Application Process

AY2022-2023 outgoing exchange application is now CLOSED. 

Who Can Apply

To be eligible for exchange, you MUST have a minimum ECGPA of 2.7, no outstanding first year course failures, have completed the English Proficiency Test successfully, and be eligible to travel outside of Canada to their country of choice.

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.

How To Apply

Please note that the Exchange Program will have a $125 fee, payable upon successful acceptance into the program.

Application Process

  • You will list up to four choices of university locations, based on our list of partner institutions.
  • Your application will be expected to include a rough draft study plan for each of the universities that you wish to be considered for, in the program.
  • Applications should be submitted through the Application Link to the Student Services office. A scanned copy of the signed Statement of Understanding and the complete Study Plan Proposal Form should be uploaded to the link above with your application.
  • Students applying for exchange are encouraged to consider applying for our needs-based Exchange Bursary. Queen’s Student Awards will reach out to successful exchange candidates with more information.

Note: Exchange is meant to be an experiential learning opportunity. This requires some flexibility on behalf of the participants. Many students have been successful in going on exchange, and still completing their Queen's Engineering degree in four years, but this is not always the case. We will do our best to advise you of the suitability of your plan, for a four-year completion, at the time of advising you of your application outcome. However, we cannot ensure there will be extenuating circumstances at your host university, which may change the outcome of your study timelines. Please bear this in mind when applying.

Select a Partner University and Courses

  • Visit the partner institutions' website to get a feel of the universities and their environment
  • Consider your interest in the city and country
  • Consider affordability living in that country or city
  • Attend the International Exchange Fair in November to learn more about past student experiences
  • Visit the Faculty's Exchange Coordinator to discuss available options
  • Visit your department and explore your study plan with the program assistant and/or the undergraduate chair
  • Visit your department and explore your study plan with the program assistant and/or the undergraduate chair. A general recommendation from each department is listed here for your reference:
  • Consider the courses available in those institutions. Some previously approved course substitutions can be found in the list of institutions here. However, please note: These previously approved courses are only meant to be a guide for you. There is no guarantee that these same courses and weighting thereof, would be the same or approved for you.


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.

After Applying

Here are the next steps after you apply:

  • Accept the nomination if your application is successful
  • Apply to your host university
  • Meet with your undergraduate chair to plan what courses you can take at the host university after you get accepted
  • Submit other required documents
  • Participate in the Emergency Support Program and Pre-departure Session, and fill out the Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy form

The International Programs Office website also has some tips for you while you are abroad.