The Northern Ireland Semester is an interdisciplinary program which gives no preference to students in any particular field of study. However, a good academic record is necessary: students are required to maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, regardless of major.

NIS is designed for students in their second, third, or fourth year in college. All full-time students earning credit toward their degree are eligible. When students from non-CCCU institutions are admitted, an additional $500 transcripting fee is charged. (Not sure whether your school is part of the CCCU? Check out the list here.)

How do I apply?

Simply complete an online application for the semester during which you plan to participate. Each campus makes its own policies regarding off-campus study, so you should consult your academic dean, off-campus study coordinator and/or advising faculty member at your school to ensure completion of all campus requirements.

Before your application can be reviewed for admission, you must submit all of the following materials:

  • a completed online application form
  • $50 application fee (payable by check or credit card)
  • 1 faculty references (online)
  • 1 character reference (online)
  • official transcript(s) of all college course work
  • Certification Form
  • Social/Behavioral Standing Verification Form 

Applications are available one year prior to the start of the semester. Completed applications will be reviewed per the following schedule:

Spring Semester:

Rolling Admissions
Applications reviewed* until November 15
*Applications will be accepted following November 15, but if admitted, you will need to rush all post-decision confirmation materials to BestSemester.


Yay! My application was accepted! Now what?

Once admitted into the program, you will be required to confirm your intent to participate by submitting a non-refundable $300 confirmation fee which will be applied toward your program tuition. 

You will also be required to complete additional confirmation and pre-departure materials including, but not limited to waiver and liability forms, a medical information form, housing form, as well as apply for a visa and secure an ISIC or iNext card (student ID and supplementary travel insurance).  But don't worry!  We will send you all of the details and instructions upon acceptance.