the UK, and with the Republic of Ireland and the world.

Participants can choose one of three academic programmes:



Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

A diverse interdisciplinary Summer School set in a unique backdrop of a society emerging from conflict. Conflict Transformation and Social Justice examines the theories and practices of conflict transformation from within local and global perspectives, including case studies of Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and South America, as well as evaluating how religion impacts upon peace-building. Students will learn how interventions and policies dedicated to conflict transformation have failed or succeeded.


This new International Summer School capitalises on Northern Ireland’s long established culture of storytelling and its significant, diverse contributions to creative industries around the world. Our communities have produced storytellers of international acclaim from the Nobel Prizewinning poet Seamus Heaney and the novelist C.S Lewis to Lisa McGee, the writer of Channel 4’s hit TV series ‘Derry Girls’.

 Previous cultural programmes and field trips have included visits to:

  • Giant's Causeway
  • Derry/Londonderry
  • The Ulster American Folk Park
  • Titanic Quarter and museum
  • Attend 'Orangefest' an Ulster Protestant celebration held every year dating back to the 18th century
  • Northern Ireland Assembly buildings at Stormont

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Programme dates

22 June to 17 July 2020 (travel dates not included)

Accommodation and meals

Summer Institute participants stay in Queen's accommodation at BT2 which opened in Autumn 2018 and is located just 15 minutes from Queen’s main campus. Participants will be neighbours with the vibrant city-centre nightlife, popular restaurants and local supermarkets. Each apartment is comprised of a maximum of 6 en-suite private bedrooms and a communal equipped kitchen and living room area with television and sofa.

Your accommodation will include:

- 27 nights at Queen’s student accommodation

- Private room

- Private en suite bathroom

- Thermostat control within private bedroom

- Utility bills

- WiFi Internet

- Bed linen and towels changed every week and students can request clean towels and linens at any time from reception

- Cleaning service: Kitchen and communal area cleaned every week. Please note students are responsible for washing the dishes and cookware themselves

- Communal kitchen and common room with a TV and kitchen equipment

- 24-hour safety staff

- Reception

Fulbright participants will receive a weekly stipend to cover food costs. A fully equipped communal kitchen (shared with a maximum of 5 others) is provided which includes kettle, fridge, freezer, oven, hob, microwave, toaster, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, frying pans, saucepans etc. As the accommodation is based in the city centre there are many cafes and restaurants close by to suit all budgets should participants wish to eat out.

Academics and credits

The Queen's Belfast programme is worth 20 CATS points in the UK system, which is a recommended 5-6 US credits or 10 ECTS points.  Students wishing to seek credit will be required to submit an assessment of a 4000-5000 word essay by Monday, 10 August 2020.  It is at the discretion of the home institution as to the number of credits they wish to award, but participants will receive a Queen's transcript.

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