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Top 7 tips for travelling abroad

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By: Jenna Bozanis, QUIC World Link Volunteer 2016-2017 Research the destination before you arrive: As exciting as it is to leave everything to chance – there are a few things you should know. Simply looking up how to say “hello”, “thank you” and “toilet” in the country’s official language can be a serious game changer.                                                                       Keep an open mind: Whether it is your first time leaving the nest or the 28th country you’ve traveled to, be sure to keep an open mind where ever you end up. There is a wide range of cultural and societal differences you will experience while traveling, so make sure not to judge.                                          Be prepared: You are in a new place, and you might just find yourself in a sticky situation. It wouldn’t hurt to pack a few band aids or maybe some toilet paper in your backpack – you never know!                                                                            Never turn down an adventure: There is always so much to explore in a new country – don’t miss out on anything! Wake up at 5 am to see the sunrise, and dance your heart out until 3 am. Make sure you experience everything, I promise it will be worth it.                                                                  Expect your plans to change: Yes, you can plan, schedule and make itineraries until the cows come home. But sometimes, you are going to miss a bus, a train, or a plane. And that is OK. Sometimes these little mishaps end up being the greatest stories, and it always adds a little more excitement to the adventure!                             Take a lot of pictures: Your time abroad is going to be filled with so much fun and excitement. It’s going to be hard to keep track of it all. Taking pictures is a great way to document all of your experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly. Perfect for looking back on and saying “Remember the time when…”                                                                           SMILE: Last, but certainly not least, SMILE, SMILE, SMILE! No matter where you are, no matter what language is spoken, a smile is universal. Staying cheerful and upbeat when you are running on 4 hours of sleep might be difficult – but it will make all the difference. Grab a coffee, show off those pearly whites and make some friends!        ...

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Income Tax Workshops at QUIC

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International students and workers at Queen’s University are supported by QUIC in many ways. The support continues into the Canadian ‘tax season’.  QUIC advisors will help participants in Tax Workshops to learn how to file for their income tax.  This March and April, QUIC has organized 10 workshops to choose from: Tuesday March 7th 10:00am – 12:30pm Wednesday March 8th 5:30pm -8:00pm Thursday March 16th 10:00am – 12:30pm Tuesday March 21st 2:30pm -5:00pm Wednesday March 29th 2:30pm – 5:00pm Monday April 3rd  10:00am – 12:30pm Friday April 7th 2:30pm – 5:00pm Monday April 10th 5:30pm – 8:00pm Wednesday April 19th 5:30pm – 8:00pm Friday April 21st 5:30pm – 8:00pm (last workshop) Workshops are for international students/staff seeking help in completing income tax forms using freely-available online tools. Please note! To participate in this workshop you must: bring your own computer compatible with UFile’s online tool have your T2202A (from SOLUS), your T4 (outlining employment income, if applicable), T4A (outlining scholarships and/or bursaries, if applicable), record of rent you paid to a private landlord in 2016 (and previous years, if applicable), and your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Individual Tax Number (ITN). Details about these documents and information about the benefits of completing Canadian tax forms are available on the Taxes page of QUIC’s site. The workshop will walk participants through the 2016 version of the software (but those who have other years of tax forms to complete are welcome). Some participants will be able to use the software to submit their tax forms electronically, while others will only be able to use the software to complete their forms for printing and submission by...

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Support for students who may be affected by US travel restrictions

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Support for students who may be affected by US travel restrictions

Queen’s University is committed to ensuring we are a welcoming, inclusive and respectful community, open to all.  Queen’s joins Universities Canada and other institutions across Canada in expressing significant concerns about the executive order issued recently by the United States that imposes travel restrictions on individuals from the following seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  Please read Principal Daniel Woolf’s statement in response to the original Executive Order of January 27, 2017. Queen’s students with any questions should contact the Queen’s University International Centre by calling 613-533-2604 or emailing QUIC Director Jyoti Kotecha at For 24/7 inquiries and support, the university’s Emergency Report Centre, can be accessed by calling 613-533-6111. If you are a dual citizen, permanent resident, on a work permit, or a student on a study permit (visa) from one of the countries affected by the U.S. Executive Order of March 6, 2017, and have questions about traveling to the United States please visit the our United States Travel Advice page for further information. If you have difficulties at the border please contact your country of citizenship Embassy or Consulate.  To find the one nearest to you please visit Anyone in need of campus-based support is encouraged to contact Student Wellness Services at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264 and/or the University Interfaith Chaplain, Kate Johnson, at 613-533-2186. Please visit the Queen’s Gazette at for a comprehensive list of resources for faculty, staff and...

