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NEW OFFERING: Irish Studies Direct Program: students looking
to immerse themselves in Irish culture may join the
Direct Irish Studies program at Ulsterís Magee campus in Londonderry/Derry!
Modules in Irish Studies include topics such as Irish history, language, politics, film,
and literature! Students completing 3 modules in Irish studies will receive
either a Certificate in Irish Studies or an Advanced Certificate in
Irish Studies based on level of study.


Location
BELFAST CAMPUS: As the capital and major port city of Northern Ireland, Belfast offers a broad spectrum of social and cultural activities. The campus is located only five minutes from a renowned and enormous shopping mall, and is only a ten-minute walk from the city center. Belfast Cathedral is directly next door, and the surrounding area is trendy and artistic with lovely architecture, plenty of museums, art galleries, cafes, and parks. In southern Belfast, where most student accommodations are found, the atmosphere is young and vibrant; in this neighborhood, more moderately-priced restaurants, pubs, theaters, live-music venues, and shops abound. A riverfront area adds to the nightlife options. Belfast can easily be explored by foot and students can access the other three campuses, as well as other sites in Northern Ireland, via public transportation. More information about the Belfast campus can be found here.

COLERAINE CAMPUS: The university headquarters are located to the north of Coleraine, a pleasant, medium-sized market town, situated about 90 minutes by train from Northern Ireland's capital city, Belfast. The countryside here is beautiful. Views from the student lounges and cafes overlook rolling green hills and the lough. The surrounding farmland and forest parks, the River Bann that borders the campus, and the beaches of the north coast offer opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, and surfing. The campus is in a bit removed from the town, but frequent buses run to the city center or to the coastal towns of Portstewart and Portrush, which are popular among students for nightlife. Tourist attractions such as The Giant's Causeway and Bushmills are only a few miles away and other sights throughout the rest of Northern Ireland are also easily accessible via public transportation. More information about the Coleraine campus is here.

JORDANSTOWN CAMPUS: The Jordanstown campus is at Newtownabbey, County Antrim, just seven miles north of Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland. Newtownabbey itself, surrounded by new housing developments, groups several old mill villages and towns along the north shore of the Belfast Lough, an inlet of the Irish Sea. The campus is a self-contained village on 114 acres and students are able to stroll down to the green banks of the Lough or visit the nearby Jordanstown Lough Shore Park. Quick and frequently running buses connect Jordanstown students to Belfast and all its entertainment, restaurants, and cultural activities. The historic town of Carrickfergus, complete with twelfth-century castle, is likewise just a short ways away, and other sites throughout the rest of Northern Ireland are easily accessible via public transportation. More information about the Jordanstown campus is here

MAGEE COLLEGE (Derry/Londonderry): Magee College is located in the city of Londonderry (also called Derry) on a wooded hillside overlooking the River Foyle. One of the oldest and most historically interesting cities in Northern Ireland, Londonderry has much to do, from walking the historical walls and learning about The Troubles to great shopping, pubs, and nightlife. County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland, noted for its rugged terrain, beaches, and breathtaking scenery, is also close by. Belfast and other sights in Northern Ireland are easily accessible via public transportation. More information about the Magee campus is here.

PROGRAM TYPE
Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP Direct academic year or semester programs

ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.


Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.
ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: late September to late May; Semester 1: late September to late January; Semester 2: late January to late May.

Semester 1 students are able to make arrangements for early exams or alternative assessment in order to be home by Christmas IF they ask permission far in advance.

ISEP-Direct
For more information and prices go to ISEP Direct Fee page

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Summer 2016: $5,300
Full Year 16-17: $22,950
Semester 1 16-17: $13,250
Semester 2 16-17: $12,950


For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 1, 2016
SM2: October 15, 2016


Fast Facts
Belfast/Coleraine/Jordanstown/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (pop. 280,000/25,000/75,000/60,000)
Student Enrollment: 27,000
Language of instruction: English
Ulster University Home Page
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Ulster University International Office Home Page

Programs
NEW OFFERING: Irish Studies Direct Program: students looking to immerse themselves in Irish culture may join the Direct Irish Studies program at Ulsterís Magee campus in Londonderry/Derry! Modules in Irish Studies include topics such as Irish history, language, politics, film, and literature! Students completing 3 modules in Irish studies will receive either a Certificate in Irish Studies or an Advanced Certificate in Irish Studies based on level of study.

