International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Departmental Programs


Several Arts and Science departments at Queen’s offer unique and highly successful programs abroad, from China, to Italy, to Cuba.

Compare programs using the IPO's up-to-date Arts and Science Departmental Study Abroad Opportunities chart.

Please note that some programs have limited enrollment and you are encouraged to apply early. Programs vary in number of units available, length, location, structure. Please ensure that you check the eligibility requirements for each program, along with any prerequisites and/or exclusions, and understand what supplementary program fees are payable.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the relevant department for further information about these exciting opportunities.

Field Studies in Biology

Biology Field CoursesCourse code: Varies depending on program: BIOL 307/317/327/3.0. Consult website for details.

  • The field study program is affiliated with other Ontario universities
  • Provides approximately 30 different field courses offered by 15 universities to participate in a more ‘hands-on’ approach to study
  • Many courses are offered at local field sites, including Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS), as well as further afield in Costa Rica, Mexico, Africa, and China!
  • Study the natural world in an entirely new and unique environment

Field Studies in Biology program website

Dr. Stephen Lougheed, an associate professor in the Department of Biology also has field course information on his teaching website about regular field courses that are offered in the tropical and subtropical Americas every year (Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina).

Cuban Culture and Society

Course code: DEVS 305/6.0 Cuban Culture and Society

A street in Havana, CubaCuba is rich in culture, history and politics. From its turbulent past harkening back to the beginning of the colonial era when Cuba was know as the gateway to the Americas, to its newest incarnation stemming from the Cuban revolution in 1959, Cuba has occupied a great place on the world’s stage.

DEVS 305 Cuban Culture and Society is a full 6.0 undergraduate course, and has been offered since 2008. The aim is to introduce students to some of the main events and highlights of Cuban society, history, politics, and culture, with a focus on the period from the Cuban revolution to the present.

The course is held in the Winter term session when students meet in a seminar grouping and follow a structured reading list. The Cuba portion of the course take places at the University of Havana in Cuba, typically during early May.

Cuba program website

Archaeology Practicums

Course code: CLST 409/6.0 (Italy); CLST 412 and 413/6.0 (Stobi)

Students digging in CaereThese programs, run by the Department of Classics, offer an intensive introduction to archaeological methods and interpretation, including laboratory practice and field activities (excavation, survey, mapping). Courses are four to six weeks long depending on the location.

The program in the Balkans concentrates on the site of Stobi in the Republic of Macedonia and will concentrate on excavation of the area around the Late Antique Theodosian Palace, while the program in Italy continues to investigate a religious compound in the centre of Caere, now known as Cerveteri.

Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum (Stobi) website

Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum (Italy) website

Art History Venice Summer Schools

Course code: ARTH 245/6.0 Art and Architecture in Venice; ARTH 380/6.0 Venice and its Biennale

The Grand Canal, VeniceARTH 380/6.0: Venice and its Biennale

In June 2015 Art History and Art Conservation launched a brand new study abroad experience in Venice focused on the international contemporary art fair held in this city every two years since 1895.

This is 4 week program in May and June. Includes accommodation, five group meals, public transit in Venice, entrance to all museums and galleries on syllabus, and passes for the Venice Biennale.

ARTH 245/6.0 (Note *245 is not currently being offered in 2019 but may return in coming years.)

Every May for more than forty years the Queen’s Venice Summer School has provided a group of fortunate students with the opportunity to live and learn in a city unlike quite any other. Forget darkened lecture halls and projected images! The churches, museums and labyrinthine streets of the lagoon city serve as the dynamic classroom for this course, as you chart the rich history of this once powerful maritime empire, exploring the art and architecture of its Renaissance.

This course explores Venice’s Byzantine roots and the ways in which the city’s connection to the East impacted visual art through visits to the basilica of San Marco, the island of Torcello, and a day trip to see the spectacular mosaics of Ravenna. Venice’s gradual adoption of the architectural vocabulary of antiquity is considered through the study of religious, civic and domestic monuments.

Venice Summer Schools program website