Program Fees

Program Fee at the BISC

The program fee for 2021 will be $15,347, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The BISC will provide a fee waiver of $550 to all students, so the maximum amount payable will be $14,797.

All students may apply for needs-based bursaries from Queen's, and Queen's students may also apply for scholarships (see details below).  The Faculty will do everything it can to make attendance possible. E-mail gillian.ready@queensu.ca for more information.

The BISC program fees include:

  • Tuition: 3 36-hour courses of 3 credits each for a total of 9 credits
  • Room and board: shared accommodation (2 students per room) and full meal plan. (Students can request a single room for an approximate additional cost of $450).
  • Welcome reception, orientation program, guest lectures, special events, and final dinner
  • Field study trips: transportation and entrance fees; accommodation and breakfast on overnight trips
  • Access to BISC facilities and services including computing rooms, library, gym
  • Coach transfers: from and to Heathrow airport on designated days

Program fees do not include return airfare to and from London, supplemental health insurance, textbooks and course supplies, personal expenses and laundry, and lunches and dinners on overnight trips.

Online Program Fee

The fee in 2020 was $5,322. This amount may increase slightly for 2021, depending on the provincial tuition policy. It includes the 3 3-credit courses and guest speakers, career panels, and networking events. Textbooks are not included.

Note for LL.M. and Joint Program Students

MPA/JD, MIR/JD and MA (Econ)/JD students who are completing the graduate year of their joint program are welcome to register in one of the International Law Programs, which will enable them to complete the degree requirements for both programs in three academic years.  LL.M. students are also welcome to register.  For the spring term, such students remain registered in the MPA, MIR, MA or LL.M. program and pay tuition at that program's rate. They are also charged for the field studies, residence, and meal plan.  The total amount payable by such students for the term is quite close to the amount paid by JD students.

Payment of Fees

Program Fees must be paid in full by May 1, 2021.

Financial Assistance

Bursaries

Queen's University, which is committed to making the BISC programs accessible, has established a number of awards and bursaries to assist students with the cost of attending the BISC. Bursary recipients also often access other forms of assistance such as government loans and grants or a personal student loan or line of credit.

BISC bursaries are non-repayable grants available to students from any law school who have demonstrated financial need above the maximum funding available through government student financial assistance. All domestic students must be in receipt of government assistance in order to be considered for a bursary. The bursaries range in value.

Bursaries are available to both Queen's and non-Queen's students. Applicants from other universities are also encouraged to investigate funding opportunities at their home institutions. In the past, a number of students from other universities have secured financial support from their home university to attend the International Law Programs.

How to Apply for Bursaries

Students are encouraged to submit a bursary application when they apply for admission to the BISC. Bursary applications will continue to be accepted until the beginning of the programs.

Bursary applications are available at Queen's University Student Awards. Applicants should complete the application for the BISC upper-year program. For questions about bursaries contact the Queen's Student Awards Office at bursary@queensu.ca

The Queen's Student Awards Office is a resource for all BISC students. Students seeking information or advice on any aspect of financing their BISC experience are encouraged to take advantage of the services available.

BISC Global Law Scholarships

Queen's Law students may apply for a Global Law Scholarship, awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated interest and/or experience in international law. The amounts of the scholarships vary.

A scholarship application consists of a personal statement, submitted by email to lawcastle@queensu.ca at the time of application to the programs. 

Government Student Loan Extensions

Queen’s students who have received funding through OSAP or another provincial plan during the academic year can apply for a spring/summer extension. Information and the 2021 OSAP Summer Extension form will be available on the Student Awards website in mid-February/early March. Non-Queen's students with government student loans should check with their home universities to determine the application process and deadlines.