About 2,200 Queen's students per year go abroad for independent study, internships, field trips and other activities.
Education Abroad Experiences
Globalize your education and experience life in a different country
Make your Queen’s experience international through work, volunteering, credit or non-credit studies and internships, or directed travel in another country.
Semester or Year Abroad
A 3-4 month (one semester) or a full academic-year program abroad through which a student obtains credit from his/her home institution.
- Fudan-Queen's Semester in Shanghai (China)
- School of Policy Studies: Semester in Shanghai at Fudan University (China)
Departmental study abroad pages:
Work, Volunteer, Internship Abroad
A placement abroad, usually working in a pseudo-professional capacity, where the primary motivation is educational. Internships may be credit or non-credit, paid or unpaid.
- The Washington Center: Students participate in a substantial, non-clerical internship at a private and public sector organization, and at the same time, combine the internship experience with course work and activities related to a professional area of interest.
- Alternative Practicum: The Alternative Practicum, completed by BEd candidates in March each year, may be done abroad and students can apply for funding from the faculty for travel abroad. Hundreds of teacher candidates have completed international placements in more than 75 partner countries over the past 15 years, in international schools as well as institutions such as museums, galleries, hospitals and theatres. See the Faculty of Education for more...
Engineering and Applied Science
- Several Queen's engineering students each year find summer work through IAESTE, usually in Western Europe.
- Engineers Without Borders offers volunteer and junior fellowship placements.
- Office of Global Health (OGH): Medicine (including postgraduate medical education students), nursing and rehabilitation students interested in international placements/electives can contact the OGH.
- Queen's Postgraduate Medical Education: Queen's offers postgraduate medical training, residencies and fellowships to applicants from all over the world. Applicants include sponsored visa trainees – residents and clinical fellows from the Middle East who enrol in postgraduate medical education programs through special agreements with their home countries. These trainees are fully sponsored by their embassy, university or employer. They train in Canada on a work visa issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and after completion of their postgraduate training, they return to their home country.
- Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID): A student run organization operating out of the Queen’s Engineering Society that hosts a variety of initiatives on campus, in Kingston, and internationally.
- Queen's Health Outreach: A student-run NGO dedicated to promoting health through needs-based peer education initiatives both locally and internationally.
Field School, Field Study or Trip
A field school is a structured group-learning experience which takes place outside the classroom in a location which acts as a "home base" for studies. Learning centres around topics which are enhanced by the resources (cultural, environmental or academic) available at or near the field school location. Similar to a field school, a field study or trip but usually of shorter duration and not confined to a single base destination.
- Kwansei Gakuin University Cross-Cultural College (Japan): Canadian and Japanese undergraduate students take courses with an emphasis on multiculturalism and international studies. Canadian student participants study in Japan for at least one week. Some program expenses are subsidized.
Department of Art History and Art Conservation
- Venice Summer School: Art and Architecture in Venice, and Venice and its Biennale
Department of Biology
- Field Studies in Biology
- Aquatic Biodiversity & Environmental Assessment, Canada-China Exchange Field Course: Participating Chinese Universities: Beijing Normal University, Fudan University (Shanghai), Southwest University (Chongqing), Tongji University (Shanghai)
Department of Classics
Department of Geography and Planning
Global Development Studies
Queen's Bader International Study Centre (BISC)
Located at Herstmonceux Castle in the heart of East Sussex (just south of London), Queen's "castle" is a home-away-from-home for students from all over the world who go there to share an unparalleled educational experience, enhanced by the deep history and multicultural possibilities present in the region, the country, and the continent.
A number of institutions around the world have agreements with the BISC to send their students to the castle for Queen's upper-year programs.
- Summer School at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC)
- Ontario Universities International Summer Programs (apply through the International Program Office)
Visiting research scholars: School of Graduate Studies - International Students and Partnerships
Health Sciences: Undergraduate Medical Education visiting student electives program
Letter of Permission
A letter of permission allows students to temporarily transfer to another institution and have course credits transferred back to their home institution. Tuition and fees are paid to the host institution. Available to all Queen’s students at undergraduate and graduate level for going on exchange, or international visiting researchship, or as a visiting research student.
- Graduate Studies: study and research at international universities
- Undergraduate Studies: independent study abroad
Arts and Science: Visiting students on a letter of permission may apply for non-degree studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Courses are currently restricted to those offered online through Continuing and Distance Studies, and at the Bader International Study Centre.