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Lunar New Year Potluck Dinner at QUIC

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  QUIC World Link program invites students for a fun evening of language and culture learning via food sharing. The theme of the potluck is Lunar New Year, featuring dishes from countries that celebrate Lunar New Year, such as countries in East and Southeast Asia. It promises to be a really engaging evening. Everyone is invited to attend as the event is not restricted to students with East and South-east Asian backgrounds. Direct questions to Video invitation: the password is “Lunar”...

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The International Photo Contest is now open!

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Students are invited to participate in the annual International Photo Contest with QUIC! #QUICPhotoContest2017 2 photos per student! Please email high-resolution files, 1MB minimum, as attachments to Please send along one-paragraph story with each image about where and why you have taken the photo. Details on how to submit are posted HERE. Deadline to Submit: January 30, 2017 PHOTO CATEGORIES: – People and Culture – Landscape and Nature – Home away from Home – Critical Global Issues The winner will take a prize valued at...

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Warm International Welcome

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QUIC is providing Welcome and Orientation activities during the first week of January for newly arrived international students, including students on exchange. The week will conclude with a movie night on Friday, January 6, downtown tour on Saturday, January 7, and a social dinner on Sunday, January 8. Our student staff and advisors received lots of questions, from how to secure a visa for travel to the USA, to how to best dress for Canadian winters. Tunde from South Africa, lived in Nigeria: “At Queen’s you get to meet people from all over the world with many people from Asia, Europe, and Africa. It is a combination of cultures. You don’t ever feel lonely. If your purpose is to get a college education, Queen’s is a great place.  The system is very accommodating and gives to room to figure out your future, you just have to pack your bags and go. I would definitely recommend students to come to Canada.” Winnie, Luxy, and Felix: “We are very, very excited for our adventure. We just arrived yesterday from Hong Kong and China! We saw snow for the first time yesterday and love it.” Markus from Switzerland: “When I first arrived not many people were around and everything was closed because it was Christmas Eve. But then all of a sudden all of the shops opened and stayed open all the time. I really like a 24/7 lifestyle. Back in Switzerland everything closes around 5, so I have enjoyed all of the constant action and great people ever since. I have already explored Ottawa and Toronto, and am looking into ski trips, and soon to be exploring Montreal.” Arm from Thailand: “My first impression of Canada is that it is very beautiful. It is completely different from my home country in Bancock, Thailand. The first day I arrived I saw snow! I have done lots of exploring of Toronto, I have been skating and enjoying the change of seasons. I my country there are only three seasons, warm, hot, and very hot. I love winter! I also sleep much better in Canada, I feel so...

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Information regarding winter break and the holidays

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Queen’s University and the QUIC will be closed/shut down between December 24 and January 2, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3. Students who are already living in Queen’s Residences may make arrangements to stay in Residences during the holiday shutdown period. QUIC will offer extended hours of operation and will be open until 7 pm between January 3 and 8.  QUIC will be also open on the weekend January 7 and 8, 1 – 7 pm. See the QUIC page for Winter Welcome and Orientation details.  Note: First day of classes is Monday, January 9, 2017. Campus Security and the Emergency Report Centre will be staffed 24 hours a day during the holiday period. A supervisor will be on duty with regular patrols; all buildings will be locked. Emergency Phone Number: 613-533-6111  Non-Emergency Phone Number: 613-533-6733. Looking for Things to do in Kingston over the break?  Here are few ideas to get you started: Go for a nature walk at the Little Cataraqui Conservation Area.  If there is snow, you can also rent snowshoes or cross-country skis for a small fee.  Learn more here . Visit downtown Kingston shops and restaurants or go skating at Springer Market Square. Check out one of Kingston’s local comedy clubs Catch a show at the Grand Theatre Catch a Kingston Frontenac’s hockey game at the KRock Centre Catch a movie in local theatres, including the Screening Room downtown. Do a little shopping at the Cataraqui Town Centre, the RioCan Centre or the Kings Crossing Outlet Centre Snow Much Fun December 9: From 5-7 at the Springer Market Square, live music, skating, storytelling, Santa Claus etc. K-Town Countdown December 31: Celebrate Canada’s 150th New Year at the Rogers K-Rock Centre from 5-9pm, fireworks and fun! Winter Registered Programs December 16-March: For information on aquatic events, public skating and for youth programs head to Max & Ruby in Holiday Sweets December 19 at 6:30pm. The Grand Theatre of Kingston presents Max & Ruby, a Christmas experience guided by the classical notes of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Tickets as low as $7 at Leisure Swims December 27-30: Enjoy a swim at the Artillery Park Aquatic...

