Office of the Vice-Provost, International

Queen's students are drawn from all across Canada and more than 123 countries around the world. International enrolment is approximately 27% at the graduate level and 11% at the undergraduate level.

Queen's encourages and provides support for numerous program initiatives designed to internationalize the curriculum and the learning environment, and places a strong emphasis on providing students with opportunities to gain international experience.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information 

Last updated Friday, February 26, 2021

Queen’s University administrators continue to respond to the impacts of the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 that can cause acute upper respiratory illness and pneumonia. Protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty, whether on campus in Kingston, at SmithToronto, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), or elsewhere in the world, are our primary concerns, ​and we are continuously assessing what may be required in response to any spread of the virus.

Please review the dedicated Queen's University COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information from the university.


Latest update 

Friday, February 26, 2021: Announcement regarding Spring/Summer 2021 international exchange
In accordance with the Global Affairs Canada travel advisory against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, Queen's University continues to suspend all university-sponsored international travel. This includes a suspension of the study abroad program for Spring/Summer 2021 terms. See below for further details.

In accordance with the Global Affairs Canada travel advisory against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, Queen's University continues to suspend all university-sponsored international travel. This includes a suspension of the study abroad program for Spring/Summer 2021 terms. Also included are university-sponsored practicums, internships, and international research which requires travel to an international location. Please consult a letter written to students by the Vice-Provost, International, as well as a list of FAQs here.

Students residing outside of Canada may apply for an ILOP to take in-person courses at a university in the country in which they normally reside and in which they are currently located. More information can be found here.

We encourage PhD students to postpone or shift travel to a later date or undertake research remotely if able to do so. Given the current situation, there are significant travel restrictions and it will be difficult to make travel arrangements. If you are a PhD student planning to travel abroad for COVID-19-related, dissertation research during this time, please consult with your supervisor and Environmental Health and Safety to review your research/safety plans.

Students who are recipients of a Mitacs Globalink Research Award should consult the FAQs compiled by the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research).

Queen's University has received approval for its COVID-19 readiness plan. As of October 20, 2020, designated learning institutions (DLIs) within Canada are approved to host international students who are not currently in Canada and who have, or have been approved for, a study permit and are travelling to Canada for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose. If you are an international Queen's student who is not currently in Canada and you plan to travel to Canada to continue your studies, please visit the Queen's University International Centre for more information.

All university-sponsored travel is suspended. Queen’s University has suspended all university-sponsored travel outside of Canada indefinitely. This affects students, staff, and faculty and includes all future exchange, study abroad, letters of permission, faculty-led programs, internships, research placements, community-engaged learning, practicums, and conferences. This suspension also applies to incoming travel by visitors outside of Canada coming to Queen’s. In specific circumstances, waivers may be granted. Please email the Office of the Vice-Provost, International.

If you are planning to travel to Canada, it is vital to follow the advice for returning travellers provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and your local public health authority to minimize the risk of transmission. 

If you are a Queen's student who intends to travel to Canada, please consult the Queen's University International Centre website for more information on planning your travel to ensure compliance with federal, provincial and local public health guidelines.

You can reduce the risk of spreading infection by following prevention measures when returning to Canada. Queen’s Covid-19 website provides constantly-updated information, including information on how to protect yourself and others. We strongly encourage you to regularly monitor the news and public health agency information for the country, province, city etc. to which you will be returning. 

International at Queen's

  • The university has a robust program of international exchange, involving bilateral agreements with more than 150 universities in 40 countries, and also has access to a further 60 universities through consortial exchanges.
  • Queen's operates an international campus, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, U.K., that offers high-quality programs in humanities, social sciences, business and law. Two special features are small class size and a rich program of field studies that are integral to every course. The BISC accepts students from universities around the world.
  • The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) provides many programs and services to support the international and domestic student population. QUIC also provides resources for students who are seeking to deepen their international engagement by participating in activities on campus that expose them to a global perspective.

Dr. Sandra den Otter joined the research portfolio as the Associate Vice-Principal (Research) in August 2018. This was expanded to include the interim position of Associate Vice-Principal (International) for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Sandra began her term as Vice-Provost, International, on July 1, 2020.

Dr. den Otter, Department of History at Queen’s University, researches and teaches in the area of late 18th, 19th and 20th century Britain, colonialism and post-colonialism. She has a particular expertise in the history of colonial legal cultures, ideas of social welfare and humanitarianism, and the history of the social sciences. For five years, she served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Queen’s, with broad responsibilities and success in the support of graduate student research achievement and new program development.

As part of the Research portfolio, Dr. den Otter will advance the University’s research mission, working with the faculties, faculty members and the broader research community to enhance capacity for research and innovation across a wide variety of disciplines.

The International portfolio oversees the Queen’s University Comprehensive International Plan and supports strategic international relationships, institutional coordination, communication and collaboration among partners, faculties, schools and units to assist students, faculty members and staff across campus involved in international learning, research and planning.

Comprehensive International Plan

Queen's Comprehensive International Plan (QUCIP) guides the university’s international activities and initiatives, decision-making, and resource allocation so that they reflect Queen's standards of excellence and are in alignment with the goals and objectives of Queen's Strategic Framework.

The QUCIP, which guides Queen’s international planning until 2019, is built on four themes:

  • International Research Engagement
  • International Mobility
  • International Enrolment Management
  • International at Home

 Download the Comprehensive International Plan (1 MB)

Learn more about the QUCIP...