Change of Plan

Sometimes life throws a curve ball and you have to adjust. The most important thing is to stay on track during your transition - this will help make sure you have a smooth transition.

You will need your NetID and Password in order to login and change your Plan.

The Change of Plan period is May 22 - June 30, 2023.

Change Your Program, Plan or Certificate

If you wish to request a change to your Program/Plan you must submit a request here between May 22 - June 30, 2023. If your request is approved, your Program/Plan will be changed and you will be notified by email to your email account.

Students should note that admission to some Plans is highly competitive and may require specific prerequisites. If you do change your Plan, it may also require more than four years to complete a degree as you may need to complete key courses or prerequisites. It is highly recommended that students who wish to change Plans contact the Department concerned to seek academic advice.

For more information on degree programs offered in Arts and Science, please visit Programs and Degrees. 

DO NOT request a Change of Program/Plan through this process if you are:

  • a Dual or Second Degree student. Such students should seek advice from Undergraduate Admission;
  • an upper year student who would like to drop the Minor component of your Plan. Students who wish to drop their Minor Plan should send an email to with their name, student number, and any other pertinent information


  1. You may only submit one change of program/plan request.
  2. It is extremely important that you indicate your correct "current" program and plan.  If you do not, your request may not be sent to the proper department for decision-making.
  3. Please note, that the academic thresholds posted are not applicable to upper-year students wishing to change their plan.  All upper-year student change of plan requests are pending departmental approval which may or may not reflect the thresholds below.

NEW Indigenous Studies Major & Joint Honours Available for Change of Plan

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is now offering a Major and Joint Honours Plan options in Indigenous Studies. Both program options will be available for Plan Selection in 2021.

These Plans will give both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Indigenous history and culture, to ensure that future leaders and policymakers have a solid foundation in the histories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples. Students expand their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, while developing professional skills such as innovative Indigenous approaches to learning and research to work with Aboriginal communities.

Learn more about the new plan options from Professor Nathan Brinklow or visit

Add / Drop

For each course, there are two drop deadlines of which you should be aware. The first deadline is the date the course must be dropped on SOLUS to receive a full refund of the course fee (this is called the Financial Drop deadline). The second deadline is the last date to be able to drop the course on SOLUS (this is the Academic Drop Deadline); once this deadline has passed, you will not be able to drop the course. If you drop a course after the Financial deadline but before the Academic deadline, you will receive a partial refund; the earlier the date, the more the refund. Contact the Office of the University Registrar for details on fee refunds. See our Important Dates Calendar for both dates. 

Adding/Dropping a Course After the Last Official Date

For more information on adding or dropping a course after the last official date. Please visit our Academic Petitions & Appeals webpage.

Leave of Absence

Students may wish to take time away from school for a variety of reasons. If you make this decision before you have registered in the upcoming academic session, there are no forms to fill out to do this; you simply do not participate in the registration process. However, note that if you are in receipt of a scholarship or bursary, you may wish to speak to Student Awards to arrange a deferral of the funding until you return.  If you have participated in the course selection period in July but not yet made your tuition payment, you are still required to drop your courses.  These courses are considered active so tuition charges will apply and they will appear on your transcript with a failing grade, if abandoned.

There are times when a leave of absence from studies is unplanned. If, during the academic session, an illness or other extenuating circumstances will prevent you from attending class, attending an exam, or handing in an assignment, you must contact your instructor(s) and teaching assistants directly to make alternative arrangements. You should speak to an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts and Science Student Services Office if you will need to be absent from your studies for a long period of time, or over a significant period of the academic session, such as midterms or final exams. Make sure to obtain doctors' notes or other relevant supporting documentation to verify that the time you are taking away from your studies is indeed medically necessary. Your instructors may wish to see your doctor's note upon your return, and it is within their rights to require you to provide that documentation.

If you have a parent or other representative call on your behalf, remember that they will not be able to discuss your academic or financial information with the University unless you have specifically designated access rights to them on your SOLUS account.

If you are away from your studies for an entire academic session or more, and have not attended another post-secondary institution during your time away, please notify the Faculty of Arts and Science Office by submitting a Return to Studies Form when you are ready to take classes again. No matter how long your leave of absence may be, you can resume your studies. However, along with all students registering in the academic session in which you wish to return, your record must be academically competitive and meet departmental requirements for proceeding in your concentration for that session.

Remember that you need to receive a Letter of Permission from the Faculty in order to take any courses at another post-secondary institution while you are away from Queen's. For more information download the PDF application for a Letter of Permission to take courses at a Canadian university or college. For international institutions, visit the International Programs Office website. Taking courses elsewhere without a Letter of Permission can jeopardize your status as an admitted student at Queen's.

Transfer to or from Direct Entry Programs

Students who were admitted to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours) -- Kinesiology Specialization or the Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) were registered in the appropriate Plan(s) when admitted to the Faculty.  Unless you want to change your Plan, you need not take any further action. To transfer to or from one of these Plans, follow the advice on the links below:

Certificate Request Application

A selected number of departments also offer the opportunities for students to receive a specialized Certificate, in addition to their degree.

To learn more about Certificates in Arts and Science, visit the Academic Calendar.

If you wish to add a certificate, please email and we will add the certificate for you. Be sure to include your student number and the certificate that you wish to add. All emails sent to us must be from your Queen’s email account.