Case study: Canada

Fiona, MA Psychology and Linguistics student, studied at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Fiona Gorrie on Frozen Lake Ontario - a 5 minute walk from the university campus.
Fiona Gorrie on Frozen Lake Ontario - a 5 minute walk from the university campus.

I study Psychology and Linguistics and spent my third year abroad at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

Queen’s University was a great place for exchange. It has such a strong sense of community and university spirit that you quickly find yourself caught up in the atmosphere. Queen’s is an ideal base for travelling all around Canada and America: canoeing and hiking in Algonquin National Park, ice-skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, spending Christmas in New York, exploring Boston and Washington and spending New Year in Toronto are just some of the places I got to explore. Canada’s winter was great for trying out lots of different winter sports; snow-shoeing on frozen lakes, skiing trips and experiencing -42 degrees centigrade were definitely highlights. 

In between the travelling and having fun, I got to study some really interesting courses that were not on offer at Edinburgh, such as Cognitive Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. Queen’s was great for both Psychology and Linguistics courses and I had no problem finding courses to cover all areas needed for BPS accreditation.

When I first applied for exchange, Queen’s University was my last choice – I’d never really heard of it. But I’m so glad that was where I ended up. Wherever you go on exchange, you will make friends from all around the world and get to opportunities that you would never get at home. Going on exchange was the highlight of my degree and I would urge anyone who is even remotely considering an exchange to go for it!