Queen's University at Kingston (Queen's University)

Website / www.queensu.ca


Established in 1841, Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions. Located in Kingston, Ontario, it is a mid-size university with several faculties and professional schools as well as the Bader International Study Centre located in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, United Kingdom.

Queen’s has long been a destination for people with initiative and its students are among the most academically accomplished in the country. Queen’s undergraduate students have among the highest entering averages, and more importantly, the university has the highest degree-completion rate in Canada, with a graduation rate of more than 90 percent. Queen’s faculty members are educators, mentors and international experts in their disciplines.

A member of the prestigious U15 group of research-intensive Canadian universities, Queen’s is a full-spectrum, research-intensive university. Leading-edge research is conducted in areas of critical concern to Canada and the world, including global and community health, sustainable energy, environment and the economy, social issues such as surveillance, poverty and bullying, and art conservation. Queen’s balances excellence in undergraduate studies with well-established and innovative graduate programs — all within a learning experience that is enriched by and inextricably linked to the research-intensive environment. Queen’s is also a member of the Matariki Network, an international group of research-intensive universities with a strong commitment to the undergraduate student learning experience.

Queen’s is home to students from more than 120 different countries; international students make up approximately seven percent of the full-time student population. More than 90 percent of students come from outside Kingston – from Canada and around the world – and live in residence. Upper-year, professional and graduate students live in a vibrant community surrounding the campus, most within a 15-minute walk. Support of diversity and inclusivity in all its forms, is an integral part of the Queen’s ethos, and is an important aspect of the rich learning and work environment.

The university is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and near the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Thousand Islands and Rideau Canal. It is within a few hours’ driving distance of Toronto, Ottawa and Syracuse, New York. Downtown Kingston is only a short walk and boasts many shops, excellent restaurants, and even a winter season outdoor ice-skating rink that transforms into an outdoor cinema during the summer. Kingston placed third in Businessweek magazine’s 2012 rankings of “Best Places to Live in Canada”.

Student fees

Canadian student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $5,625 - $5,706
Graduate tuition fees: $6,258

International student fees  201-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $19,522 - $22,249
Graduate tuition fees: $12,366

* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities.

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.

Student enrolment

2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 17,000
Full-time (graduates): 3,800
Part-time (undergraduates): 2,600
Part-time (graduates): 400

* Source: Council of Ontario Universities