101 – Queen’s University
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Last updated: October 5, 2016
- About Queen’s University
- Residence Accommodations
- The Bader International Study Centre
- Faculty of Arts and Science
- Smith School of Business
- Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
- School of Nursing
- Internship Program
- International Experiences
- Students with Disabilities
- Admission Scholarships and Awards
- Admission Bursaries
- Government Student Financial Assistance
- Admission Procedure
- Entry Points
- Important Dates
- Part-Time Studies
- Online Studies
- Aboriginal Admission Policy
- Test of Facility in English
- Queen’s School of English
- Transfer Credits
- Visiting Queen’s
- Contact Information
About Queen’s University
Queen’s University is a community with limestone buildings, 175 years of tradition, research, a beautiful waterfront campus and academic excellence. But more than anything, Queen’s is its people. We are researchers, scholars, artists, professors and students with an ambitious spirit who want to develop ideas that can make a difference in the world. People who imagine what the future could be and work together to realize it.
Established by the Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841, Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree‑granting institutions. The university’s governance is modeled after the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Located on Lake Ontario, steps from the waterfront and downtown Kingston, the Queen’s campus offers the perfect blend of leading edge facilities and small‑town comfort.
Queen’s is a residential university. All applicants who are admitted to first year will have residence accommodation guaranteed if their residence application and deposit are received by the specified deadline.
The majority of first‑year students choose to live in one of the university’s 19 residences.
An all‑inclusive, all‑you‑care-to‑eat meal plan is complemented by “Flex Dollars” that may be used at a number of retail establishments on campus. Find more information about residence accommodations.
The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, UK
Queen’s University’s international campus, the Bader International Study Centre, situated on the 15th Century Herstmonceux Castle Estate in East Sussex, UK, offers a unique study abroad opportunity. Programs at the BISC combine travel‑intensive field studies with internationally focused, fully accredited Queen’s courses. Smaller class sizes allow students first‑hand experience that complements what they have learned in the classroom. Students can choose to spend their entire first year at the BISC, or a term or more in one of their upper years of study.
Faculty of Arts and Science
Bachelor of Arts (Program Code QA)
Bachelor of Arts – English Language Bridging Pathway (QBridge) (Program Code QXA)
Bachelor of Science (Program Code QS)
Bachelor of Science – English Language Bridging Pathway (QBridge) (Program Code QXS)
Queen’s University’s Faculty of Arts and Science enables students to tailor their studies to suit their interests. Dynamic and challenging programs in the humanities, languages, and social, natural and physical sciences provide both depth and breadth. As members of a fully integrated faculty, students have the flexibility to pursue one core field of study or to widen their concentration to encompass courses from a variety of areas.
There are 2 types of degree programs in Arts and Science:
- Honours Degrees
The 4‑year Honours degree is the degree most commonly taken by students in Arts and Science at Queen’s. Virtually all students accepted to the Faculty will be registered in an Honours degree program.This degree prepares students for the workforce and, with a sufficient level of academic achievement and appropriate prerequisites, will serve as preparation for further study at the graduate level or in a professional school.
- General Degrees
The 3‑year General degree prepares students for the workforce and, with a sufficient level of academic achievement and appropriate prerequisites, may serve as preparation for further study in a professional school. General degrees are not normally considered sufficient preparation for study at the graduate level.
The First‑Year Program in England
The First‑Year Program in England allows high school graduates to begin their university studies at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), situated on the 15th Century Herstmonceux Castle Estate in East Sussex, UK. Small class sizes, academic field trips, cultural studies excursions, and 2 week‑long midterm trips are essential elements of the First‑Year Program. The First-Year Program at the BISC is available to students in the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Arts (Program Code QIA)
- Bachelor of Science (Program Code QIS)
- Bachelor of Arts/Concurrent Education (QIB)
Following completion of the First-Year Program at the BISC, students return to Queen’s University’s main campus for their subsequent years of study. Bursaries and awards are available.
The Upper-Year Program in England
The Upper-Year Program presents students who have completed at least one year of university study with the opportunity to spend a term or a year abroad at the BISC.
A wide variety of course offerings (including social science, language, humanities, and international business and law courses) permit students from all disciplines to take advantage of this unique study abroad opportunity.
The Upper-Year Program is open to university students from across Canada and around the world. Applications for this program are made directly to Queen’s, not through the OUAC.
Bachelor of Computing (Program Code QD)
The Bachelor of Computing program offers the opportunity to study such advanced topics as artificial intelligence, computer graphics, human computer interfaces, neural and genetic computing, computational biology, and medical informatics.
Students may choose from a General or Major concentration in Computing, a Major concentration in Computer Science, or from 1 of 4 Specialized programs:
- Biomedical Computing is the only program of its type in Canada and provides students with an education in the fundamental areas of computer science and life sciences. It also provides a link between these areas through specialized courses in medical informatics and computational biology.
- Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary program that draws from computing, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and neuroscience. This specialization focuses on intelligence in artificial and living systems.