BELFAST CAMPUS:
Faculty of Art, Design & Built Environment Architecture, Art & Design, Design, Fine & Applied Arts, Landscape & Architecture, Photography, Textile & Fashion Design, Visual Communication
Faculty of Arts Chinese, Cultural Studies (museum studies), English, French, History (history of Belfast), Irish (language and cultural studies), Spanish
Ulster School of Business Finance, Hospitality & Tourism Management

COLERAINE CAMPUS:
Faculty of Arts American studies, English, Film Studies, French, German, History, Irish (language and cultural studies), Music, Philosophy, Photo-Imaging (incl. Irish photography), Spanish
Faculty of Computing and Engineering Computing, Electric/Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Life & Health Sciences Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Subjects (incl. earth sciences, ecology, geography, marine biology), Human Nutrition, Nursing, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Psychology
Ulster Business School Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies (incl. human resources, international business), Consumer Studies (incl. nutrition), Economics, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Leisure, Event & Cultural Management, Marketing

JORDANSTOWN CAMPUS:
Faculty of Art, Design, & the Built Environment Architecture, Building, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Health, Surveying (incl. urban planning), Transport
Faculty of Computing and Engineering Biomedical Engineering, Computing, Electric/Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Life & Health Sciences Biomedical Sciences, Business & Management Studies (sports management), Health Promotion, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Radiography, Speech & Language Therapy, Sport & Leisure Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences Communications (incl. advertising, health & communications, counseling, linguistics, public relations), Economics, Law, Politics, Public Policy (incl. health, crime, and governance), Social Policy and Administration, Sociology
Ulster Business School Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies (incl. human resources, international business, operations management), Marketing

MAGEE COLLEGE (Derry/Londonderry):
Faculty of Arts Dance, Design (graphics, animation), Drama, English, French, German, History, Irish, Irish Studies (Direct), Law, Music, Politics, Spanish
Faculty of Computing and Engineering Computing
Faculty of Life & Health Sciences Nursing, Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences Law, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology
Ulster Business School Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies (incl. human resources, international business), Economics, Marketing

Academic Notes
BELFAST CAMPUS: The Belfast Campus is noted for its excellent and well-respected Art and Design programs. Facilities include a brand new building, plenty of studio space, and a superb library collection. Please note art and design students engage in very hands-on and self-directed learning in most courses, so only advanced students are admitted into the program.
COLERAINE CAMPUS: Coleraine is recommended for students interested in Literature (incl. Irish literature) and most Biomedical and Environmental Sciences. Coleraine is NOT good for: Accounting, Music, Media, Physics, or Chemistry.
JORDANSTOWN CAMPUS: Jordanstown is recommended for students interested in Business Studies and Marketing, Communications (heavily includes public relations and advertising courses), Engineering, Health Sciences, or Sports Studies. The Communication department also includes interesting modules in Health Communications, Commercial Business, and Linguistics.
MAGEE COLLEGE (Derry/Londonderry): Magee College is especially recommended for its excellent and well-respected programs in International Politics, and History. This campus is also recommended for students in Drama, Music, Dance, Psychology and Sociology. Some Irish literature is available, although Magee is generally NOT recommended for literature students; they should apply to Coleraine instead.

Students enroll in modules at the start of the academic year or semester, during orientation. There are twelve weeks of teaching per semester, and students typically take 3 classes per semester.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS

Students must check before they leave early that they have been correctly registered for their modules taken. If special assessment arrangements have been made for an early departure, students must make sure the ISEP Coordinator has been informed. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Special Academic Conditions
Media Studies, Education, Social Work, and Community Youth Work are closed to ISEP students. Also, due to restrictions on professional training, students may not be able to study health sciences such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work. If interested in one of these fields, please inquire to ISEP Central before applying.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
The Art programs require students to have extensive experience and sufficient prerequisites to take studio art classes. Students should be at least Juniors or Seniors and demonstrate their experience by submitting a portfolio with their ISEP application.

