Exchange Programs

Exchange student

Queen's offers numerous international exchange opportunities

Read about Jess Levy's ongoing experience at the University of Warwick at her blog:


You are welcome to book an appointment to discuss Exchange opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please book an appointment here or stop in at RM 300, Beamish-Munro Hall to book your appointment. The Exchange Coordinator can also be contacted by email at 

How to Apply

Please note that the Exchange Program will have a $125.00 fee, payable upon successful acceptance into the program.

General Information

Why go on Exchange?

Students on exchangeThese notes seek to outline the work opportunities and study opportunities available to Engineering and Applied Science students. Some exchanges are university-wide or even countrywide. Others are specific to Engineering and Applied Science at Queen's. 

The benefits of spending a year studying or working abroad are infinite. 

Going on exchange have the following benefits:

  • Exposure to multiple views and perspectives 
  • Opportunity to live and learn in a new country within a different curriculum
  • Opportunity to take courses not offered at Queen's 
  • Gain intercultural skills, knowledge and attitudes
  • Acquire professional friends and contacts in a different part of the world
  • Be immersed in a different culture and ways of life in a way that by far exceeds that which one can acquire as a tourist.
  • and many others

How do we make this happen?

  • Students will receive ongoing support from pre-application to return from exchange from the FEAS Exchange Coordinator
  • Students pay tuition to Queen's while studying abroad instead of paying international fees (in that country)
  • Students are eligible to receive bursaries and some scholarships
  • Students receive assistance from the host universities with course selection, accommodation, and other supports during their time on exchange
  • Queen's Department of Health and Safety runs a pre-departure orientation and provides an emergency support program to ensure your safety while you're aw

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Work Opportunities

Internships abroad can be found through IAESTE. IAESTE is global organization present in nearly 90 countries. The program offers paid, technical work terms ranging from 1-12 months in length. The positions vary from summer research positions at international universities, to industry placements.

More information can be found on the IAESTE Canada website:

The IAESTE Queen’s local chapter is a volunteer group on campus recognized by the AMS and EngSoc. IAESTE is always happy to accept new volunteers, and active volunteers get preference when applying for an internship.

Contact us for more information:

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Bilateral Exchanges: University to University

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

Institutions we have agreements with can be found here

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.

Multi faculty Exchanges 

In addition to bilateral exchange, Queen’s University also has a number of multi-faculty exchange programs for which Engineering and Applied Science students are also eligible to submit applications. Program information and the online application for these exchanges is/will be available at

The online application form is submitted to the International Programs Office, B206 Mackintosh-Corry Hall. (An e-mail acknowledgment of submitted applications is also generated.)

Along with the online form, the official exchange program application form and all supporting documents must also be submitted to the International Programs Office (B206 Mackintosh-Corry Hall) by the published deadlines listed below. Students should include their name and student number on all supporting documents.

St. Andrews Exchange

The Queen's University exchange to St Andrews is one of the oldest at Queen's University and also provides a very generous scholarship award for successful candidates from both Queen's University and the University of St Andrews. The Robert Tyre Jones Jr. Scholarships are designed to award all-around excellence in students exchanging between the University of St Andrews and selected Canadian universities (Queen's and the University of Western Ontario). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic performance to candidates who demonstrate a passion for the pursuit of learning and a commitment to the ongoing life of their university and/or wider community. 

The scholarships are valued at $6,000 CDN each and there are 4 positions available for this scholarship and exchange. The Queen's-St Andrews exchange is open to undergraduate students from the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Although technically a multi faculty/consortial exchange, there is a different application process for this program. Please ensure you follow the St Andrew Exchange application process outlined on the application page.

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Killam Fellowships Program

The Killam Fellowships Program is a unique exchange opportunity that offers Canadian Undergraduate students the chance to spend either one semester or a full academic year studying at a university in the United States.

Award Value:

  • US $5000 for one semester
  • US $750 Health Insurance Allowance
  • Up to US$800 for in-country travel
  • Killam Orientation in Ottawa, ON
  • Spring Seminar in Washington, DC


  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Proof of English proficiency

Participating American Universities

More information regarding the program can be found here & the application page here. Applications are now open with the deadline being Jan 11 2019.

Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux

Study abroad with Queen’s University at the Bader 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 opportunities to combine Canadian education with a superb European experience.

Studying at the BISC you will benefit from small class sizes, strong instructor-student support, and take part in experiential learning opportunities in each course. As all courses are Queen’s courses, no credit transfer is required.

Global Project Management Field School

In this exciting 7-week summer program based in Kingston, Canada, and Herstmonceux Castle, UK, you will be challenged to think about how Engineering operates within global cultures and international cities. As well as teaching principles of project management (using the PMBOK and Prince2 system) this course also teaches the history and culture of urban design, and provides a comprehensive portrait of both the culture of cities and how large projects are managed, financed, and completed.

Program website

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  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7, no outstanding First Year course failures, completed the EPT testing successfully and are eligible to travel outside of Canada to their country of choice.
  • Student applicants are typically enrolled in second year in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and are scheduled to return to Queen's to complete their degree. However, applications from students in third or fourth year may be accepted but please speak to the Faculty Exchange Coordinator before proceeding with this

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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 fulfill 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 Bader 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

The Exchange Program has a $125.00 fee, payable upon successful acceptance into the program. 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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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. 

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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 to do most of the preparation work yourself.

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