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 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


Name of Award Department Administered By
BISC Bursary Multi-faculty Student Awards
Exchange Bursary Multi-faculty Student Awards
Exchange Scholarship Multi-faculty Student Awards
Canadian Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Multi-faculty Student Awards and IPO
Rhodes Scholarship Multi-faculty Student Affairs
Harold and Helen Cave Scholarship Art Department of Art
Venice Program Bursary Art Department of Art
The Alexander and Ian Vorres Hellenic Travel Fellowship Classics Department of Classics
The Alexander and Ian Vorres Travel Bursary Classics Department of Classics
Classics Travel Grant Classics Department of Classics
The Ross Stuart Kilpatrick Student Initiatives Fund Classics Department of Classics
Colette Tonge Bursary French Department of French
French Exchange Scholarship French Department of French
The Murray A. Cowie Award German Department of German
Eleanor A. Smith Prize Spanish Department of Spanish and Italian


Source Funding Opportunity
BUTEX Scholarships for students studying at BUTEX-affiliated institutions in the UK
DAAD (Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Scholarships for students studying or researching in Germany
Student General database for overseas funding General database for overseas funding
Federal Government Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability
Provincial Government Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

More options are listed on the QUIC website.

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.