Thinking about Exchange

The Faculty of Arts and Science has agreements with over 100 universities in more than 30 countries. You apply to the program, indicating anywhere between 1-6 universities (depending on the program) at which you wish to study. The IPO allocates places based on the application you submit and nominates students to host universities. Students then apply to the host university as the final part of the application process.

There is competition for places on the program itself, and each partner has a limited number of spots. The time spent abroad is either a semester or a whole year, depending on the agreement.

While you are on exchange you pay Queen's tuition but register as a visiting student with the host university. You remain registered at Queen's while on exchange. At the end of your exchange, you bring credits back to your Queen's degree. It does not add extra time to your studies.

1. Learn about exchange
Learn about exchange in your first year and the first term of second year.

Steps you can take

2. Research your options
Explore partners, programs, eligibility, costs, funding, and more!

How to research

3. Apply!
You must apply for exchange by the first Friday of classes in the second term of your second year.

Application tips


Explore your options

Ready to get started and find out where you can go on exchange? 

Search our programs and partner universities

Exchange Bursary

Don't forget to the apply for the Exchange Bursary. Domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Deadline: January 15.

Apply through Financial Aid and Awards

After you've applied...

Once you've applied there are a few more steps in your exchange journey! 

Between our partner schools and departments at Queen's, such as Environmental Health and Safety, we provide robust support for you at each stage. Whether it's during pre-departure, while you're abroad, or returning from exchange, we are here to help.