You are required to take a full course load. Most students studying at Queen’s only take three courses per semester, which are typically worth 15 American credits.
Choosing Your Courses
All students must take a full academic workload of 60 CATS credits per semester. Use the following chart to help you select your course schedule:
When selecting your courses from the overseas university’s website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In Northern Ireland, the word for class or course is called a module.
At UK universities, undergraduate degrees consist of 3 years of study. You can identify the level of a course from the course code. Codes starting with a 1 are Level 1, those starting with a 2 are Level 2, and those starting a 3 are Level 3. (For example, HIS1003 is a Level 1 course.) You cannot select classes that start with a number higher than 3.
The Queen’s course catalog will automatically list the departments available at Queen’s; however, confirm that you are viewing the Queen’s courses by checking the institution drop-down menu found at the top of the Catalog.
In addition to your proposed list of 6-10 courses, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations.
Official course registration will take place upon arrival at Queen’s. The preliminary course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone. You will have a two week drop/add period at the beginning of the semester where you can make changes to your course registration.
If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.
There is a surcharge that is assessed by Queen’s for coursework completed in the sciences. This surcharge will be added to your account after you register for courses at Queen’s.