Study USA is an innovative programme which offers undergraduate students studying in Northern Ireland an opportunity to study for one year at a college in the USA.

Study USA programme

Through study outside their home country, it is intended that students will gain additional confidence, an international outlook, and enhanced core employability skills that will directly benefit the local economy.

Course content

It involves one year's third level education in Business or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The programme develops the academic and applied skills of ambitious and talented students in business or STEM subjects.


The programme is open to pre-final year, full-time EU students studying for a third level (degree/foundation degree/HND) qualification, in any discipline, in a university or college in Northern Ireland.

Selection for the programme takes place during November/ December each year.

Applications for 2024/25 are now closed.


The US Colleges and Universities waive their normal tuition fees for the students, while the Department pays for one return flight to the USA, a generous text book allowance and covers term time food and accommodation costs.

Students are required to pay for their own travel and medical insurance; living costs when the US Colleges are closed for breaks; their visas and Sevis which is used to track and monitor the students’ performance within the U.S. education system.

In addition, students are required to pay a £1,500 participation fee. This fee is waived for those students in receipt of a maintenance grant.

Normal NI student financial support arrangements are not available while students are participating in the Study USA programme.

Contact details

Orlaith Flynn
Skills Mobility branch
Adelaide House
39-49 Adelaide Street
United Kingdom



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