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Acculturation and Transition to Life and Academic Success (ATLAS)

Acculturation and Transition to Life and Academic Success (ATLAS)

Are you an international student coming to Queen’s for the first time?


Will you be a first-year undergraduate student at Queen’s in September 2015?


Would you like a “head start” to adjust to life and studies at Queen’s?

If you answered YES to these questions, then the ATLAS program is for you!


What is ATLAS?

A series of online webinars (during the summer) and in-person opportunities (in September), to help international undergraduate students adjust to Queen’s and prepare for academic success.  The in-person opportunities include:

  • Webinar(s) – Winter, Spring, and Summer
    Webinars are held prior to student arrival to offer information that will help you prepare to come to Queen’s and Canada.
  • Orientation – Monday, September 7. 11:35am – 12:35pm, Dunning Auditorium
    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. This does not conflict with other orientation activities, you’ll just have your lunch with us, instead of in a cafeteria.
  • Reception – Sunday, September 20. 2pm – 4pm, Robert Sutherland Hall (room 202)
    This social reception will offer an opportunity to mix with other first-year international students and to speak with upper-year students about some of the Student Affairs (SA) services they found helpful during their early months at Queen’s. Visit SA information booths where staff will be happy to answer your questions. As well, Stauffer Library will provide a welcome tour and some direction on how to access their services. As if that were not enough, there will be refreshments and prizes!  Following the reception, the Great Panda Society will conduct a Campus Tour (highlighting some things their members have found particularly useful) beginning at 4:00 pm leaving from the Reception location of Robert Sutherland Hall.
  • Games Night – Saturday, September 26. Evening, QUIC
    Finding a balance of work and play is important. Time to relax! We’ll have a variety of games from which to choose or you could just meet and talk with other international students in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Poised for Success (Follow-up/Check-in) – Sunday, October 4. 4pm – 5pm, QUIC
    Studying abroad can be exciting, challenging, and sometimes stressful. You’re adjusting to a new social environment and a new academic culture. Come and meet other international students and the Cross-Cultural Counsellor to get tips on bridging cultures and achieving academic and personal success.


How much does it cost to participate?

  • There is no cost to participate in ATLAS.


How will I benefit if I participate?

  • The program aims to support your cultural, social, and academic adjustment to Queen’s
  • By participating in the program, you will…
    • Meet and start to develop friendships with both first year and upper year international and domestic students at Queen’s
    • Learn about academic and library resources as well as meet academic support and library staff available for your academic success
    • Learn about healthy lifestyle choices on campus that will support your academic success
    • Learn how to recognize signs of your own mental health or stress and meet people who can support any personal and academic challenges you may face
    • Be encouraged and supported to maintain your identity and culture while engaging with diverse social and academic communities at Queen’s
    • Begin to feel a sense of belonging and community at Queen’s and a sense of confidence that you can succeed personally, socially and academically



The Queen’s ATLAS Program

Meeting your diverse adjustment and transition needs…


ATLAS Venn Diagram - Student Health and Success at Queen's / Personal and Physical Health - Emotional and Mental Health - Social and Interpersonal Health - Academic and Intellectual Health - Socio-Cultural and Spiritual Health