Students participating in the SDG program

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This 3­-week English immersion program is ideal for those who want to learn English while exploring campus and research facilities that are moving the university forward in pursuit of our targets related to   the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This program is offered once per year during the summer. 


There are 22.5  hours of academic programming per week. Classes focus on Canadian SDG content and the practical application of the following four language skills: 

  • Listening 
  • Reading 
  • Speaking 
  • Writing 


Queen's University and Kingston, Ontario

Queen's University and the City of Kingston is an ideal English-immersion environment, to learn from Queen’s University researchers and staff who are pursing the advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 


Queen's Univerity SDG ranking


In 2021, Queen’s University ranked #1 in Canada and #5 worldwide in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within and beyond their local communities.   

The rankings measured more than 1,200 post-secondary institutions from 98 countries and Queen’s placed #1 for the world ranking for SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), respectively. 

Learn more about how Queen’s University is helping to advance these global goals and achieve social impact here.  




Student Life Activities 

Outside of classroom instruction, the English for SDG Advancement program features experiential learning opportunities including visits to venues such as the renowned Queen’s University biological research facility at Elbow Lake.  


Students are immersed in local Canadian culture, explore the charming Kingston community. Guided excursions to local Canadian attractions may include trips to the UNESCO heritage sites like Fort Henry. 


Program fees include excursions, where students will be tasked with communicating with local Canadian community members so they can practice their English language communication skills. 


Volunteer Club  

QSoE students have the unique opportunity to give their time, knowledge, and expertise to the Kingston community by joining the QSoE Volunteer Club. The Volunteer club supports local charities and global groups in need.  

Students decide how they can best support a community, whether it be through fundraising activities, volunteering their time, or raising awareness in the community while practicing their English.  



Admissions Requirements 

Students entering this program should have a minimum of intermediate-level English fluency.