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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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ALERT concerning International Students!

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International students are being targeted by an agency that is falsely calling students directly to notify them of issues with their immigration status and asking students to pay $1500 to resolve issues. Please be advised that this is a hoax and that you should not make any payment. If you receive such  a call, you should report the incident to the police. If you are concerned  about your immigration status please drop by Queen's University International Centre to talk to our International Student Advisor. Useful Resources: Reporting Fraud – Citizenship & Immigration Canada Canadian Anti-Fraud...

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Orientation Programs for New Students

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Many new students are exploring what Orientation programs are available at Queen's. We encourage students to participate in as many orientation programs and events as possible. The University is really looking forward to welcoming the new cohort to campus! For INTERNATIONAL students, we want to especially mention the International Orientation organized by QUIC. QUIC offers activities for those arriving early, extended hours of operation evenings and  weekends between Aug. 29th and Sept. 11th, a bus trip to Toronto, and several orientation sessions.   First year international students who are starting their UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE at Queen's will be no doubt participating in the University Orientation for 1st year students between Sept. 4th and 6th. In addition, we invite these students to the ATLAS orientation session, organized by QUIC on Sept. 5th, 1:00-2:00pm, BioScience Bldg. room 1102 (main floor auditorium).   International (and Canadian) undergraduate students who are new to Queen's, but going into an UPPER year (incoming EXCHANGE, transfer or BISC castle students) are invited to register in the NEWTS Orientation Week between Sept. 7th and 10th.  What is NEWTS?  A program run mainly by the undergraduate student society AMS (Alma Mater Society)  Students who want to participate in NEWTS need to pre-register and pay a small fee.   International GRADUATE students will benefit from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Orientation, including the SGS Welcome and Resource Fair on Sept. 6th, 9:00am-11:00am, ARC Main Gym (pancake breakfast 8:00-9:00am).      ...

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Invitation to Summer Conversation Group

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Are you new to Queen's and Canada?  Have you been with us for a while and looking to get more English conversation practice? International students, research staff and their spouses are welcome to attend the English Conversation Group at the QUIC.  Our English Language Support Program provides participants with an opportunity to practice English pronunciation, vocabulary, conversation and other language skills.  Our program has been serving students enrolled in degree programs (undergraduate or graduate), visiting scholars, and international internship participants for over 15 years. Weekly sessions provide an opportunity to ask questions about language use, Canadian culture, and about Queen's in a friendly informal setting.  Formal registration is not required and new participants may join any time. Summer schedule: June & July, Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm at the International Centre. We meet at the International Centre, and when the weather allows we go and sit for conversation outdoors, enjoying our beautiful campus. The group is very diverse. This year we already met participants from China, Egypt, France, Iran, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.          ...

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Adventures after Graduation

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The snow crunched underfoot as I hiked back over the last stretch of the glacier. I paused to unzip my parka; the bright sun was high in the pure blue sky, and it was nearing five degrees Celsius — downright hot for an Antarctic summer. I could hear the trumpeting calls of the Adélie penguins in the distance, but it wasn’t until I got closer to the colony that I saw what everyone was so excited about: downy grey chicks, cushioned beneath their protective parents. Farther in the distance I could see other penguins swimming, exploding out of the water like miniature killer whales as they porpoised back to shore. This was our last landing along the Antarctic peninsula, and the final day of this journey certainly did not disappoint.  My name is Ellie and I am an Arts ’08 alumna. I first started traveling in high school, continued doing so throughout my time at Queen’s, and never really stopped once I graduated. For me, travel has always been an important part of how I define myself. Exploring the world inspires lifelong learning, and that doesn’t need to end after you finish your semester abroad.  While I have travelled extensively throughout Central America, Europe, and Japan, this year I got the incredible opportunity to go on a true adventure of a lifetime. Because of my love of travel, I have always enjoyed teaching my students about the world. As a teacher, I recognize the importance of expanding my students’ worldview and helping them develop their own senses of wonder and exploration. Although I knew applying to the National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program would be a long shot, I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try. That’s how I found myself, in December 2015, boarding a plane headed for Buenos Aires, the first stop on a long journey to the Antarctic peninsula. We then continued on to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, to board the National Geographic Explorer. We made our way out of the Beagle Channel and were soon crossing the Drake passage. As the seasickness passed, it became harder and harder to force myself to go to sleep each night. I wanted to make every moment count, and the nearly 24-hour sunlight made that easy to do. One often experiences “firsts” while travelling, and this trip was no exception — we saw our first icebergs, watched our first penguins waddle, gasped at the sight of our first whales, hiked for the first time on the world’s most remote continent, and kayaked for the first time in serene polar waters. As world explorers, these “firsts” help us make sense of and better understand our everyday experiences back home. They help us step back and appreciate the profound beauty of our world, in an age where we can so often get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the everyday, and we return home from these incredible adventures forever changed. Travelling doesn’t need to end after your exchange or graduation trip are over and you’ve entered the working world. Sure, you can always take some vacation time, but don’t get stuck at a desk and forget opportunities that may exist within your career. You never know what kinds of travel opportunities may exist...

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