Northern Ireland

Why study in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland is the smallest country in Britain, which makes it really easy to travel around. It's packed with history, culture and myth, and there's an incredible variety of landscape and scenery.

The cities are buzzing too. The region has become one of Britain's most popular shopping destinations, it has a lively music scene, and you'll find delicious local food wherever you go.

View this British Council video on what Northern Ireland has to offer as a quality destination to learn English, and hear firsthand from international students studying there. 


Northern Ireland is a relatively new place for studying English, but it offers good quality courses and a truly unique environment for learning - with strong influences from both Irish and British culture.

The local people give a warm welcome to foreign visitors, and their warmth is also reflected in the quality of homestay families on offer.

City life

The lively capital of Belfast has history, culture, nightlife and a developed waterfront area, but the city is still compact enough to get around easily. Derry, or Londonderry, is a historic walled city that is full of architecture, culture and creativity, with an historic yet modern feel.


Outside the cities, Northern Ireland is unspoilt by progress. There are sleepy villages, lush forest parks, rivers, lakes, mountains, a spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches.

Follow the Causeway Coastal Route from Belfast to experience one of Europe's most scenic journeys, including picturesque fishing villages, areas of outstanding natural beauty, and the world heritage site at the Giant's Causeway. Also, make sure you don't miss the breathtaking Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, the Mountains of Morne, the Lower Bann Valley, Islandmagee and the Glens of Antrim.


Northern Ireland has a huge amount to offer. It has a unique culture and a long tradition of academic excellence. It is also attracting more international students with subsidised rates, low living costs, affordable accommodation and lots of support.