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Academic Expectations at Queen’s

Learning experiences can differ across countries, cultures, communities, schools, disciplines, and classrooms. The Queen’s International Centre (QUIC) and Student Academic Success Services (SASS) have resources, programs, and services that can help you use your strengths and build new skills to support academic success.

Are you experiencing academic culture shock? Learn tips and strategies for making a successful academic transition to Queen’s in our online tutorials:


Did you know that by completing the overcoming academic culture shock tutorials and some additional requirements, you can earn a certificate? Get more information about the Academic Connections Certificate or register now OnQ!




Are you interested in other programs and services that can support your academic success?

  • Get free, individualized support from the experts at SASS.
    • Is English an additional language for you? SASS offers 1:1 English language appointments where you can continue to develop your academic English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Book now!
    • Want to improve your academic skills and confidence? Make an academic skills appointment with a specialist who can coach you in different strategies, skills, and mindsets for learning. Book now!
  • Want to improve your academic writing? Join Write It, a weekly interactive writing workshop where you can focus on sentence-level choices in your writing.
  • Want to increase your confidence speaking in academic settings? Join Speak Up, an academic presentation skills lab where you can learn and practice strategies for effectively presenting your academic work.
  • Check out the podcast, International Voices at Queen’s, a supportive listening space where we talk about topics like culture shock and developing your authorial voice. Listen on the CFRC, or subscribe on Spotify , Apple, or wherever you listen to podcasts!