As an international student although the majority of the requirements to apply and to register are the same as domestic students, there are some additional considerations you need to be aware of. Please read the international student handbook carefully.
- Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions, and has influenced Canadian higher education since 1841 when it was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria.
- Queen’s is a mid-sized university with a vibrant graduate community which represents 20% of the total student enrolment – the highest percentage in Ontario.
- Queen’s graduate students bring diversity of experience, perspective and culture and come from over 70 countries.
- Kingston, home to Queen’s University has been named by the BBC as one of the world’s great university towns to live in.
- Queen’s ranks in the top three of Canada’s leading research intensive universities in terms of Master’s degree and doctoral degree completion rates.
- Queen’s offers over 120 graduate degree programs with many opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.
- Since 2003, Queen’s has ranked 1st among Canadian Universities in the number of awards and prizes per full-time Faculty – we attract the world leaders and innovators.
- Queen’s ranks in the top quintile for research intensity (Re$earch Infosource’s list of the Top 50 Research Universities in Canada in 2013).
Excellent Student Support
- Queen’s offers one of the most comprehensive professional development programs for academic, professional and personal success called "Expanding Horizons"
- Queen’s University International Centre is an international education support service for students, faculty and staff at Queen’s. Through its educational and training activities the Centre promotes an internationally informed and cross culturally sensitive university community enhancing and diversifying the international learning environment
Did you know that Queen's has many international partnerships and exchange opportunities for international students.
- Visiting Research students
- International Exchange programs
- Cotutelle Program
- Brazil and Latin America - CALDO
- China Scholarship Council
- King Abdullah Scholarship - Saudi Arabia
Considering and understanding all the costs associated with studying is important to allow you to concentrate on your studies. Enrolling in graduate school also has a number of steps. Make sure you don't miss any, so you can start your program on time.
Funding for International students
International graduate students are financially supported through a combination of stipends, awards, bursaries and employment opportunities.
Ph.D. students receive a guaranteed minimum funding package of $18,000 a year with many departments setting higher funding minimums and almost all offering much higher average funding packages. This minimum does NOT include the International Tuition Award (or equivalent) valued at $5,000 that each incoming international PhD student automatically receives. Funding is guaranteed for 4 years as long as student remain in good academic standing. The majority of Master's students in research degree programs also receive substantial funding support.
Queen's also has entrance scholarships and fellowships available to international students who demonstrate academic excellence - eg. Principal's International Doctoral Award (PDF 23KB)
The Government of Ontario provides a number of the Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) (PDF 24KB) for highly qualified international Ph.D students and are valued at $40,000 per year for up to 4 years. Providing certain conditions are met five (5) OTS awards are granted each year.
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS): Foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa - student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted visa student awards.
Information about other sources of funding for international students can be obtained from:
- The Office of the University Registrars' Student Awards website
- The Canadian Bureau for International Education website
American students who have access to Section 529 savings plans are eligible to utilize these resources while studying at Queen's.
International students can hold student loans that they may have secured through their home country. Please contact the appropriate student loan agency for further information.
Student Awards in the Office of the University Registrar
A variety of financial assistance programs are administered by the Student Awards Office to help students finance their Queen's education. Students can obtain need-based financial assistance such as bursaries, awards or work programs. All programs are designed to supplement, not replace, a student's and their family's contributions.
Maternity-Parental Leave Funding
Effective January 2011, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) made available Maternity-Parental Leave Funding for doctoral students. These funds provide support to a new parent who takes a leave from full-time graduate study to start or expand their family.
The SGS will provide $5,000 to funding-eligible Ph.D. students who have been granted maternity or parental leave under the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulation.
Ban Righ Centre - Financial Assistance
The Ban Righ Centre offers financial assistance to women. Please speak with our Student Advisors for details.
Please note: all bursaries and awards are assessed based on the financial need of applicants.
SGPS - Awards and Support
The SGPS and Queen's offer a number of award and support opportunities for graduate and professional students. Check out the scholarships, bursaries, grants, emergency student aid and other financial help opportunities available.
Do I need TOEFL if my studies were in English?
At Queen's, English is the language of instruction and communication, except in the language departments. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for application to admission. Those applicants whose native languages do not include English will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted.
Any applicant who has recently studied for at least one complete year at a university where English is the official language of instruction may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency test. An applicant requesting a waiver of the test for this reason should do so in writing and submit it with the application. The Director, Admissions and Student Services of the School of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the department, will make determinations in these cases.
Do I need to make minimum payment if I have not arrived in Canada?
Upon request sent by email to the Office of the University Registrar, a new international graduate student could be granted a waiver of this requirement, which would allow them to proceed through online registration without making the minimum registration payment.
How do I set up a bank account after I arrive in Canada?
International students are required to show their acceptance letter to the bank to be able to open an account.
How do I get a health insurance plan?
Enrolment in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for international students is mandatory for you and any dependants who arrive with you. UHIP provides basic medical insurance coverage for hospitals, doctors and some diagnostic fees. You and your dependents must enrol within 30 days of your arrival in Canada or you will pay a penalty of $500 plus retroactive premiums.
You must visit the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) upon your arrival to Canada to apply for UHIP. All international students attempting to pre-register or register must complete a UHIP application to enroll themselves and their family members who reside in Ontario in UHIP.
Questions about the UHIP application process should be directed to QUIC by emailing them, calling them at extension 613-533-2604 (internal extension 32604) or visiting them in the John Deutsch University Centre.
Where should I look to find a place to live if I'm accepted?
Graduate students can find housing both on campus and off campus.
Are international students funded for their graduate studies?
International graduate students can receive funding for their studies at Queen's through a combination of stipends, awards, bursaries and employment opportunities.
As for domestic students, Queen's has a guaranteed minimum stipend for funding-eligible international PhD students currently valued at $18,000.
All international doctoral students without full external government funding who are admitted to full-time study at Queen's are eligible to receive an International Tuition Award. Under this program, each new international full-time doctoral student receives an award to be held during his or her funding-eligible years of study. The annual award is applied as a tuition credit directly to the students' fees account. Please contact the graduate coordinator of the department you are interested in for details.
Like domestic students, prospective or enrolled international graduate students do not make individual application for most internal named fellowships or scholarships or departmental awards administered by the School of Graduate Studies.
Can international students be teaching assistants?
Yes they can. Most graduate departments/programs engage several graduate students (both domestic and international) each year to assist in undergraduate teaching, tutorial work, and laboratory demonstrating, as Teaching Assistants (TAs).