Overview of Global Opportunities

Top students from across Canada and more than 125 countries worldwide come to Queen’s on their own unique academic paths. Global engagement is a part of the Queen's experience.

Incoming International Students

Are you a prospective international student looking to study at Queen's University? We encourage you to review the range of degree opportunities available at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Queen's university has a robust program of international exchange for students from all faculties, involving agreements with more than 220 universities in 55 countries.

Explore our Exchange Database

Faculty-Led Programs and Field Courses

Outside of traditional exchange programs, there are faculty-led programs and field courses (hosted within departments like Art History, Biology, Classics, Global Development Studies, and more). 

Learn more about Faculty Programs

Opportunities to Engage Globally

This list is just a starting point, speak with your faculty to get the most up-to-date information about all the opportunities available to you.

Set within the 600-acre Herstmonceux Castle estate, Bader College is the only campus that gives its students the opportunity to study, research and focus on their chosen field within an environment that promotes sustainable global impact.

Learn more about our UK campus

Queen’s Global Summer (QGS) is the first interdisciplinary on-campus summer program, run by the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), QGS is a mix of courses, workshops, retreats, cultural events and lectures based on issues of global significance, from gender equality to sustainable communities and more.

Smith Engineering students each year find summer work around the globe through IAESTE Canada, usually in Western Europe.

IAESTE Website

Queen’s Students for Systems Change (QSSC) (formerly known as Queen’s Engineers Without Borders) works on a number of projects throughout the year that have an impact locally and globally.

QSSC's Website

There are numerous ways to engage with global health within your undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Queen's University. Whether that be through the newly founded Queen's Kaleidoscope Institute or student initiatives , speak with your department to learn more.

Learn more about Faculty Events & Opportunities

At Queen’s you can make your degree as unique as you are. We offer a number of programs to meet your specific needs for career development and personal growth, including articulation agreements, cotutelle programs, and dual degree or double degree options.

Explore Global Pathways to a Degree at Queen's

Ontario Universities International Programs help Queen's students engage with a range of language and research opportunities in France and Germany in the Summer.

Language Programs Research Programs

Wherever you are, you can take Queen’s online courses or earn a degree – you could be located anywhere in the world, and you’ll still be a part of the Queen’s community.

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The Smith Career Advancement Centre assists students in finding summer employment. These positions are a great way to get involved with a specific industry and company, see if a job is the right fit for you, and support your development as a professional.

Speak with their office to learn more

International students are 11% of our undergraduate community and 27% of our graduate student and community.

Top 3 countries of citizenship for international students: China, USA, India.

Support for International Students

The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) provides programs and services to support the international student population at Queen's.

QUIC is a great resource for all Queen's students who are seeking to deepen their global engagement by participating in activities on campus that expose them to a global perspective.

Explore the QUIC Website

Post-Graduate Certificate for Internationally Trained Teachers

The Faculty of Education at Queen's University has developed a comprehensive program for internationally trained teachers who are certified to teach in countries other than Canada.

This unique program offers cultural, educational, and social opportunities that will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and cultural understanding necessary to succeed in an Ontario classroom.

Learn more

School of English Programs

For 80 years the Queen’s School of English has provided outstanding student support, cutting-edge curriculum, exceptional instruction, and a vibrant student life program. Students participate in classes, trips, activities, volunteering, clubs, and student council to make this experience your own. Immerse yourself in Canadian culture as you develop friendships, build community and create memories to last a lifetime.

Learn more about the School of English

International Studies Certificate

Queen's offers the International Studies Certificate option to all Queen’s University undergraduate students regardless of their degree concentration.

It is intended for those who wish to enhance their undergraduate degree with a formal international program of study. The International Studies Certificate combines language acquisition with cultural and interdisciplinary learning, and includes a study abroad experience.

Eligibility Information
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