- Spend your weekends hiking in the rolling green hills, debating politics in a cozy coffee shop, diving into the local music scene, or shopping at the farmer’s market—Northern Ireland offers something for everyone!
- Make the most of the wide scope of academic options available across Ulster’s four campuses, each offering a unique collection of programs to align with student interests.
- Join the supportive and inclusive community at Ulster University, known for its top-notch campus facilities and helpful staff
- Choose from four unique campuses: Ulster has campuses in modern and bustling Belfast, student-centered Jordanstown, friendly and historic Derry, and the relaxed riverside town of Coleraine.
Northern Ireland offers youthful cities and unspoiled countryside, an exploding food scene, and thriving arts. Public transportation makes it easy to explore the region. Compelling history, inspiring stories, and rich traditions spark the imagination, and Ulster’s top-notch research and teaching provide an excellent academic experience.
What We Love About Ulster
Everyone is open and friendly! A top local experience is grabbing a pint at the local pub and talking to the people or enjoying a night of traditional music. According to one alumna, “I could sit down next to a complete stranger, and we would have a deep and intellectual conversation. There is just such a welcoming atmosphere.”
Visit the Program Page for Study in Belfast & Northern Ireland
to learn more.
You can meet with the ISEP Coordinator at your home campus or speak with an ISEP Student Services Officer, who will guide you through the application process, pre-departure, your time abroad, and your return. To connect with ISEP, visit our website
Details for KU students interested in ISEP:
ISEP is a total immersion program. In most cases, ISEP participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.
Students interested in exploring ISEP sites are encouraged to review site options and availability and then required to meet with the KU Program Coordinator for the region in which they wish to study BEFORE meeting with the KU ISEP Program Coordinator.
Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships
ISEP-Exchange is one of the most affordable study abroad choices for KU students, as KU students pay in-state KU tuition, room and board. ISEP-Direct is less competitive, so if a student meets the eligibility requirements, they will likely have no trouble getting placed at the site of their choice. However, ISEP-Direct program costs vary substantially by site and can either be cheaper or more expensive than ISEP-Exchange. The total cost to a KU student will include both the ISEP-Direct fees listed on the ISEP site as well as a KU ISEP fee.
KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications available online: KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships. The KU scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Fall, Academic Year & Summer programs and October 1 for Spring programs.
The Andrew P. Debicki International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Study Abroad Scholarship Fund created with generous support of Mary-Elizabeth Debicki Guinness, former Director of the KU Office of Study Abroad and former wife of Andrew Debicki, provides awards up to $2,000 for students on ISEP-Exchange programs. To apply for this scholarship, complete the KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships application online.
Additional ISEP scholarships are available through ISEP directly. Visit the Student section of the ISEP website for further information and application instructions.