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Queen's University

Information and Resources for Returning First-Year BISC Students

Welcome to Queen's!  Making the transition from the Castle to Queen's can be a challenging experience. Adjusting to a new campus in an unfamiliar city will take some time and effort, and the learning curve will be steep at times.

Although the thought of making this transition can seem daunting and even a bit scary, there is no need for it to be. The year you have spent at the Castle and the skills you acquired there have prepared you well for the challenges that lay ahead. And, if you need any help along the way, you will find there are a number of services available at Queen's to lend a hand.

As you prepare for your arrival at Queen's, we wanted to provide you with some important information that we think will be helpful in easing your transition to campus.

To help address some of the questions and concerns you may have about transitioning to the Queen's campus, we have created a Welcome Guide which includes helpful information about Queen's and Kingston, a review of "Queen's Speak", a breakdown of important on-campus services, and a quick look at some of the fun things to do on campus and in Kingston.

A view of Queen's Theological Hall in the Fall, taken from Summerhill BISC Buddy Mentorship Program

The BISC Buddy Mentorship Program has been designed to assist students transitioning between their first year as students leaving the Bader International Study Centre, and entering Queen’s University as second year students. The aim of the Program is to mediate a successful transition between students moving between the two academic centres, enabling them to feel supported academically and socially in an inclusive environment. 

For more information about the BISC Buddy Mentorship Program or to get involved with the program email


This orientation week is organized through ASUS for students who are starting their first year of studies on the Queen’s Kingston campus, but not their first year in post-secondary education: BISC students, exchange students, and transfer students. This orientation is meant to teach you Queen’s traditions, show you around campus, help you familiarize yourself with campus resources, and have a lot of FUN! For more information about NEWTS week email or visit their Facebook page.

Welcome Session for Returning BISC Students

You can also attend this workshop, which is held before orientation begins. It will introduce you to the BISC team at Queen’s, the International Programs Office, Queen’s Faculty, the AMS, and ASUS. You will learn about important resources on campus, key dates and deadlines, and ways that you can get involved with the Queen’s community. You will get to meet your BISC Mentors at this workshop too!

Once you've done that, why not investigate the International Studies Certificate and see how your courses at the BISC can count towards this opportunity, or find out more about academics in the Faculty of Arts and Science Re-entry Support for Study Abroad is also available from the Queen's University International Centre.

Welcome Guide 2013/14 (1.94MB)

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