Queen's University (Kingston)


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Queen’s University is its own community; 175 years of tradition, academic excellence, research and beautiful waterfront campus with limestone buildings and modern facilities. Rather than passively absorbing knowledge, Queen’s students learn how to investigate and think for themselves, putting their newly acquired knowledge to work.

Located in Kingston, Ontario, Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions. Described by students as both “quaint” and “eclectic,” Kingston is big enough to provide all the conveniences of modern life, and small enough for students to feel instantly comfortable and at home.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Winter Term January–April
Semester 2 Fall Term September–December

View the Queen's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Queen's has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B Business Management/Arts
    Semester 2, 2019
    A life changing -20 degree, snowy experience, completely different to anything I had done before, which led to many lifelong friendships and memories being made.
  • B Business Management & Information Technology
    Semester 2, 2018
  • B Advanced Finance/Economics
    Semester 2, 2018
    Go with the flow, embrace your opportunities and everything will take care of itself

Full-time study load

15 credits at Queen's is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Queen's.

Find courses

Search the relevant Queen's course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database:

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Art history
Biological sciences
Business information systems
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Computer engineering
Computer science
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Human resources
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mining engineering
Political science
Software engineering

Course restrictions

Students are nominated to Queen's to either the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, or the Smith School of Business. Students must take at least 60% of courses (3 courses) within the faculty to which they are nominated.

  • While students are eligible to enrol in up to 40% of their classes outside their nominated faculty, priority for class enrolment/registration will be given to students nominated to the faculty in which the course lies. 

Students may take a maximum of 2 finance courses at level 3.

You will have a greater selection of courses available if you apply for Semester 2 (Fall Term) exchange. You may need a level of flexibility in your courses if you apply for Semester 1 (Winter Term) exchange.

Additional academic information

Queen's has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Course code numbering:

The code number of each course normally consists of four letters and three digits. The letters show the alpha code of the Department and the first digit the course level.

  • 100-499: Undergraduate
  • 800-999: Postgraduate



Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Students at Queen's often live in on-campus student housing, however you can choose to live off-campus while studying abroad. Queen's has a variety of support services and information to help students find the right accommodation. 

Cost of living

To help students prepare for exchange, Queen's has provided an estimate of basic living costs for students in Kingston. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Queen's Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for all international members of the Queen's community.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the High Commission of Canada for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.