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Preliminary Course Information

The Course Selection Process

  • In order to proceed with your application to Queen’s University, Belfast (Queen’s) you will need to submit a preliminary course form for your semester. Your course selections should be made in consultation with your academic advisor.

  • If you have not previously done so, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses that you plan to take overseas will transfer back to your degree program.

  • In addition to your proposed list of 6-10 courses, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations.

  • Your flexibility is very important to the process.

  • If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

  • While every effort will be made to accommodate your selections, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University cannot guarantee placement in any specific course.

  • Official course registration will take place upon arrival at Queen’s. The preliminary course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone. You will have a two week drop/add period at the beginning of the semester where you can make changes to your course registration.

Course Registration

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your period of study in Northern Ireland. Most students studying at Queen’s take only three (3) courses per semester, although some subject areas offer half courses.  Full courses are worth 20 CATS credits/units and half courses are worth 10 CATS credits/units.  All students must take a full academic workload of 60 CATS credits per semester, which translates to 15 American credits.  

Official course registration will take place at Queen’s University.  

Please note that you should also be aware of any credit requirements at your home institution. 

Use the following chart to help you select your course schedule:

1 Queen’s course (20 CATS credits) = 5 American credits per semester
1 Queen’s half course (10 CATS credits) = 2.5 American credits per semester

Navigating the Overseas University's Course Website

When selecting your courses from the overseas university’s website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In Northern Ireland, the word we use for class or course is often called a "module." 

Queen’s course offerings and course descriptions are available at

  • To view the classes – The catalog will automatically list the departments available at Queen’s; however you can confirm that you are viewing the Queen’s courses by checking the institution drop-down menu found at the top of the Catalog. Queen’s should be highlighted in the institution menu. Scroll through the list of departments and select the department that interests you. It may be easier to view all departments by expanding the selection, just click on "expand all." To view courses, click on the department link. Select either the course code or title to view a short course description, including the means of assessment, credits, entry requirements, and course duration. You can view timetables by selecting "view class sections."

  • Duration – Semester offerings are indicated by looking up the course in the Course Catalog. Courses are labeled autumn semester, spring semester or full year.

  • Year of Study – At UK universities, undergraduate degrees consist of 3 years of study. You can identify the level of a course from the course code.  Codes starting with a 1 are Level 1, those starting with a 2 are Level 2, and those starting a 3 are Level 3. For example, HIS1003 is a Level 1 course. You cannot select classes that start with a number higher than 3.

Other Important Points

There is a surcharge that is assessed by Queen’s for coursework completed in the sciences. This surcharge will be added to your account after you register for courses at Queen’s.

  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

  • It is your responsibility to make sure you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school.


For assistance with the application process, you can contact your Program Manager, Amanda Zimmerman, or Enrollment Counselor, Adam Williams, at 1-866-927-2234.

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport