International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Eligibility

Exchange programs are available to Arts and Science students who are:

  • Enrolled in an Honours (four-year) program at Queen's.
  • Enrolled full-time in second year* of a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science and be returning to Queen's to complete an honours degree
  • In good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.6 or higher at the time of the application deadline (January). Note: Students require a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be offered a place in the program during the first round of offers, pending partner selection(s) and space availability .
  • Meet the requirements of the exchange partner university regarding level of entry, term(s) of attendance and language competence (typically a 200-level university-level language or its equivalent for partner institutions where the language of instruction is not English) where applicable. Language requirements are listed on the partner profiles

The consortial (multifaculty) exchange and St Andrews exchange programs have additional eligibility criteria, outlined on the relevant program application. 

Because of the high demand for exchanges at Queen's, the application process is competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed for all qualified applicants. Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee you will be nominated for exchange, or that you will be accepted by your host university.

Nomination and application to host university
If you are successful in your application for exchange the IPO will nominate you to the host university. Following this nomination you will be required to apply to the host university for entry. Please note that being nominated does not mean that you will automatically be accepted by your host university.
Note to students regarding Dean's honour list and exchange

Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Academic Regulation 12: Dean's Honour List. Students seeking clarification are invited to visit Faculty of Arts & Science, Student Services, Dunning Hall, Main Floor.

Note to Third and Fourth Years

Applications may also be accepted from third-year students who wish to spend a term abroad during their fourth year and from fourth-year students who wish to spend a term abroad during a fifth year of their program. Applicants currently in their third or fourth year should be aware, however, that:

  • The application must be accompanied by written permission of the Undergraduate Chair(s) of the Department(s) administering their Plan(s) to undertake an international exchange experience
  • The application must contain a detailed plan of proposed study at the intended host university, recognizing that entry to fourth-year courses in their area(s) of concentration may not be possible
  • An exchange term abroad would normally not be permitted during the final term of their degree program at Queen's
  • Second-year applicants will normally be given priority