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QUIC Photo Contest is accepting submissions!

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Students are invited to submit their photos to the annual International Photo Contest with QUIC. Categories are: People and Culture Landscape and Nature Home away from Home Critical Global Issues 2 photos per student max. Please email your JPG photo(s) and descriptions from your Queen’s email account to Each photo must have a creative title. Attachments must be JPG format with high resolution, each file name containing title, category and student name, eg. BeforeSunset_Landscape_JaneSmith.jpg Low resolution photos will not be accepted.  All entries must be printable, 11 x 17 inches size min. We need your Queen’s email address, full name and degree designation (eg Jane Smith, ArtSci’17). Description must include creative title, location where the photo was taken, category to which you are submitting, and a mini-story 150 – 200 words about you taking the photo (when and why did you take the photo; was it a meaningful experience). Your description may be published/publicly shared. Last day to submit to the Contest: January 30, 2017. This is juried contest, where winners are selected by a panel of judges/photographers in early...

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International Education Week Nov. 14-18 #IEW2016

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To celebrate international education in Canada, units at Queen’s University are inviting students to the following activities: Monday, Nov. 14  #IEW2016 Meet the QUIC World Link Team, ARC 10 – 4:30pm Law International Exchange Info Session, Macdonald Hall Rm 001, 1 – 2:30pm ArtSci & Engineering International Exchange Fair, Wallace Hall 5 – 7pm QUIC International Photo Contest opens with Early Bird Tuesday, Nov. 15 Arts&Science Exchange Apps go live Wednesday, Nov. 16 QUIC International Community Lunch 12 – 1:30pm QUIC World Link Trivia Night, QUIC, 6:30 – 8:30pm International @ Home concert, The Isabel, 6:30pm – sold out Thursday, Nov. 17 Back from Abroad: IPO Student Panel about Exchange, QUIC, 5 – 7pm Agnes Etherington Art Centre Tour with QUIC English Conversation Group, AEAC, 36 University Ave., 5:30 – 7pm Friday, Nov. 18 International Programs: 20th Anniversary, International Programs Office IPO, 3 –...

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Alumni Story: An International Reunion

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Prepared by: QUIC & Queen’s Alumni Review This summer, a group of former Queen’s graduate students returned to Kingston to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their meeting at the “International House” on 152 Albert Street. The house originally opened as a Queen’s graduate residence in 1986, designated for 10 female Canadian and international master’s students. Besides living together and helping each other, the members of the house experienced cultural exchange first-hand and enjoyed various events including Sunday international luncheons. After graduation, they stayed in touch and had their first major reunion back in 2006 when seven members (plus some of their children) got together and stayed at Victoria Hall to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Fast forward to 2016, some of their children are now students at Queen’s. This summer, Alison Bailey. MPL’89 (originally from Trinidad), Anne Fogerty Lee, Meds’90 (Canada), Jean Woon, MBA’88 (Singapore; she flew in for this occasion), and Noriko Yabuki-Soh, MA’88 (originally from Japan) stayed at the home of Kathy (Moore) Osborne, MSc’88 (Canada) in Kingston for three days, while they toured some campus buildings including the former International House and enjoyed sightseeing downtown. Amy Vail, MA’88 (U.S.) and Manomi Perera, MSc’88, PhD’92 (Sri Lanka) participated in the reunion via Skype. The group also met up with Wayne Myles, former director of Queen’s University International Centre, as well as Susan Anderson who has just retired from the same position of QUIC. “It is just wonderful,” says Susan, “that the main purpose of the International House was fulfilled in the most ideal way.” The members plan to keep in touch on WhatsApp and get together possibly in Bali or Tokyo in 2020. “We will be back again in Kingston in 10 years!” Thanks to Noriko for the reunion report and Kathy Moore for the photo. From left to right, Alison Bailey, Noriko Yabuki-Soh, Kathy (Moore) Osborne, Anne (Fogerty) Lee, and Jean Woon. Bottom photo with Susan Anderson and Wayne Myles in Kingston, 2016                          ...

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