International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Boarding passSelecting your courses is important, but not the only thing you will have to do when preparing to come to Queen’s. Here is a short list of items that to complete to ensure a successful exchange.

  1. Obtain or renew your passport
  2. Send your transcripts & TOEFL scores (if necessary) to Queen’s
  3. Obtain visa & study permit (if necessary)
  4. Review academic policies and make preliminary course selections
  5. Obtain health insurance
  6. Register for your courses
  7. Find a place to live in Kingston
  8. Prepare for your departure (purchase flights)
  9. Arrive in Canada
  10. Orientation at Queen’s
Find out more about how to prepare in the Queen's International Student Guidebook (PDF, 15.2MB)

Support Services

Queen's University International Centre (QUIC)

Floxy Akhuetie volunteering for QUIC at an orientation eventQUIC provides non-academic support service for international exchange students through its various programs and activities throughout the academic year. QUIC has a wealth of expertise in helping students with areas such as:

  • visa requirements for studying in Canada
  • health insurance information
  • cost of living
  • advising and counselling on non-academic matters
  • general information about living in Kingston
  • orientation and welcome program
  • English language support

The QUIC staff and volunteers also plan a number of events and trips throughout the academic year to introduce international to the unique aspects of Kingston and the surrounding area.

For more information about QUIC and its services for exchange students, visit the Incoming Students and Staff section of the QUIC website.

Queen’s University International Centre
John Deutsch University Centre
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6



The University has one residence building that is available to exchange students. It has single private rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Queen's University Residence Admissions has released the following Update for 2021-22

Our commitment is to ensure that we are able to provide residence spaces for as many incoming, undergraduate first-year students as we can, depending on the public health context in 2021.

At this time, we do not expect to be able to offer spaces to exchange students for the 2021/2022 academic year and therefore we are not opening an exchange student application process.

If you are interested in exchange residence for 2021-22, please contact us at and we will note your interest, and follow up with you in the summer of 2021, should circumstances related to the pandemic change.

We strongly encourage you to make a plan for off-campus housing for 2021-22.

Students can choose to cook or participate in an optional meal plan. The optional residence internet service is known as ResNet. The online residence application form and information, including fees, can be found on the residence housing website. You will require your Queen’s student ID (number) to apply.

Please note that while Queen’s Residences do reserve a number of rooms for exchange students, rooms are assigned by a computer lottery process and are not guaranteed.


Many exchange students elect to live off-campus. The Queen's University International Centre provides resources to assist students to locating housing. See for more details.

Finding living arrangements in Kingston can be a challenge – especially in the Fall term. We recommend students who choose to live off-campus should come to Kingston at least one week in advance to find adequate accommodation.

We recommend that you do not sign a lease or send rent money to a landlord before you arrive in Kingston.

For further housing options visit the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) Housing Support website.

Student Wellness Centre (SWC)

The Student Wellness Centre department supports the personal, academic and social development of students at Queen's University by providing a range of programs and services appropriate to their needs. Please visit the SWC website for more information about the services that they offer.

Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre
1st Floor, Mitchell Hall
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N8

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Student Academic Success Services

Stauffer library interiorStudent Academic Success Services (SASS) comprises Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre. SASS offer academic support to students who wish to develop their skills in critical thinking, reading, learning, studying, writing, and self-management. The department’s programs and services are designed to enhance students’ capacity to fulfill their learning goals and academic potential at Queen’s.

Learning Strategies offers targeted support tailored to international students with a number of resources.

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Writing Centre: