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International Students

Queen's University is a world-class institution whose alumni are spread across the globe in over 155 countries.

We take great pride and pleasure in welcoming students to Queen's, to Kingston, and to Canada.

In this section, you can find information on services and programs that will help you make the most of your time with us.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Adjusted Service

The Office of the University Registrar (OUR) is here to provide service to you.

We have adjusted our services to online delivery in an effort to help reduce the global spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Our commitment to provide support to you remains our priority during this time and our core operations will continue.  As many staff within the OUR are working remotely, we would ask that your inquiries be directed as follows:

If you wish to submit a request to have a form completed (i.e. CPP) or request a letter (i.e. degree certificate) please visit for easy and complete instructions on how to submit the Document Request Form.  Please continue to watch for updates on our web site.

We remain committed to providing service to you and will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Please continue to monitor the Queen’s University’s COVID-19 webpage ( for the most up to date information.

Please Note: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reminds those attending Canadian post-secondary schools on study permits of the various rules related to their permit status.

Information from IRCC can be found on the Registrar’s Office website in both English and French.


If you are not a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant), or a person registered as Indigenous within the meaning of the Indian Act, you are charged the international fee (see Undergraduate Tuition Fees - International or Graduate Tuition Fees - International).

A number of exemptions may apply to International students. A short description of each of these categories follows. Each of these cases must be examined individually by fee assessment staff in the Office of the University Registrar, in Gordon Hall.

International students who qualify for an exemption are charged domestic fees (see relevant Domestic fees schedule on the Fees section of our website. International students with questions about their fees or payments can contact the Office of the University Registrar by telephone at 613-533-6894 or by fax at 613-533-2068.

Exemption Categories

To be exempt from the international fee rate, a person must fall into one of the exemption categories. A complete listing can be viewed in the following PDF:

International Fee Exemption Categories (74 KB)

Status Changes

If your status in Canada changes during the term it must be reported with supporting documents to the Office of the University Registrar.

Documentation must be provided before the Ontario government enrolment count dates to affect fees for that term:

Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
November 1st November 1st
February 1st February 1st
May 25th June 30th
July 23rd  


Queen's University International Centre (QUIC)

The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC), provides support to international students, staff and their families.

Services for international students include: University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP),  International Welcome and Orientation, advising and immigration information, English Conversation Program, social activities and intercultural training. The QUIC also offers information regarding housing options for incoming international students. Through its activities the Centre promotes an internationally-informed and cross-culturally sensitive university community. 

To find out more about the services available please visit the QUIC website.

International Housing Support

The QUIC offers information regarding housing options for incoming international students and other community members.

Telephone: +1-613-533-2604

Health Insurance

The University accepts no responsibility for uninsured medical expenses incurred by students or their dependents.

In Ontario, there are two different types of health insurance plans: primary and supplementary health insurance.

Primary Health Plans – provide coverage for physician services at clinics and hospitals in Ontario for both emergency and routine needs.  In other Canadian locations, the plans provide emergency coverage only.  Outside of Canada, the plans offer very limited coverage and should always be combined with a supplementary travel plan.

  • International students and their dependents (residing in Ontario) are required to have coverage in UHIP, the University Health Insurance Plan administered at QUIC.
  • Canadian students from other provinces must inform their local Ministry of Health that they will be studying in Ontario.
  • Returning Canadians or new permanent residents are eligible to apply for OHIP, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.  If you need coverage during the OHIP waiting period, you can request short-term UHIP by email to (incl. your student number).

Supplementary Health Plans – provide a level of coverage for prescription medicine/vaccines, dental care, vision care (eye exam, glasses), physiotherapy, travel coverage, etc.

To learn more about UHIP and the supplementary health plan (from your student government office) including contact information visit: Understanding Health Care

Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International)

Representing more than 90 countries from all corners of the globe, Queen’s students, staff, and faculty collectively form a campus that is dynamic in nature and diverse in outlook.

Many Queen’s students enhance their education with an international experience. You may choose to study for your entire first year, or an upper-year term, at the Bader International Study Centre, Queen's campus in the United Kingdom. Or perhaps your sights are set on an international exchange — you can take a language course before you go!

Or perhaps you’ll choose to experience the world closer to home by getting involved in one of the many student-led organizations that are working to make life better for global citizens — socially, politically, environmentally, and economically.

Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International)