Queen's Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

International Exchanges

International Exchanges

International exchanges give students the opportunity to learn about different legal perspectives and contexts while enhancing their experience at Queen’s Law.

Queen's Law students can study for a term at another university with which the Faculty has an exchange agreement and gain full academic credit towards their J.D. Students pay tuition at the domestic rate to Queen's University for the term they spend abroad.​ Students usually apply in their second year for an exchange in the fall or winter term of their third year.

Missed the International Exchange Information Session? Download a PDF of the presentation here [PDF 2.9 MB].


Exchange Partners

University of Cape Town, South Africa (2 semester places*)

Fudan University, Shanghai​ (2 semester places*)
Jindal Global Law School, Delhi (6 semester places*)
National University of Singapore (4 semester places)
University of Hong Kong (12 semester places)

Australia and New Zealand
University of Melbourne (1 semester place)
University of New South Wales (2 semester places)
University of Sydney (4 semester places)
University of Western Australia (1 semester place*)
Victoria University of Wellington (6 semester places)

EBS Law School, Germany (4 semester places)
ESADE Law School, Spain (4 semester places)
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (4 semester places*)
University of Groningen, Netherlands (10 semester places)
Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, France (4 semester places*)
Uppsala University, Sweden (2 semester places)

Middle East
Tel Aviv University, Israel (2 semester places)
Koç University Faculty of Law, Turkey (2 semester places*)

University-Wide Exchanges
Durham University, UK (full year only, no places for 2018-19)
University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados (4 semester places*)
University of Otago, New Zealand (1 semester place*)
Ontario Universities International Programs

*The number of semester places with an asterisk are not yet confirmed for 2018-19. As exchanges are based on reciprocal agreements with partner universities, the number of available spots at each is limited, and can change from year to year.

Course Loads and Transfer Credits

Queen's students on exchange must take a full course load at the host university. Fifteen upper-year course credits are transferred to the student's J.D. degree upon production of an official transcript from the host university demonstrating that the courses have been successfully completed. Regardless of the course load taken, students may not transfer more than 15 credits. 

A note that there is a 2 year residency requirement at Queen's Law for students to obtain their degree. For transfer students this may pose an issue with their ability to participate in the exchange program.

Application Procedures

The application process for 2018-19 is now closed.

Additional documentation (to be uploaded to online application):


-Personal Statement, a letter (2 pages maximum) explaining:

  • the reasons for your interest in the exchange, including any contributions the exchange will make to your future academic or employment plans
  • any previous experience with international study or internships<
  • the extent of your involvement in the law school and/or another community
  • your financial ability to spend a term at the host university (many institutions require evidence of financial ability)
  • any other reasons for wanting to go on exchange to the partner universities indicated, including personal and/or family reasons, language facility etc.

The deadline for applications is January 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm EST.

Exchanges are allocated based on selection criteria including:

  • Academic standing
  • The academic appropriateness of the exchange
  • Evidence of good character and the ability to represent Queen's Law
  • Personal / family reasons for the exchange, language facility, etc.

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of sessional start dates for exchange partners to ensure they do not conflict with summer employment or the articling recruit.

Financial Assistance

Recognizing the value of a study abroad experience, Queen's has established a number of bursaries to assist students with a financial need who would like to participate in a Queen's Formal Exchange. These are administered through Queen’s Student Awards Office. Learn more about requirements and assessments on their webpage.

Bursary applications are available online or from the Queen's Admissions Office. Law students should complete the application for 2018-19 Exchange Study Bursary. For questions about bursaries please contact Queen's Student Awards Office at bursary@queensu.ca or call 613-533-2216. Students are encouraged to submit a bursary application when they apply for an exchange. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.

More Information

To learn more about past students’ experiences on exchange, Exchange Reports are available on the Queen’s Law Portal under "JD Studies, International Exchanges - Exchange Reports."

For questions and more information, please contact Chantal Rousseau, Manager of International Programs.