Northern Ireland

Study at one of Northern Ireland’s three universities, or one of its further education colleges offering higher education qualifications. If you’ve watched Derry Girls, you’ll know two things about Northern Ireland: the people’s dark sense of humour, and the country’s turbulent history. Walking through Belfast, you’ll see the latter told through powerful murals, all around you. Get out of the capital and you’ll discover that Northern Ireland holds its own when it comes to dramatic, spectacular landscapes – Game of Thrones fans might recognise Winterfell and Kingsroad. The Giant’s Causeway, Mourne Mountains, and The Dark Hedges are all pretty easy to reach, and well worth the journey.

Providers in Northern Ireland

City guides

Antrim and Newtownabbey

County Antrim is home to Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, plus Belfast Metropolitan College, Northern Regional College, South Eastern Regional College, Stranmillis University College, and the College of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Enterprise.


Most famous for UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway, Antrim’s mesmerising landscape has been immortalised in Game of Thrones – from the chilling Dark Hedges, to the caves of Cushendun.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

County Armagh is home to the Irish Baptist College and the Southern Regional College. While it’s the smallest in the country, the city of Armagh is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, ever since St Patrick established his first church here.

It has not one, but two cathedrals bearing his name, positioned on opposing hills. County Armagh has the nickname, ‘the Orchard of Ireland’, because of its fertile land.

Fermanagh and Omagh

County Fermanagh is home to the College of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Enterprise, and South West College.


The county is famous for its lakes and waterways, which you can explore by cruiser or canoe, and hop from one island to another.

It’s also well known for its pottery, literary links to Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde – and its magical limestone caves.