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International Welcome & Orientation January 2018

International Welcome & Orientation January 2018

Important: The University will close for winter shut-down on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:30pm and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:30am. We do not recommend arriving on campus between December 23 and January 1,  as the only service in operation will be Campus Security and Emergency Services.

QUIC offers extended hours of operation:
Tue. Jan. 2 – Fri. Jan. 5:   8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sat. Jan. 6 – Sun. 7:   1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Staffed by students after 4:30pm on weekdays and on the weekend of 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 warm-up 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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 

Tour of the Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC)

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

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

Walking Tour of Campus Student Services

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

These tours will focus on the range of services and supports available to int. students at Queen’s.  Tour will be led by student staff.  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 Students Orientation

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm; Location: Dunning Hall Auditorium and classrooms.

Joint day of activities for exchange students will offer multiple sessions, including faculty academic orientation provided by Exchange Coordinators from your host faculty. The International Student Adviser will outline the supports available to make your time at Queen’s enjoyable and successful, and answer your questions and concerns.

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

Walking Tour of Campus Student Services

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

These tours focus on the range of services and supports available to int. students at Queen’s.  Tour will be led by student staff.  Meet in QUIC’s lounge.

Movie Night

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm; Location: QUIC

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Walking tour of downtown Kingston

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

We will walk together to explore beautiful downtown Kingston. After the walk you may decide to go skating on your own at the rink at Springer Market Square by City Hall. Free skates may be signed out in advance at QUIC (by 4 pm Friday). QUIC will not provide any skating instructions; students are responsible for their own safety when skating.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Graduate Student Orientation

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm; 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 socialize 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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Visit to the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Meet in QUIC’s lounge; we will walk to Four Directions together for a Welcome to Territory session.
All are welcome.

There may be additional social activities for undergraduate exchange students that are offered by student groups through the NEWTS (New, Exchange, and Worldly Transfer Students Orientation), the Arts and Science Exchange Buddies, and the Exchange and Transfer Committee at Smith School of Business. Graduate students, please refer to the SGPS for additional activities.