Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Queen's University Political Studies Summer Institute

QPSSI students at Niagara Falls in 2017

Photo courtesy of the Queen's Gazette

Designed specifically for international students who are either completing an exchange at Queen's University or wish to attain a summer credit that can be applied to their home institution, the Queen's Political Studies Summer Institute (QPSSI) provides students two weeks of immersive learning that explores Canadian society, culture, and politics. The first of its kind in Canada, the program combines traditional classroom lectures and educational field trips to allow students to experience Canadian life. Students will visit some of Canada’s monumental landmarks through various excursions that include a trip to Ottawa, the nation’s capital; Ontario’s capital Toronto; historic Montreal; and the world famous Niagara Falls. 

Students who successfully meet the academic requirements of the course will receive 3.0 units of academic credit (equivalent to 6.0 ANU units). Students receiving course credit for a three unit (or one term) second-year political science course in Canadian Politics pay a program fee of $5,500 (CDN), which covers tuition, on-campus accommodation, field trips, breakfast and lunch, transportation while in Canada, and program materials. Students who are completing the course as a certificate program pay a program fee of $4,000 (CDN)

IMPORTANT: Because of the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, QPSSI 2021 programming is cancelled. Information regarding QPSSI 2022 will be posted once available. 

QPSSI 2019 Itinerary (PDF, 138KB)

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Students who are affiliated with any of our partner institutions (including students from Australian National University (ANU) who wish to complete QPSSI as part of the ANU PRIMO program) and have a Letter of Permission (LOP) from their home university to attend QPSSI are eligible. Non-affiliated students are also eligible to apply for the QPSSI program provided that they have meet their home university’s requirements to study abroad and have a valid Letter of Permission (LOP) from their home university.  Applicants must be 18 years of age by the start of program. 

The language of instruction is English. Candidates for whom English is not their first language, please determine if submission of a test of facility in English is required for admission to attend QPSSI.

How to apply?

Apply for Academic Credit

Register for the Certificate Program

For more information please see the QPSSI Brochure: 

QPSSI 2017 was featured in the Queen's Gazette in July 2017. Read the story here

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