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International Students

Queen’s students are among the most academically accomplished in the country. They come from across Canada and more than 120 countries worldwide. As one of the 1,300 international students that make up about 7% of the full-time student population studying at Queen's each year, you’ll meet people like yourself – and others who are very different. Your fellow students will be among the most interesting, creative and stimulating individuals you will ever encounter.

Whether you’re enrolled in a degree program at the undergraduate or graduate levels, an exchange program within a degree program, or English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program, Queen’s balances excellence in undergraduate studies with well-established and innovative graduate programs – fostering learning experiences that are enriched by a research-intensive environment. Queen’s challenges students intellectually, and our students rise to the challenge.

Excellence is pursued not just in the classroom or laboratory, but in our sports teams, student government, and myriad clubs and societies. And through the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) and other organizations, you will find the support and resources you need at Queen’s to help you settle into life at a new university and in a new country. We invite you to become part of our community, and to share in the Queen’s spirit – a bold, enduring spirit of initiative.

Awards and Bursaries for International Students

Queen's attracts a community of outstanding student scholars from across the globe.  There are a variety of financial aid programs available to assist International and U.S. students studying at Queen's. 

Study Permits and Entry Visas

If you are planning to study in Canada for one term (less than 6 months) , you may study under temporary resident status as a visitor. For any period longer than 6 months (two terms), a Study Permit is required. Students from some countries may require a temporary resident visa (entry visa) to be eligible to enter Canada. The temporary resident visa (if required) will automatically be issued as part of a successful Study Permit application. To get a study permit and/or a temporary resident visa (entry visa) you may apply through a Canadian visa office or visa application centre (VAC) outside of Canada or you may be eligible to apply online. The study permit application costs CAN$150 (or the equivalent in local currency), while a temporary resident visa application (if made on its own - without a study permit application) costs CAN$100. These applications can take as little as a few days and as long as 3 months to be processed.

General requirements include:

  • A valid passport;
  • Proof of acceptance from Queen’s University;
  • Proof of adequate funds to cover living expenses for you and any dependents coming to Canada with you. Generally accepted evidence includes personal bank statements and/or letters pledging financial support from family or other sponsors;
  • A medical examination may also be required;
  • Citizens of some countries must provide biometrics (digital photographs and fingerprints).

It is extremely important that you check with the visa office that you are applying to as each office may have additional requirements. Be sure to keep copies of all documents sent to and from the Canadian visa office.

More information on Studying in Canada >

Undergraduate Studies

Academic Requirements:

English Language Comprehension: Test of Facility in English

How to Apply:  First Year  |  Upper Year

Apply: Go to the OUAC website and look for the "OUAC 105" category, which handles out-of-province and out-of country applicants. The Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) processes all undergraduate and professional applications to the province’s universities.

Graduate Studies

There are more than 500 international graduate students studying at Queen's.

Each new doctoral international graduate student without full external government funding, and who is admitted to full-time study at Queen's, is eligible to receive an International Tuition Award through the School of Graduate Studies.

Visit the School of Graduate Studies website for information on:

Apply: How to Apply  |  Graduate Admission Online Service

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) provides welcome and orientation services whenever a student, scholar or staff member arrives. Packages of information about our programs and services as well as those provided by other parts of Queen’s University are included. They also provide assistance to all international students, staff, and faculty coming to Queen's. Their dedicated staff can assist you with obtaining the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) and provide resources for preparing for your time at Queen's as well as information on arrival to Canada, Queen's University, and Kingston.

Queen's University English Bridging Program

QBridge is a university preparation program for students who have received  a conditional offer of acceptance to an undergraduate program at Queen's University.

QBridge is designed to provide you with academic English language training prior to studies at Queen's. From the end of June until August, you will participate in an intensive English language program at Queen's School of English (QSoE), completing the program in time to enroll in full-time degree studies in September.

This program helps to build the skills necessary for academic success and helps you gain an understanding of the expectations for study at Queen's University. This student-centered immersion program integrates the four language skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, at an academic level. It is more academically challenging and rigorous than standard lecture and test format courses and more in keeping with a communicative classroom style. Students are expected to communicate their ideas orally, and to analyze and critique the ideas of others, as they fine tune their academic English skills.

Successful students will demonstrate a high level of academic ability while engaging in English study, attending and listening to lectures, writing essays, and participating in presentations, seminars and debates.

Have Questions?

Call us at 613-533-2470 or email us.

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