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Studying abroad and bringing back credit and international experience to your Queen’s degree is an excellent opportunity.

You should be prepared to do your research if you wish to study abroad.  Whether you choose to participate in an exchange or other study abroad opportunity, you will need to work through an application process. Your Faculty Office will be able to help you through these steps.

Here are your study abroad options:

Go on a Queen's Exchange

Queen’s University has exchange agreements with approximately 110 institutions in over 35 countries worldwide.Dreaming of studying in Paris? Always wanted to study in Australia? How about Hungary, South Korea, Spain, the West Indies, India?  Your options with Queen’s exchanges are endless. Student exchange programs are established by formal agreements between Queen’s and partner institutions which will allow you to study abroad. The good news is that you’ll continue to pay tuition to your home university. You have the option of either department or Faculty-specific exchanges, or university-wide exchange opportunities. Depending upon the academic structure of the host institution, exchange placements may be available for one (Fall or Winter) term, or for the full academic year. Your Faculty Exchange Coordinator can offer guidance on your exchange options, application deadlines, application processes and specific information on programs abroad.

Bursaries are available for Queen’s students interested in going on exchange through Student Awards!

Queen’s Exchange Partner Institutions

International Direct Enrollment

Although Queen’s is always working on increasing our exchange options and the number of available spaces, the demand for placements sometimes exceeds the number of placements.  Also, you might be interested in studying at a host institution or in a country with whom Queen’s has made no formal exchange agreements. If this is you, then you can study abroad through International Direct Enrollment.

This means that you will effectively become an international student at another institution, and that you will pay tuition and ancillary fees directly to your host university. Depending upon the particular program, country or university in which you are interested, the total cost for a semester or year of study abroad may be either more or less than an exchange program, or a term at Queen’s.

Begin your search by researching possible programs, universities or destinations of interest. When you have focused your interest on a small range of possible programs, book an appointment with the your faculty’s international office to learn about the International Letter of Permission process,  to review the application process, learn about deadlines, and other necessary information.

Make sure that you consult with your department when you are selecting courses and planning your program of study, in order to ensure the credits acquired at your host institution can be transferred back to your Queen’s degree. Once you have selected your courses, obtain an application for an International Letter of Permission from your Faculty at Queen’s.

PLEASE NOTE: The admission requirements for international direct enrollment and other study abroad options may vary, but you must be in good academic standing in order to receive permission to study abroad from Queen’s.

In addition to tuition and student fees, it is also important to consider the cost of living in your host country (accommodation, meals, local transportation, etc.), as this may determine the affordability of what you wish to do.

Study Abroad through other Canadian Universities

If none of the Queen’s options interest you, you may be able to study abroad with programs administered by other Canadian universities that are open to all Canadian university students. As long as you co-ordinate with your Faculty Office for your Letter of Permission, you will likely be able to transfer the credit from these programs to your Queen’s degree. Make sure you research your options widely to ensure you find the right program fit for you.

Here are just some examples of your options with other Canadian university programs:

Canadian Field Studies in Africa Program

Administered by McGill University, the Canadian Field Studies in Africa program offers students the opportunity to engage in field studies in East Africa, while studying for Canadian university credit. Applications are available during Fall term for the following Winter session, and are submitted directly to McGill University. The curriculum focuses on science and social sciences, offering courses in biology, anthropology and archaeology.

University of Toronto Summer Abroad Programs

These Summer Abroad programs are designed to enrich students academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience. Students complete University of Toronto undergraduate degree credit courses from the Faculty of Arts & Science that are relevant to each location. Relatively small classes (about 25 students on average) are taught by University of Toronto professors or faculty from the host university. You can earn a full-year university credit overseas in 4-6 weeks where the locations themselves become your œliving textbook.

Mount Allison University Summer Study Abroad

Mount Allison University’s International Centre offers two summer study abroad options: the 8-week Summer Studies in India program (in Mysore, India), and the 4-week Archaeological Field School in Belize(northwestern Belize).

University of Alberta Study Abroad Programs

Various overseas study options are open to non-University of Alberta students, from semester to full-year programs.