- Computing and Mathematics is designed to prepare students for graduate work in computing or career opportunities within the software industry. The program provides a solid foundation in computing and mathematics that is relevant to computing. The mathematical knowledge gained through this program provides a significant advantage in competing for research‑oriented positions in high‑tech industries.
- Software Design is a specialization designed to develop a new generation of high‑tech innovators and entrepreneurs. Students will study topics such as database management, software engineering, and software requirements.
Bachelor of Music (Program Code QM)
The School of Music meets the varied needs of each student with a program that is both flexible and diverse. Small classes and accessible faculty help to ensure a personalized, hands‑on learning experience in a challenging, yet supportive environment.
The following Concurrent Education programs lead to the completion of an Arts, Science, Music or Fine Art degree as well as an Education degree:
- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Program Code QB)
- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education, Bader International Study Centre – Herstmonceux Castle, England (Program Code QIB)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Education (Program Code QTT)
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education (Program Code QMM)
- Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (Program Code QF)
From their initial year of undergraduate study*, students begin taking Education courses and are provided with in‑school experiences that form the basis of theoretical studies.
* Concurrent Education students who attend the BISC in first year will begin their Education courses in year 2.
Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Arts) (Program Code QT)
The Queen’s Bachelor of Fine Art program nurtures excellence in 4 related media streams:
- time‑based media
Individualized, uninterrupted instruction and studio time, along with regular opportunities to exhibit work, are hallmarks of the program.
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Program Code QK)
The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program encompasses the study of human movement on a continuum from cell structure and function to the place of human movement in a social context. The program is organized around a framework that includes explicit disciplinary content in the physical, behavioural, and social sciences.
Smith School of Business
Bachelor of Commerce (Program Code QC)
The Bachelor of Commerce program balances a solid grounding in the discipline of management during the first 2 years with the opportunity to specialize in areas of interest, such as finance, accounting or marketing in the final 2 years of the program.
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Program Code QE)
Bachelor of Applied Sciences – English Language Bridging Pathway (QBridge) (Program code QXE)
Students in the Engineering program at Queen’s University complete a common first-year curriculum before streaming into 1 of the following disciplines for the start of second year:
- Engineering Chemistry
- Geological Engineering
- Mathematics & Engineering
- Engineering Physics
Students work on open‑ended engineering projects in small groups and learn basic science and engineering designs as well as communication and team skills. Find more information about Queen’s Engineering programs.
Bachelor of Applied Science Program –
Direct Entry to Electrical and Computer Engineering (Program Code QEC)
The Direct Entry option to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) allows students who have already identified ECE as their choice of discipline the opportunity to begin studying ECE specific courses and content in first year.
The ECE Innovation Stream focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills, alongside the in‑depth, world class technical education offered by the Queen’s Engineering program. Students will participate in team‑based learning that focuses on product development and prototype demonstration.
School of Nursing
Bachelor of Nursing Science (Program Code QN)
Through an innovative, research‑focused curriculum, the Nursing Science program provides students with a strong background in basic and behavioural sciences. As a graduate, students are prepared to become skilled practitioners or to use their nursing degree as a foundation for graduate study or other careers.
This program allows students in second or third year to gain experience while earning money to offset the cost of their degree program. Internships of 12 or 16 months in duration provide an opportunity to gain relevant work experience at a high technical level within a time frame that allows students to undertake substantial projects. The program is optional and open to students in all undergraduate programs.
Find more information about Queen’s internship program.
Through the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, UK, and more than 160 exchange programs in 44 countries around the world, Queen’s University strongly encourages students to gain an international perspective. Students wishing to participate in an exchange program normally do so during their third year of study; however, students may study at the BISC in any year.
Students with Disabilities
Queen’s provides services for registered Queen’s students with disabilities, including the following: assessment, special exam and registration arrangements, note takers, adaptive technology, counselling, referral services, library aids, liaison with faculty and staff, and peer mentors.
Find information about available services for students with disabilities or contact Student Wellness Services by phone at 613‑533‑6467, TTY 613‑533‑6566.
Admission Scholarships and Awards
Queen’s University attracts a community of outstanding student scholars to its faculties and programs. To reward this high level of academic excellence, Queen’s offers a wide range of scholarships and awards to students entering the first year of postsecondary studies at Queen’s University.
A separate application form, due by December 1, is required for the Major Admission Awards. The application for the Major Admission Awards will be available on the Student Awards website in September. Queen’s University also offers grades‑based admission scholarships. By applying for admission to Queen’s, all applicants are automatically considered for a grades‑based admission scholarship, regardless of citizenship.
Unless otherwise stated, entrance scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents entering the first year of postsecondary education for the first time.
Queen’s also offers admission scholarships to international students on the basis of superior academics; no scholarship application is required.
Bursaries are non‑repayable grants available to students who demonstrate financial need. Bursaries are also available to students planning to study at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux in England.
The deadline to apply for a Queen’s Admission Bursary is February 15.
