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Exchange and BISC

As a Queen's student you have a number of exciting opportunities to expand your educational experience by participating in a Queen's Formal Exchange at another educational institution, either in Canada or in another country, or by studying at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) located in East Sussex, England.

The following programs are designed to supplement, not replace, a student's resources and family contributions in financing their studies on either a Queen's Formal Exchange or at the BISC. Generally students explore a variety of financial assistance options to fund their study abroad experience. For more information regarding a Queen's Formal Exchange/study abroad experience please contact your faculty office

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Exchange Bursaries and Scholarships

Recognizing the value of a study abroad experience, Queen's has established a number of bursaries to assist students with a financial need who would like to participate in a Queen's Formal Exchange.

Exchange Bursary

As part of the assessment for a Queen's Exchange Study (or BISC) bursary, there is an emphasis on assisting those students who have and continue to demonstrate need over and above the maximum funding available through government student financial assistance. All domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) will be required to apply for government student financial assistance in order to be considered for exchange (or BISC) bursary assistance. Students will be expected to have qualified for a minimum amount of government student assistance. 

Queen's students participating on an exchange may also apply for a Queen's General Bursary though your Exchange Bursary application is assessed on the basis of financial need for the full cost of attendance in the fall/winter academic year. If eligible for bursary assistance, the value of the bursary will include bursary assistance for your fall term on exchange and winter term at Queen’s, or if you are on a full year exchange, it will be for fall and winter term. If you receive any additional General Bursary assistance, it will be minimal.

When reviewing your exchange bursary application we take into account your total expenses for the full academic year (tuition, books and supplies, cost of living, flight cost) and total students resources for the full academic year. If you wish to be considered for assistance, please submit the Exchange Study Bursary application to the Student Awards Office. Only students participating in a Queen's Formal Exchange are eligible to apply for this program.

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Exchange Scholarships

Scholarships have been established to assist students participating on a Queen's Formal Exchange. These scholarships are not based on financial need, unlike the Exchange Study Bursary. Please note that only students participating in a Queen's Formal Exchange are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Student do not need to apply for the majority of Exchange Scholarships and will be automatically considered for these scholarships if offered a Queen's Formal Exchange. Please visit the Awards List section for a complete list of Exchange Scholarships.

The following two Exchange Scholarships require students to submit an application:

  • Killam Fellowship Program (for study in the United States)

This award is for 3rd year undergraduate students studying in the United States. The Killam Fellowship application must be submitted to the International Programs Office. Please check the Killam Fellowship website for further information, including the application deadline.

  • Canadian Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship (for study at St. Andrews)

This award is for students studying for a full academic year at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. A selection committee will adjudicate the applications and will, in cooperation with the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, select the recipients. Applications must be submitted to the International Programs Office.

Bader International Study Centre Bursaries

Choosing to study for a term or year at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) can be a major financial undertaking for many students and their families. Queen's University is committed to making the unique and enriching BISC experience accessible to all qualified students. In addition to your own savings, parental/family contributions, government financial assistance and/or a student line of credit, you may wish to consider applying for scholarships and bursaries to finance your studies.

First Year Program

Bader International Study CentreIn addition to the Admission Scholarships open to all incoming undergraduate first year students, the Tricolour Bursary is open to incoming Queen's students who chose to undertake their first year of studies at the BISC. Note: you must be a citizen / permanent resident of Canada for consideration of all admission bursaries including Tricolour Bursary.

In order to be considered for a Tricolour Bursary students must submit an Admission Bursary application. There is no separate application for the Tricolour Bursary; by indicating that you will be participating in the First Year Program at the BISC on the Admission Bursary application, you will be automatically considered for the Tricolour Bursary. The application can be submitted as soon as you apply to Queen's and no later than the deadline posted on the Admission Bursary application.

Students who have applied for the BISC First Year Program through a Canadian University Study Abroad Program (CUSAP) partner university (Dalhousie University, Huron University College at Western, University of Victoria) should contact their home university's financial aid office.

Upper Year Program

Awards and bursaries are available to students who choose to attend the BISC in their second or subsequent year of study. The objective of the bursary program is to assist students who demonstrate financial need by meeting a portion of their basic costs for attending the BISC.

As part of the assessment for a Queen's BISC (or Exchange) Bursary, there is an emphasis on assisting those students who have and continue to demonstrate need over and above the maximum funding available through government student financial assistance. All domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) will be required to apply for government student financial assistance in order to be considered for exchange (or BISC) bursary assistance.

BISC Bursary Application

Students should submit a BISC Upper Year Bursary application at the same time as applying for the BISC. Students will be informed of the bursary decision at approximately the time they are offered admission to the program. Applications must be submitted to the Queen's Student Awards Office. Applications will be accepted until prior to the student's departure, on a first come first serve basis.

Bader International Study CentreStudents from institution other than Queen's should also contact their home university's financial aid office for other possible sources of funding. 

Many of the BISC Upper Year Bursaries are named in honour of the generous contributions of Queen's benefactors. The BISC Upper Year Bursaries are divided into two categories: awards open to all upper-year students (including Queen's students); and awards open only to Queen's upper-year students (i.e. those students pursuing their degree at Queen's). For a complete list of the named BISC Upper Year Bursaries please visit the Awards List section.  Please note: by submitting a BISC Upper Year Bursary application, students will be automatically considered for the named BISC Upper Year Bursaries. There are no separate applications for any of the named BISC Upper Year Bursaries.