Student International Activity

NRC is committed to maintaining and developing International Links. We are proud of our strong International Links which have been developed to give students and staff the opportunity to participate in  exchanges and international trips in order to enhance their learning experience. Typically this is funded by measures such as Leonardo, Transversal, the British Council or local Councils through their external links committees.

Below are some of our regular international activities:

Morehead State University, Kentucky
Each year two students and member of staff visit Morehead University in Kentucky, USA aimed at increasing their knowledge transfer and learning through its international links for the benefit of the  students and the local economy. This is funded through a bursary award from Ballymena Borough Council.

Kansas State University and Johnson County Community College
NRC has signed a memorandum of understanding with both Kansas State University and Johnson County Community College to develop international staff and student links between the institutions with a particular focus on the Hospitality and Counselling Sectors. This year 2 NRC students took part in an 8 week internship with Kansas State University.

Study USA Programme (SUSA)
NRC students can apply for the Study USA initiative, funded by the British Council. This is a one year scholarship; where an NRC student has been successful in their application to spend a year  studying at a University in the USA.

Transversal Study Visits
Each year a number of NRC staff undertake transversal study visits to Europe to explore thematic areas of interest in education or training supported by the EU: Lifelong Learning Programme.

World Skills Road Show in China
As part of the World Skills Road Show in China, Mark Maginty, a member of the NRC Engineering team, was invited to demonstrate the skills the UK has in Engineering to those interested parties in  China. This was organised in partnership with the British Council in China, Shackleton Education Limited in the UK and sponsored by Guangdong Sanxiang Teaching Apparatus Company.

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The College’s Erasmus Strategy in the context of the Lifelong Learning Programme (2014-2020) will be to strengthen our European links and broaden the range of Erasmus activities available to our students.

Outgoing Students

NRC has been participating in the EU-funded Lifelong learning programme since 2004 and has now added the Erasmus programme to this provision for our 2014 HE students. The programme gives staff and students a great opportunity to travel abroad to study or do work placement in one of 32 EU participating countries. An Erasmus mobility allowance can be applied for while studying or doing work placement at a recognized partner college or enterprise. The time you spend studying or doing work placement abroad will:

  • Deepen and broaden your knowledge of your study programme
  • Add an invaluable Erasmus focus to your studies.
  • Greatly enhance your employability and earning power after graduation.
  • Contribute to your personal growth and development
  • Teach you how to network with learners from all over Europe
  • Challenge you to do real-world, team-work
  • Provide you with opportunities to meet people and see and do things while abroad, which you would never get to do at home.
  • Increase your fluency in your chosen language.
  • Enhance your appreciation of different cultures.

Applying to NRC
Information for students within the EU wishing to participate in the ERASMUS student exchange programme with NRC.

Admission and Entrance Requirements

All students wishing to participate in the ERASMUS student exchange programme with NRC should apply to the International Office of their home college in the first instance.

On receipt of approval from the home college for participation in this programme, students should then complete an application form for a place at NRC with a transcript of most recent exam results, evidence of health insurance policy (EHIC, or equivalent), and an validated Learning Agreement. Original applications should be posted to:

Irvine Abraham
Erasmus Coordinator
International Office
Northern Regional College
400 Short Road, Newtownabbey
Co. Antrim BR37 9RS

To read the full Erasmus Policy Statement click here

Click here to view the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020