Established in 1841 by the royal charter of Queen Victoria, Queen’s University offers admissions to a plethora of undergraduate and over 150 graduate courses to international candidates coming from over 80 countries across the globe.
Honored as one of the renowned higher education institutes of Canada, the university has a reputation for its undergraduate courses which give strong competition to some exceptionally brilliant ivy league programs. Its courses in Commerce and Engineering are some of the unparalleled programs offered at the institute and thus, are toughest to get into.
If you're a prospective international applicant appearing for enrolling at the institute, the following salient points can surely come in handy for you.
Though such cut-throat competition and a tremendously low acceptance rate could be a little disheartening for some, but aspirants must note that it is only the initial process which could be a little strenuous since the university ranks at #2 for happiness and student satisfaction. Along with that, it also experiences a high employment rate of nearly 95% and thus can help you land one of the high-paying jobs in Canada, making it a worthwhile pursuit in the end.
|Application Fee||156 CAD for undergraduate admissions|
|English language proficiency accepted tests||TOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent|
|TOEFL (iBT) minimum score||88 for undergraduate and graduate degree courses|
|Application Season||Rolling (no fixed deadlines)|
|Acceptance Rate||Around 11% for undergraduate programs (2018)|
|Financial Aid for International Students||Available as Scholarships and awards|
|Work-study||Available both on and off campus|
|Students’ Helpline||Tel: 613-533-2218;|
The university offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs but does not observe any strict fixed deadlines while providing admissions into them. Some of the recommended deadlines of the institute are compiled as follows:
|Type of deadline||Date|
|Applications available from||October 1, 2019|
|Recommended deadline for making changes to applications||February 1, 2020|
|Last date to submit PSE & SE||February 1, 2020|
|Recommended deadline to provide transcripts||February 15, 2020|
Applications for graduate programs can be made online round the year at any given point of time. However, the institute does encourage interested candidates to send in their entries early in the year to be considered for various awards and scholarships. The admission decisions are usually released in the month of March.
Admission Portal: Apply online at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre
Application Fee: 156 CAD.
Basic Academic Requirement: Higher Secondary School Certificate.
The general requirements and admissions process for international applicants looking to enroll at the institute in order to successfully accomplish their dream of studying in Canada is as follows:
Since the primary mode of imparting education at the institute is in English, it becomes mandatory that the natives of a country where English is not the primary language submit certain language proficiency proofs. The acceptable tests and their minimum scores are as tabulated below.
|Name of Test||Minimum score for undergraduate courses||Minimum score for graduate courses|
|TOEFL (iBT)||Overall 88||88|
|CAEL||Overall 70 with no band below 60||Overall band of 80|
|IELTS (academic)||6.5 with no band lower than 6.0||7 or above|
|Queen’s School of English||High standing on 12 weeks advance courses||High standing on 12 weeks advance courses|
Note: TOEFL Institution Code: 0949. Any Candidate who has completed one year of university education at an organization where ENglish is the official language stands a chance of being exempted from the submitting English Language Proficiency Test.
International aspirants who fail to meet minimum language requirements can also be considered for a conditional admission offered through QBridge Pathway courses with below mentioned conditions in order:
To study in a course of duration longer than 6 months in nature, the candidates must obtain a study permit and visa to study in Canada which usually takes up around 4 to 8 weeks. The visa can be obtained with the help of a Canadian Embassy by submitting the following documents:
Canadain Government also provides legal resident of countries including China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, or Vietnam an alternative method of applying via Student Direct Stream (SDS) in order to receive their permits faster.
To apply via SDS, an applicant must meet the mandatory specifications that have been compiled below.
Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website or using a paper application.
Application Fee: 105 CAD.
Basic Academic Requirement: Bachelor’s degree.
Additional Important Requirements
NOTE that no xeroxed or stale letters issued more than 1 year prior to the date of application shall be applicable.
International aspirants applying to graduate-level admissions must fulfill some program-specific requirements which are tabulated as follows:
|Requirements||MBA||Masters (MS) in Computer Science||Masters in Psychology||Masters (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering||Masters in Nursing|
|Academic Qualification||4 year degree or equivalent||Honor’s degree or equivalent||4 year honor’s degree or equivalent||Bachelor’s degree in related field||Nursing degree or equivalent|
|Minimum GPA||B+ avg/75% or equivalent in final 2 years of undergraduate||A (first class)||80% or B+||60% and above (First Class)||B grade|
|GRE/GMAT||GMAT (600 score or above)/ GRE (acceptable in some cases; 315 or above)||Not Required||GRE (60th percentile and above)||Not Required||Not Required|
|SOI/Essays||Not Required||Required||Required||Not Required||Required|
|LORs/References||2 (professional)||2||2||Not Required||2|
|Resume/CV||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required||Required (academic)||Not Required|
|Work Experience||2 years||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Additional Requirements||-||Supervisor||Supervisor||-||Undergrad courses in research methodology & statistics; Supervisor; registered nurse in own country|
The university also offers its applicants various graduate diploma courses in Business where candidates in their last year of undergraduate studies and those who have recently completed their graduate degrees can apply.
The basic specifications to be fulfilled for enrolling into diploma programs include:
International applicants must note that some scholarships and bursaries are heavily offered on the basis of early application and thus, candidates are highly recommended to keep a close track of all the deadlines and send in their entries at the earliest.
Students aspiring for research (thesis-based) graduate programs need to have a supervisor for enrolling into a course. Note that not all graduate courses require a supervisor and must be verified for at the official website or by consulting Graduate Assistant. However, if your courses do require a supervisor then you are recommended to go through the list of faculty and look for a potential supervisor with similar research interests and approach them with your project proposal.