Other offerings at Queen's

Think about applying for the International Studies Certificate

Study at the  Bader International Study Centre (BISC)

External Study Abroad Links

There is a long list of study abroad options with 3rd party organizations that could translate into Queens credits. Check out the different options and speak to your department to confirm course transfer credits.

External Study Abroad Links

Language Study Abroad

Are you interested in learning a new language, or perhaps improving  your existing language skills while abroad?Are you looking for a summer opportunity, or a semester studying abroad?

QUIC presents you with a short selection of language programs here, as samples of what is available to you. Please note that our language options here do not aim to be exhaustive, but are based on general interest and demand  expressed by students over the last few years. Make sure that when you’re searching the web, you take care to ensure that the program is reputable and will answer your specific needs.

Here are some language learning options to get you started:

EF International Language Schools  – 5 different languages in 40 destinations. EF International Schools offer a personalized learning package to help you achieve lasting results much faster. The language schools bring together students from 100 different countries around the world, offering a unique international experience. EF International Language Schools are the only language schools to offer university certified language courses.

Eurocentres  – Eurocentres Language Schools offer small class sizes and direct personal attention to each student. A unique aspect of the school is its language savings package œlearn more pay less . The longer you stay and the harder you work the less you pay per week and per study. Eurocentres Language Schools provide students with host families, student residences, or hotel stay based on personal preference in the country of choice. Programs in 7 languages in 30 locations.

International Language Homestays  –  up to  a dozen different languages in many locations. œLive and study in your teacher’s home ¦ throughout the world . International Language Homestays offers an individual and personalized language experience different from the rest. Students live in their teacher’s home where teachers provide individual lessons from 15-30 hours per week. Students are also required to participate in their teacher’s social and family life offering an enriched language program. The program tailors its packages for young learners, young adults, adults, couples and families and professionals.

Language Specific Programs

Interested in a particular language?


American University in Cairo  –  Location: Cairo, Egypt.   Offers summer, semester and full year coursesin all levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic.

Arabic Language Institute in Fez  – Location: Fez, Morocco. Offers three and six-week courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic throughout the year. Private and Specialized courses are also available.

University of Haifa International School  – Location: Haifa, Israel. Summer course available taught in English for students with no prior experience with Arabic.


Actilangue  – Location: Nice, France. A centre of learning French as a foreign language established in 1977.

Explore Program  –  Explore is a five-week intensive French language-immersion course. The pogram is offered in spring and summer in 7 provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan). Participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the courses, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities.

Cavilam  – Centre for French as a foreign language. Location: Nice, France. Emphasis on conversational French, small conversation groups.

Institut Européen de Français  – Location: Montpellier, France. An institution of year-round French instruction for students, teachers and professionals.


(Programs in Germany)

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)  – excellent resource centre for students interested in studying in Germany; provides a database of summer courses and more.

Goethe-Institut  – well known institute with fifty years of experience offers wide range of programs in various cities throughout Germany.

Professional Association of German as a Foreign Language  – provides  comprehensive database with search engine for German language courses.

(Programs in Austria)

Alpha  Sprachinstitut Austria  – Location: Vienna. Courses start monthly, various lenght and levels.

Campus Austria  – Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, 16 member schools, various locations in Austria.

Deutsch in Osterreich  – University of Klagenfurt, Southern Austria.

Deutsch-Institut Tirol  – Location: Kitzbuhel. Intensive language courses for ski/ snowboard instructors in ‘gap year’.


University of Haifa International School  – Location: Haifa, Israel. Summer, winter, and semester courses are available to learn Hebrew while immersed in Israeli life.


Istituto Italiano  – Location: Florenze, Tuscany, Italy.

TerraMarre  – Location: Orbetello, Toscana, Italy.


KCP Japanese Language School  –  Location: Tokyo, Japan.


Daegu University  – Location: Gyeongsan, South Korea. Provides foreign nationals and Koreans residing abroad with opportunities to learn Korean language, culture, and customs. Offers both short-term and long term programs.


Fudan University  – Location: Shanghai, China. Chinese language program  for international students starts every September/February; program lenght six months to two years.

