Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International)
Queen's places a strong emphasis on providing students with opportunities to gain international experience. The University has a robust program of international exchange, involving bilateral agreements with more than 180 universities in 45 countries. The University also has access to a further 70 universities through consortial exchanges.
Queen's operates an international campus, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, UK. This campus has a capacity of 180 students per term and offers high-quality programs in humanities, social sciences, business and law. Two special features are small class size and a rich program of field study that is integral to every course. The BISC accepts students from universities around the world.
About 2,200 Queen's students per year go abroad for independent study, internships, field trips and other activities – this amounts to about 10 per cent of Queen's total enrolment.
Queen's students are drawn from all across Canada and over 100 countries around the world. International enrolment is approximately 24.7 per cent at the graduate level and 6.0 per cent at the undergraduate level.
Queen's encourages and provides support for numerous program initiatives designed to internationalize the curriculum and the learning environment.
The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) provides many programs and services to support the international student population and domestic students interested in studying, volunteering, or working abroad. QUIC also provides resources for students who are seeking to deepen their international engagement by participating in activities on campus that expose them to a global perspective.
Associate Vice-Principal (International)
Kathy O’Brien is Associate Vice-Principal, International for Queen’s University. She is responsible for advancing Queen’s international profile and she recently led the development of the Queen’s University Comprehensive International Plan (2015-2019). She is responsible for a multidisciplinary approach of coordination and communication across the university to ensure that activity under the key performance indicators related to international research, international mobility, international enrolment, and international at home is progressing. She works closely with all units and academic faculties across campus to assess risks and strategically promote Queen’s profile internationally.
Kathy’s previous experience at Queen’s includes roles as Major Gift Development Officer where she worked in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Most recently, she was the Executive Director in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).
Kathy brings extensive experience, skills, and knowledge from over a decade of employment in the higher education sector, and over a decade in the private sector where she worked for the international executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, in Toronto, Ontario, helping multinational clients. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Carleton University and a Master’s of Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors, and the Chair of the Academic Committee of the Board for St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Bureau for International Education.