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Applications for Study USA 2022-23 will open in Autumn

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

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

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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 2021-2022 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.

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. QUB Medical and Dental students must also obtain permission to participate from their School.
  • 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 UK/EU Nationals.
  • Participation in the programme is conditional on satisfying your university / college's requirements for participation. Students must be in good academic standing; 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). 

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

Our response to Covid-19

We are working hard to deliver as many of our activities as we can while listening and responding to the relevant government and health authority guidance in the United States of America.

The health and wellbeing of our students, colleagues and partners is our priority during this rapidly evolving situation.

We have been able to resume our study abroad activities in August 2021 and the full cohort of students were able to participate on Study USA. 

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