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History of QUIC


In 2012, QUIC celebrated 50 years of serving the Queen’s and Kingston communities.
Click here to access the 50th Anniversary Book.


QUIC began as a home away from home for students and researchers from across the globe, but it has evolved into a leader and champion on campus and beyond for the building of international communities, and has firmly established itself as a leading light in international education in Canada.     For the first twenty years, QUIC was focused on supporting international students and researchers coming to Queen’s.  In the early 1980’s, the University Senate expanded QUIC’s mandate to include support to Queen’s students wanting to work or study abroad, and a lead role in the enhancement of the University’s international learning environment in collaboration with various departments and faculties. In the 1990’s, QUIC began administering the University Health Insurance Plan, while the past decade has seen the successful establishment of various initiatives such as the International Education Internship, the English Language Support Program, the International Housing Office, the Volunteer Host Program, the Emergency Support Program for Study, Work or Travel, and the International Educators Training Program.

All these years later, the Centre has managed to retain that warm and welcoming atmosphere for relaxation, reading, conversation, fun, and meeting people from other countries. QUIC continues to support newly arriving students and their families so they can succeed in their academic and personal goals, dealing with the transition process, and domestic realities such as obtaining accommodation.  Students embarking on exchange, study or work abroad are provided with comprehensive pre-departure training.  In-bound and out-bound students can often be invaluable resources to one another through QUIC.  As we celebrate and share  memories, QUIC wants to especially thank to our many  volunteers that have contributed to the community over the years,   including students, University staff, alumni and local residents.One thing is for certain: 50 years later, QUIC remains a place where life long friendships are forged that will stand the test of time and distance, a true testament to its continuing success.

Founded in 1962, the Queen’s University International Centre has continuously supported international students in their adjustment to a new culture.

Through the seventies and eighties
, the Centre and its influence expanded greatly as a result of government funding in the area of international education for high school students and the community at large.   Thirty years after the Centre’s founding, the Senate of Queen’s University approved a revised mandate for the Centre to support both international students / researchers coming to Queen’s and Queen’s students wanting to study or work abroad, as well as to enhance the international learning environment of Queen’s in cooperation with its departments and faculties.

During the nineties, the Centre produced a video and an award-winning television series on international students as they settle into Queen’s and Kingston; it then began to administer the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for international students, workers, and their dependants. The Centre joined with Ontario Universities to form the Work, Study Abroad Network (WSAnet) to enhance their resources on education abroad, and then created the Emergency Support Program for Study/Work/Travel Abroad Students through its Risk and Responsibility office.

In 2000, a nine-month International Education Internship was initiated to provide training and experience to those intending to make a career in the area of international education.

In 2001, an International Housing Office was established to provide a centralized housing service for new international students, scholars and postdoctoral fellows.

In the summer of 2003, with a generous contribution from the Anna and Edward C. Churchill Foundation, the first International Educators Training Program offered training for international education support service workers and professionals.

In 2004, the International Education Internship was extended to eleven months to provide an extended introduction to the Centre and its programs. Also in 2004, the Centre began promoting itself as the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) in order to broaden its appeal to all students.

In 2005, the Centre added a second International Student Advisor (ISA) position, with one ISA concentrating on degree program students and visiting researchers, and the other concentrating on exchange and School of English students.

In January 2007, the University announced that QUIC would report both to the Associate Vice-Principal (Academic/International) and to the Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs.   This change brought our mandate into line with the Queen’s Strategic Plan Engaging the World and aligned QUIC with the central internationalization efforts of the University.

In 2008, QUIC partnered with Queen’s Human Resources to offer the first sessions in a 7-part Certificate in International Perspectives.

In 2009, Wayne Myles was awarded the Internationalization Leadership Excellence Award by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) based on his exceptional leadership in the internationalization of Canadian education and the advancement of the international education profession.

The QUIC English Conversation Group received the 2009 Queen’s University Human Rights Initiatives Award in recognition of the group’s long-standing contribution to community building and support for international students.

In 2010, the number of participants at the 2010 International Educators Training Program (IETP) Summer Institute hit a record high of 157, which represents a 54% increase over previous year.

In 2011, the Socio-Cultural Competency (SCT) Training was successfully launched by QUIC, providing an experiential learning opportunity for domestic and international students who wish to acquire new skills and practice them in a small group setting.