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Enhancing the Student Experience in the United States

Universities and Colleges in the United States of America are a great choice for international students seeking a transformative educational journey. Renowned for having one of the world’s largest and best education systems, the USA offers an unparalleled fusion of academic excellence and a rich cultural tapestry. 

St Mary’s has forged a dynamic partnership with the British Council, offering our students places on the coveted Study USA programme. Study USA offers students a unique opportunity to spend a year immersed in study and life at a prestigious US college.


British Council Study USA graduation ceremony at Belfast Harbour Commission.

USA Study Opportunities

The purpose of all international student mobility is educational.  The programmes are designed to open minds to new study opportunities, provide new and exciting learning experiences, and improving the employability of students.

Our long history of facilitating study opportunities in the USA informs us that they often raise the ambition levels of our students.  Although we share a common language with the USA, the context of life is very different.  Study in the USA encourages a mindset characterised by innovation and entrepreneurship. St Mary’s encourages you to consider the Study USA option.

Study USA

St Mary’s BEd student Eimear Mulligan took part in the British Council Study USA programme, which enabled her to spend a full academic year studying and living in the States. Eimear was placed in North Carolina Wesleyan University and fully embraced US College Life, but also took the opportunity to travel, visiting New Orleans and Chicago. The universities at which the Study USA students are placed tend to be small Liberal Arts colleges, which match St Mary’s in terms of size, values and study options.

Study USA offers students the opportunity to thrive in a completely new educational setting. The prospect of delving into the cultural and academic panorama of the United States is a profoundly enriching experience that our students look back on as a memorable year. Study USA promises a deep and immersive exploration.

Eimear Study USA

Embarking on a Musical Odyssey in Nashville, Tennessee

In 2023 three of our BEd Music undergraduates were selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their talents at the Music City Irish Fest in Nashville, the home of Country Music. The pinnacle of their performance unfolded at the iconic Grand Ole Opry Plaza, marking a milestone in their musical journey.

Beyond the stage, the students explored the musical wonders of the city, visiting the acclaimed Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and the College of Music and Performing Arts at Belmont University. This venture in international student mobility not only showcased their musical prowess but also provided them an invaluable glimpse into the heart of Nashville’s vibrant music scene.

Belfast Lord Mayor provides a USA send-off for St Mary’s students as they head to Nashville to promote UNSECO City of Music status.