International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Eligibility

Any student who is in good academic standing (i.e., a cumulative GPA of 1.6) may participate in study abroad. Please see the criteria below for further details.

You must be successful in your application for an International Letter of Permission (ILOP), and apply successfully for admission to the host university. An ILOP is prior confirmation that a course you intend to take at a university outside of Canada is acceptable for Queen's transfer credit. Tuition fees are payable directly to that institution.

Additional Criteria and Information
  • An ILOP is required by Faculty of Arts and Science academic regulations 14 - 14.8 for any undergraduate Arts and Science student studying abroad at another institution. Please ensure you read these regulations.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $60 must be submitted for each ILOP. If a student requests replacement or additional courses, a new ILOP application and application fee of $60 must be submitted.
  • Any amendments or requests for substitute courses must be submitted as a new ILOP by the deadline stated.
  • An International Letter of Permission (ILOP) may take 4 weeks or longer to process.
  • All ILOPs will be emailed to students once processed.
  • Students in first year may apply for an ILOP if the average of their mid-year grades is at least 60 per cent and if they have passed a majority of courses. A conditional ILOP would be issued pending receipt of final grades.  
  • If you wish to take your 3rd or 4th year of an Honours program away on an ILOP, you must obtain written permission from your department(s) of concentration and the Associate Dean (Studies). You will need to provide a statement, outlining the reasons why you wish to study abroad for your 3rd or 4th year. View the appeals process here.
  • Students who are studying at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), or a Queen's departmental study abroad program which offers Queen's credits are NOT required to obtain an ILOP.

Application

1. Find a Program
Decide where and when you would like to study. Search the website of the university you wish to attend and gather specific information about the availability of suitable courses and programs offered.
Once you have found a university of interest, determine the application deadlines and procedures for applying as a visiting student and whether an International Letter of Permission (ILOP) is required. For example, The Canadian Field Studies in Africa program run out of McGill University requires the ILOP along with your application to their study abroad program.

Apply for an ILOP, taking into account the criteria listed above, and pay the $60 fee. An International Letter of Permission (ILOP) allows you to study abroad with the assurance that you will be able to transfer your credits back to Queen's. It is required by Faculty of Arts and Science regulations for any undergraduate Arts and Science student studying abroad at another institution.

Read these FAQs before submitting your application

You can pay for your ILOP online on the Student Forms page of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

It is essential that you apply for an ILOP prior to departure, so that we can approve your study abroad credit.

Some courses are not eligible for transfer credit. Check this list to make sure you do not apply for a course that will be denied.

If requesting replacement or additional courses, you must submit a new ILOP application and application fee of $60.

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4. Apply to the Host University or Program
  • It is the student’s responsibility to apply for admission to the host university.
  • Students participating in an independent study abroad activity must register at the host university as a visiting student rather than as a student on a degree program. Students who register on a degree program will jeopardize their registration status at Queen’s University.
  • The student must complete and submit all documentation required by the host university, directly to the host university, by its stated deadlines.
  • Tuition and ancillary fees are to be paid by the student to the host university, in accordance with the host university’s requirements.
  • Students may be required to pay additional fees, such as mandatory health insurance, activity fees, etc., to the host university.
  • Application to the host university may in some cases come before applying for an ILOP. Students must determine application deadlines and requirements prior to applying. It is not the responsibility of the International Programs Office to determine this.
5. Before Departure

Safety and Travel

  1. Independent study abroad falls under Queen’s University’s Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP) (http://www.safety.queensu.ca/ocasp). As such, students must complete the mandatory OCASP Safety Planning Record (SPR) process prior to departing for their studies abroad. Failure to complete a Safety Planning Record may result in their International Letter of Permission being revoked and transfer credits not being granted.

  2. In the event that Global Affairs Canada (https://travel.gc.ca) issues a travel warning advising against travel to the location or region of the host university following the issuance of the ILOP by Queen’s, but prior to departure, the ILOP will be automatically rescinded. In this circumstance, to seek an exception, the student must apply in writing, giving reasons for the request and documenting how the hazards identified in the Global Affairs Canada warning will be mitigated. The ILOP will not be reinstated unless the student is able to demonstrate to the Health and Safety Specialist (OCASP) that the hazards identified in the Global Affairs Canada warning can be mitigated appropriately.

  3. In the event that Global Affairs Canada issues a travel warning advising against travel to or visits within the location or region of the intended host university after the student’s departure, the student is required to revise their OCASP Safety Planning Record (SPR) to reflect the new circumstances, and resubmit it for review and approval. If the new hazards cannot be mitigated appropriately, Queen’s University may require the student to leave the area of risk. Failure to revise and resubmit the SPR and to cooperate with Queen’s University in managing the student’s risk may result in the student not receiving academic credit for the affected term(s) of study.

  4. Students are responsible for obtaining the necessary immigration documentation as required. Please note that it may take a few months to obtain such documentation.

  5. Students are responsible for ensuring that appropriate and sufficient health insurance is obtained to cover the period of time while on the study abroad activity and while travelling abroad.

  6. It is the student’s responsibility to decide whether to purchase travel cancellation insurance. Cancellation insurance may provide coverage in the event that travel plans are altered because of circumstances that lead to the issuance of a travel warning by Global Affairs Canada.

Personal Expenses

  1. Students are responsible for all personal expenses, including transportation, medical insurance, food and accommodation. It is the responsibility of the student to secure their own accommodation.

Conduct

  1. Students participating in study abroad activities are bound by the terms of the Queen’s University Student Code of Conduct (http://www.queensu.ca/studentconduct) prior to, during, and following the study period. In the event that the student violates the Student Code of Conduct, permission to participate in the study abroad activity may be revoked.

  2. Students participating in study abroad activities are subject to the rules and regulations of the host university and laws of the host country.