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Credits and Assessment


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A full workload for one semester is 60 Units (also known as CATS points).  Study Abroad students normally select 3 modules, each with a weighting of 20 Units.  However, some subject areas also offer half modules worth 10 Units and double modules worth 40 Units.  Intending Study Abroad students are expected to negotiate and arrange credit transfer with their home institutions, however, it may help to know that we consider one Queen’s module (20 Units) to equate to approximately 5 US credits.


The assessment profile of each module can be found in the Course Catalogue.  It is normally made up of essays or coursework to be submitted throughout the semester, and an end-of-semester examination.  Tutorial contribution may also be an element.

Study Abroad students are expected to undertake the same workload as local students and to follow all aspects of the module, including attendance at classes and tutorials, preparation of essays and projects and sitting examinations.

Special arrangements for assessment can be made for Fall Semester students who are unable to be present for examinations in January, due to the commencement of the Spring semester at their home institution.  For modules in Humanities and Social Science subjects, students are normally asked to submit additional essays or coursework in lieu of the final examination.  For modules in Business, Engineering or Science subjects, the final examination would normally be proctored at the student's home university on the scheduled date in January.

Full year and Spring Semester Study Abroad students must sit end-of-semester examinations in both January and May/June.

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The final mark awarded for each module is on a scale of 1-100.  Click here to view an approximate conversion between Queen's marks and the grading systems used in the USA, Canada and Australia.  Note that this is an approximate conversion and your home institution may interpret differently the marks that you achieve at Queen's.

A transcript will be issued to your home institution within two months of departure.

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