Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

International Opportunities

Cusco, Peru.

A photograph taken by SURP student Danais Ponce while she was undertaking an International Experience Award in Cusco, Peru.


Visiting students, such as  Angus Robertson and Bridge Ford, graduate students from the University of Otago, New Zealand, brought international perspective to many of the classes at the School. SURP students may exchange to Otago in their final term.

Shwaan Hutton, Jack Huffman, and Jeremy Johnston travelled to Perth, Australia. They were studying at the University of Western Australia’s Urban Design Research Centre. SURP students may also exchange to UWA in their final term: following the experiences of Kevin House and Sarah Bingham.

International Project Course

To date, we have run International Project Courses (SURP-827) to Shanghai, China (2011), Auroville, India (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018) and Pune, India (2014).   The project courses take place in the fall term of second year.  A small group of students travels with the course coordinator to the international destination for two weeks in December to work with the client and then prepare a report and deliver a presentation.  Prior to departure, the students do substantial background research, study best practices related to the project, and have several virtual meetings with the client.  Please go to the Project Courses page and read the SURP-827 reports students prepared for their clients.

This video, produced by SURP students Vanessa Smith and Carling Fraser entitled "The Next Generation of Planning in Canada" won a CIP Centernary award.    Vanessa and Carling were part of a team of students who undertook the international project course to India in December 2018.

View videos created by the students while in Auroville, India

Student Summer Internships in Beijing

Angus Beaty with the China Academy of Land and Resources team in Beijing

During the spring/summer semester students Angus Beaty and Isaac Shirokoff  completed their China Internship program sponsored by China's Ministry of Land and Resources. Angus spent his semester at the China Academy of Land and Resources Economics, while Isaac interned with the China Land and Surveying and Planning Institute in Beijing.

International Experience Awards

Students in Helsinki.
SURP student’s Nick Kuhl and Henna Hovi reunite in Helsinki, Finland. Henna studied at SURP from the University of Helsinki, and Nick visited her while he was undertaking an International Experience Award.

After wide consultation with the student body, the School instituted an International Experience Award program in 1999-2000.  Funding for the awards has been generously provided by the China Projects Office, the Eastern Ontario District of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the SURP Trust and anonymous donors.

The award is intended to provide first-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning students with a unique and new international experience during the summer term of their first year of graduate studies and support international research.  Proposals on planning-related topics are submitted for adjudication by a selection panel comprised of first- and second-year students. The proposals are judged on their feasibility, practicality and innovation. The award recipients give a presentation to the student body and faculty before and after returning from their trips.

Number and Amount of Awards

At the discretion of the SURP Director, a maximum of three awards may be provided per school year to full-time first-year students (at the time of application) in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s.  Each award is worth a maximum of $1,500; this value is based on the availability of funding and is at the discretion of the SURP Director. 

Click here to see the list of award winners and their travel destinations.

Queen's - BVDU MOU

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in 2012 between Queen’s University and Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University for promoting scholarly collaboration between the College of Architecture at BVDU and SURP. The two programs will likely offer a joint international project course in the future and explore possibilities of starting a student exchange. Dr. Ajay Agarwal has been instrumental in spearheading this partnership.

China Visiting Scholars to SURP

There is usually a steady stream of scholars from China visiting SURP. The visiting scholars’ stay at SURP ranges from 3 to 12 months. They add a great deal to SURP’s intellectual diversity and enrich the program for our faculty and students.