International Orientation – September 2015
All information is tentative and may change.
Extended hours of operation from September 1 to September 13, 2015
Weekdays: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Weekends (and Labour Day, September 7): 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
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 31 to Friday, September 4
Light refreshments will be available.
Student Services Walking Tours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 2:00pm; Thursday, Friday: 10:00am and 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.
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, September 2
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 3
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 4
Come by the Centre for a relaxing evening of movie-watching. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.
Saturday, September 5
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 are $70 and will be available for purchase at the QUIC Reception office between 9:30am and 3:30pm.
Transition and Orientation Sessions
Monday, September 7
Acculturation and Transition to Life and Academic Success (ATLAS) – Orientation Session
(for students starting undergraduate degrees at Queen’s)
11:45am – 12:45pm
This session will be the first opportunity to come together with international students from around the world and to have a chance to learn about some of the supports and services specifically for you. It will be followed by a gathering in late-September to see how things are going for you, and to make sure you’re connected with the various services available at Queen’s to help you be as happy and successful as possible.
Tuesday, September 8
International Exchange Student Orientation Session
2:00 – 4:00pm, Dunning Auditorium
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 travelling in Canada and the United States? The session will cover the issues that you want discussed and will be facilitated by the International Student Adviser and guests.
Wednesday, September 16
International Graduate Orientation
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.