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IFSA-Butler: N. Ireland: Teacher Education at Stranmillis University College
Belfast, United Kingdom (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 01-NOV-2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Year 2019-2020 01-APR-2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2019 01-APR-2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: University dormitory Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment, Field Study/ Experiential
Tuition Payments Made To:
Program Provider
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Program Description:
Belfast, Ireland

We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the Stranmillis University College Teacher Education program as your destination. Stranmillis University College is a college of Queen's University Belfast and is located right down the road from Queen's University. The campus is in a beautiful park-like setting and we're sure you're going to love studying there!
Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Application Deadline
Spring: October 15
Fall: April 15
Host University
Stranmillis University College
IFSA-Butler Services
  • Tuition
  • Full academic advising and course selection/approval assistance
  • Butler University transcript for easy credit transfer
  • Academic records maintenance
  • Grade and credit query assistance
  • Students live in single study-bedrooms with shared living facilities
  •  All housing is on-campus and within an easy walk to classroom buildings
  • The program fee includes seven breakfasts and dinners per week; students can purchase lunches at the campus cafeteria
  • All housing is equipped with Internet access
Predeparture support services
  • Personalized advising with your IFSA-Butler program advisor
  • Welcome packet, Preparing to Study Abroad guide, Financing Study Abroad guide, and newsletter updates
  • Parental support including Preparing to Study Abroad guide and Financing Study Abroad guide
  • Assistance in accommodating students with disabilities
  • Financial aid assistance and transfers
  • Travel and student visa assistance
  • Group flight arrangements to most destinations
On-site services
  • Airport pickup for group flights
  • Full-time IFSA-Butler staff abroad for assistance and support
  • 4- to 10-day orientation programs (including transportation, accommodation, activities, student handbook and welcome materials, and most meals)
  • Transportation to host university accommodation following orientation
  • New student orientation at host university
  • Newsletter updates throughout the semester
  • IFSA-Butler welcome meal
Excursions and activities
  • Mid-semester weekend excursions and adventure trips
  • Cultural activities and social events
  • Day trips and sightseeing tours
Health services and emergency assistance
  • Full medical insurance plan for all students
  • 24-hour emergency assistance and support from on-site IFSA-Butler staff
  • Access to local medical facilities
  • Numerous scholarships available
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Ability to pay by credit card
  • Support for U.S. university direct billing arrangements
Contact Us
1100 West 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3345


Teacher Education

at Stranmillis University College

Belfast, Northern Ireland


The UVA Curry School of Education strives to foster teacher candidates' ability to work within an increasingly diverse and global educational environment. As such, the Curry School faculty views international education as a positive component to the strong educational foundation built within the Master of Teaching program. Future teachers must be ready to help children achieve the skills and relationships necessary to succeed in a 21st century global world. Teachers who themselves have explored and experienced multiple cultural differences and who are comfortable in diverse environments will be the ones best able to support their pupils' endeavors.

The opportunities, and the challenges confronted in an international learning experience will enrich a teacher's approach to working with all children. By participating in academic and school-based educational experiences, the UVA student will gain insight into the world of childhood from multiple perspectives. It is important for future teachers to learn cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, empathy, and tolerance. Studying abroad --- living and learning with students from other countries---will enhance the learning experience. Advantages of learning about education abroad are:

  • Appreciation of the commonalities across children from varied cultures
  • Development of cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Focus on integration of culture and instructional approaches
  • Understanding of the cross-influence of language and culture
  • Enhanced ability to foster communication within diverse environments

The Curry School of Education has partnered with the Stranmillis University College of Education of Queens University, Belfast and is proud to offer a program of study and practice teaching that can be integrated with the Master of Teaching degree offered at University of Virginia.

Program Information
Students can choose classes from four degree programs: elementary, secondary, early childhood, and health and leisure education. Course listings are available on the IFSA-Butler website. Some courses will offer practical (teaching) experience in local schools that comprises 25 percent of those courses. Other courses offer observational components, where students observe local classrooms. Credits earned during this program are transfer credits. This program is not limited to students in the Curry School--any student with an interest in education may apply, however, it is the student's responsibility to ensure credit transfer with his/her school of enrollment.

Stranmillis is a college of Queen's University, Belfast. Stranmillis was founded in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher education in the northern portion of the partitioned island. The Northern Ireland government decided to open its own non-denominational College and purchased Stranmillis House, with its very attractive and historic campus of 18 hectares only three kilometres from the centre of Belfast.

Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland. It is the seat of devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly. The city of Belfast has a population of 267,500 and lies at the heart of the Belfast urban area, which has a population of 483,418. Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction, called the Troubles, but recently has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Belfast city centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years, notably around Victoria Square.

The experience of living in Halls provides a basis for personal and professional development in the company of other Stranmillis students and students from other faculties of Queen's University and University of Ulster. Due to their layout - the single study bedrooms are grouped in self-contained flats - thus providing the opportunity for both privacy and community contact.

The Halls are close enough to the city centre to enable residents to enjoy Belfast's amenities - shops, theatres, and cinemas. Students will live in single-bedroom dorms with private bathroom facilities. Accommodations feature in-room wireless internet connections, shared common rooms, coin-operated laundry and 24-hour security. The housing fee includes a meal plan that provides breakfast and dinner daily to students. Students can purchase lunches at the cafeteria on campus of make their own lunches in the housing facilities.

Finances and Applications
All students interested in participating in the program must complete a UVA application before completing the IFSA application.

Students will need to visit the IFSA-Butler website to find out more specific information regarding cost for participation and course registration. Students should be prepared to pay IFSA-Butler directly for this program. Only the Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be billed through SIS at UVA. Tuition and program fees will be collected by IFSA.

Program Contact:
Sandi Cohen
Professor, Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Curry School of Education
Bavaro Hall 326D
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904