Hints for Researching Courses
From the Module Database for all Topics, select a field of study you are interested in from the "topics" search engine. This will bring up a list of the "modules" (= "classes") offered in that subject by campus. You can click on any module title to view a description, the level of the module, and the semester it is offered. You can also click on the "search" tab to search by keyword or topic. A "course" means a full degree program.

Please note the following factors about requesting modules when applying:
1. Campus: ISEP students must choose all modules within the same campus. Students may sometimes mix modules from different departments as long as they are all offered at the same campus. Keep in mind that some fields of study are offered at multiple campuses (for example history), but one campus may offer a larger variety of module options in that subject than the other campuses. ISEP students are not eligible to take modules at Ulsterís partner institutions.

2. Module Levels: The first 3 letters are the academic department. The next 3 numbers are the course number. Courses in the 100-299 series are first year modules; the 300-499 series are second year modules; 500-699 are final (senior) year modules. ISEP students are not allowed to take 000 modules ("Level A"), which are pre-undergraduate non-degree, or 700+ modules ("Level M"), which are postgraduate level.

3. Special conditions for art students: The Art and Design programs require students to have extensive experience and sufficient prerequisites to take studio art classes. Students should be at least Juniors or Seniors and demonstrate their experience in a portfolio (should show a range of art and design projects, including drawing, painting, photography, and/or other creative work). Introductory art students should not apply.

4. Full-time academic load at Ulster: Most students take 3 modules per semester, each usually worth 5 US credits. Not all modules listed online may be offered each semester, so students should select ample alternatives.


Housing and Meals
BELFAST CAMPUS: Students at the Belfast campus are either housed at the Jordanstown campus (about 7 miles away) or are assisted in finding suitable off-campus accommodation near the university in Belfast. Public transport between the campuses is quick and frequent. Cooking facilities are available in each apartment or residence hall. Exchange students will receive a stipend to cover expenses for groceries and/or meals at cafeterias and restaurants. Please note: due to administrative procedures at Ulster, the stipend check will not be available until one or two weeks after the studentís arrival on campus and students will need to open a bank account to deposit it. Students should therefore be prepared to pay for some meals upfront until the stipend is issued. The stipend does not apply to ISEPDirect students; they should budget appropriately to pay directly for their groceries and/or meals. ISEP Central can provide guidance on the average cost of meals per semester if needed.

COLERAINE CAMPUS: Students at Coleraine College are normally housed on campus in single-occupancy bedroom-studies in residence halls or student houses. Cooking facilities are available in each apartment or residence hall. ISEP Exchange students will receive a stipend to cover expenses for groceries and/or meals at cafeterias and restaurants. Please note: due to administrative procedures at Ulster, the stipend check will not be available until one or two weeks after the studentís arrival on campus and students will need to open a bank account to deposit it . The stipend does not apply to ISEP Direct students; they should budget appropriately to pay directly for their groceries and/or meals. ISEP Central can provide guidance on the average cost of meals per semester if needed.

JORDANSTOWN CAMPUS: Students at the Jordanstown College are normally housed on campus in residence halls or student houses that are about a five-minute walk from the main academic buildings. Students have single, wifi-equipped bedrooms, their own bathrooms, and share a kitchen with the floor. ISEP Exchange students will receive a stipend to cover expenses for groceries and/or meals at cafeterias and restaurants. Please note: due to administrative procedures at Ulster, the stipend check will not be available until one or two weeks after the studentís arrival on campus and students will need to open a bank account to deposit it. . The stipend does not apply to ISEP Direct students; they should budget appropriately to pay directly for their groceries and/or meals. ISEP Central can provide guidance on the average cost of meals per semester if needed.

