International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Ontario Baden-Württemberg (OBW) Summer Programs

Applications for the OBW Summer Language Program are due to the International Programs Office (Mac-Corry B206) by February 15, 2019 at 4:30pm. 

The Ontario Baden-Württemberg (OBW) programs provide students with an opportunity to learn about German language and culture in the South West corner of Germany. Short-term independent study abroad programs include the International Lake Constance Summer School (Internationale Bodensee Hochschule) and the Summer Research Program.

International Lake Constance Summer School

The International Lake Constance Summer School, or Internationale Bodensee Hochschule (IBH), is a four-week summer program at the University of Konstanz in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany. Students from around the world congregate to learn and discuss the cultures of German-speaking countries that surround Lake Constance: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Along with intriguing classroom experiences, IBH promises engaging extracurricular activities and regional excursions. There is a program fee and further details about this can be found on the IBH website. Successful applicants receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to help cover expenses during the course. Please consult the IBH website for new scholarship information. There is no German-language prerequisite for successful participation in the IBH. Classes are taught at various levels, including beginner's. For complete program details, including the nomination procedure, please visit the IBH website.


To be eligible students must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be pursuing a degree in at Queen's University;
  • be registered at Queen's in the academic year preceding participation in the IBH; and
  • be continuing in the same academic program in the academic year following participation


To apply you must:

  • complete and sign the OBW-specific application form;
  • obtain an official transcript from Gordon Hall;
  • write an explanation of your reasons for wishing to participate in this program (max. 1 page, double spaced); and
  • submit your application to the International Programs Office;

You must apply through to this program through the International Programs Office. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the OBW office. Applications are due in the International Programs Office by February 15, 2019 at 4:30pm.

If you are accepted to this program you will need to apply for an International Letter of Permission. There is a $60 fee for this document.


Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program (SRP) is designed for undergraduate (in second year of studies or above) and graduate science students interested in conducting research with a professor at a partner OBW university.

The program runs for either two (2) or three (3) calendar months in summer 2019, with flexibility, and offers a scholarship opportunity of up to $2,600 - $3,500, depending on length of approved research stay! 

Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Knowledge of German is not required for participation, so long as the receiving professor is aware of the level of the nominee's language skills and agrees to host the student. Some knowledge of German would of course enhance the student’s experience. Students are encouraged to work with a Queen's professor to find a faculty member at a partner OBW institution who would be willing to bring them into an ongoing, relevant research project, as this is a preferred prerequisite for participation. For complete details about the nomination procedure and the program, please visit the SRP website.


The application for the 2019 Summer Research Program must be submitted in the International Programs Office by internal application deadline of December 7, 2018. Nomination and application details for the 2018 program will be released soon. Nomination and application information can be read in full on the OBW SRP website.

All applications must include:

  • completed application form (completed online, printed, and signed by applicant);
  • a brief statement (max. 1 page) expressing your reasons, academic and personal, for wishing to participate in this international program;
  • a copy of all academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended since September 2016 (official Queen's transcripts can be purchased at the Office of the University Registrar in Gordon Hall, room 125);
  • a letter of nomination from a professor in your home department/program briefly outlining the relevance of the visit for your program of study, the reasons for nominating you, and, if appropriate, the kind of credit you might receive for the work done in Germany;
  • a letter (or printed email) from a professor at a Baden-Württemberg university stating a willingness to host you in a research project. This letter should indicate the precise duration of the proposed research visit and outline the activities in which you will be engaged;
  • and your own statement of (a) what experience qualifies/prepares you to undertake the work outlined by the proposed host professor, and (b) specifically how you expect the experience in Germany to contribute to your academic/professional development.

You must apply through to this program through the International Programs Office by the internal deadline of December 7, 2018. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the OBW office.