International Students

Term Dates Living Costs Transition Support Housing Academics Student Services Documentation Kingston

Welcome to the new International Student webpage. This is your portal for the information important to you! We've made some changes to ensure finding relevant information is quick and easy. Have a look around, If you don't see what you're looking for, or if you need any other assistance, email us at

Term Dates 2018-2019

TermDates (including exams period)Expected Arrival Date
Fall 2018 6-September-November 30 Before 06 September (to attend Orientation)
Winter 2018 07 January - April 5 Before 07 January 2018


Nomination/Application information

Nomination Application
Fall 2018 Deadline TBD TBD
Winter 2019 Deadline



Approximate Living Costs

Here you will find information regarding costs living, tuiton, housing, etc.


On campus (residence):

Many exchange and first year international students choose to stay in residence at Queen's University.

Full-time first year students are guaranteed a place in residence as long as applications and deposit are submitted by the deadline. For more information, please visit:

Undergraduate exchange students interested in staying in residence will be assigned a room based on availability to Jean Royce Hall. For more information, please visit

Off campus:

International and Exchange students may also choose to live off-campus. Finding appropriate living arrangements in Kingston can be a challenge, especially in the Fall term. We recommend that if you choose to live off-campus, you come to Kingston at least one week early to find adequate accommodations.

One of the best off-campus housing options for exchange students is the Kingston Student Housing Co-operative (aka Science '44 Co-op)

Queen's Housing Databases:

We recommend that students do not sign a lease or send rent money to a landlord before arriving in Kingston. For more information and advice on finding accommodation, please visit 

The following local map may help to determine the proximity of these properties to Queen's campus: 

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Learning Expectations

Language of Instruction:

Course Load:
Undergraduate degree seeking students come into first year in Engineering and Applied Science and study based on a common curriculum. It is an introduction to all of the engineering programs offered by the Faculty. Students choose their engineering program in February of first year. The choice is open (no caps, quotas, or minimum marks needed) provided all 1st year courses are completed successfully.

Exchange students are recommended to take a minimum of 15 credits (CR) per term; 30 CR for the full year. As an example, 60 ECTS credits is usually considered a full course load in most European institutions and is equivalent to 30.0 Queen’s units. Please note: Queen’s Undergraduate degree seeking Engineering students take more than 15 credits per term – course load is to be determined by the home university and visiting student, should both feel that more than 15 credits is required for their home program

Course Weight:
Course weights in Engineering and Applied Science varies. 1 credit = one 50 minute lecture) and to laboratory assignments, tutorial, and significant project work (0.5 credits =one hour).

Course Types:
LECT Lecture; LAB Laboratory; TUT Tutorial


Letter GradeGrade PointsNumeric Equivalent
A+ 4.3 90-100%
A 4.0 85-89%
A- 3.7 80-84%
B+ 3.3 77-79%
B 3.0 73-76%
B- 2.7 70-72%
C+ 2.3 67-69%
C 2.0 63-66%
C- 1.7 60-62%
D+ 1.3 57-59%
D 1.0 53-56%
D- 0.7 50-52%
FR 0.0 40-49%
F 0.0 0-39%

Course Choices:
Most Engineering and Applied Science courses are open to exchange students provided that they have all the appropriate prerequisite courses. Please note that availability in some courses may be limited in the event that there is limited spacing and/or the course is core for degree-seeking students.

Requirements vary for each course. An extra half hour during examination is available to exchange students whose first language is not English.

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Student Services

International and Exchange Advisor

Students can stop by or make an appointment to meet with an Advisor at Room 300, Beamish-Munro Hall.

Academic Advice

For academic advice, exchange students are advised to contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant in his/her department.

ProgramProgram CodeUndergraduate Chair
Chemical Engineering CHEE Liann Joanette,
Civil Engineering CIVL Angelina Gencarelli,
Computer Engineering CMPE Irina Pavich,
Electrical Engineering ELEC Irina Pavich,
Engineering Chemistry ENCH Liann Joanette,
Engineering Physics ENPH Melissa Balson,
Geological Engineering GEOE Larke Zarichny,
Mathematics and Engineering MTHE Johana Ng,
Mechanical Engineering MECH Jacquie Brown,<
Mining Engineering MINE Tina McKenna,

Queen's University International Centre (QUIC)

QUIC provides non-academic support service for international and exchange students through its various programs and activities throughout the academic year. Students can also receive advice on non-academic matters from the International Student Advisor, especially immigration matters. For more information about QUIC and its services for international and exchange students, please visit

On-Campus Facilities

Queen's University offers a range of facilities on campus including a Physical Education Centre, libraries, the Campus Bookstore, Student Health Services, a post office, various cafeterias, as well as an assortment of places in which to relax with friends (Queen's Pub, Alfies, Common Ground, just to name a few).