Students are encouraged to apply by this deadline so they can be informed of financial options at the same time as they are offered admission. The online application will be available in September through the Student Online University System (SOLUS) Student Centre.
Government Student Financial Assistance
The federal and provincial governments provide financial assistance for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons studying at the postsecondary level. This assistance is generally offered in the form of non‑repayable grants and repayable loans allocated on the basis of demonstrated financial need (as determined by the government) and is intended to supplement student and family resources. Students may be eligible for grants and/or loans by applying through the appropriate provincial or territorial authorities.
For further information about scholarships, awards, bursaries and government student financial assistance contact Student Awards at 613‑533‑2216, email email@example.com or visit the student awards website.
The OUAC will forward applications to Queen’s University Undergraduate Recruitment and Admission. All students will be sent an email acknowledgement from Queen’s that provides instructions for accessing the Student Online University System (SOLUS) Student Centre. Students will use SOLUS to access their “To Do” list of required documentation, and to submit their Queen’s Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and Supplementary Essay (if applicable).
Students applying to the Bachelor of Commerce program are required to submit both a PSE and a Supplementary Essay by February 15. For students applying to any other program, the submission of a PSE by February 15 is highly recommended. Both documents are completed and submitted online through SOLUS.
Students must continue to use SOLUS to monitor the status of their application(s). It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that all required documentation has been submitted to Queen’s and is received by the document deadline.
September entry only for full‑time studies (Code F2016).
December 1 – Admission:
- Complete applications will start to be reviewed for offers of admission. Queen’s encourages all students to submit their documentation as early as possible.
- Please see below for further PSE and document deadlines for continued consideration. (Note: Students may only submit 1 PSE/Supplementary Essay).
- Applications will continue to be reviewed for admission throughout the entirety of the application cycle.
December 1 – Awards:
- Last date to submit Major Admission Awards applications.
- Applications to all first‑year programs due.
- Due date for the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and Supplementary Essay (if applicable).
- Last date to submit Admission Bursary applications.
- Last date to submit required documents for first‑year programs.
Part‑time admission is available in the following programs: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Computing. Part‑time, on‑campus study is available for September entry only. Application information for part-time studies is available online or by contacting Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment directly.
Queen’s University offers a range of Online Studies options, including a number of degree programs. Students considering Online Studies can begin their studies in September, January or May. Find more information about online studies.
Aboriginal Admission Policy
Queen’s University offers Aboriginal candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full‑time, first‑entry undergraduate degree program. Students must apply through the OUAC and submit a separate letter to Undergraduate Recruitment and Admission stating their interest in being considered under this policy. Students must also provide evidence of Aboriginal ancestry with their request.
Find more information about the Aboriginal Admission Policy.
Test of Facility in English
Students who have not lived in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language or attended an educational institution full time where the language of instruction was English, for the most recent 3 years prior to beginning their university studies, must achieve a satisfactory score on 1 of the tests of facility in English listed here. The university reserves the right to request a standardized English‑language test score.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
iBT 88 overall: 24 Writing, 22 Speaking, 22 Reading, 20 Listening.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Score of 6.5 on Academic Module.
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
Overall band of 70 with no band below 60.
Overall score of 60
The Test of Facility in English is a firm requirement. Students who are unsure if they meet Queen’s University’s language requirements should submit an acceptable English‑language test score as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in the processing of their application for admission.
Test results must be sent directly to Queen’s by the testing centre. To ensure that official results are forwarded directly to Queen’s, insert the code 0949 on the request for the Official Score Report.
Queen’s School of English
If a satisfactory grade on a 12‑week English for Academic Purposes course completed at Queen’s School of English is achieved prior to the time of application, an English‑language test score may not be required. Find details about the Queen’s School of English.
QBridge – English Language Bridging Pathway
QBridge is an English‑language pathway to Queen’s University for students who are academically competitive for admission to a Queen’s undergraduate degree program but who do not meet the required admission standard for English‑language proficiency.
Students accepted to Queen’s through the QBridge pathway are required to complete fall and/or winter terms of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program before progressing to their undergraduate degree studies the following September.
The 1+4 (5 year) pathway ensures that students are linguistically, academically and culturally prepared to complete their Queen’s undergraduate degree studies.
Eligible Degree Programs
QBridge is available as a pathway to the following to undergraduate degree programs:
- Bachelor of Arts (Program Codes QXA)
- Bachelor of Science (Program code QXS)
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Program Code QXE)
Queen’s University may grant transfer credit to students coming from a number of different programs, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), French Baccalaureate, and GCE/Advanced Levels. Find more detailed information about transfer credit and eligibility.
The campus tour program is offered daily, Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays and exam times. Find details and registration for campus tours.
The Fall Preview and the March Break Open House are also excellent opportunities to visit Queen’s.
Undergraduate Admission and Recrutiment, Gordon Hall
74 Union Street
Kingston ON K7L 3N6
Student Awards: 613‑533‑2216