International Programs

Associate Vice-Principal (International)    K. O’Brien
Manager    J.Corlett
Exchange Coordinator    L.Esford
Study Abroad Coordinator    M.Marshall
International Programs Assistant    J.Tough
International Programs Office    Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B206
Telephone    613-533-2815
Fax    613-533-6453
E-Mail Address
World Wide Web Address


International Programs Office
The International Programs Office (IPO) provides academic support for internationalization in the Faculty of Arts and Science by delivering information and counsel to undergraduate Arts and Science students and faculty members about international opportunities for academic study and exchange. The IPO also works cooperatively with its exchange partners worldwide and facilitates the integration of incoming students from partner universities into courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science. For Queen’s students wishing to enhance their degree program with a formalized component in International Studies, the International Programs Office administers a Senate-approved Certificate in International Studies.


Study-Abroad Programs
Students interested in pursuing studies abroad are strongly advised to become familiar during their first year with the range of options open to them, in order to determine which options best meet their needs. The International Programs Office runs a series of information sessions in the fall term, designed to outline study-abroad options and to provide additional information on specific programs. For further details on all programs offered, including application deadlines and requirements, visit the International Programs Office website.

International Letter of Permission and Transfer of Credits
Arts and Science students who wish to participate in a study-abroad experience at another educational institution where Queen’s does not have a formal exchange agreement must apply for an International Letter of Permission through the International Programs Office for the specific courses to be taken. The International Letter of Permission serves as a guarantee that courses taken abroad will be accepted for credit towards a Queen’s degree, and must therefore be obtained prior to making any commitments to a university abroad. Applications can be obtained from the International Programs Office or downloaded from the website. Students should note that course credit will be transferred to Queen’s, but a TR designation will appear on the Queen’s transcript, not the grade achieved at the host institution.

An International Letter of Permission is not required for Queen’s students wishing to study at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC).  Letter grades achieved in courses taken at the BISC will appear on the Queen’s transcript.

Special Study Opportunities

Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle
The Bader International Study Centre (BISC), housed in Herstmonceux Castle, is owned and operated by Queen’s University. Located in southern England, the BISC offers a unique form of liberal arts education in an international context. The courses available range from English Literature to Geography to Mathematics, and many are specially designed to take advantage of the location of the BISC. Courses offered through the BISC are noted within the courses section of this Calendar.

The BISC offers an innovative First-Year Program that allows highly qualified students to study abroad in their first year of university.  Centered on the themes Thinking Locally and Acting Globally, the BISC First Year Program is a package specifically designed to build on the Castle’s strengths— small class sizes, vibrant community, and international setting—in order to provide a strong academic foundation for the students and develop crucial skills that will enhance their future employability. An Upper-Year Program (Fall Term; Winter Term; Summer Term [May-June Session or August Session]) offers students the opportunity to attend the BISC for one or more academic terms while earning Queen’s credits towards degree programs. Students may design their own program of study from the broad range of courses offered at the BISC. The BISC provides an ideal base for course-related field studies in the Sussex downs, in London and Northern England, and on the Continent. For the most up-to-date information on course offerings, consult the BISC website at

Bilateral Exchanges
The Faculty of Arts and Science has developed a number of bilateral exchanges with individual overseas universities. Under this arrangement, Queen’s students spend part or all of their third year at one of the partner universities but pay tuition and ancillary fees to Queen’s. All second-year Arts and Science students are eligible to apply upon condition that they return to Queen’s to complete their honours year. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 at the time of application is required to be considered for most exchange partner universities. Selected exchange partners require a minimum GPA of 3.0. All students selected to participate in an international exchange are eligible to apply for an exchange bursary. Further details, and a list of exchange partners, can be found on the IPO website.

Consortial Exchanges
Students may take part in the exchange programs organized by provincial and national consortia that give access to about 75 universities in various locations worldwide such as China, Europe, India, and the United States. A minimum GPA of 2.6 is required for the application. Financial support from some programs may be available. Each consortial exchange has a separate application process and further details can be found on the IPO website.

Independent Study Abroad
Students are not limited to the options outlined above, but may instead apply directly to any approved university or university-affiliated study-abroad program outside Queen’s University. Students interested in pursuing this option should discuss this with an academic adviser in the IPO. Information on other study abroad programs is available on the IPO website and also in the Queen’s University International Centre in the John Deutsch University Centre.