Ulster University Courses

You are required to take a full course load. Most students studying at Ulster only take three courses per semester, which are typically worth 15 American credits.

  • Make sure your credits 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.
  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

Choosing Your 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. You may only choose courses at one campus of the University: Belfast or Jordanstown. Make sure each course you choose is held at the same campus.

  • 1 Ulster course (20 CATS credits) = 5 American credits per semester
  • 1 Ulster half course (10 CATS credits) = 2.5 American credits per semester

When selecting your courses from Ulster, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In Northern Ireland, the word for class or course is called a module.

  • To view the classes in the course catalog, use the “Select” Tab and the drop-down arrow in the "Topic" section to view the available departments. Or you view classes by campus (Belfast or Jordanstown) by searching the "Campus" drop-down menu.
  • Select your department of interest and wait for the complete course list to load. Each course code and course title is a link that will bring up a short course description which includes the means of assessment, campus, credits and course duration.
  • Duration – Courses listed as "Semester 1" are offered in the fall, "Semester 2" in the spring.
  • Students should only choose classes in which the course code number starts with 1, 3 and 5. Codes starting with 0 are not a degree level and classes starting with 7 and 8 are postgraduate classes, which are not available to undergraduates. 100-level courses are first-year Irish classes, 300-level courses are second-year Irish classes, and 500-level courses are final/third-year Irish classes.

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.

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place upon arrival at Ulster. 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.

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.