Exchange Programs

Queen's offers numerous international exchange opportunities.


ITS NOT TOO EARLY TO BE THINKING ABOUT EXCHANGE! Now booking appointments to discuss Exchange opportunities for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please contact engineering.committees@queensu.ca or stop in at RM 300, Beamish-Munro Hall to book your appointment.

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Contact the Faculty Exchange Coordinator, to confirm availability of exchange opportunities. Students can also take advantage of study opportunities at the Queen's International Study Centre, located in Herstmonceux Castle in the south of England.

How to Apply

  • For students interested in participating in the 2014-2015 exchange program, applications are now closed. Congratulations to all those nominated for the program in 2014-2015!
  • For students interested in participating in the 2015-16 exchange program, are available in Rm 300, Beamish-Munro Hall.
  • Exchange bursary applications are available in early December. Click here for further information & application forms

General Information

Background

Students on exchange

The benefits to spending a year studying or working abroad are infinite. Besides the fulfillment of an experience, which is exciting and challenging on both an academic and personal level, an exchange student is provided with a opportunity to live in a different culture, access the unique strengths of other universities, and acquire professional friends and contacts on another continent. As the number of engineering graduates obtaining employment on international land increases, having a network of contacts abroad and a knowledge of other cultures and languages can be tremendous assets. A person who works or studies abroad often gains an understanding of a country and its culture that by far exceeds that which one can acquire as a tourist.

These notes seek to outline the work opportunities and study opportunities available to Engineering and Applied Science students. Some exchanges are university wide or even country wide. Others are specific to Engineering and Applied Science at Queen's. Some are administered locally, others elsewhere in Canada or even abroad. Taken together, they offer a wide range of opportunities.

Work opportunities exist under IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience). Study opportunities exist under University-to-University agreements. Also, there is the possibility of spending a term at Herstmonceux, the English castle donated to Queen's by an engineering graduate, Dr. Alfred Bader. Although not an exchange, a term at Herstmonceux provides many of the same benefits as an exchange year.

Beginning in January 1997, all non-academic aspects of exchanges are run by a central office at Queen's, just as they are at most of the universities with which we operate exchanges. The person responsible is Maryann Severin. Her office is in Gordon Hall, RM 200, her telephone is (613) 533-2604 and her e-mail is intstudy@queensu.ca.

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Work Opportunities

Summer jobs, mostly in Europe, can very often be arranged through IAESTE. Several Queen's engineering students each year find summer work through IAESTE, usually in western Europe. For more information,please access the folowing web page http://iaestecanada.org/.

The Canada-Japan Co-op Exchange is open only to people with both eight months or more of engineering related experience and a working knowledge of the Japanese language. Those are very restrictive conditions, but there has already been one instance where a Queen's engineering student has qualified. This Exchange is sponsored jointly by the Canadian and Japanese governments.


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Exchanges: University-to-University

The Faculty Exchange Coordinator in the Faculty Office (Beamish-Munro 300, (613)533-2055) has information on the institutions with which we have agreements. She should be your main contact while you are away.

The exception is the agreement in Chile, which has been organized by The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining and is operated by them in conjunction with Ms. Severin's office.

We have agreements with the following Institutions:

Please note: most of the universities that indicate a secondary language require proof of proficiency prior to admission. Please contact the Faculty Exchange Coordinator if you have any questions about this.


St. Andrews Exchange

Although this is an exchange agreement like those above, it differs in a few important ways. Fees and residence costs are fully paid. Only one exchange position is available each year and all Faculties compete for the Scholarship. Because St. Andrews has arts, science, and medicine but not engineering, Engineering and Applied Science students rarely compete for this award but the last winner, in 1990-91, won a medal in Philosophy while she was there.

The application itself, will be available in late November, Rm 300, Beamish-Munro Hall. The deadline for applications is January 15th. The approval of your program should be obtained early from your Chair of Undergraduate Studies. If you are selected, your Chair must seek approval of the Academic Progress Committee before you leave.

