5 reasons to study English in Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland is the smallest of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom. It lies across the sea from the rest of the UK and borders the Republic of Ireland to the south.

There are accredited English language centres in Northern Ireland’s capital city Belfast – IH Belfast and Belfast Metropolitan College – and its second city Derry – Foyle International and North West Academy of English.

Both cities are great places for international students to live and learn English, make friends, and explore local attractions, history and traditions. Within easy reach are Northern Ireland’s beautiful natural landmarks, including the famous Giant’s Causeway.

Visit Northern Ireland’s dramatic coastline

The incredible Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, part of Northern Ireland’s epic Causeway Coastal Route.

It’s an area of 40,000 hexagonal-shaped stepping stones, which date back to a volcanic age almost 60 million years ago.

On the coast you can also visit the ruins of Dunluce Castle, Whiterocks Beach and walk on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Sightseeing in Belfast

Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast, is home to exciting art galleries and museums, loads of great food and drink options and places to visit including St George’s Market, City Hall, Ulster Museum, the Botanic Gardens, Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast and the creative Cathedral Quarter.

Discover the epic locations where Game of Thrones was filmed

Seasons one to eight of the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones were filmed in 25 locations around Northern Ireland. The breathtaking scenery, rugged coast lines and historic castles gave the perfect setting for the world-famous show. Fans can visit the Titanic Studios in Belfast and outdoor locations including Cushendun Caves, Murlough Bay and Ballintoy Harbour.

> Find out more on the VisitBelfast website

Revisit the story of the Titanic

The Titanic Belfast museum tells the story of the world’s most famous cruise ship, which was built in Northern Ireland’s capital. The iconic building contains nine interactive galleries where you can discover the sights, sounds, smells and stories of the ship, as well as the people and city that made her.

Explore the hometown of the Derry Girls

Derry Girls is one the UK’s most successful comedy TV shows of recent years. It has shone a spotlight on Northern Ireland’s second city, Derry, and its complicated history. Why not learn about the city by watching the show before you travel? Then you can take a walking tour of filming locations when you arrive.

Other tourist attractions in Derry include the 17th-century city walls, the Peace Bridge, Museum of Free Derry, The Tower Museum and the open-air art and murals that are seen around the city.

> See the VisitDerry website to find out more

Do you know someone who wants to study English in Northern Ireland?

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