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Study Abroad Office

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260


Heather Dolan - Study Abroad Program Assistant

Tel: (406) 994-7151


Anna Greenberg - Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7151
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Susan Welker - Study Abroad Manager

Tel: (406) 994-5719
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Alyson Roberts - CCIS Advisor and Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7044
Fax: (406) 994-1619



Northern Ireland Study Abroad Program

This exchange is currently inactive.  Please see Study Abroad Advisor for more information. 

University of Ulster
Country: Northern Ireland
Location: Magee, Jordanstown, Belfast and Coleraine
Language: English
Level(s): Undergraduate and Graduate
Subjects: Most majors - See Academic Program section
Length: Academic year or semester
Cost: MSU tuition plus room and board in the host country
Deadline: March 1 for the following fall semester and academic year, October 1 for the following spring semester

Program Overview

The University of Ulster offers courses at four different campuses in Northern Ireland: Coleraine, Magee College, Jordanstown, and Belfast. There is a strong sense of community among the population of more than 21,000 students. Northern Ireland is a place of great beauty with dozens of sandy bays, forests and untouched moorlands providing an opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy natural surroundings. Many opportunities exist for hiking, cycling, horse riding, golfing, and enjoying water sports. The Northern Irish people have a worldwide reputation for their openness, friendliness and warm hospitality. Their culture is rich in music, the visual arts, literature, theater and sport. The busy theater calendar includes a wide variety of stand up comedy to some of the top local and national touring drama companies. Local music nights feature everything from traditional folk to jazz to rock.

Academic Program

The University is internationally recognized for the quality of their courses, and offers an extensive range of academic and applied programs. All of the programs are offered to visiting students and are taught by full time, research-active members of staff. Programs are offered in Art and Design, Business and Management, Education, Engineering, Adult and Continuing Education, Humanities, Computer Science, Mathematics and Information Systems, Science and Technology, and Social and Health Sciences. To search for courses on the University of Ulster campuses, please visit the following webpage:

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English.


Students who have completed one full academic year of university level work at MSU with a 3.0 GPA by the time they begin studies at the University of Ulster are eligible.


Academic Credit

Credit will be awarded at MSU for all courses taken and passed at the University of Ulster. The student's academic advisor at MSU and the MSU Registrar, in consultation with the Office of International Programs, will determine how these credits will apply to degree course requirements. Students are urged to work closely with these offices prior to departure to plan a course of studies that will maintain steady progress toward their degree.


Northern Ireland is famous for its natural beauty with its mountains, lakes and rolling countryside. The population of Northern Ireland is only 1.6 million and is just 85 miles from one end to the other, and offers students one of the most beautiful unspoiled areas in Europe to explore and enjoy. As you travel across the province, you will see Celtic crosses, pagan carvings and prehistoric stone circles. The region around each campus has its particular attractions.

The Campuses:

Coleraine College

The administrative headquarters of the University are located to the north of Coleraine, a pleasant market town on the River Bann. There are approximately 5000 students on campus. The seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart are just a few miles away and there is plenty of opportunity for exploring the beautiful north Antrim Coast. The two towns are very popular holiday resorts, and provide a good source of entertainment and nightlife. Near Coleraine, there is the striking landscape of the Giant's Causeway- a geological formation of over 40,000 stone columns created by volcanic action. In addition to high quality teaching facilities, the campus has excellent provision for the sports enthusiast, and the modern Students Union is a focal point for social activity. To the north of the campus are the Residences, beautifully situated with views down to the mouth of the River Bann and the distant Donegal hills.

Jordanstown College

Jordanstown is the largest campus, with about 11,070 students. The 114-acre Jordanstown site is situated a few miles to the north of Belfast on the shore of Belfast Lough, just seven miles from the heart of the city of Belfast. The grounds lie at the foot of the South Antrim hills, and the land fronting the main building slopes down to the shores of Belfast Lough. The excellent road system of the greater Belfast region means that Jordanstown is only a few minutes' drive from the capital, allowing students to take advantage of the social life and living accommodation available in the city. Also close by is Carrickfergus, with its perfectly preserved 12th century castle, Elizabethan parish church and a modern marina. Heading farther north, a journey along the 60 miles of coast road is rewarding for its spectacular views.

Belfast College

The Belfast campus is located in the heart of the capital city and is home to more than 1000 students, mainly in art and design. Originally founded as an Art College in 1849, students now have the opportunity to enjoy the many social and recreational facilities available in the capital of Northern Ireland. The city is being redeveloped and much of the center is pedestrianized. The wide choice of theaters, cinemas, museums, art galleries, leisure centers and parks is as exciting and interesting as one would expect in the province's leading city. The southern part of Belfast, where much of the student accommodation is found, is especially good for excellent yet moderately priced restaurants, pubs, theaters and shops. The city of Belfast has a magnificent setting, ringed by high hills, sea lough, and river valley. Belfast also has many attractive Victorian and Edwardian buildings including the City Hall, Belfast Cathedral, the famous Ulster Bank in Waring Street and the beautifully refurbished Grand Opera House.

Magee College

Magee College is set on a hillside overlooking the River Foyle in a mainly residential quarter to the north of the old walled city of Londonberry, the second city of Northern Ireland. The campus has 2570 students and is within a half mile of the city center. The neo-Gothic main building dates from the foundation of the college in the mid-19th century. It is flanked by a group of handsome Victorian residences and looks towards the new Phase 1 building which provides studios, laboratories and workshops for the faculties of Art and Design, Science and Technology, and Computer and Information Technology. To the east of Londonderry are the blue Sperrin Mountains, while west and north lies County Donegal where many fine beaches provide ideal opportunities for water sports. The lovely Roe Valley County Park, with its old mills, bleach greens and water tower is also within easy reach.

Cost and Included Benefits

Students who receive an exchange placement at the University of Ulster will pay tuition at MSU in the same amount as if studying in Bozeman. Each student will be responsible for his/her own room and board in Northern Ireland as well as transatlantic travel expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses such as internal travel and personal spending money as well as for unexpected changes in the exchange rate. There are several scholarships available for studying abroad. For more information regarding study abroad scholarships, please contact Anna Greenberg ( in the Office of International Programs.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for study abroad at the University of Ulster. Additional costs for study at the University of Ulster (e.g. travel to and from the study site) may be used in calculating student's financial aid package. Students are responsible to apply to the Office of Financial Aid.



Applications are available in the Office of International Programs at 400 Culbertson Hall for all majors except Business.

College of Business students: Contact Prof. Dave Foster, Reid 455, 994-1776, and see the COB website,, for more information.


Applications are due in the Office of International Programs on October 1 for the following spring semester and March 1 for the following fall semester and academic year.

Additional Information

For additional information contact:

Anna Greenberg
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Phone: 994-7151

For more information on Ulster: