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International Orientation – January 2015

International Orientation – January 2015

In January 2015, Queen’s University will re-open following the Winter break on the first day of classes, January 5.  As a result, most university services will not be available until that time.  Emergency assistance is available during the break through Campus Security and Emergency Services.  QUIC will be opening early to assist students starting their studies at Queen’s in January.

Extended hours Saturday, January 3 and Sunday 4, 2015  

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 4, 2015

International Exchange Student Orientation

Dunning Hall
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 13, 2015

International Graduate Student Orientation

5:30pm QUIC and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) welcome new graduate students and provide an introduction to support services on campus. This will be followed by a short walking tour of campus ending at the QUIC where you can warm up with a warm drink.


Social Activities


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Welcome Supper

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


Monday, January 5, 2015

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 6, 2015

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 7, 2015

Learning to Love Winter Session

2:30pm 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 Advisors will be happy to help.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

English Conversation Group

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


Friday, January 9, 2015

Movie, Popcorn, and Hot Chocolate

6pm Spend some time at QUIC relaxing and meeting other students.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Trip to a local conservation area

10am – 2pm Tickets are available for $10 (includes bus and area entrance) 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. The bus will leave the conservation area at 1:30 pm.

Equipment rentals (in limited quantities) are available on site; ski rentals are $16, skates are $8, and snowshoes are $10. A one-hour cross-country skiing lesson will take place at 11:30am (space is limited). Cost is $18 per person. Those who rent skis and register for a lesson can pay a combined fee of $30.

QUIC also has a limited numbers of skates available for you to rent.

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 through NEWTS (New, Exchange, and Worldly Transfer Students) on January 9 and 10.

The activities on Saturday the 10th do not conflict with the planned trip to the conservation area.