International Welcome & Orientation September 2017
Extended hours of operation from Monday, August 28 to Sunday, September 10
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, and go online; 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.
Friday, August 25
Tour of the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts & The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
Meet at QUIC at 10:30am. This is a walking tour of “The Isabel”, a remarkable Queen’s facility for performing arts. We will also visit the Kingston Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. It is used by many community artists and groups. Located near the lake and within walking distance from Queen’s main campus.
Monday, August 28 to Friday, September 1
Light refreshments will be available at QUIC.
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.
Tuesday, August 29, and Thursday, August 31, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Indigenous Culture and Welcome to the Territory
(TENTATIVE) 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, August 31
Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) Introduction and Tour
4pm (TENTATIVE) 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.
5pm Meet at the Centre before splitting up into groups for low or high activity games.
Friday, September 1
6pm Come by the Centre for a relaxing evening of movie-watching. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.
Saturday, September 2
Trip to Toronto
9am-11pm This day trip includes: travel to and from Toronto by coach bus, and free time in the city to explore downtown Toronto.
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 and availability of tickets will be available soon.
Transition and Orientation Sessions
Sunday, September 3, Afternoon (specific time and location to be announced)
First-year international undergraduate students who are starting their degree at Queen’s
Orientation Session Acculturation and Transition to Life and Academic Success (ATLAS)
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.
Tuesday, September 5, 10:00am, (location to be announced)
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 13, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, QUIC
International Graduate Students
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, with 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.