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Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

OFFICE OF THE

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

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Information for students planning to participate in international exchange, Fall 2020

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Dear students,

I’m writing to you about your plans to study abroad in the fall.  The university has been consulting closely and continually with the public health officials to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff and the broader community. This consultation has led us to some difficult decisions.  One of these decisions is the cancellation of the study abroad program for fall 2020.

I am aware that you have been much anticipating your travel and we regret that this will not be possible in the fall term. Continuing uncertainty about public health, travel restrictions, immigration and health insurance factors, and the ability of host universities to welcome Queen’s students are some of the reasons for the decision to cancel the Fall study abroad program.  Several of our international partner universities who had intended to host Queen’s students have already cancelled their programs for incoming students and we expect more to follow in the weeks ahead.

We want to uphold and preserve our institutional commitment to the value of student mobility for deepening a shared understanding and for broadening experience.  We will do our utmost to ensure that you will have an opportunity to study abroad.  The international offices in our faculties/schools will be contacting you and your colleagues about multiple options for deferred exchange.  We ask for your patience and your flexibility as we begin these conversations with each of you and with your potential host university.

Best wishes,

Dr. Sandra den Otter

Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International)

 

FAQs for students planning to participate in international exchange, Fall 2020

Last updated Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Will I be able to go on my exchange in the fall?

No. As of Wednesday, May 13, the university made the decision to cancel the study abroad program for Fall 2020. Please see the statement above.
Who do I talk to about my cancelled exchange term?
Please speak with your faculty international office for more information and an individualised response.
My exchange term has been cancelled. What does this mean for my academic plan?
Queen’s students should enrol in their Queen’s courses this fall as per the directive of the faculty international office.
The situation in the country I was due to travel to is considered safe. May I still travel?
No. We regret that this will not be possible in the Fall term. Continuing uncertainty about public health, travel restrictions, immigration and health insurance factors, and the ability of host universities to welcome. Student safety is one of the reasons for the decision to cancel the Fall study abroad program. Several of our international partner universities who had intended to host Queen’s students have already cancelled their programs for incoming students and we expect more to follow in the weeks ahead.
Am I able to defer my exchange to Winter 2021 or Fall 2021?
We will attempt to be as accommodating as possible; however, we cannot guarantee this as an option to all students, based on factors such as our exchange partners’ decisions. Your faculty international office will contact you to outline and discuss the options available to you.
When will I find out if I can defer?
Faculty international offices are working with partners to identify options and communicate them to students as quickly as possible.
If I can defer, what does this mean for my academic plan?
Students should work with their faculty international offices and/or academic counsellor to understand course selection in the event of a deferral being granted.
I have already bought a flight/paid for my study visa. Can I be reimbursed?
Please contact your faculty international office to indicate costs you have already incurred as a result of planning for your exchange.
I really want to have an international experience. What other options are available to me?
We hope to be able to offer international program options as normal in 2021. Please notify your faculty international office if you are interested in future programming. The delivery of any international programming in 2021 is subject to public health and travel advisories.
Does this affect students due to travel internationally for a dual degree program?
All international travel for university-sponsored activities was suspended on March 12, 2020, and this suspension is still in place. Please check with your faculty international office for alternative program planning.
I have a question that is not covered in these FAQs. Whom do I contact?
Please email your question to the following address: global@queensu.ca.