Applications for Study USA 2020- 2021 will open October, 2019.

Spend a full academic year at an American college or university studying business and/or STEM related subjects. 

Each year between 50-60 students from Northern Ireland participate in the Study USA programme, which has been running since 1994.

Where can I go?

From Washington to Wisconsin, Nebraska to New Jersey. Opportunities are spread through many states - giving students the chance to experience the huge cultural and geographical diversity of the US.

British Council works in partnership with over 140 institutions across the United States of America.

What are the costs?

Study USA is funded by the Department for the Economy.

The scholarship funding package (worth approximately £35,000) for 2019 – 2020 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 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.

Am I eligible?

  • Students must be in full time education at a College or University in Northern Ireland.
  • Students from QUB and UU may apply during their Level 2 year of study, for participation in the programme the following year. Please note that, except for QUB Medical and Dental students, this is a change to the eligibility criteria and for applications to the 2019-2020 programme, we will still accept applications from pre-final year students.
  • Students from other institutions must be in the pre-final year of an undergraduate degree course of study or in first year of a higher education course (HND or Foundation Degree) at a University or College in Northern Ireland.  
  • Applicants must be EU Nationals.
  • Participation in the programme is conditional on satisfying your university / college's requirements for participation.  An examination failure may invalidate your application. 
  • Students must be permitted by their University/College to participate on the programme, particularly if this will be used as an alternative to an industrial placement.   
  • In the event of a large number of applications, only those with a first year minimum average result of 53% or higher will be short-listed. The exact minimum percentage will be determined by British Council as desirable criteria based on the number of applications received.
  • 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). 


How can I apply?

Applications for the 2019 - 2020 programme are now closed. Applications for 2020-2021 will open in October 2019.

For any questions or queries, please contact


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