Students in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's have a considerable number of options allowing them to spend a term or a full academic year abroad.
Providing a remarkable venue for study and a gateway to Europe, the Bader International Study Centre or "the Castle" as it is known by Queen's students, is a unique learning environment. Students from around the world have the opportunity to pursue studies in a truly European and international setting while earning credits toward their academic degree programs. Students may opt to spend their entire first year at the BISC as part of the innovative First-Year Program, or they may decide to spend one or more terms in the BISC Upper-Year Program.
Combining the academic excellence of Queen's University and the experiential learning expertise of Blyth Education, students have the opportunity to study in one of two intensive 3-week sessions abroad in May and/or June and earn Queen's credits to count towards their degree program. Queen's-Blyth Worldwide offers 3.0-unit courses from numerous disciplines in the humanities, languages, social sciences and physical and natural sciences and delivers these courses in various locations around the world. The curriculum is designed to take full advantage of the session location and provides the opportunity for enriching field studies and small class sizes in every course.
Students may participate in international programs operated by individual Queen's departments such as the Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLCU) Semester in Shanghai program at Fudan University in China, or enroll in individual Queen's courses offered abroad such as the Global Development Studies course in Havana, Cuba; an Art History course in Venice, Italy; Classics archaeological digs in Italy or Jordan; or Biology field trips in China, Mexico, or Argentina. Departmental approval is needed in all cases.
With funding from the Japanese government, the agreement with KGU includes two other Canadian universities – Mount Allison University, and the University of Toronto – to establish a Canada-Japan collaborative learning project. The resultant KGU Cross-Cultural College provides a unique opportunity for Canadian and Japanese students to gain a deeper understanding of each other’s cultures and study mutual issues facing their respective countries, while at the same time earning academic credits towards their degrees.
Students may take part in study-abroad programs operated by other universities, such as the Canadian Field Studies in Africa program operated by McGill University, the Trent-in-Ecuador or Trent-in-Ghana programs operated by Trent University, or the Dalhousie Cuba semester program. They may even spend a term at sea accumulating transfer credits with the Semester-at-Sea program sponsored by the University of Virginia. Information on various other programs, offered especially during the Spring/Summer terms, is available from the International Programs Office. If students are interested in pursuing studies at other academic institutions, they are able to do so with departmental approval. In this scenario, students will apply for an International Letter of Permission to register independently as a visiting student for a term or a year at a recognized university anywhere in the world.