COVID-19 Update

The coronavirus pandemic has regrettably resulted in many of our partner colleges and universities moving to online classes for the remainder of Spring Semester 2020. The 2019-2020 Study USA cohort have been recalled, and will be completing the remainder of the programme from home. 

For the cohort 2020-21

We are hopeful that this disruption to normal classes will have passed before the beginning of the next Study USA year, allowing participants to fly to the United States and begin Fall Semester in August 2020. We are progressing with admissions paperwork on this basis.

Spend a full academic year at an American college or university studying business or business and STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths).

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

Deadline for applications:

Applications for 2021-22 will open in autumn


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 2020 – 2021 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.

Application deadlines:

  • Higher Education Institutions – 11 November 2019 (12 noon)
  • Further Education Institutions – 20 January 2020  (12 noon)

 Please note any applications received after the deadline for your institution will not be considered

For any questions or queries, please contact

What Northern Ireland institutions are applicable?

Students attending the following Higher Education and Further Education institutions can apply for the programme:

  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Ulster University
  • Stranmillis University College
  • St Mary’s University College 
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • South Eastern Regional College
  • Southern Regional College
  • Northern Regional College
  • North West Regional College
  • South West College
  • College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

See also

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