Costs and Funding

To help you plan your exchange it's important to be aware of the costs and funding involved. The information below relates specifically to exchange. You may also wish to visit our Costs, Financing, and Budgeting page for more general information.

  • Students pay tuition for 15.0 units per term and associated student activity fees to Queen's University. Remember, students can choose a single term or full year exchange.
  • $200 exchange program fee
  • Students are personally responsible for:
    • Transportation to and from the partner university
    • Food and lodging at the partner university
    • Insurance
    • Any additional travel undertaken while away

For additional living costs, consult the partner profiles and/or talk to past participants of the exchange program.

Exchange Bursary Application (strongly recommended)

  • Eligibility: Domestic and international students
  • Deadline: January 15

The goal of the Exchange Bursary is to help off-set the cost of studying and living in Kingston, with studying and living on exchange.

All applicants wishing to apply for a Bursary should complete the application form on the Financial Aid and Awards website. Please ensure you submit it to the Financial Aid and Awards Office by the published deadline. Successful applicants will then be considered by Financial Aid and Awards for financial assistance.

As part of the assessment for a Queen's Exchange Study bursary, there is an emphasis on assisting those students who have and continue to demonstrate need over and above funding available through government student financial assistance. In order to be considered for exchange bursary assistance, all domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) are required to apply for government student financial assistance. Domestic students will be expected to have qualified for a minimum amount of government student financial assistance, typically $5000.

When reviewing exchange bursary applications, Financial Aid and Awards takes into account a student's total expenses for the full academic year (tuition, books and supplies, cost of living, flight cost). Financial Aid and Awards also looks at the student's total resources for the full academic year. If eligible for bursary assistance, the value will include bursary assistance for the term of exchange and the term at Queen’s, or if a full year exchange, it will be for both the Fall and Winter terms.

Apply through Financial Aid and Awards

OSAP/Government Loans

As full-time students, domestic exchange students are eligible for OSAP and other government loans. Students who are receiving OSAP loans should complete a Confirmation of Enrollment form. You should arrange a Power of Attorney for OSAP and all other student loans before leaving the country. You should consult the Financial Aid and Awards website for more information about this process.


Students can hold renewable entrance awards while on the exchange program. On their return, an official record of their academic performance must be submitted to the Financial Aid and Awards Office to enable the committee to evaluate their performance for renewal of their scholarship for the following year. After the completion of their exchange year, students are also eligible to apply for the Dean's Special Scholarships for Students Returning from Exchange. Details will be sent to your Queen's email when you have returned from exchange.

Additional Funding

See our Funding pages for internal and external awards, scholarships, and bursaries