Study for a Semester in the UK!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Students are able to apply for the ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct program. The major different between these two programs is how fees are structure. On the ISEP Exchange program students pay Appalachian tuition and fees plus the ISEP Full Exchange Fee. On the ISEP Direct program students will be billed the ISEP Direct program fee. Non-resident students should check to see if the ISEP Direct cost will be less than Appalachian out of state tuition rates. Students looking at ISEP Direct options should also consider applying as a fee paying applicant on one of our UK exchange programs.
ISEP Placement Chance - Limited (students should have another ISEP exchange program with a Good or better chance of placement as a backup or be prepared to go Direct)
- Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid January (Fall semester students are able to sit exams at Appalachian in January)
- Spring Semester: Late January to Early June
Students on the Ulster program will stay at university arranged housing.
Students participating on the ISEP Exchange program option will pay the ISEP Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian and will not pay housing or meal costs to the UK university.
Paid to Appalachian State
The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
|ISEP Application Fee
|ISEP Placement Fee
||$1000 - $1500
||$100 - $400
||$1200 - $2000
|Fall Early Examination Fee
||$40 per exam
|Books and Materials
||$300 - $600
||$100 - $200
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|US Based Health Insurance
|2Personal Travel and Spending
||$1500 - $2000
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Ulster offers courses across a range of disciplines. You must choose all of your classes within the same campus. You may sometimes mix classes from different departments as long as they are all offered at the same campus. For more information about the course offerings please visit the ISEP Ulster webpage.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the ISEP program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an ISEP program should complete the ISEP application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page