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Study Abroad

Students who wish to study abroad can do so by applying for an exchange with one of the BHSc’s partner schools, enrolling for a term at the Bader Study Centre, or at a university found independently through an international letter of permission.

Upper-Year @ Bader College

Health Sciences at Bader College

Health Sciences at Bader College

A new opportunity for upper-year Health Sciences students is being offered at Bader College. For the first time ever, Health Sciences students have the chance to take their third-year Fall Term classes abroad at Queen’s University’s international campus at Herstmonceux Castle in the United Kingdom!

Combining core third-year Health Sciences courses with Bader College's characteristic small class sizes, one-to-one attention from instructors, and hands-on experiential learning, this opportunity adds global perspective to your studies.

But this is more than just a term abroad in Europe. In addition to lectures and guest speakers, students studying at Bader College have the added benefits of experiential learning opportunities that take them out into the local community and beyond to see their studies in action. You will engage in a community-based practicum with a local or international community health organization and connect with professionals and organizations from around the world!

Only 20 spots are available, so apply early and be among the first students to study upper-year Health Sciences at the Castle!

  • Earn 15.0 units (five courses) at Queen’s University’s international campus
  • Gain experience in a community-based health organization in another part of the world, 
  • Small class sizes offer you graduate-style contact with your instructors
  • Enhance your transcript for application to Graduate School or Medical School
  • Make global connections for future career opportunities
  • Become a global citizen.


Dates: September 2022 - December 2022
Location: Bader College, Queen's University, Herstmonceux Castle, UK.
Apply By: March 31 ,2022

REPD 372/3.0 Reproduction & Development (Online TBC)

In REPD 372 students will obtain a general background on various aspects of human reproduction, ranging from male and female gamete development to pregnancy and birth. The course will serve as a gateway to more advanced courses in human reproduction and development. Students will apply concepts learned through modules to a simulated case study in which a human pregnancy will be followed from the pre-conception stages to parturition and the post-partum period. Evaluations will consist of quizzes, a written essay, a discussion forum and case study group assignments.

Prerequisite: Minimum 3rd year (level 3) standing, one of (ANAT 100/3.0; ANAT 101/3.0; [ANAT 215/3.0 and ANAT 216/3.0]; [ANAT 315/3.0 and ANAT 316/3.0]) and one of (PHGY 210/6.0; PHGY 214/6.0; [KNPE 125/2.0 and KNPE 225/3.0]; [PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0]).

BCHM 370/3.0 Genetics & Genomics

BCHM 370, Genetics and Genomics, is an interdisciplinary course that will provide an introduction to the field of applied genomics for identifying genes underlying multifactorial traits, diseases and drug treatment outcomes. Basic principles of gene mapping studies will be covered in the context of recent advances in the field including statistical methods, high-throughput technologies and integrative analyses of biological datasets. The applications and implications of genome-wide studies will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (BCHM 218/3.0; BCHM270/3.0; BIOL 205/3.0)

IDIS 373/3.0 Health Ethics, Law, and Policy

IDIS 373, Health Ethics, Law, and Policy, is an introduction to ethical, legal and regulatory requirements for people working in the health professions. Many of the decisions healthcare workers make have an ethical or legal dimension.  In some of these situations, knowing or doing the right thing can be unclear or difficult. In this course, students will learn how to recognize aspects of health care that raise ethical and legal questions and will develop approaches to creatively and effectively answering these questions.  Over twelve weeks, we cover ethical and legal issues encountered in most types of health care organizations, including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient facilities, dental clinics, nursing homes, home care organizations, and health care systems. The values, principles and laws we review are also applicable to diverse client and patient populations.

This course is designed to prepare students who are planning to apply to health professional programs and emphasizes learning-by-doing. In addition to introducing students to a wide range of ethical and legal issues in healthcare using a case-based approach, it also builds on the foundational skills in IDIS 173 (previously BMED 173).  Students will develop advanced abilities to charitably understand contentious issues from multiple angles, assemble evidence in order to develop a position, and to communicate complex ideas. Students will also become acquainted with some of the biases, mistakes and mental shortcuts people commonly take in their reasoning and how to avoid them.

Prerequisite: Minimum 3rd year (level 3) standing


GLPH 493/3.0 Global Health Practice

This course will strengthen students’ abilities to respond to a community’s health needs through a practical service-learning position with an approved local or international community health organization. Students will apply a reflective approach to community engagement in global health and consider the relationship between global health practice and critical concepts from relevant fields, including international development, postcolonial theory, service learning, and public health.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will learn to identify the impact of your own social circumstances and the ways they effect your perspective on global health issues
  • Learn to become adaptive and considerate in your approach to global health practice through independent reflection and work with key figures in your placement
  • Develop your own “philosophy of practice” in global health, and learn to describe the values and approaches you’ll use to identify, understand, and respond to a community’s health needs
  • Learn how critical concepts of globalization, equity, and social and international development influence a community health organizations’ work partner universities.

Choose One Elective (3.0 units)

You can also choose an additional 3.0 course from Bader College's robust Fall offerings to complement your degree plan and maximise your experience. Find the full list of fall course offerings on the Bader College website.

Queen's Students

  • Make sure you meet the basic prerequisites:
    • Minimum 2.6 GPA
    • Good academic standing
    • Level 3 standing (by time program starts)
    • Bachelor of Health Sciences degree plan

    Please enquire via castle@queensu.ca should you have any questions.

  • Request to change campus
  • Receive campus confirmation from Undergraduate Admission
  • Register in class on SOLUS.

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Non-Queen's Students

  • Make sure you meet the basic prerequisites for studying abroad at your home institution.
  • Apply online
  • Register online for your chosen program
  • Submit Letter of Permission
  • Accept your offer

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International Exchange

Expand your global viewpoint with international exchange. 

Current BHSc Exchange Partner Schools include: 

  • Nanyang Technical University (Singapore, Singapore) 
  • University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) 

Outgoing Exchange Students: Full-time BHSc students (including international and online students) can apply to study with one of our exchange partner universities for a term (15 credits).   

Incoming International Students: If your institution has an exchange agreement with Queen's, please consult your home university study-abroad office for information about application procedures. 

Exchange applications for the University of Western Australia for the Winter 2023 term are now open. 

Exchange applications for BHSc students are submitted through the BHSc Exchange portal. In order to apply, students need to submit: 

  • GPA of 2.6 or higher 
  • a copy of unofficial transcript  
  • an expression of interest (no more than 250 words) 
  • confirmation of consultation with your Academic Advisor
  • ranked preference of exchange partners 

Students are responsible for paying for: 

  • $200 program fee 
  • 15 credits of Queen’s Tuition (1 term) while on exchange 
  • Transportation to and from their exchange partner location 
  • Rent and food costs while on exchange 
  • Insurance  
  • any additional fees indicated by the partner school (i.e. application costs, additional insurance costs, etc.) 

Recognizing the value of a study abroad experience, Queen's has established a number of aid options to assist students with financial need who would like to participate in a Queen's Formal Exchange. You can find more information on the Queen’s Registrar & Financial Aid Services website.

Courses completed on an exchange are recorded on your transcript as transfer credits (TR). For a course to qualify as a transfer credit, students must achieve a “C” or 63% grade on the Queen’s University Grading Scale. 

Unfortunately, no. There is a limited number of exchange positions with partner schools. If there are more applicants than positions, students who meet the application requirements will be selected via a lottery system to fill the spots. Priority will be given to upper-year students.