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Queen's International Study Centre at Herstmonceux

Since the Fall of 1994, Queen's offers a selection of courses at the newly opened International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in the south of England. This facility was given to Queen's by an Engineering and Applied Science alumnus, Alfred Bader, and provides unusual opportunities to combine Canadian education with a superb European experience.

Courses are available in the spring and summer, as well as in the regular academic year. They are largely oriented to the opportunities which a European site provides. A few randomly chosen examples are "A Survey of Western European Art and Architecture in Britain", "Roman Britain", "The Economics of the European Community", "Modern British Literature", and "Cities and Development in Modern Europe". About seventy courses are available. Several of these courses have prerequisites, and not all are offered in every term. Student guides and calendars are available from the Study Centre office in Richardson Hall. Fees are approximately $7000 Canadian for a term, including room and board. For the International Study Centre Calendar, click here.

The application itself, and all arrangements flowing from it, are handled by the International Study Centre office in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B206. They will be able to provide you with additional information.

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Who can go on Exchange?

Normally, people choose their third year to go on exchange. Herstmonceux can be fit in almost anywhere, since it will necessarily involve an extra term (or a summer).

Please note that an Engineering Cumulative Grade Point Average (ECGPA) of at least 2.70 is required.

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Additional Information

Many of the people who have taken exchanges have done so without extending their four year program. In order to achieve this, you will wish to receive credit for all or most of the studies abroad. To do so, you will have to obtain the approval of your Undergraduate Chair and the Operations Committee, Academic Progress Chair. As you will be essentially replacing work at Queen's with work abroad, it will take some time to work out a suitable program. Many students enlist the help of their Academic Advisors when making these decisions. In some cases, it may not be possible to find a suitable group of subjects. Accreditation restrictions must be observed. European universities have different term lengths, different course structures, different orders in which courses are taken.

Some people may wish to have the freedom to choose subjects that do not fulfil degree requirements, or may wish to pursue language studies, or have a lighter load, etc. These students intentionally take an additional term or two in their education. Students who go to Herstmonceux or who manage to win the St. Andrews Exchange Scholarship are inevitably in this category because neither St. Andrews University nor the Queen's International Study Centre at Herstmonceux offer engineering subjects; but even students going to engineering universities have found this to be a good approach.

In several of the exchanges, the language of instruction is other than English. You must be sufficiently competent in the language to understand lectures, read textbooks, write examinations and so forth. The Ontario agreement that covers Karlsruhe and Stuttgart does include some language training. The German Department does offer a specialized program of preparation, as noted above. The Swedish Government offers subsidized courses in the Swedish language in Sweden. Queen's offers instruction in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Some of you will hold scholarships. During your exchange year, these may be active (if you are fulfilling degree requirements) or deferred (if you are taking an extra term for Herstmonceux or arts studies). Consult the Student Awards Office about your options.

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Tuition and Fees

Each exchange student pays tuition and fees at their home university. Thus your fees will be the same as they would be here. Our partner universities offer assistance in finding rooms but the cost of the rooms is your expense. European living costs vary from city to city, and are usually higher than those in Kingston. Travel and insurance of all kinds, plus all other incidentals are also your responsibility.

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Visas

Under an exchange, it is usually easy to obtain a student visa (embassy, high commission or consulate). Please keep in mind that obtaining a passport and a visa are your responsibilities. For links to Embassies in Ontario, click here.

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How to Decide

First, talk to such people as your Departmental Advisor, students who have studied abroad, the Faculty Exchange Coordinator in the Student Services Office, parents, the Associate Dean, or any relevant individual. Read whatever is available in the Faculty Office and in the Stauffer Library Reference Room (e.g. the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook, LB2310, and the International Handbook of Universities, L900). Students, however, often find that the most up-to-date information will be found on the web. If you decide to apply, deal with the people appropriate to your application as described. Watch the deadlines! Please keep in mind that although exchange can be a wonderful experience, you will be expected do most of the preparation work yourself.

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