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)  – the only international university in China focused solely at teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreign students; various programs, including short term and degree(s).


Centro de Linguas (CIAL)  – Location: Faro, Lisbon, Portugal. Group and individual courses, all levels throughout the year; also Brazilian and African Portugese classes, and professional language focused curricula.

Fast Forward Language Institute  – Location: Porto, Portugal.   Courses  for all levels; also language proficiency test preparation.


Alcalingua Universidad  –  Location:  Madrid,  Spain. Intensive, quarterly, and yearly courses at Universidad de Alcala. Also offers online courses. Includes library access, on-call medical service, banking services and airport  pick-up.The  University   founded in the 15th century also offers an array of activities including sports, music, dance and cultural excursions to complement your Spanish courses.

don Quijote  – Location: 24 destinations in Spain and Latin America, including Granada and Mexico. Largest network of Spanish schools in the world. Great flexibility in program dates and variety.

Enforex  –  Location: multiple in  Spain  and  Latin America. Program length one week to one year. Also offers summer camps in  Spain  or  Mexico. Offers modern facilities, library access, computers with free internet access and accommodation. Cultural excursions and activities vary according to each location.

Estudio Sampere  –  Location:  Madrid,  Alicante,  Salamanca. Offers one-to-one and small group lessons. Year-round; program length one week to one year.

Spanish Abroad  –  A guide for learning Spanish in  Spain  or  Latin America. Lists various language programs, study abroad, family programs, teacher training, etc.

External Study Abroad Links

Finding the right study abroad program or opportunity for you can take time and lots of research.

QUIC has provided these research  links to get you started.   Please note that while these are frequently-used links covering a wide span of countries, study abroad programs and services, QUIC does not advocate for any particular program or organization, and therefore is not responsible for any misinformation connected to these links.

AmeriSpan – AmeriSpan offers language immersion programs worldwide. They represent more than 80 schools where you can learn 10 different languages including Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and others. Instruction for all language levels, from Beginner to Advanced speakers, is offered.

American University in Cairo (AUC) –   Located in one of the oldest and most exciting cities in the world, AUC is the place to be if you want to join a diverse and active student body, study with renowned faculty and travel around the region. The university is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States and the language of instruction is English.   AUC offers semester abroad programs, summer programs and graduate level programs.

Around the World in 80 Days – Offered as a summer program through Eastern Michigan University, the Around The World in 80 Days Program is an interdisciplinary Study Abroad experience where students and professors travel to 22 cities in 10 countries to examine art, history & culture.

AsiaLearn – AsiaLearn is a leading provider of study abroad programs in various Asian countries, including Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. AsiaLearn provides comprehensive services to prepare students for a successful abroad experience.   In addition to many direct enrolment programs, AsiaLearn offers short term travel/study programs, internships and degree programs for all academic majors.   AsiaLearn strives to offer programs that are both academically and culturally enriching for students.

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada – The AUCC promotes Canadian universities’ partnerships around the world, and particularly with developing countries. AUCC manages several international programs open to Canadian universities. Site provides a comprehensive list of international programs and projects in various regions, as well as scholarships information.

Australearn – AustraLearn is a leading provider of study abroad programs to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. AustraLearn provides comprehensive services to prepare students for a successful abroad experience. In addition to many direct enrolment programs, AustraLearn offers short term travel/study programs, internships and degree programs for all academic majors. Having sent over 18,000 students abroad in the last 18 years, AustraLearn strives to offer programs that are both academically and culturally enriching for students.

Australian Graduate – Guide to academic courses in Australia.

Austrian Exchange Service – Provides information about study options in Austria and about various European Union education programs, as well as funding information for foreign students and visiting researchers.

Braintrack University Index – Extensive index aiming to capture all universities around the world with over 6,600 links to higher education institutions in 161 countries. – Site for current and perspective university students. Directory of selected North American and international universities and colleges with searches by discipline; also provides scholarship and financial aid information, and a study abroad section.

CampusFrance – The French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services and international mobility.

