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Differences between Danish and Canadian culture

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Hi, I’m Justin Yee, a World Link Volunteer. Outlined below are five intercultural differences between Danes and Canadians that I observed during my one-semester exchange at Aarhus University. 1. Consumerism It can be argued that consumerism has taken the Canadian lifestyle by storm. We want it all – fastest car, biggest house, the most money – often neglecting our friends and families to reach our goals. The Danes, it seems, have not yet been swept away by the idea of spending more to be happier, instead focusing on a doctrine called Hygge –...

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QUIC Photo Contest is open!

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Students are invited to share their photos from abroad, or their time in Canada.  Please see details on how to submit to the annual contest. Deadline: January 31. Since 2009, we have had the pleasure of sharing student stories and images from study/work abroad, captured at many places of the World, from  Asia to Antarctica. In addition, many international students have participated by sending their images of new home in Canada and in Kingston.  Interpretation, intercultural learning, reflection and personal growth unfold in many ways for the...

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Resources for academic success at Queen’s

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Hi everyone, it is Ning again. I hope you liked my previous blog post. Today I would like to talk about the importance of making the best use of your time at Queen’s. There are tons of resources available on campus. Four resources which I use most frequently are my professors, my TAs, the Writing Center and the Learning Strategies Centre, both of which are Student Academic Success Services (SASS). There are tons of other resources – it is just impossible for me to list all of them here. First, talk to your professor if you ever have any...

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Breaking out of the comfort zone

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Hi, my name is Natalie Kauf and I’m a QUIC World Link Volunteer. I’ve written down some advice for those of you who are preparing to study abroad. When deciding to study abroad, many students do it with a goal of broadening their cultural horizons.  Many people also criticise remaining within the ‘safety’ of social circles where we find people of the same cultural background. I would like to suggest, however, that perhaps we do this much more often than we think. By deciding to do a year in Beijing where my studies would be...

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QUIC to welcome new int’l students

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Close to 300 new international students will be arriving on campus this January. The semester will start fast this year, as classes are commencing on Monday, Jan. 5th. The QUIC will be open during the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 3rd and 4th, to ease the arrival of new international students.  The Welcome and Orientation Program will offer multiple events, orientation sessions, a welcome meal and a bus trip to a local conservation area. Did you know students can borrow skates at the QUIC?  The skating ring in the Springer Market...

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7 Ways to Deal With Returning to Queen’s from Exchange

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7 Ways to Deal With Returning to Queen’s from Exchange

My name is Rebecca Isaak and I’m a QUIC World Link Volunteer. I returned from a Semester at Sea and I thought I’d find it helpful to share seven ways to deal with returning to Queen’s from exchange, as told by students who are experiencing it right now. 1. Invest in your own community! Have coffee dates and catch up with friends you haven’t seen in months. Remember why you love Queen’s and why you chose to go there. 2. Be a tourist in Kingston. “Revaluate what is that you love in Kingston. Do as much of that as possible to make...

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New experiences on an exchange to Denmark

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New experiences on an exchange to Denmark

Hi everyone, My name is Justin and I’m a first year law student at Queen’s. I am also a World Link Volunteer at QUIC. Before Queen’s, I spent 4 years studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University. I spent the fall semester of my fourth year abroad at the Aarhus School of Business in Aarhus, Denmark. Below is a summary of my time abroad, in interview form for easy reading! Favourite things about your experience abroad: Meeting students from different countries and coming back to Canada with a network which spans the world. Travelling around...

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Student volunteer reflects on challenges related to language and culture

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-World Link Volunteer Blog- Hi, my name is Ning, and I am an undergraduate student in social sciences at Queen’s. I am also a World Link Volunteer at QUIC. As an English as a second language speaker, tutorials were my biggest fear at the beginning of first year.  I was thinking: “If I come from a different cultural background, what if they think my points are ridiculous? What if my accent makes my points hard to understand? If they disagree with my points, it will be so awkward and I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of the whole...

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International Education Week

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International Education Week

The annual International Education Week (in Canada and the US) highlights internationalization efforts at various colleges and universities, as they organize local events.  QUIC has prepared a list of events for International Education Week  at Queen’s, organized by various groups between November 10th and 13th. QUIC student volunteers from the World Link program are particularly exited about Stories from Abroad, and are inviting other students to join them 5 – 7 pm Wed. Nov. 12 or Thur. Nov. 13 at the QUIC.  Stories from Abroad...

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Intercultural Competency Training Starts This Month

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It takes a lifetime to become interculturally competent…maybe longer.  QUIC understand this, and has developed various training activities that are meant to engage all members of the Queen’s community in the journey to intercultural competence. For students, we offer an intercultural competence certificate program that guides participants through the discovery of their own cultures, provides some basic skills and knowledge to navigate intercultural interactions, and helps them to understand their own orientations toward difference and...

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