International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Students admitted to the Certificate prior to May 1, 2016 may elect to complete the former version as detailed in the Arts and Science Academic Calendar.

Comprised of 15.0 academic units, the International Studies Certificate is open to all Queen's University undergraduate students in a range of concentrations and degree programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Up to 6.0 units of the courses required for the International Studies Certificate may be double-counted with a student's electives in their degree program. The remaining 9.0 units for the Certificate are extra to the degree.

The basic components of the Certificate (language acquisition, cultural and intercultural studies, and the study abroad experience) contribute to personal and professional development: communications skills, intercultural competence, resiliency and coping skills are cultivated and strengthened by the various program requirements. These skills are beneficial in many contexts, and will be a valuable asset beyond your years of university education.

Certificate Components

The International Studies program consists of 15.0 units, structured as follows:

1.  Language-Acquisition Credit

3.0 units in a language other than English.


Except: GREK 430/6.0; GRMN 181/3.0; GRMN 353/3.0; HEBR 135/3.0; ITLN 210/3.0; ITLN 215/3.0; ITLN 226/3.0; ITLN 232/3.0; ITLN 233/3.0; ITLN 234/3.0; ITLN 257/3.0; ITLN 308/.3.0; SPAN 247/3.0; SPAN 248/3.0; SPAN 308/3.0; SPAN 316/3.0; SPAN 328/3.0

2.  Cross-Cultural Credits

6.0 cross-cultural units from:

  • IDIS 302/3.0 (Race and Relations)
  • INTS 306/3.0 (Culture, Identity and Self - formerly IDIS 306/3.0)
  • INTS 307/3.0 (Intercultural Relations - formerly IDIS 307/3.0)
  • LLCU 110/3.0 (Linguistic Diversity and Identity)
  • LLCU 111/3.0 (Introduction to Cultures)
  • LLCU 201/3.0 (Introduction to Romance Philology)
  • LLCU 205/3.0 (The Cultures of a Nation)
  • LLCU 209/3.0 (Rio de Janeiro: the Marvelous City)
  • LLCU 210/3.0 (Italy and the Classical Traditions)
  • LLCU 214/3.0 (Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth)
  • LLCU 244/3.0 (Hips Don't Lie?: Music and Culture in Latin America)
  • LLCU 247/3.0 (The Dynamic History of Spain)
  • LLCU 248/3.0 (Spanish American Cultural Contexts)
  • LLCU 249/3.0 (Latin Lovers: Love, Sex and Popular Culture)
  • LLCU 301/3.0 (Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission)
  • LLCU 308/3.0 (From Fellini to Benigni)
  • LLCU 309/3.0 (The Films of Pedro Almodovar)
  • LLCU 319/3.0 (Roots of Fascism: Resistance to Liberalism in the 19th Century)
  • LLCU 320/3.0 (Fascism in Europe from Napoleon to Hitler - formerly INTS 320/3.0)
  • LLCU 322/3.0 (Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law and Human Rights - formerly INTS 322/3.0), 
  • LLCU 326/3.0 (Film in the New Europe - formerly INTS 326/3.0)
  • LLCU 327/3.0 (Sickness and Health - Cultural Representations in Medical Discourse)
  • LLCU 328/3.0 (Gender, Development and Film in Latin America)
  • LLCU 329/3.0 (Uncanny Encounters: Narrative Analysis of the Fantastic Genre)
  • LLCU 340/3.0 (European Romanticism)
  • LLCU 358/3.0 (Film and Politics in Argentina)
  • LLCU 354/3.0 (Women’s Voices in Latin America)
  • LLCU 495/3.0 (Special Topics I)

LLCU course descriptions are available on the LLCU departmental website.

3. Study Abroad Credits

6.0 units obtained from:

  • the Bader International Study Centre (Herstmonceux Castle)
  • a Queen's University departmental study abroad opportunity (Queen’s courses that meet the study abroad requirement of the Certificate in International Studies: BISC 100/3.0; BISC 101/3.0; ARTH 245/6.0; ARTH 380/6.0; CLST 409/6.0; DEVS 305/6.0; DRAM 271/3.0; DRAM 273/3.0; LLCU 432/6.0)
  • participation in a Queen's University international exchange program
  • a study abroad experience at a recognized university outside Canada
    • e.g., KCU Global Career Seminar in Japan or the KGU Global Internship in Japan

The course(s) offered for the 6.0 study abroad units must demonstrate academic benefit derived especially from the experience of studying abroad and will usually incorporate a regional, cultural, or comparative cultural perspective. 



Language FAQs

While on exchange in the Netherlands, I completed a course in Dutch. Can I count this course toward the Language Credit?

Yes. We recognize that many of our students may opt to take conversational language courses which are intended to help visiting students orient themselves in their host country and interact with their host society. Since we do not have academic departments at Queen's for every possible language, Arts and Science now offers students the option to count these units as LANG P10/3.0, P11/3.0, 120/3.0 or 121/3.0. These language credits can be counted towards the Certificate language requirement. The language courses must be assessed by the International Programs Office in order to receive the credit.

I already speak a second language. Can you waive the language requirement on the basis of my existing language ability?

No. The Certificate program has been approved by Senate as a formal program option offered by Queen's University. As a result, the academic requirements for the Certificate must be strictly enforced. We are unable to award the Certificate based on language courses taken at the secondary school/high school level.

Study Abroad FAQs

Does the United States count as "abroad" for the purposes of the Certificate?

Yes. Although the cultural differences may not seem as pronounced, there are subtle and not-so-subtle differences involved in any study and living experience undertaken outside of Canada.

Can the "term" abroad be a spring or summer term?

Yes. We do not specify a minimum length of time during which you must undertake study abroad in order to qualify. However, your study-abroad experience must be of sufficient duration to yield 6.0 units. It is possible to count two 3.0 unit courses obtained from different study-abroad programs, provided that both courses are approved by the International Programs Office.

What kind of study abroad units are approved?

In addition to classroom study, it is expected that your study abroad experience will allow you the opportunity for social and cultural interaction in your host country. The study abroad context will be considered in approving proposed study abroad credits. Literature, history, or social science courses which offer insight into the host culture are among the ideal choices.  As a general rule, students should seek credits which focus on their area of study, but which are taught from the perspective of the host culture or region. Ideally, a comparative element will be included.

In order to avoid disappointment, students are strongly encouraged to seek approval of their proposed courses before they depart for their study abroad term.