International Orientation – August/September 2014
This page includes a tentative schedule and will be updated regularly as we plan our services for 2014.
Extended hours of operation from August 27 to September 7, 2014
Weekdays: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Weekends (and Labour Day, September 1): 1:00 to 8:00 pm.
Staffed by students after 4:30 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
This schedule is subject to change.
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.
Wednesday, August 27 to Friday, August 30
Light refreshments will be available.
Student Services Walking Tours
These tours will focus on the range of services and supports available to students at Queen’s. Tours will be led by student volunteers.
Wednesday, August 27
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. Space is limited.
Saturday, August 30
Trip to Toronto for Baseball Game
This day trip includes:
- travel to and from Toronto by coach bus;
- a ticket to a Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball game, and;
- 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. Tickets will be available for sale at QUIC’s front desk.
Transition and Orientation Sessions
Sunday, August 31
Monday, September 1
International Exchange Student Orientation Session
Dunning Auditorium 9:00 – 10:30am
What will help make my time at Queen’s and in Canada successful and enjoyable? Maybe it’s immigration rules. What opportunities are open to me as an exchange student? Can I work? What should I know about traveling in Canada and the United States? The session will cover the issues that you want discussed and will be facilitated by the International Student Advisor and guests.
International Undergraduate Student Orientation Session
Chernoff Auditorium 12:00 – 1:30pm
This is your chance to meet other first-year international students and to learn about a few things that can help you make the most of your time at Queen’s and in Canada. A few specific things we may cover include:
- Canadian immigration regulations (Study Permits, Work Permits, etc.);
- Income Tax (Did you know that you can get money from the Canadian government, even without an income?);
- Health Insurance (The coverage included in the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan);
- and anything else you want!
Lunches for those participating in the University/Residence orientation will be available at the auditorium.
Wednesday, September 10
International Graduate Orientation
5 pm at QUIC
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 Assistant Director with representatives of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) and the SGPS Peer Advisors.
Presented with the SGS, SGPS and Student Affairs staff.
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.