International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Political Studies Summer Institute

Landscape of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Designed specifically for international students who are either completing an exchange in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's University or wish to attain a summer credit that can be applied to their home institution, the Queen's Political Studies Summer Institute (QPSSI) provides students two weeks of immersive learning that explores Canadian society, culture, and politics.

The first of its kind in Canada, the program combines traditional classroom lectures and educational field trips to allow students to experience Canadian life. Students will visit some of Canada’s monumental landmarks through various excursions that include a trip to: 

  • Ottawa, the nation’s capital;
  • Ontario’s capital Toronto;
  • historic Montreal; and
  • the world famous Niagara Falls. 

Students who successfully meet the academic requirements of the course will receive 3.0 units of academic credit.

  • Students receiving course credit for a three unit (or one term) second-year political science course in Canadian Politics pay a program fee of $5,500 (CDN), which covers tuition, on-campus accommodation, field trips, breakfast and lunch, transportation while in Canada, and program materials.
  • Students who are completing the course as a certificate program pay a program fee of $4,000 (CDN).

See the main Political Studies Summer Institute page for more details including eligibility, application and previous itineraries.