Why Exchange?

Queen's offers numerous international exchange opportunities. Some exchange opportunities are university-wide or even countrywide. Others are specific to Engineering and Applied Science at Queen's.

Read about Jess Levy's experience at the University of Warwick at her blog to find more about the benefits of going on exchange…

Benefits and Supports

Going on exchange has the following benefits:

  • Exposure to multiple views and perspectives
  • Opportunity to live and learn in a new country within a different curriculum without having to pay international fees
  • 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 what one can acquire as a tourist
  • And many others

You will be provided with various supports:

  • Students will receive ongoing support from pre-application to return from exchange from the FEAS Exchange Coordinator
  • 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 away

Is Exchange Right for You?

Time to graduation: Many students who have taken exchanges have done so without extending their four-year program by receiving credits for all or most of their studies abroad. To do so, students will have to obtain the approval of their Undergraduate Chair, the Operations Committee, and Academic Progress Chair. Academic Advisors can help students select courses that may receive credit at Queen’s. Students who choose to study subjects that do not fulfill degree requirements often take an additional term or two in their education. Students who go to Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux or St. Andrews University are in this category because neither university offer engineering subjects.

Language: In several of the exchanges, the language of instruction is other than English. You must be competent in the language to understand lectures, read textbooks, and write examinations . The Ontario Baden-Württemberg program includes a language training course. The Swedish Government offers subsidized courses in the Swedish language in Sweden. It’s always an option to take a language course at Queen’s.

Scholarships: During your exchange year, your scholarships 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.

To make an informed decision, you can:

  • talk to your Academic Advisor, students who have studied abroad, the Faculty Exchange Coordinator in the Student Services Office, the Associate Dean, etc.
  • 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).
  • find the most up-to-date information on the Internet