Note that: Exchange students receive a Queen's student card and have the same rights and privileges as a full-time Queen's student, including a free city bus pass.

Student Wellness Services

Student Wellness supports the personal, academic, and social development of students at Queen's University by providing a range of programs and services appropriate to their needs.

Accessibility Information:

Student Academic Success Services

Student Academic Success Services is a learning support service for students. Several options are available for students to enhance both their learning and study skills and their academic confidence: on-line resources, group workshops, individual consultations, and peer mentoring. For more information about available services, please visit 

Visas and Study Permits

Entry Visas

Citizens of certain countries and territories will require a visa to visit Canada. For a full list of countries whose citizens require visas to enter Canada as visitors, please visit

Study Permit

Information on the required permits and visas for studying in Canada can be found here.

Applicants for a study permit will need to provide:

  • A valid passport;
  • Proof of acceptance from Queen's University (in the form of a letter of admission to Queen's);
  • Evidence of adequate funds to cover the cost of living expenses for the student and any dependents coming to Canada. Evidence includes personal bank statements and/or letters pledging financial support, from family or other sponsors;
  • Any further documents required by the applicant's visa office;
  • A medical examination may also be required.

A Study Permit is needed to work on campus, regardless of the length of study period. Exchange students may not work off-campus.

For more information: contact the QUIC International Student Advisor at

Transition Support

Pre-Arrival Webinars

Incoming International Students: We are hosting webinar sessions to provide you with key information on supports available to you in your first year at Queen's Engineering. The session will also allow you to virtually meet key people thatwill play a role in your first year. You will be able to ask us about anything: accommodations, arriving at Queen’s, courses, registration and many others. 

Please check back in July 2019 for 2019/2020 Pre-Arrival webinars information

Welcome & Orientation

Join our Orientation Mixer for Engineering International Students on Thursday, September 6th 2018 from 6:00 - 7:30pm in Beamish-Munro Hall Atrium.

This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other international students, faculty, staff, and upper year students at Queen's FEAS

Academic Foundations for Engineering International Students 

You might have heard that engineering degrees are academically challenging, but with the right study strategies, every student can succeed. In four interactive sessions led by experts and upper-year students from Student Academic Success Services, Academic Foundations introduces international students at the Faculty of Engineering to essential academic skills and techniques. You’ll leave ready to participate in class, complete homework assignments, and work with your classmates with confidence.

 Sessions and dates in Academic Foundations include:

  1. Tues, Sept 11 from 5:30 – 6:30pm. “Work Smart: Time Management 101.” With hours of classwork and assignments each week, engineers are always busy. We’ll show you how to get more done, beat procrastination, avoid stress and burn-out, and meet your academic goals through time management techniques.
  2. Tues, Sept 25 from 1:30 – 2:30pm. “Succeeding in class, in homework, and in teams” Engineering courses are some of the most demanding at the university. You’ll have to participate in difficult class discussions, and to work alone and in teams. We’ll introduce you to ways to manage projects, work effectively in groups, speak in class, and develop your problem-solving skills.
  3. Thurs, Oct 4 from 5:30 – 6:30pm. “Writing Confidently in Engineering.” Engineering students need to write with clarity and technical precision. We’ll help you develop your writing skills to improve your written assignments.
  4. Thurs, Oct 18 from 5:30 – 6:30pm. “Question an expert!” Our session leader, a Master’s of Engineering student at Queen’s, will answer your questions about study habits and what makes a successful engineering student. Bring your assignments and be ready to work hard for an hour!

 Please register here:

Contact Information

University Website:
Faculty Website:
Mailing Address: Queen’s University
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Beamish Munro Hall
45 Union St, Room 300
Kingston, Ontario,
Canada K7L 3N6
Telephone number : 613-533-2055
Fax number: 613-533-2721
International Student Experience Associate:
Student Services Manager: Stacy Shane,
Main Reception:

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