Canadian Field Studies in Africa – The McGill University African Field Studies program in Kenya. Students may choose from a number of Arts and Science courses. Normally, they are expected to register for five courses; the program runs in winter semester. In 2008, the program fees included return airfare from Montreal to Kenya, meals, transportation, site visits, ground transportation, African lectures, park fees and more.

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials – The Centre acts as a national clearing house and referral service to support the recognition and portability of Canadian and international educational and occupational qualifications. The site offers an inventory of resources related to study abroad.

CEA Global Education – Spend a semester or summer abroad in Argentina, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Africa or Spain.

Center for Cross-Cultural Study – The Center provides study abroad experiences for university students in the historic cities of Seville and Alicante in Spain, in Havana, Cuba, and in Córdoba, Argentina. All programs focus on Spanish language acquisition and cultural immersion as well as a broad academic curriculum with a variety of courses. Programs include on-site support staffs, and expand to internship and volunteer opportunities, program-sponsored excursions, and opportunities for personal travel.

CET Academic Programs – CET offers intensive study abroad programs to student in Europe and Asia (Czech Republic, Italy, Spain; China, Vietnam) with a focus on off-the-beaten-path locations and unique subject matter.

Child Family Health International (CFHI) – CFHI provides global health immersion programs for those pursuing study in the fields of health or medicine. Programs they have take place in countries such as India, South Africa, Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador and USA.

DAAD: The German Academic Exchange Service – Extensive site with useful databases for study, research, and internships in Germany, German language courses, living in Germany, as well as funding and DAAD scholarships.

DestinEducation – Hosted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), this site contains education information and planning tools for Canadians interested in studying or working abroad, people living outside Canada who would like to pursue academic interests at Canadian institutions, and professionals in Canada and abroad who provide guidance on study abroad, counsel international students, develop international education projects and related activities.

Education Abroad Network – This organization provides study abroad opportunites in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They also offer internships, short term travel/study programs and degree programs.

Education in Latin America – Hosted by the Latin American Network Information Center at the University of Texas at Austin, this site offers information and links to numerous education resources including higher education, language programs, and scholarships, grants and loans for study in/about Latin America.

Education USA – This web site is devoted to the promotion of U.S. higher education. Its purpose is to provide information about studying in the United States to prospective students living in other nations, and to help them make the connections they need to be successful in their quest for further education… [visitors] will also find links to questions on admission and financial aid, links to U.S. colleges and universities and a search engine to help them find the institutions that can best meet their needs. – Search centre for international study, with hundreds of university study programs listed in numerous countries around the world. Includes degree, short-term, and language programs.

EuroLearn – EuroLearn is a leading provider of study abroad programs to Europe and the UK, with a number of study destinations to chose from.   EuroLearn provides comprehensive services to prepare students for a successful abroad experience. In addition to many direct enrolment programs, EuroLearn offers short term travel/study programs, internships and degree programs for all academic majors. EuroLearn strives to offer programs that are both academically and culturally enriching for students.

EuroScholars – EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for US and Canadian upper-year undergraduate students who wish to participate in research at one of twelve European institutions. Students can conduct research at a university while taking a language and culture class.

Exchanges Canada – Provides access to information on more than a dozen government funded exchange programs delivered by various non-profit organizations.

Experiential Learning International – Offers study abroad opportunities in Argentina, China, France, Ghana, India, Italy and Peru. – Offers information regarding entering and living in the USA. There is a section on studying in the USA with a guide to various schools and study applications. – Directory for study abroad, language schools, internships, international volunteer positions, teach abroad, jobs abroad, eco/adventure travel and more. – Source for graduate school listings, primarily in the US, searchable by subject of study or by school.  The site also offers a database of international graduate schools, searchable by subject of study.

Institute of International Education – A higher education and professional exchange agency which provides information on educational exchange. This site offers the IIEPassport – Study Abroad Search Engine which can be searched by country/city, language of instruction, and subject of study.

International Honors Program (IHP) – provides an unequaled opportunity for university students to examine the most significant social, political and environmental issues confronting countries and cultures around the world.   IHP’s programs are a unique comparative approach in which participants study a thematic topic in several different countries over one semester or full academic year.

