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Queen's University
 

Selecting a Partner Institution 

It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to... (J.R.R. Tolkien)

For the bilateral exchange application, each applicant is permitted to select up to six institutions on the application form, not necessarily in the same country or region. 

The consortial exchange programs (i.e. Ontario Universities International (OUI) programs, Killam, etc) will usually ask students to list their top two or three preferred universities on their application so please make sure that you read the instructions carefully.  

Take the time to do your research! 

It is very important for applicants to match their expectations with reality and this is best done through talking with others who have taken part in the exchange program and to exchange students who are currently studying in the Faculty.

A number of factors should come into consideration before reaching a decision on which institution might be most suitable including:

  • academic program compatibility
  • interest in courses available at that institution
  • health and safety concerns
  • interest in a city or country
  • size of the institution or city
  • affordability
  • commitments in Canada prior to leaving or upon return

All students should set out in writing what their goals are for the year or semester of the exchange program. This can prove invaluable during challenges along the road, and upon returning to Canada.

It is the student's responsibility to identify the courses that are required for the degree program in consultation with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in their department(s) of concentration.  A final course selection can be made once students arrive at the host institution.

NEXT: How to apply for exchange (bilateral, corsortial and St Andrews)

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