Queen's University

Queen’s University was founded in 1841 and is one of the top-ranked public research universities in Canada. It has almost 23,000 students studying across a range of schools and faculties including Arts and Science, Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Health Sciences, Law, and Business. It was one of the first universities in Canada to admit women.

Academic highlights

Queen’s is a full-spectrum, research-intensive university that conducts leading-edge research in a variety of areas, including: computational science and engineering, globalisation studies, mental health, basic and clinical biomedical sciences, social issues, and healthy environments and sustainable energy systems


Queen’s University is located on a beautiful waterfront campus in Kingston, Ontario about 200km from Ottawa and halfway between Toronto and Montreal. It’s a mid-sized, pedestrian-friendly campus that has six libraries, and several museums and arts centres.

Did you know?

Ontario has more than 250,000 lakes that contain one-third of the planet’s fresh water.
Elon Musk is a Queen's University alumnus.


Arts and Science units are open to exchange students, but are very popular and have limited places. When selecting courses, students are encouraged to explore all options in the Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Languages, Natural and Physical Sciences, and the Humanities.

Units offered by the Smith School of Business are centred on their Bachelor of Commerce program.

Engineering and Applied Science are centred on mainly Engineering offerings.

While you are able to take units from across different faculties/schools, you will need to ensure that the majority of your units are taught by one faculty/school.

Disciplines available

Note that language and culture areas of study are usually offered as minor studies and therefore have less available units – sometimes only one or two.


Ancient Cultures

Banking and Finance

Biological Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Business Law and Taxation


Chinese Languages & Culture studies

Earth, Atmosphere and Environmental Sciences

Econometrics and Business Statistics



Engineering - Chemical

Engineering - Civil

Engineering - Electrical and Computer Systems

Engineering - Materials Science

Engineering - Mechanical and Aerospace

Film and Screen Studies

Fine Art

French Languages & Culture studies

German Languages & Culture studies


Human Geography

Indigenous Studies

Italian Languages & Culture studies

Japanese Languages & Culture studies

Jewish Languages & Culture studies


Literary Studies



Mathematical Sciences

Music performance and composition


Physics and Astronomy

Politics and International Relations

Psychological Sciences

Religious Studies

Spanish and Latin American Languages & Culture studies


Theatre and Performance

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See Queen's Faculty of Arts and Science unit catalogue here.

See Queen's Smith School of Business unit catalogue here.

See Queen's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Queens offers full-year 6.0 unit courses extending throughout the Fall-Winter terms and 3.0 unit courses also offered within the Fall or Winter terms. A 6.0 unit course normally involves 220-260 learning hours while a 3.0 unit course involves 110-130 hours.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 12152430

Exchange program terms

Queen’s ‘Winter’ semester (Monash Semester 1): early-January to early-May
Queen’s ‘Fall’ semester (Monash Semester 2): September to mid-December

See Queen's academic calendar here.


Undergraduate exchange students may apply to live in Jean Royce Hall but allocations are made through a lottery system so housing in residence cannot be guaranteed.

Queen's University offers advice on accommodation here.

The recommended off-campus housing options for exchange students is the Kingston Student Housing Co-operative.


As a general rule, Australian citizens do not need a study permit if they plan to participate in a university exchange program in Canada that lasts six months or less. However, every Australian citizen entering Canada for less than 6 months will still require an eTA which can be purchased online.  More information for Australian citizens and other nationalities is available on the Government of Canada's website.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant Consulate/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the High Commission of Canada here.

Queen's University also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

Canadian Immigration require that all international students subscribe to University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is provided by the host University. Students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the University plan and must enrol.

Queen's University provides advice on health insurance here.

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

Find out about orientation at Queen's University here. In addition to QUIC’s International Student Orientation Program, some academic faculties will offer orientation sessions.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

Emily Baulch
Bachelor of Arts,
Semester 1 2017

Studied: Arts units

Study Experience

I had a chance to study both Canadian literature and history while I was there. It was great to study things from a new perspective!


Queen's is a university town, which means it has this amazing student area around the university where there are all sorts of fun things going on (like the pop-up student bands in backyards). It also means there are hundreds of student clubs to join and such an enthusiastic student culture which supports all the clubs. People attend friends' games and concerts, and don't be surprised when friends and classmates of housemates turn up unannounced! It's such a great way to meet new people.

Benefits of going on exchange

Studying in another culture means that different things are expected from you. Different grammar, different essay styles, different emphasis on what’s important. It challenged me to change my essay writing style and truly focus on what I wanted to say without any flair.

Career Benefits

Life experience and intercultural communication are always a benefit, but Canada challenged me to ask questions, get help and truly engage in what was around me for the limited time it was available. These are skills I'm already employing in the workplace.

Money and Budgeting

Queen's have a fantastic second hand book program through the campus bookstore, but also check out online groups - they exist for almost everyone. Also, if you're going in Canadian winter, sublet and don't be afraid to negotiate the price. A lot of Queen's students are going on exchange too, and really want to sublet their rooms.

Top Tips

  • Almost everyone sublet's in the "university district" area. You should too, but don't feel like you have to sign anything until you're there and ask lots of questions.
  • Join the clubs. Queen's students are involved in a lot of things and you should be too! NEWTs and the QUIC are particularly good to be involved in as an exchange student.
  • Make an exchange friend! Seriously, you're going to need to share the experience while you're there.
  • Prepare for everything to go wrong so you're ready for it. I didn't think I was going homesick - I was. In my second week of classes, I was really, really ill. I wish I'd been more prepared and for instance, have made a list of all the emergency contacts and put it somewhere obvious. Luckily, I'd already sorted my health insurance with the university (so do that!).

Queen's University

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Main Campus
    • West Campus
    • The Isabel
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate

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