School of English launches app for international students
A new app developed by the Queen’s School of English (QSoE) will help ease travel worries for international students en route to Canada and Queen’s.
The QSoE Arrival App gives students easy access to information on what they can expect at Pearson Airport, ground transportation, and how to orient themselves in Kingston and at Queen’s.
“We hope it will make their travel worry-free and safer, and give them more confidence as they arrive in Canada and at Queen’s,” says Nadya Maskurova, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, QSoE.
The app, which is free and can be used without internet access once it is downloaded, includes several tabs with pre-arrival, arrival and on-location information. In the pre-arrival section, students can browse important Queen’s contact and emergency numbers, information on visa requirements and a pre-departure checklist. The arrival section displays airport information, including photos that help students navigate Pearson terminals, and information on bus, train and taxi transportation. The on-location tab allows students to view a campus map, information on accommodation, orientation details for their first days with the QSoE, and tips for living in Kingston.
The app, designed to help students with limited English skills and those travelling for the first time on their own, also provides information on cultural differences, such as how much to tip cab drivers.
QSoE is still testing the app but has sent information on how to download it to several international students arriving in August for the school’s summer program. The app, available on iPhone and Android, can be downloaded by anyone but is designed for QSoE students.