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Queen's University

Exchange Programs for Queen’s Students

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Types of Exchange Programs

Bilateral Exchanges: Formal partnership agreements between Queen's and another university where by students have the opportunity to study at a partner university while still paying their tuition and ancillary fees to Queen's. In other words, Queen's sends selected students to our partner institution, and they send their selected students to Queen's. The Faculty of Arts and Science maintains partnerships with over 100 universities in 30 different countries. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 is required for application.  Selected exchange partners require a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Consortial Exchanges: Students may take part in one of five different exchange programs organized by provincial and national consortia that give them access to about 50 further universities in China, France, Germany, India, and the United States. In other words, consortial exchanges are arranged between groups of universities. A cumulative GPA of 2.6 is required for application. Financial support from the program may be available.

Who can apply

Exchange programs are available to all Arts and Science students partaking in an Honours (four-year) program at Queen's.

Classes are generally available in English, unless otherwise indicated. Because of the high demand for exchanges at Queen's, the application process is competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed for all qualified applicants.

When to apply

Students apply in the Winter term of their second year for placements in their third year of study. Applications become available online during the Fall term.

The IPO assists students in ensuring administrative timelines are met and that students successfully transition both academically and culturally to and from their host institutions.

What next?

  • Students interested in information pertaining to eligibility and the exchange application process should visit Prospective Students .
  • Students who have been recently currently nominated for an exchange may find helpful resources under the Nominated Students  section to aid with preparation for the exchange program.
  • Students who are currently participating on exchange or have returned from exchange should consult Returning Students to review transfer credit and transcript policies, as well as survey a number of volunteer opportunities that will enhance their international experience.

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