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Queen's University

Queen’s University is a community, 175 years of tradition, academic excellence, research, and beautiful waterfront campus made of limestone buildings and modern facilities.Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions, and has influenced Canadian higher education since 1841 when it was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria.

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Founded in 1673 on a First Nation site called Katarokwi, the settlement was eventually referred to as "the King's Town" in honour of King George III, with the name shortening to "Kingston" by 1788. Kingston is also nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many historic buildings built with local limestone.


Kingston is a home-away-from-home not only for students from Queen’s, but also for those attending the Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College – more than 30,000 in all!

Described by students as both “quaint” and “eclectic,” Kingston is big enough to provide all the conveniences of modern life, and small enough for students, staff, and faculty to feel instantly comfortable and at home.

  • In 2012, Kingston ranked as the 3rd best place to live in Canada (and in 2015, the 6th best place to retire!), according to
  • In 2013, the BBC listed Kingston as one of the top five university towns in the world.
  • According to Instagram in 2014, Kingston is the happiest city in Canada.


Queen’s is a full-spectrum, research-intensive university that conducts leading-edge research in a variety of areas, including:

  • computational science and engineering
  • globalization studies
  • mental health
  • basic and clinical biomedical sciences
  • healthy environments and sustainable energy systems
  • social issues such as surveillance, poverty and bullying


Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience.  Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting.  We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more. 

We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Whether you’re planning your arrival or settling in for a long stay here, or planning to study abroad, the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will help you find the information you need to make the right decisions. QUIC also provides valuable resources for students who wish to deepen their international engagement by participating in campus activities that expose them to a global perspective.

Housing services

QSAS offers the following supports and services:

  • Transition programming specially designed for first year students with disabilities
  • Initial assessments to determine eligibility for services and academic accommodations
  • Individualized accommodation planning
  • Referrals to on and off-campus services and supports
  • Coaching in self-advocacy to promote autonomy and independence
  • Support related to one's disability, self-concept, disclosure, and self-advocacy
  • Advice to students, faculty, and staff on disability, accessibility, and accommodation matters
  • Education and awareness training to the Queen's community to support and empower the QSAS's objectives

Library services

Our liaison librarians are connected with each faculty and department at Queen’s and work closely with faculty to ensure that the library’s services and collections support research and curriculum needs.

Working together with specialists from across the library, your liaison librarian can help you design research strategies, access and effectively use key information resources, manage your data, publish your research, navigate copyright and fair dealing, and stay current in your field. Your liaison librarian can also work with you to offer a wide range of teaching and learning support, including course-related instructional sessions and programs.

ICT services

Facilities and Equipment:

  • Computing sites and bookable classrooms are available across campus.
  • Learning Resources:
    • Queen's enterprise learning management system used to deliver academic courses on the web
    • Clickers: Used to provide students in large classes with a more interactive learning experience.
  • Audio Visual and Multimedia:
    • Lecture capture
    • Electronic Classroom Support
    • Videoconferencing

Medical services

Queen's Student Wellness Services (formerly "Health, Counselling, and Disability Services" or "HCDS") supports the personal, academic, and social development of students at Queen's University by providing a range of programs and services. Our mission is to provide a welcoming, confidential, and integrated service that is responsive to the needs of students.

Student Life

Campus life

Queen's is located in the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, half-way between Montreal and Toronto, two of Canada's largest cities. Kingston is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, near the entrance to the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands, and the Rideau Canal.

The best way to get to know Queen’s is by coming to visit. Explore our historic buildings, attend cultural events, and spend some time in our distinguished museums, archives, and galleries.

Run by the Alma Mater Society and staffed by students, the Visitor and Information Centre has campus maps on hand, as well as literature about Queen’s and Kingston, including Kingston bus schedules, and 1000 Islands Cruise schedules.

Sports facilities

Whether you are on-campus or off campus, the Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC) offers a wide array of fitness opportunities to get you active throughout the entire year. Workout in our naturally lit, climate controlled environment. Watch TV or dock your iPod on the latest exercise equipment. The ARC has the equipment and space for your fitness needs.

The ARC is open to students, Queen’s staff, faculty, alumni, retirees and the Kingston community. To access the facilities you must either be a member or purchase a day/week pass.

Student clubs

Queen's students don't limit their learning to the classroom. They join clubs, run for student government, try out for sports teams, and test their skills in academic competitions. The Student Experience at Queen's is about exploring all your capabilities — academic and otherwise — while learning the values of teamwork, and extending this knowledge to topics and causes that interest you beyond your major.

A well-rounded education produces well-rounded individuals, equipped to take on the world and succeed in life after graduation. Queen's Student Experience is a road map to your future. It’s a road map that we have been using for more than 175 years to educate future leaders, and it works.


All BISC courses are accredited by Queen’s University (Canada) and are subject to scrupulous quality assurance reviews and standardization by both the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (Canada) and the UK government’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (United Kingdom).

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