Training for Students
While at university, students can take part in a wide variety of activities that prepare them for the world they will live in after they leave Queen’s. QUIC offers many opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge students will need to live and to work effectively in an intercultural setting.
Training for Volunteers
Training to Increase Intercultural Competence
Training for Study Abroad
Students may also be interested in other training offered on Queen’s campus:
Cultural Skills for the Canadian Context
Moving from one culture or country to another to study or work often means facing challenges in learning about the new culture and the way things are done. This training is based on the Socio-cultural Competency Training Program (SCT) which was developed to address the challenges that accompany a newcomer’s transition into a new culture. This three-part workshop series is designed to assist newcomers to live and work successfully in the Canadian culture:
- Communicating with people from the Canadian culture in a way that earns their respect and trust.
- Adapting your professional skills (both technical and managerial) to fit local conditions and constraints
- Learning ways to be generally at ease in Canadian culture.
Session length: 2 hours per session
Dates: To be confirmed in September
Intercultural Competence Certificate
This program aims to prepare participants with the skills and knowledge needed for respectful and effective intercultural interactions. Members of the QUIC community are invited to participate in this series of intercultural training workshops that will introduce the concepts of culture, self-knowledge, as well as basic intercultural skills and knowledge that will help participants succeed in an intercultural environment. Participants must attend all four workshopsto receive a certificate. Workshops are repeated in the Fall and Winter Term. Space is limited; reserve your place by emailing email@example.com.
- Intercultural Begins with You: You will learn what difference culture makes and how to recognize your own cultural identity.
- Between Cultures It Takes a Skill or Two: In the session, we will explore the dimensions of intercultural competence and introduce skills that may help you succeed in an intercultural environment. We will consider the links between cultural communication tools, contextual understanding, interpretation and the dimensions of culture.
- Measuring Your Intercultural Competence- An Introduction to the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI): The IDI is a 50-question online survey that measures intercultural competence based on the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). In the session, we will use this tool to help us understand our own intercultural orientation, as a group and as individuals; we will also learn how we can increase our sensitivity and become more effective in our intercultural interactions.
- Back to the Future: In this session you will learn to consolidate your intercultural learning with your day-to-day experiences. Drawing upon work done in the assignment, you will get a chance to practice the skills you have gained in previous sessions, and apply some of the self-reflection tools on your intercultural interactions.
Thursdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24 (2013); 2 3:30 pm
Saturdays: November 2, 9 (2013); 1 4 pm
Thursdays: February 27, March 6, 13, 20 (2014); 10 11:30 am
Participants are asked to attend all the workshops of a single series. All sessions take place in QUIC’s Churchill Hall. Intercultural Competence Certificate Resource List
English Language Support Program (ELS) Training & Program Orientation
The ELS program matches English-speaking volunteers with Queen’s students, visiting faculty or their families who wish to improve their English conversation skills in one-on-one sessions or conversation group meetings. Training for ELS volunteers provides an overview of the program outlining the expectations for volunteers as well as resources available to assist them in their sessions. Volunteers are invited to training upon submitting their program application to the QUIC. New student volunteers are required to attend one of the sessions; meet the facilitator at the QUIC front desk/reception lounge area. Please email QUICELS@queensu.ca if you have any questions.
Session Length: 45 minutes.
Income Tax Volunteer Training
Training will be given by staff of QUIC and the Canada Revenue Agency. Volunteers will make themselves available to students for an hour or two a week for the months of March and April. Dates to be confirmed early in 2014.
Session Length: 3 hours, in late February and/or early March.
International Educators Training Program (IETP)
The IETP provides competency-based training for various groups of international educators: those entering the field of international student advising, study/work abroad advising, as well as professionals at a mid-career level; it has also developed a course for individuals not directly involved in the profession but who are increasingly required to be aware and effective in an intercultural workplace, and special focus workshops that deal with issues relevant to a broad range of professionals. Various IETP training partners also offer course on topics such as credential evaluation, guided learning in student mobility, and the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Course/workshop length: varies from one to six days
Registration: Please visit the IETP website for more information.
OCASP Form 1 Completion for Travellers
With the implementation of the Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP), any undergraduate student travelling across the border is required to complete the OCASP Form 1. This presents some challenges, and QUIC offers training sessions for those travellers whose Form 1 must get finel approval from the QUIC Director. The training walks the traveller through proper completion of each section of the form, as well as the completion of a thorough risk analysis based on the traveller’s destination. Contact the Risk & Responsibility office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Session length: 1-2 hours
Pre-departure Orientation for Study/Work/Travel Abroad Participants
To support Queen’s participants in their preparations for study, work and travel abroad, QUIC offers an on-line pre-departure orientation. All undergraduate students taking part in Queen’s University sanctioned international activities are required to participate in an on-line pre-departure orientation as part of their enrolment in the Queen’s Emergency Support Program. All other participants in Queen’s University sanctioned international activities are strongly encouraged to participate. You will receive information on travel logistics, cross-cultural adjustment, health insurance, the Queen’s Emergency Support Program, the Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy and more.
Registration: To complete the on-line pre-departure orientation, please enroll in the Emergency Support Program and sign up for a pre-departure in the appropriate section.
Program Emergency Contact Training
The Program Emergency Contact (PEC) is the emergency contact person designated by a faculty, department or group at Queen’s for each program in which a study/work/travel abroad participant may be involved. QUIC provides a training session that prepares these individuals to carry out the required tasks of a PEC (e.g. address the on-going dimensions of the emergency; raise the awareness of the existence of and procedures pertaining to the Emergency Protocol; evaluate and report on the process of addressing the emergency; etc). Contact the Risk & Responsibility office (email@example.com) for more information.
Session length: 3 hours