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Orientation Sessions

QUIC WELCOME WEEK for International Students Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2022

Other essential resources:
Orientation Videos with the QUIC
Queen’s University Fall Orientation
Graduate Studies Orientation
International Student Guidebook

International Student Summer Orientation 2022

July 5, 10:00 am ET
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Welcome to Queen’s: Meet the International Student Advisors and Prepare for Arrival in Canada. QUIC would like to welcome new international students starting September to Queen’s and provide you with some useful tips to help you to prepare to arrive in Canada. Arthur Chen, International Student Advisor, will discuss what you should know about arriving in Canada, including: 
  • What documents you should bring with you
  • Where to find current travel entry requirements for Canada
  • What to expect when you arrive at the border
July 7, 10:00 am ET
Finding Housing and Living Off-Campus. Adam King, the Off-Campus Living Advisor, will be joining us to provide you with information about searching for housing in Kingston, either short-term or long-term housing.
July 12, 10:00 am ET
Transitioning to Canada: Navigating a new Culture? Canadian Culture – Part 1. This is the first of our Canadian Culture Series. These sessions are focused on preparing students for things that may be different from what they are used to. The first session will introduce students to what is culture, culture shock/gap and navigating culture.
July 14, 10:00 am ET
(session not recorded)
Academic Connections Certificate: Academic Culture Shock. Canadian Culture Part 2. As you learned in Part 1, culture can be challenging to navigate and encompasses many things. Academic Culture is different around the world. Classroom expectations, assignments, exams, group work, etc. Are you ready to navigate the Academic Culture in Canada?
July 19, 10:00 am ET
(session not recorded)
Your Rights in Canada. Canadian Culture – Part 3. Moving to a new country to live and study can be a very exciting journey!
As you prepare to take part in the rich and diverse experiences that Canada has to offer, it is important that you are aware of the human rights, freedoms and protections that apply to you under Canadian law. Join the QUIC, the Human Rights & Equity Office and the Yellow House and learn more about your rights and the various resources available to you.
Please note: This session will feature human rights content including but not limited to information about: race, racism, sexual orientation, sexual violence, xenophobia and ableism.
July 21, 10:00 am ET
Financial Planning: Budgets are important. Canadian Culture – Part 4. What are the true costs of living in Kingston? How can I plan for unexpected costs? What scholarships and bursaries are available? What would a realistic budget look like? The Award Office is here to answer these questions and more. This session will focus on costs associated with living in Kingston, ON.
July 26, 10:00 am ET
Job Searches and Working with a Study Permit. Canadian Culture – Part 5. The final session in our culture series will look at searching for a part-time job. How do you do this in Canada? Can you just walk into a business and ask for a job? Do you have a resume and cover letter? Are you ready for an interview? What are the rule regarding working on or off campus with a study permit?
July 28, 10:00 am ET
Session for Parents: Registering children for school/day care and supporting your spouse. The Settlement Advisor from Immigration Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) will be there to talk about services/supports available for parents, including: 
  • Registering children for school
  • Finding daycare
  • Supporting spouses/partners that are travelling with you
August 4, 10:00 am ET
Off-Campus Housing Q&A. Watch the Videos and come with your questions, maybe you want to know: 
  • How to search for Off Campus
  • Things to think about. What is a lease?
  • Where to find what your rights are as a renter
August 9, 10:00 am ET
UHIP: Health Insurance Q&A. So you’ve watched the UHIP videos but still have questions, what should you do? Join the International Student Advisor and the UHIP Administrator for a question and answer session. We will answer questions entered at registration and those asked during the session. Be sure to watch the videos before you come to the session.
August 11, 10:00 am ET
(session not recorded)
Prepare for Arrival in Canada. Join Arthur Chen, International Student Advisor, to discuss what you should know about arriving in Canada, including: 
  • What documents you should bring with you
  • Where to find current travel entry requirements for Canada
  • What to expect when you arrive at the border
August 16, 10:00 am ET
(session not recorded)
Ask an International Student Advisor and What to expect during Welcome Week. Thank you for attending the sessions this summer. Details about Welcome Week, workshops and social activities.