International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Ontario Rhône-Alpes Summer Programs

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. Intensive French language training unfolds in the Rhône-Alpes region of France over the course of four weeks (July-August).

Have questions? Contact the OUI Office if you have questions about this virtual program:

For complete program details, including the nomination procedure, program fee and further details, please visit 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

Students who will be graduating in advance of the relevant summer term are not eligible to apply.


To apply you must:

Please submit the following documents to the International Programs Office at

Applications are due in the International Programs Office by 4:00pm EST on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 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 online 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 science or health science 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 Jean Monnet (Saint-Étienne); and
  • Université de Savoie

View the ORA SRP 2021 brochure

The program runs from May-July, with flexibility. Students who will be graduating in advance of the relevant summer term are not eligible to apply.

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 (depending on research professor), 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.

Professor Philippe Di Stefano, Department of Physics, often meets with students to discuss the ORA SRP. They are available for virtual meetings to talk about the program, you can reach them at


Application details and the application form program can be found on the ORA website. Students must have submitted their online application and emailed their PDF copy + all supporting documents to  

Applications are due by 4:00pm EST on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the ORA office.

lease take precautions when emailing sensitive personal information. We advise you to securely send the files to Haley McCormick using OneDrive, found in your Queen's Office 365 applications. You can view a tutorial on how to use OneDrive by watching this short youtube tutorial.