International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Financing Learning Abroad

The International Programs Office offers a number of international opportunities at varying cost.

While some programs can be expensive, not all are. For example, did you know that if you go on exchange you don’t necessarily have to pay more than you would if you stayed in Kingston? This is because you still pay Queen's tuition and the cost of living in different countries can be cheaper than it is in Canada.

A number of general scholarships and bursaries are available specifically for students participating in formal exchange programs. There is also substantial financial assistance available for students attending the Bader International Study Centre (BISC). Some departments also offer bursaries and scholarships for students studying or researching abroad.

Queen's awards are generally not available for programs which require the payment of fees to an institution outside of Queen's. However, there are other granting agencies that offer financial support for study abroad, and millions of dollars go unclaimed by students every year.

Learning abroad specific funding

Internal

Some of the awards listed below may require a separate application, while in other cases Queen's students who are participating in a Queen's formal exchange or studying at the BISC will be automatically considered. If you are selected to receive an Exchange Bursary the name of your bursary may be amended to one of the following awards. Please note that only the name of the award will change after a student has been selected; the value of the Exchange Bursary assistance will not change depending on the name of the award. Consult with the relevant departmental website and Student Awards for the most up-to-date information.

Name of Award Department Country Application Required?
Exchange Bursary Multi-faculty Multiple (any country where Queen's has an active exchange agreement) Yes
Perry J. Lao International Exchange Award Multi-faculty Multiple (any country where Queen's has an active exchange agreement) Yes, through the Exchange Bursary
Claire L. Leggett International Study Award Multi-faculty Multiple (any country where Queen's has an active exchange agreement) and UK (BISC) Yes, through the Exchange or BISC Bursary
Blakely Family International Study Award Multi-faculty Multiple (any country where Queen's has an active exchange agreement) and UK (BISC) Yes, through the Exchange or BISC Bursary
BISC Bursary Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes
Alfred Bader International Study Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Bader International Study Centre Experiential Learning Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) No
Bader International Study Centre Bursary Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
BISC International Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
International Study Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Donald C. and Cornelia N. Elliott Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
John Greer Nicholson BISC Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Franklin G. T. Pickard Memorial International Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Kathleen Ryan Bader International Study Centre Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Donna G Young Sexsmith International Studies Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Allan R. Taylor International Study Award Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Vice-Provost BISC Bursary Multi-faculty UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Stephen Csatari Memorial Award History UK (BISC) Yes, through the BISC Bursary
Rhodes Scholarship Multi-faculty UK (University of Oxford) Yes, see Student Affairs
Canadian Learning Initiative in China (CLIC) Travel Award Multi-faculty China Yes, see IPO for details
Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Award Multi-faculty Israel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Yes, through the Exchange Bursary
Leiden University Awards Multi-faculty Netherlands (Leiden University) Yes, through the Exchange Bursary
Canadian Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Multi-faculty Scotland (University of St Andrews) Yes, at same time as applying for exchange
Killam Fellowship Program Multi-faculty US Yes
Bursary for Studies in Africa Multi-faculty Any country in sub-Saharan Africa Yes, through the Exchange Bursary
Val Hanbidge Keast Memorial Scholarship Faculty of Arts and Science Scotland (University of St Andrews) No
Harold and Helen Cave Scholarship Art UK (BISC) or Italy (Venice Summer School) Yes, via Department of Art
Venice Program Bursary Art Italy Yes, through the Faculty of Arts and Science International Mobility Fund
The Alexander and Ian Vorres Hellenic Travel Fellowship Classics Greece Yes, via Department of Classics
The Alexander and Ian Vorres Hellenic Travel Bursary Classics Greece Yes, via Department of Classics
Classics Travel Grant Classics Multiple Yes, via Department of Classics
Barbara C. Pearson Memorial Scholarship French Multiple (any French-speaking university) No
Colette Tonge Bursary French Multiple (any French-speaking university) Yes, via Department of French
Department of German Scholarship for Study in Germany Languages, Literatures and Cultures Multiple (any German-speaking university) No
The Murray A. Cowie Award German Multiple (any German-speaking university) Yes, through the Exchange Bursary
Jean Shields Sanders Scholarship in German German Multiple (any German-speaking university) No
Eleanor A. Smith Prize in Spanish Languages, Literatures and Cultures Multiple (any Spanish-speaking university) Yes, through the Exchange Bursary

External

Source Funding Opportunity Country
BUTEX Scholarships for students studying at BUTEX-affiliated institutions in the UK UK
DAAD (Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Scholarships for students studying or researching in Germany Germany
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Scholarships for students taking part in SICI programs in India India
SWEA Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA) Travel Scholarships Scholarships for students studying on an established official exchange with a university in Sweden Sweden
Student Awards.com General database for overseas funding  Multiple
StudyPortals.com General database for overseas funding Multiple
Federal Government Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability N/A
Provincial Government Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) N/A

All domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) will be required to apply for government student financial assistance in order to be considered for exchange (or BISC) bursary assistance. Generally a student will be expected to have qualified for at least $5,000 of government student assistance.

Please ensure that you are aware of any impact studying abroad may have on pre-existing bursaries or scholarships, and that you familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria of the awards listed before applying.