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International Studies Certificate

The International Programs Office, in cooperation with the language departments and the Faculty of Arts and Science, offers a study option leading to a Certificate in International Studies. This option is available to all Queen's University undergraduate students regardless of their degree concentration, and is intended for those who wish to enhance their undergraduate degree with a formal international program of study.

Comprised of 30.0 academic units, the Certificate is based on the concept of a minor concentration in Arts and Science. There are three components to the Certificate:

  1. Language component
    18.0 units in at least two languages other than English. At least 6.0 units must be obtained in each of the languages, and at least 6.0 units at a higher level in one of them, so i.e. you have French at 200-level (12.0 units) and Spanish at 100-level (6.0 units)
  2. Interdisciplinary component
    6.0 units from: IDIS 302/3.0, INTS 306/3.0, INTS 307/3.0, LLCU 320/3.0, INTS 321/3.0, LLCU 322/3.0, LLCU 326/3.0, LLCU 327/3.0, and/or further language-acquisition credits (in either of the two languages above or in a third language).
  3. Study abroad component
    The study abroad component ( at least one term abroad) may be fulfilled through any of the following study abroad opportunities: the Bader International Study Centre; a Queen's University international student exchange program; direct enrollment in a university outside of Canada; or, a study abroad program accredited by a recognized university

Those deciding to complete the Certificate requirements should register by completing the on-line student profile no later than the preregistration period for their third-year courses.

Students whose Plan requirements coincide with the Certificate requirements (e.g., Languages, Linguistics), may double-count credits toward their Plan and the Certificate. Other students may complete the Certificate requirements as part of their elective units. The Certificate in International Studies will be awarded upon successful completion of a degree program at Queen's University. Students must pass all 30.0 units relating to the Certificate with an overall average of at least 65 per cent or 2.0 grade point average (GPA).

In order to receive the Certificate upon graduation, students are required to complete an application form in the International Programs Office by May 1 for June Convocation, or by October 1 for November Convocation.

To register for the online-profile and more information about the certificate, please visit the International Programs Office website