Queen’s University Belfast Courses

A full course load is typically three courses for 15 American credits.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Special Considerations

Course codes starting with a:

  • 1 = Level 1
  • 2 = Level 2
  • 3 = Level 3
  • For example, HIS1003 is a Level 1 course.
  • You cannot select classes that start with a number higher than 3.

Course and Department Restrictions

Film Studies Department will only accept students who have some background in Film Studies.

English Department only accepts students with some background in English, especially in their creative writing modules.

Special Nomenclature

In Northern Ireland, the word for class or course is module.

Choosing Your Courses

All students must take 60 CATS credits per semester, equal to 15 American credits.

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

The Queen’s course catalog:

  • Will automatically list the departments available.
  • Confirm that you are viewing the Queen’s courses by checking the institution drop-down menu found at the top of the Catalog.
  • Scroll through the list of departments.
  • View all departments by clicking expand all.
  • Click on the department link.
  • Select either the course code or title.
  • View timetables by selecting "view class sections."
  • Courses are labeled autumn semester, spring semester, or full year.

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place upon arrival at Queen’s.

The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes, it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.

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.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Suggested U.S. Equivalent
70 - 100% A
60 - 69% B+
50 - 59% B
40 - 49% C
0 - 39% F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.


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.