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Applications will open mid September for 25/26 Academic Year

Operated by the British Council, each year between 50-60 students from Northern Ireland participate in the Study USA programme, which has been running since 1994.

The British Council works with over 140 institutions across the U.S.A. to provide students with widespread opportunities.

From East coast to West coast, opportunities are spread across many states - giving students the chance to experience the huge cultural and geographical diversity of the US.

For full details please visit the Study USA website.

Key Information

  • Eligibility

    In order to be eligible for a Study USA mobility, you must meet all of the following:

    • You must be a full-time undergraduate student studying any subject discipline
    • You are a registered 2nd year student
    • You must be on a degree programme that allows for a year abroad as part of the course
    • You are in good academic standing, with a minimum 53% average in your first year
    • Must be an UK/EU National
    • Have not participated in any other NI Government funded programme
    • You must have approval from your course director who will be required to complete a Study Abroad Release form (detailed in 'How to Apply')
    • Students who have previously participated in a higher education student mobility programme lasting 4 weeks or longer, funded by a Northern Ireland Government Department, are not eligible to apply for the Study USA programme (e.g. Erasmus, IAESTE, Language Assistants, Washington Ireland Program)

    The British Council will require all students who are successful in their interview to be in good academic standing by the end of June. This means that should you fail a module in semester 2 or have a semester 3 module to undertake, you will not be eligible to partake in the Study USA programme.

  • Academic Recognition & Study Options 

    Academic credit will be transferred from your Host Institution.

    Students studying abroad for one year receive a Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS).

    Your year of study abroad will also contribute towards your Ulster EDGE award.

    Each semester students will study two modules of their choice from the list below; plus two modules related to their own subject being studied in NI, and one elective.

    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • Communications
    • Marketing and PR
    • Human Resources
    • Public Speaking
    • Information Technology, or
    • Foreign Languages.
  • Costs and Funding

    Study USA is funded by the Department for the Economy.

    The scholarship funding package (worth approximately £45,000) includes;

    • Room and board for the academic year
    • A generous text book allowance
    • One return flight to the US

    Participant finance;

    • US student visa costs - £400-£550 approximately
    • Travel and health insurance – £400 - £600 approximately
    • Participation fee of £1500.  If a student is in receipt of a maintenance grant this fee will be waived.

    Tuition fees are waived by the participating US colleges and universities.

  • How to Apply

    Step 1) Submit your application to the Study USA Team at the British Council.

    Refer to the following Application Form Guidance Document.

    Step 2) Complete our Study Abroad Release Form

    Step 3) Complete our Go Global Application Form

    Applications closed on the 19 November 2023.

    Step 4) If you are successful in your application you will be invited to interview. The Global Opportunities Team will host a number of interview skills workshops to help you prepare in advance of your interview.

    Step 5) All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview.

  • Interview Skills Workshop

    We will host a number of interview skills workshops to help students prepare for interview and we encourage all shortlisted students to attend.

    For students who have been shortlisted for Interview they will take place 10 to 17 January 2024.

    If you have been shortlisted for interview please Registerfor the following interview preparation session:

  • Contact us

    If you have any queries in the first instance please contact the Global Opportunities Team:

    Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Study USA Team:

Watch the videos

Please watch the following videos to find out more or visit the Study USA website.

What is the Study USA Programme?

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