MAGEE COLLEGE (Derry/Londonderry): Students at Magee College are normally housed on campus in single-occupancy bedroom-studies in residence halls or student houses. Cooking facilities are available. ISEP Exchange students will receive a stipend to cover expenses for groceries and/or meals at cafeterias and restaurants. Please note: due to administrative procedures at Ulster, the stipend check will not be available until one or two weeks after the studentís arrival on campus and students will need to open a bank account to deposit it. The stipend does not apply to ISEP Direct students; they should budget appropriately to pay directly for their groceries and/or meals. ISEP Central can provide guidance on the average cost of meals per semester if needed.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: £250

Orientation
ISEP participants participate in the compulsory overseas student orientation. The program includes an introduction to the university, meetings with staff to finalize classes, social events, and tours of the campus and local area.

ARRIVAL DETAILS

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
BELFAST CAMPUS: In cosmopolitan Belfast, students have access to many cultural activities and entertainment options; however, there may be more sports and clubs available at the nearby Jordanstown campus, which has a larger enrollment of students and offers excellent recreation facilities. Students can browse the Students' Union website for university clubs they can get involved with at Ulster, which include sports, religious, and international societies. Make friends with local students by joining a walking club or learning to play rugby! Students who enter the UK on the Student Visa (not as a Student Visitor) are also eligible to get part-time employment.

COLERAINE CAMPUS: The University's Students" Union offers a wide range of clubs to get involved with, including sports, religious, and international societies. Options for club sports include basketball, volleyball, camogie, rugby, sailing, fencing, Gaelic football, and more. Students at the Coleraine College often take buses a few miles away to the coastal towns of Portstewart and Portrush which offer a range of nightclubs, restaurants, shopping, and beach activities (surfing conditions are considered particularly good here, so that sport is especially popular). Make friends with local students by joining a surf club or learning to play rugby! Students who enter the UK on the Student Visa (not as a Student Visitor) are also eligible to get part-time employment.

JORDANSTOWN CAMPUS: The University's Students" Union offers a wide range of clubs to get involved with, including sports, religious, and international societies. The Jordanstown campus offers superb indoor sports and fitness facilities for anyone interested. Unsurprisingly, all kinds of sports clubs are available at this campus: basketball is very popular; other options include mountaineering, camogie, rugby, cricket, volleyball, soccer, tennis, and more. Make friends with local students by joining a walking club or learning to play rugby! For more entertainment and other social and cultural activities, students can take the bus to Belfast. Students who enter the UK on the Student Visa (not as a Student Visitor) are also eligible to get part-time employment.

MAGEE COLLEGE (Derry/Londonderry): Students at the Magee College have the best of both worlds: Living in Londonderry, Northern Irelandís "second city," they have a wealth of social and cultural opportunities at their fingertips. Meanwhile, close proximity to the River Foyle and mountainous County Donegal make this campus the place to be for those who love outdoor activities like sailing, canoeing, rock-climbing, hiking, and even surfing! The University"s Studentsí Union offers a wide range of clubs to get involved with, including sports, religious, and international societies. Options for club sports include basketball, rugby, surfing, soccer, Gaelic football, and more. Make friends with local students by joining a walking club or learning to play rugby! Students who enter the UK on the Student Visa (not as a Student Visitor) are also eligible to get part-time employment.

Profile
Ulster University is a community-based, comprehensive institution that stresses academic programs, social service, and vocational, technical and professional training. It is composed of four campuses, each with its own distinct character: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, and Magee College. Students are placed at a campus according to their academic needs and it is not possible for students to study at more than one campus at a time. Public transportation links the campuses. The Belfast campus is the smallest of the four with only 1,200 students. A beautiful and impressive, new, multi-million dollar arts building was recently structured, though most of the classrooms and studios are in the older building next door. With a student enrollment totaling roughly 6,000, Coleraine is the second largest of the four campuses as well as the administrative headquarters for the University as a whole. It boasts a wide range of academic offerings, impressive library collections, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and a water sports centre. Jordanstown is the largest of the four with over 14,000 students, a huge breadth of academic offerings, and an excellent sports and recreation center. With enrollment totaling about 4,000 students, Magee College is one of the smaller campuses, and is situated compactly on about two city blocks. The main historic building features beautiful, neo-Gothic architecture, while the other buildings span an eclectic mix of old and modern. A new state-of-the-art library was just built, which houses excellent computer labs within its modern, steel and glass exterior. There are also indoor and outdoor sports and fitness facilities.