International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership – Program provider that unites study abroad in various countries with voluntary service, giving students a fully integrated study abroad experience.

Law School Numbers – the largest law school applicant database and admissions research tool.

Learning Abroad Center – University of Minnesota’s comprehensive resource for study, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide. To find information on study abroad programs follow the ‘programs’ link on the Learning Abroad Center home page; search programs by region, type and by term of study.

Learning French in France – Site of the Association of French-as-a-foreign-language Teaching Centres that offers a list of French language programs, as well as French teacher employment opportunities, in France and elsewhere. Programs are offered at 50 centres throughout France and Belgium.

National Registration Center for Study Abroad – Listing of study abroad & language programs worldwide, listed by country/city, language, or institution.

Peterson’s – A site with multiple resources for studying abroad, as well as financing education and other programs available to students.

PLOTEUS – The Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space will help you find out about education and training available throughout Europe. The site offers searchable databases of institutions, programs, and higher education systems in Europe. It also provides advice about moving to a country, including cost of living in most European countries and other relevant information.

Semester at Sea – A unique study abroad experience where your classroom is in a cruiseship and you get to sail to different parts of the world. – Find listings for thousands of study abroad programs in more than 100 countries throughout the world.

Study Abroad Italy – Study in Italy at all levels in programs completely in English.

Study Abroad in Africa – An academic field school and explorer program based in Uganda and Kenya held from January to March.

Study Abroad Links Webguide – Searchable world-wide guide to study abroad opportunities.

Study Engineering Abroad – This site offers students the opportunity to find educational courses in all fields of engineering, to study in schools, colleges and universities around the world.

Studying in Germany –   A resource for anyone interested in pursuing their whole studies in Germany or for someone just interested in a term abroad; this site provides the necessary information about all relevant topics.

Study in Norway – The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education has created this information especially for Canadians who would be interested in studying in Norway.

Study in the USA – Access information about universities and colleges in the USA or choose an intensive English program.

StudyPortals – StudyPortals is the European Study Choice platform. It brings transparency for students to the wealth of study opportunities in Europe’s unifying Higher Education Market.

Study Tourism Abroad – This site is designed for students interested in hospitality and tourism education abroad. They offer a search engine that helps you find tourism courses in various countries around the world.   Education types can be anywhere from diplomas and bachelors degrees to summer courses.

TANDEM International – Listing TANDEM ® schools that offer English, French, German, Italian and Spanish language programs ranging from 1 week to several months. Some schools also offer culture courses, internships and other work placement programs, as well as cultural activities.

The Ultimate Guide to Studying Abroad in India – a blog about studying in India with tips for arrival, phones, cultural adjustment, etc.

Transitions – A portal for study abroad, paid and volunteer work abroad, living abroad, and cultural travel overseas. Provides links to essential programs, articles, resources and websites for those who wish to study abroad or pursue lifelong educational travel overseas. – Posted for people from other countries who want to go to the UK for study, work or on holiday, and who are interested in learning about British culture.

Universia Espana – For those planning to spend a term or more studying in Spain, the site offers useful links to help you find accommodation, find a Spanish language course, and more.

Universities Worldwide – Directory of universities with links to more than 8,000 universities around the world.

Verge Magazine Program Directory Are you interested in travelling with a purpose? Use Verge Magazine’s Program Directory to search hundreds of study abroad opportunities around the world.

World Endeavors Programs available for a semester or academic year in 14 countries throughout Australia, Europe, South America and Asia.   They offer summer semester studies, semester or full year options.   Language courses for summer studies are offered in countries like Italy, Mexico and France, and vary anywhere from beginner to advanced speakers.


It is incredible to think that my most memorable and rewarding semester during my time at Queen’s was the one that I studied in Australia. I realized that studying abroad allows you to study at another world-class institution, explore a new continent and make lifelong friends. I cannot wait to book my next trip back!

-Liz Winter, QUIC  Volunteer


We also advise you to check with your department to see if they offer exchanges or study abroad programs specifically designed for students in your department or area of study.