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International Orientation – January 2016

International Orientation – January 2016


Extended hours Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, 2016  

1:00 to 7:00 pm.

Staffed by students throughout the weekend, the Centre is available during these times as a place to relax, meet new friends, access e-mail, and watch movies in the Centre’s Lounge. You are encouraged to use our kitchen to prepare evening meals together.

All activities are free with the exception of the trip to the conservation area.


Orientation Sessions

The following are orientation sessions for new international students from all faculties and departments.   Your faculty or department may have their own specific orientation.   Please check with them to confirm.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

International Exchange Student Orientation

Dunning Auditorium
10am – 4pm This session will be an opportunity to connect with new exchange students from all faculties as well as staff of Queen’s.  There will be an opportunity to learn about the wide range of services and support provided at Queen’s and to get any academic and non-academic questions answered.  The day will include information sessions, the distribution of student cards & proof of health insurance, networking opportunities, a campus tour, and a light lunch.  This strong start can help ensure a positive and successful sojourn here in Canada.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

International Graduate Student Orientation

5:30pm 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 will be facilitated by an International Student Adviser with representatives of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Peer Advisors, and Student Wellness Services.


Social Activities


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Welcome Supper

5pm This is a chance for new students to connect with one another and share a simple vegetarian meal.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Tour of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)

12pm Get a guided tour of Queen’s main athletic facilities which offer unlimited access to Queen’s students. Meet at QUIC.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Student Services Walking Tour

12pm A short walking tour of campus to familiarize you with some of the services you may need to access during your time at Queen’s.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Learning to Love Winter Session

12pm Get advice on staying happy and healthy during the winter. Topics will include dressing for the weather and keeping a healthy home and lifestyle. If you miss it, our International Student Advisers will be happy to help.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

English Conversation Group

5pm Students who want to practice their conversational English with volunteers are welcome.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Trip to a local conservation area – CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS

10am – 2pm Tickets are available at the QUIC reception office.

The Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area has over 394 hectares of land, comprising of marsh, field and forest. You will have the choice of hiking, cross-country skiing, skating on the pond, snowshoeing, and feeding the local birds.

Note: be sure to dress appropriately and know your shoe-size (and North American equivalent) if you plan to rent equipment.

Exchange students are invited to participate in activities offered by students and for students through NEWTS (New, Exchange, and Worldly Transfer Students), Exchange Buddies, and the Exchange and Transfer Committee.