International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Ontario Rhône-Alpes Summer Programs

Applications for the (2018) ORA Summer Language Program are due to the International Programs Office (Mac-Corry B206) by Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

The Ontario Rhône-Alpes (ORA) program allows Queen’s students to study abroad at universities in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Students interested in short-term study abroad programs can participate in the ORA Summer Language Program (SLP) or the ORA Summer Research Program (SRP). 

Summer Language Program

The Summer Language Program (SLP) is a short-term study abroad option for full-time degree students interested in exploring French culture and improving their French language skills. It is designed for non-French speakers and successful applicants will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to help cover expenses. Intensive French language training unfolds in the Rhône-Alpes region of France over the course of four weeks (July-August).

Consider spending a month of your summer in South East of France while earning credits towards your degree. For complete details about the nomination procedure, eligibility requirements and the program please review the ORA SLP website.


To be eligible students must:

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


To apply you must:

  • complete and sign the ORA SLP 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 complete application to the International Programs Office.

Applications are due in the International Programs Office by Friday, February 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm. You must apply through to this program through the International Programs Office. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the ORA office.

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 and graduate science students interested in conducting research in conjunction with a professor at a partner Rhône-Alpes university. Students must be studying in either undergraduate or graduate engineering, sciences, or health sciences disciplines. Partner Rhône-Alpes universities include:

  • Lyon 1 (Claude Bernard);
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon);
  • INSA (Lyon);
  • Ecole Centrale Supérieure (Lyon);
  • Université Grenoble Alpes (Université Jean Fourier);
  • INP (Grenoble);
  • Université de St. Etienne; and
  • Université de Savoie

The program runs from May-July, with flexibility, and offers a scholarship. Students are encouraged to work with a professor at Queen's to contact Faculty at a partner institution to establish a research connection, as this is a preferred prerequisite for participation. While language proficiency is not a requirement for application,as lab work is conducted in English, knowledge of French would be an asset for participants. For complete details about the nomination procedure, eligibility requirements and specific program details, please review the ORA SRP website.

Nomination & Application

To be considered for the 2018 SRP, a nominating professor must submit a complete nomination to the International Programs Office by the internal deadline of January 9, 2018. Nomination and application details for the 2018 program can be read in full on the ORA SRP website.

All applications must include:

  • a completed and signed ORA SRP application form;
  • a description of the research project;
  • a brief statement expressing the reasons for wishing to participate in this program; 
  • copies of academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended since September 2015 (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 the student's home academic unit/program briefly outlining the relevance of the visit for the student's program og study, the reasons fro nominating the student, and, if appropriate, the kind of credit the student might receive for the work done in France;
  • and a letter (or printed email) from a professor at a Rhône-Alpes university stating a willingness to host the student in a research project. The letter should: (1) indicate the precise duration of the research visit; (2) outline the activities in which the student will be engaged; and (3) confirm the willingness of the lab to pay the gratification/stipend.

You must apply through the International Programs Office by the internal deadline of January 9, 2018. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the ORA office.