International Students


Queen’s and Kingston are happy to welcome graduate students from around the world. International graduate students come from over 70 countries, bringing a wealth of diverse experiences and cultures to the community. While most of your application requirements will be the same as domestic students, international students have different considerations. Visit the How to Apply page to get started, and be sure to check the Academic Calendar to keep up-to-date on funding deadlines and other dates of interest.

Resources for International Students

The University offers significant support and programming geared specifically Student sitting at a laptop in the international centre.towards international students, recognizing their valuable contribution to the institution. Our International Student Guidebook guides you through topics of interest including immigration, housing, and health insurance. The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) provides educational and training activities, promoting culturally sensitive programming for students, faculty, and staff. Student Academic Success Services (SASS) offers language workshops for those whose first language is not English as well as other helpful resources, including dissertation boot camps and writing labs. The Ban Righ Centre, dedicated to assisting women of all ages find community at Queen’s, encourages mutuality and equality, respecting all women identified students.

Funding & Financial Considerations for International Graduate Students

Student sitting at a laptop in the international centre.Funding is an important consideration for incoming international students. More information about Queen’s entrance scholarships and fellowships for some international applicants can be found on our Funding page. You are also encouraged to search for funding through your home country as there are often sources available for studying abroad. Incoming international PhD students will, from September 2021 onwards, pay the same tuition fees as domestic students.

The Registrar’s Office provides useful budgeting guidance for students, including estimated living and educational expenses and specific information for international master's or doctoral students. Budgeting is especially significant when bringing dependents to Canada, which makes these online resources all the more helpful.

Health Insurance

Student sitting at a laptop in the international centre.Health insurance is mandatory for international students as well as their dependents. UHIP provides basic coverage for hospitals, doctors, and some diagnostic fees. You and your dependents must enroll within 30 days of your arrival to Canada to avoid a $500 (plus retroactive premiums) penalty. Visit the Queen’s University International Centre after arriving to apply for UHIP. Questions about the UHIP process should be directed to QUIC by emailing the UHIP advisor or calling at 613-533-2604 (extension 32604). Supplemental health care may be available through the Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS).