Warm International Welcome
QUIC is providing Welcome and Orientation activities during the first week of January for newly arrived international students, including students on exchange.
The week will conclude with a movie night on Friday, January 6, downtown tour on Saturday, January 7, and a social dinner on Sunday, January 8.
Our student staff and advisors received lots of questions, from how to secure a visa for travel to the USA, to how to best dress for Canadian winters.
Tunde from South Africa, lived in Nigeria: “At Queen’s you get to meet people from all over the world with many people from Asia, Europe, and Africa. It is a combination of cultures. You don’t ever feel lonely. If your purpose is to get a college education, Queen’s is a great place. The system is very accommodating and gives to room to figure out your future, you just have to pack your bags and go. I would definitely recommend students to come to Canada.”
Winnie, Luxy, and Felix: “We are very, very excited for our adventure. We just arrived yesterday from Hong Kong and China! We saw snow for the first time yesterday and love it.”
Markus from Switzerland: “When I first arrived not many people were around and everything was closed because it was Christmas Eve. But then all of a sudden all of the shops opened and stayed open all the time. I really like a 24/7 lifestyle. Back in Switzerland everything closes around 5, so I have enjoyed all of the constant action and great people ever since. I have already explored Ottawa and Toronto, and am looking into ski trips, and soon to be exploring Montreal.”
Arm from Thailand: “My first impression of Canada is that it is very beautiful. It is completely different from my home country in Bancock, Thailand. The first day I arrived I saw snow! I have done lots of exploring of Toronto, I have been skating and enjoying the change of seasons. I my country there are only three seasons, warm, hot, and very hot. I love winter! I also sleep much better in Canada, I feel so relaxed.”