Wednesday 07 November 2018


Students have not got long to apply to British Council’s Study USA programme.

The Northern Ireland specific initiative, which offers students scholarships to spend a year studying business and /or STEM subjects in the United States, closes for applications this Monday, November 12 2018.

Formerly known as the Business Education Initiative, the programme is supported by the Department for the Economy and every year sends over 50 students from Northern Ireland to the US where they gain valuable international experience and business knowledge, developing their career prospects when they return to Northern Ireland.  

Since its formation in 1994, Study USA has sent over 1800 students from Northern Ireland to all four corners of the United States where they have successfully completed a year studying business at one of 140 institutions.

This is the first year that students will have the chance to study STEM subjects as well as business through the programme.

Jonathan Stewart, Director, British Council Northern Ireland said:  “Year on year we find that those who take part in the programme not only enhance their employability skills but also develop intercultural skills, which helps them to prepare to work in a global economy.

“Throughout its history Study USA has enabled students to become great ambassadors for Northern Ireland and helped strengthen cultural, economic and educational links and connections between the two countries.

“This year for the first time students will also be able to study STEM subjects as well as business and this can only enhance and grow these vital links between Northern Ireland and the USA - I would therefore encourage those from a range of subjects to apply as you never know where this opportunity may lead.” 

Students interested in applying for the 2019-20 programme can apply online now at 

The deadline for applications for Higher Education Institutions is Monday, November 12 2018.

The deadline for Further Education Institutions however has been extended until Monday, January 14 2019. 

For more information on British Council Northern Ireland or Study USA, visit of follow on Twitter: @BCouncil_NI

Notes to Editor

For further information please contact: 

-Claire McAuley, Communications Manager, British Council Northern Ireland

T +44 (0) 28 9019 2224 | M +44 (0) 7856524504 Claire.McAuley@britishcouncil.orgTwitter: @BCouncil_NI Facebook:

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