Queen's signs agreement to offer courses internationally
Queen’s University will offer a range of undergraduate courses in locations around the world during spring and summer terms beginning in 2012 under a new agreement with Blyth Educational Travel.
“The Queen’s-Blyth International Studies Program broadens the scope of the university’s international offerings, which already include the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) and numerous exchange opportunities,” says John Dixon, Vice-Provost (International). “This program will enhance the university’s international profile and expand enrollment through off-campus delivery of courses.”
Queen’s University will administer all academic aspects of the program. Blyth Educational Travel, which has been offering high-quality academic programs internationally for over 30 years, will be responsible for all logistical matters including travel, accommodations and field-trip arrangements.
"We are delighted to work with Queen's University in providing these innovative, experiential, accredited university programs starting in the spring of 2012. They will be a natural complement to our international high school courses, which have provided Canadians and Americans access to accredited programs in over 30 countries for the past 34 years," said Sam Blyth, Managing Director, Blyth Educational Travel.
The three-year agreement will initially see Queen’s courses offered in international venues beginning in spring 2012. Although exact locations have still to be finalized, it is expected that three will be in Europe – most likely France, Spain and Italy – while others will likely be in Australia and Costa Rica.
“The ability to take intensive four-week Queen’s courses in Paris, Rome, or Sydney constitutes an exciting new international opportunity for students in a rapidly shrinking global environment, and is a logical extension of Queen’s overseas offerings at the BISC since 1994,” says Patrick O’Neill, Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Five courses will be offered at each venue during the spring (mid-May to mid-June) and summer (mid-June to mid-July) terms. Each three-unit course (0.5) will be four weeks in duration and will include a rich field-study component developed according to the venue and course, a model that has been used successfully at the BISC for several years.
The courses, intended for upper-year students, will feature small class sizes of between 10 and 25 participants, and will be open to students from across Canada and the United States. As in the case of the BISC, Queen’s will hire instructors for the international courses through an open application process.