International Orientation – September 2016
Extended hours of operation from Monday, August 29 to Sunday, September 11
Weekdays: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Weekends and Labour Day, September 5th: 1:00 to 8:00 pm.
Staffed by students after 4:30pm on weekdays and throughout the weekends, the Centre is available during these times as a place to relax, meet new friends, access e-mail, watch videos in the Centre's Lounge, and you are welcome to use our kitchen to prepare evening meals together.
During this period, services include: QUIC/Queen's/Kingston/Canada Information and Housing Information. UHIP Enrolment is only available during our regular business hours (8:30am to 4:30pm – Monday to Friday).
What is on this page
- Social Activities for those arriving early
- Transition and Orientation Sessions
Social Activities for those arriving early
QUIC will connect those who choose to arrive early with social and recreational opportunities in the Kingston and Queen's Communities.
Monday, August 29 to Friday, September 2
Light refreshments will be available.
Student Services Walking Tours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00am and 2:00pm; Thursday, Friday: 2:00pm
Offered in the morning and afternoon, these tours will focus on the range of services and supports available to students at Queen's. Tours will be led by student volunteers. Meet in QUIC’s lounge.
Date and Time to be determined
Introduction to Indigenous Culture and Welcome to the Territory
Queen's University sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe peoples, two of Canada's First Nations. Participate in this short introduction and welcome hosted by our partners from the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre here at Queen's. Meet in QUIC’s lounge.
Thursday, September 1
Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) Introduction and Tour
Meet at the Centre before heading over to the ARC for a guided tour of the facilities provided by our partners in Queen's Athletics.
Meet at the Centre before splitting up into groups for low or high activity games.
Friday, September 2
Come by the Centre for a relaxing evening of movie-watching. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.
Saturday, September 3
Trip to Toronto
This day trip includes:
- travel to and from Toronto by coach bus;
- free time in the city to explore downtown Toronto after the game is over.
Other sites of interest include (but are not limited to) the CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium, St. Lawrence Market, Eaton Centre and the Harbourfront Centre. Information on cost of tickets will be available soon.
Transition and Orientation Sessions
Time and Location to be determined
First-year international undergraduate students
Acculturation and Transition to Life and Academic Success (ATLAS) – Orientation Session
(for students starting undergraduate degrees at Queen's)
Time and Location information coming soon.
This information session is your first opportunity to come together with international students from around the world and to learn about some of your rights and responsibilities in Canada as well as the Queen’s supports and services specifically for you. Some topics will include how and when you may work in Canada, what you should do before you leave Canada for a visit home or elsewhere, how to renew your study permit, should you file a Canadian income tax form, health insurance, and any other topic you would like to talk about.
Some upper-year international students will talk to you about their experience and to give you some tips from their experience.
As this is also the lunch break time, ‘box lunches’ with a sandwich, fruit and a drink will be provided.
Time and Location to be determined
International Exchange Students
What will help make your time at Queen’s and in Canada successful and enjoyable? Maybe it’s knowing about ways to get involved or meeting other students from many faculties at Queen’s. Maybe it’s knowing about services available. We’ll cover this, along with information about opportunities open to exchange students to travel or work and whatever you want to discuss. It will be facilitated by an International Student Adviser and guests.
Wednesday, September 14
International Graduate Students
5pm, Location to be determined
This is an interactive session. Participants will have the opportunity to explore issues that typically arise for graduate students and to become familiar with how resources and support services contribute to student success. The session begins with refreshments and the opportunity to socialize with staff and other students. The session will be facilitated by QUIC's Director with representatives of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) and the SGPS Peer Advisors.
Other Orientation Sessions and Programs
Additional orientation and welcome activities:
- Undergraduate degree-seeking students should also check the Queen’s Orientation website.
- Graduate degree-seeking students should also check with their academic department and the School of Graduate Studies.
- Exchange students should also check with their faculty exchange coordinator, the Residence Admission office (if applicable) and the student-organizers of NEWTS week.