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Student Staff at QUIC: Never Stop Learning

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Hello! My name is Teresa. I was the QUIC ELS Assistant for 2014-2015. This position provided me with so many gratifying and fun experiences. I couldn’t have asked for a better job to finish off my last year of undergrad! Organizing socials, games and activities for both ELS volunteers and international students was not only fun, but also rewarding. I had a pretty busy academic schedule this school year, but whenever I could not take on a certain task, my supervisor was very understanding and supportive. I definitely feel that the flexibility...

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Good-Bye from the QUIC Intern

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Hi, this is Kay Ma.  My time here as the 2014-2015 International Education Intern at QUIC is coming to an end, but QUIC will be on my mind long after I have left this position. What I enjoyed the most about the internship was working with the World Link Volunteer Program. Through that program, the Education Abroad Advisor and I coordinated many events, including the International Education Week in November and the Lunar New Year Celebration in February. I also had fun coordinating the International Trivia Nights.  I met many students from...

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Express Entry information from Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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Those that attended the workshop during the winter term with representatives of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to learn about the Express Entry application management system for Canadian permanent residency applications got some general information about the process but also had some questions that CIC officials needed to take some time to answer.  This post includes the answers that they sent us. As a post-doctorate fellow, am I awarded points for a contract job offer? In order to be awarded points, the job offer must be permanent,...

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Getting Ready for Convocation

Posted by on 3:28 pm in News, Students | 1 comment

Graduation! I cannot believe four years has passed since I arrived to Canada in 2011. My name is Teresa Zhang, I was born and raised in Panama City. I still remember the first day I got to meet some of my classmates. It was during this event called “Frosh Week”. Personally, I had never heard about something similar in my life. I guess that back home, these kind of events were rare. Due to my lack of experience, I was totally unprepared for the “Engineering Frosh Week”, apparently, the craziest of them all. Our orientation leaders would be...

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QUIC staff at the OAIE conference

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The 2015 OAIE / CBIE Ontario Regional Conference is taking place May 11 – 13 at Seneca College (King Campus, north from Toronto). The Ontario Association of International Educators and the Canadian Bureau for International Education are collaborating this year in preparation of the annual conference. Some of QUIC staff will be heading out to spend a few days at conference events and in workshops with colleagues (the Centre will be open and in regular operation). Each year, the staff at QUIC participates in numerous professional...

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Int’l students on local TV in ‘Diverse City’

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Over the past 3 years, several international students at Queen’s enjoyed volunteering with the local TV Cogeco program Diverse City. Students shared their unique cultural and language knowledge to enrich the multicultural dimension of our community, and to provide cultural learning to viewers. The producers’ team lead by Mike Pontbriand and Carolin Taguchi have worked with our volunteers in several video taping sessions. Stay tuned for the announcement of newest episode about the usage of gestures in various...

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Photo Exhibit Opens in Downtown Kingston

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QUIC has partnered with the City of Kingston Cultural Services to prepare a unique exhibit of student photos, starting April 1st. The exhibit room at the Pump House Steam Museum, 23 Ontario Street, in downtown Kingston was chosen as an ideal space to share Queen’s students’ experiences with local communities. Photos are on display until April 25. The Museum is open  Tue – Fri 12noon – 4pm, Sat 10am – 5 pm. Admission is free with any Queen’s ID. The Exhibit was recently featured on Kingston CKWS Television and in...

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6 Silly Excuses for Choosing to Not Go On Exchange

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This post was written by Rebecca Isaak, a QUIC World Link Volunteer who studied for a Semester at Sea during Winter 2014. While I was preparing for exchange, I heard many excuses from friends who chose not to go on exchange. While there are certainly many valid reasons, here are some that are less so. 1. “Study abroad costs so much!” Queen’s does a fantastic job of offering affordable exchange programs with partner universities, so you are paying the same tuition abroad as you are in Kingston. While it is true that studying abroad can be more...

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Income Tax help at QUIC

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March marks the end of winter (we hope) and the start of “tax season”. We offer tax workshops for international students and scholars at Queen’s to help those that are new to Canada understand their tax rights and responsibilities. Some people are required to complete tax forms because they have Canadian income, while others have no income, but have an opportunity to complete tax forms and get money ($) from the government.  Whether you have income or not all students will benefit from completing their forms.Our tax...

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Canadian culture shock

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The following is a post by Yens. I consumed a lot of North American media while growing up in Indonesia and Singapore. Therefore, when I heard that we were going to be immigrating to Canada, I was so excited. I knew it was going to be a fabulous country with lots of opportunities to grow and pursue my dreams. When I first came to Canada, I thought I knew the culture well. After all, I did come to Canada and the United States as a tourist before, and I am familiar with the North American culture, or so I thought. I was wrong. There is a huge...

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