2021 Program Fees at the BISC: $14,973 

The program fee has not increased from 2020. Each student from any law school attending the program will receive a BISC Award for International Study of $550. This discount is in addition to any bursary or Queen's Law scholarship awarded.

It is the Faculty of Law’s policy that no Queen’s Law student should be prevented from attending the program for financial reasons, so we will do everything we can to make attendance possible for you. Please 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.

Note re Fees 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 the field studies portion of the BISC fee, plus the full amount for the residence and meal plan.  The total amount payable by such students for the term is quite close to the amount paid in total by JD students.

Payment of Fees

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

Financial Assistance

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 have applied for and 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 encouraged to investigate funding opportunities that may exist at their home institutions. In the past, a number of students from other universities have been successful in securing 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 on-line at Queen's University Student Awards or from the Admissions Office. Law applicants should complete the application for the BISC upper year program. For questions about bursaries please contact Queen's Student Awards Office at bursary@queensu.ca or call 613-533-2216. 

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 may vary. 

Queen’s Law JD applicants will be considered for a Global Law Scholarship on the basis of the material filed in their applications. Consideration may also be given to relevant material in their applications for JD admission. 

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 “2020 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.