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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
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.

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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.

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How To Go Abroad

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.

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Partnered Universities

University Partners available programs but offer courses that may meet Elective & Complementary Study requirements.

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