School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

International Opportunities

For information on how to apply as an international student and for the International Student Handbook, visit the page for prospective international students.

Visiting Research Students and International Exchange programs

Visiting research students at Queen's

A student who is registered in a graduate level program at their home university may register at Queen's for non-degree study to join a research group. Upon receipt of the requisite application which includes a letter of approval from Queen's, the recommendation of a research supervisor and the Department Head, such a student can be accepted by the SGS as a Visiting Research Student (VRS) at Queen's University for a period up to one year. These students may be assessed student activity fees but not tuition fees. They must be insured under the UHIP and cannot enroll in courses. Contact Darlene Homer at the SGS office for further information and the application documents for the VRS program.

It is the responsibility of any international visitor to Queen’s to be aware of and meet any Canadian immigration requirements.  More information is available on the Queen’s University International Centre website.

International Exchange Programs at Queen's

The University has a robust program of international exchange, involving bi-lateral agreements with about 150 universities in 45 countries.

Graduate students may participate in exchanges to other universities in order to expand their areas of study and research. These exchanges are most often the result of research collaborations between Queen's faculty and those from other universities.

Because of the reciprocal nature of student exchanges, tuition is often waived at the host institution, however students continue to pay tuition to their home university. Students are responsible for all other expenses such as travel, fees related to non-academic services, accommodation and for incoming exchange students at Queen's, UHIP payment.

Students who wish to go on exchange should work closely with their supervisor, or graduate coordinator, to find out if the exchange will contribute to them making progress on their academic program.

Current Queen's graduate students indicate their participation in exchanges outside of Queen's by first completing an Off-Campus Study form (PDF*, 46 KB). These forms are available through the School of Graduate Studies and its website.

Cotutelle Program

A cotutelle program is a dual doctoral degree program between two universities: the student completes the full degree requirements at two universities (common dissertation) and if successful, receives two separate degrees.  Cotutelle programs afford several opportunities: to enhance doctoral training, to foster international research, to enable student mobility, to develop global networks and experiences.  Doctoral students at Queen’s may be able to engage in international cotutelle studies, depending on their academic program, supervision and plan of study.  Students registered in a doctoral program outside of Canada are invited to consider Queen’s as a destination University for cotutelle studies.

Students in a cotutelle program are registered as full-time students at two institutions. They have a supervisor at both universities who are fully committed to mentoring the student in collaboration with each other. Students are subject to the admission requirements (including language requirements), degree requirements and the regulations of both universities and they spend research and study time at each institution.  One comprehensive/candidacy examination and one thesis defence is held in accordance with the framework agreed upon at the start of the cotutelle program.  Normally, a cotutelle option is possible when there is an existing or developing collaborative research project/program between researchers (i.e. prospective supervisors) at two universities.

A Cotutelle PhD Agreement (pdf 104KB) must be completed and signed by the participating universities to confirm the terms (e.g. registration, payment of tuition, etc.) and a schedule of study (e.g. periods at each institution, the location of the thesis examination). A detailed research proposal with a schedule for completion of all degree requirements is also required.

If you are a Queen’s student considering a cotutelle experience, discuss this option with your supervisor to explore the possibilities.  The relevant Associate Dean at the School of Graduate Studies should be contacted to review the cotutelle program framework and a Cotutelle PhD Agreement must be completed and signed prior to commencing a cotutelle program of study.

Queen’s students completing a cotutelle PhD program with a partner institution in France may apply for France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF) Cotutelle Scholarships:

If you are a prospective student or Queen’s is your target partner institution, please contact a potential supervisor. Consult program websites to investigate potential senior supervisors.

Brazil & Latin America (CALDO)

Queen’s welcomes graduate students from around the globe and to help you find the graduate program you are looking for - http://www.caldo.caCALDO can help.

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is a consortium of nine of Canada’s leading research universities and serves as a single point of contact to assist students in applying for graduate studies, and facilitating the identification of a faculty supervisor. CALDO’s partnerships with funding agencies primarily in Latin America provides access to these specialized services for many highly qualified scholarship recipients. 

Ciencia logoAs a CALDO member, Queen’s University is pleased to participate in the Brazil – Canada Science Without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras) Doctoral Scholarship Program.  We have over 120 graduate programs to choose from, please refer to the Graduate Opportunities page to learn more and how to apply (grad opportunities). ​

Latin American Partnerships promote student mobility, faculty exchange, research collaborations and opportunities for students to pursue graduate studies in a wide range of programs in top tier universities. Visit the CALDO website to learn more (CALDO) 

China - China Scholarship Council

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The China Scholarship Council is a government agency in China which provides scholarships to students for doctoral and postdoctoral studies abroad.

Queen's University has signed an agreement with the CSC and with specific Chinese universities to be a preferred host institution for CSC scholarship holders. These scholarships will be awarded to students across all graduate programs, particularly those in physical sciences, applied science and life sciences.

Who is qualified to receive a CSC PhD scholarship? A citizen of China, studying in China or abroad

In order to apply for the CSC scholarship, a student normally must first have received a formal offer of admission from Queen's University.

Procedures for students from China as part of CSC

Queen's University is honoured to receive applications from excellent Chinese students who will be applying for China Scholarship Council (CSC) doctoral scholarships.

Step One

  • Visit the website of the graduate program that you wish to apply to.
  • Determine faculty member(s) with research interests that match yours.
  • You may then contact them by email indicating that you are a potential CSC applicant.

Step Two

Step Three

If the language of instruction in your current degree program is not in English, please take the TOEFL or IELTS test, and ensure your test results are sent to Queen's University

Step Four

Collect the required transcripts and reference letters as indicated on the online application.

Step Five

Once you have received an offer of admission from Queen's University, apply to the CSC doctoral scholarship program.

For further information on the CSC, please see

Note: Queen's funding commitment to CSC holders- you will receive funding in an amount equivalent to the international tuition fee. This funding may come from any combination of Research Assistantships, International Tuition Award, Queen's Graduate Awards, Teaching Assistantships, or other departmental resources.  Check with the department whether all or a portion of your funding will be paid directly to your tuition fee account or paid to you, and you then pay your tuition.


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