This year marks the 175th Anniversary of Queen’s University, and is also a year when we welcome our largest cohort of international students to date to Queen’s. As the Director of the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), I would like to personally welcome you all to campus, and take this opportunity to invite you to visit QUIC, which you can consider as your “home away from home.”
Coming from a diverse and international background myself, my passion for supporting our international students is heartfelt. I know that domestic students face challenges while at university, and for international students, those challenges are amplified, being so far from home and adapting to a new culture. Students who come through QUIC’s door are able to find the resources they need and are looking for, in order to thrive on campus and in the Kingston community. As one of the units in the Division of Student Affairs, we work collaboratively with colleagues in Student Wellness Centre, Student Academic Success Services, Career Services, Student Experience Office, and the Chaplain’s Office, as well as many other units, student groups and faculties across campus, to ensure that our international students can access the services they need to thrive and be successful.
QUIC intercultural training programs support the goals of the Queen’s University Comprehensive International Plan (2015-2019). Our training programs provide learning and engagement opportunities for any student (international or domestic) and staff member interested in intercultural competence and international education.
Throughout the year, we also provide assistance to over 2,000 Queen’s students going abroad through the Queen’s University Emergency Support Program, and we host a number of social networking events. Finally, our International Student Advisors are available any weekday without appointment to provide immigration advice, and connect you to the services and resources you require throughout your time at Queen’s.
My doors are always open, and I welcome feedback and new ideas. Let’s work together towards creating a safe, inclusive and supportive community for our internationals students, staff, faculty and their families on campus.
Jyoti Kotecha, MPA, MRSC, CChem
Director, Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)