Department of Global Development Studies


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Plan Ahead for Going on Exchange

An exchange is an amazing opportunity to further develop the knowledge you have gained through your studies. For DEVS students considering an exchange in third year, very careful academic planning is imperative. We have had instances in the past where students did not plan their DEVS core and option courses meticulously and as a result had to return to campus for an additional term after their fourth year.

In the past, some students going on exchange have found it particularly challenging to get enough third year DEVS and DEVS eligible courses completed. Third year courses abroad may not necessarily transfer as a third year course at Queen's and have sometimes been assessed as 200 level courses. For this reason students may want to consider taking some of the upper year DEVS courses being offered through Queen's during the spring and summer terms (if available) such as DEVS 307 Cuban Culture and Society and DEVS 410 Work Study in Global Development. Another effective strategy to stay on track is to include a combination of upper year online DEVS courses such as DEVS 360, DEVS 361 and DEVS 362.

Students going on exchange in previous years have sometimes chosen quite elite institutions in highly developed locations. While we do not have a firm rule that DEVS student exchanges need to be in the Global South, we strongly encourage students to consider doing their exchanges in environments where the living experience itself is part of learning about development. Students will find that this will help to reinforce many of the key development theories learned in class.

It is strongly recommended that students plot out their DEVS and DEVS eligible courses on a Plan Mapping worksheet (see PDF below) before leaving on exchange. For assistance with Academic Planning, please contact the Academic Programs Assistant at to book an appointment time, or come into the office in B-411 Mackintosh-Corry Hall.