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International Welcome & Orientation January 2018

International Welcome & Orientation January 2018

Below is a tentative list of activities planned for the January 2018 international student welcome and orientation. Please note that the University will close on Friday, December 22 at 4:30pm and will not re-open until Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:30am. We do not recommend arriving on campus during that time as the only service in operation will be Campus Security and Emergency Services.

QUIC offers extended hours of operation
from Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Sunday, Jan. 7.
Hours: Tue. Jan. 2 – Fri. Jan. 5  8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Weekend Jan. 7th and 8th  1:00 to 7:00 pm

Staffed by students after 4:30pm on weekdays and on the weekend Jan. 6th and 7th, the Centre is available during these times as a place to relax, meet new friends, and get online. Students 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 Enrollment is only available during our regular business hours (8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays). Housing/accommodation information is posted here.


Orientation, Transition, and Social Activities
(subject to change)


Tuesday, January 2 2018

Tour of the Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC)

Time: 12pm

Meet in the QUIC lounge before heading over to the ARC for a guided tour of the facilities. Provided by our partners in Queen’s Athletics.


Wednesday, January 3 2018

Student Services walking tour

Time: 12pm

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.

Learning to Love winter

Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm; Location: QUIC

Information and advice on staying healthy and happy during winter.


Thursday, January 4 2018

Exchange Student Orientation Session

Time: To be determined; Location: To be determined

The International Student Adviser will introduce you to services and supports available to make your time at Queen’s enjoyable and successful. They will also answer your questions and concerns. Academic orientation will also be provided by Exchange Coordinators from your host academic faculty here at Queen’s.

Games Night

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm; Location: QUIC

Join us at QUIC for a fun evening of games and activities.


Friday, January 5 2018

Movie Night

Time: 5:30pm; Location: QUIC

Come by the Centre for a relaxing evening of movie-watching. Light snacks will be provided.


Saturday, January 8 2018

Walking tour of downtown Kingston with optional skating

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Meet 1 pm at QUIC

We will walk together to explore beautiful downtown Kingston. Skating on the rink at Springer Market Square by City Hall is OPTIONAL. Free skates may be signed out at QUIC by 4 pm Friday. Or, you can rent skates at the city rink on Saturday on your own. QUIC will not provide any skating instructions or a skating guide; students are to participate at their own risk and be responsible for their own safety when skating.


Sunday, January 9 2018

Welcome Social

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm; Location: QUIC

Come by the centre for a relaxing evening before the semester begins and the opportunity to meet with other students. Refreshments will be provided.


Tuesday, January 10 2018

Graduate Student Orientation

Time: 5:30pm; Location: QUIC

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 socialise with staff and other students. Facilitated by QUIC with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), and the SGPS Peer Advisors.


There may also be additional social activites offered by students and for undergraduate exchange students through NEWTS (New, Exchange, and Worldly Transfer Students), Exchange Buddies, and the Exchange and Transfer Committee.