School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

International Interchange Opportunities

The School has exchange or interchange study agreements with two universities that permit MPA/PMPA students to complete their spring course credits abroad. An Information Session will be held in the fall term, when study opportunities for the subsequent spring have been confirmed with the exchange coordinators at these institutions. 

Fudan University, Shanghai, China

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This is an exciting opportunity for students to study Chinese policy and economic reforms at one of China’s foremost educational institutions. It offers an opportunity to learn about China and provides contact with Fudan students and faculty. China is a country notable for its rich cultural heritage, an earlier record of alternative development strategies, and a growing movement towards market-oriented economic growth that is producing unique developmental challenges.

The interchange takes place over a period of approximately six weeks (mid April to the end of May) at Fudan University’s China Centre for Economic Studies (CCES) in Shanghai. The CCES’s programs in social research are considered to be among the best in China.

Courses and Credits

The interchange program consists of two one-term (half-course) credits:

MPA-857 Public Policy in China
MPA-858 Dynamics of Chinese Economy

  • Courses are taught in English by professors at Fudan University. Queen’s students pay tuition and register for the courses at Queen’s and receive academic credit from Queen’s.
  • All interchange participants are required to take both courses, which are evaluated on a pass/fail basis. That is, neither a numeric nor letter grade is awarded as the final course grade on the transcript.
  • MPA and PMPA students may count both of these courses for degree credit.

Eligibility for Queen’s Students

  • Normally students registered in the School of Policy Studies are given preference over other Queen’s students.
  • Questions relating to eligibility should be directed to Program Directors or Graduate Chairs in the student’s home department.

Application Process

Application for the interchange is made by email submission to the Fudan Exchange Coordinator. The Application includes a Statement of Interest, 100-200 words in length.

Applications must be submitted by December 7, 2018. Applications will be evaluated according to:

  • academic performance;
  • academic relevance to the student’s programme;
  • motivation and clarity of objectives and expectations.

Applicants selected to participate in the program will be required to pay a $650.00 supplementary activity fee by February 8, 2019 (cheques made payable to Queen's University) to confirm their acceptance.

All students approved to participate in the Fudan Interchange must complete an Fudan Application for International Students [Word DOC - 156KB] to be submitted to the Fudan Interchange Coordinator. The application must be typed.

Exchange Bursary

Queen’s students may qualify for a Queen’s Exchange Bursary to help meet the costs of their international studies.

Accommodation in Shanghai

Accommodation is arranged mutually between School of Policy Studies and CCES. As much as it is possible, students have a choice between single or shared accommodation. If shared accommodation is preferred, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with another student participating in the exchange program. In the event the student is not successful in making a shared arrangement, it is expected the student will pay for single accommodation as neither the School of Policy Studies nor CCES will be held responsible for the difference in cost and no subsidy can be offered.

Approximate Costs

Students are responsible for paying their regular Queen’s spring term tuition fees, airfare, food and accommodation, a field trip administration fee, passport and visa fees, and all other related costs. The estimates below provide a rough guide to assist students in planning, but actual costs will vary from year to year as exchange rates, fuel costs and the like fluctuate, and they will vary with student choices.

  • Spring Term Tuition: Dependent on your programme of study
  • Supplementary Activity fee (for field trips): $650 (due February 8, 2019, cheque made payable to Queen's University)
  • Airfare: Approximately $1700
  • Vaccinations: Approximately $300
  • Passport: *Must be greater than 6 months from expiry. New Passports: 5-year passport $120, 10-year passport $160.
  • Visa: $95.20 CAD single entry
  • Food at Fudan: $15/day
  • Accommodation: Approximately $25 per person/per night/shared accommodation.

Supplementary Information

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures provides excellent information on the WIKI with regards to studying at Fudan University for its students. Queen's students can access this information logging on the WIKI and searching "Queen's University Semester in Shanghai". We highly recommend you take the time to read through it, while ignoring those sections pertaining exclusively to exchange students in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP): This policy applies to all University-sanctioned off-campus activities and completion of the related forms and procedures is a pre-requisite to going to China on this interchange.

The Safety Planning Record: Must be completed online by each student, submitted through the OCASP Data Warehouse, and approved well in advance of departure by the Interchange Coordinator and the Director of School of Policy Studies.

For further information on the Fudan Student Interchange Program, please contact:

Fudan Exchange Coordinator

Fiona Froats
Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 319
Queen’s University
Telephone: 613.533.6200


University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

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Open the application for the Ghana International InterchangeAn interchange agreement with the Department of Public Administration at the University of Ghana provides for Queen's graduate students from the School of Policy Studies going to Ghana for a 10-11 week period during the spring/summer semester (April –July). Students may choose to remain in Ghana for a longer period of time. 

The program has four components:

  • A 36 hour course on policy making in Africa normally taught by a faculty members from the University of Ghana
  • A three day on-site orientation to the country in lectures provided by faculty of the University of Ghana in Legon, meetings with Ghanaian Parliamentarians, meetings with members of the Ghanaian civil service, and an introduction to the basic services needed by students while in Ghana (transportation, banking, food, etc in the neighbourhood where students will be living).
  • Up to five study tours to all regions of Ghana (usually conducted on weekends) led by a faculty member from the University of Ghana
  • A work placement (usually 8 weeks long) with an NGO or government department

Students travel together to Ghana, and live together in housing arranged by the University of Ghana while there. A faculty member from the University of Ghana is assigned to the group and is available to them 24/7.

Students take the 36 hour credit course in a concentrated way in Ghana over a 6 day period and students receive credit for their 8 week placement there.

Students depart Canada in mid to late April and return in late June/ early July.