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Welcome and Orientation

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) provides welcome and orientation services continuously whenever a student, scholar or staff member arrives. Packages of information about our programs and services as well as those provided by other parts of Queen’s University are included.  We prepare an International Welcome and Orientation Program for Fall and Winter.

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) offers welcome activities as well as orientation sessions for newly-arriving international undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students as well as students studying at Queen’s as part of a formal exchange agreement. QUIC provides extended hours to help ensure a safe and comfortable arrival in Kingston.

QUIC Winter Welcome & Orientation Schedule


Important: The University will close for a winter holiday shut-down on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 4:30pm, and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 8:30am. We generally do not recommend arriving on campus between December 22 and January 1,  as the only service in operation will be Campus Security and Emergency Services.

QUIC offers extended hours of operation to ease student arrivals:
Wed. Jan. 2 – Fri. Jan. 4:   8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sat. Jan. 5 – Sun. Jan. 6:   1:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Staffed by students after 4:30pm on weekdays and on the weekend of Jan. 5th and 6th, the Centre is available during these times as a place to relax, meet new friends, and go 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.  The UHIP Enrollment is only available during our regular business hours (8:30am to 4:30pm Mon.-Fri.). Housing/accommodation information is posted here.

Students should also check with their academic faculty regarding faculty-specific orientation activities and sessions.

Starting at any other time

Queen’s University International Centre staff are available to provide information about banking, housing, orientation to campus and the wider community. New international students are encouraged to pick-up an information package about QUIC, its services and opportunities as well as services provided by other groups to all members of the Queen’s Community.

Whenever you come to the Centre you will find tea and coffee, local and national newspapers, computers (and wireless internet access), friendly conversation, and a place to meet new people.