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QSoE Newsletter Summer Review 2015

Greetings from Queen's School of English! 
Autumn is a time of transition. As we move from summer to winter and enjoy the last days of warmth and sunshine before the snow begins to fall, we resume the rhythm of study and preparation for the academic year ahead. 
This semester, we welcome twenty QBridge Pathway students to the Queen's School of English (QSoE). Continue reading to find out more about this pathway. 
We have a lot of exciting updates for you in this issue of our newsletter. We begin with a general reminder about the new Electronic Travel Authorization, and continue by sharing the QSoE student experiences, which are highlighted through our new video, a Queen's Gazette story about our QBridge Pathway, and a blog post. We also introduce our international partners to our new Tailored Catalogue. And, as always, you will have a chance to meet one of our instructors, Hee-sook Lim Kerstens.
In addition, we would like to highlight some of our other important developments.
We are pleased to announce that QSoE is now offering an English language pathway to the St. Lawrence College (SLC) students. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between SLC and QSoE in July and we have welcomed the first students into our English for Academic Purposes Program in September. Upon successful completion of our Beginner and Elementary levels, these students will transition back to SLC, where they will attend the Intermediate and Advanced levels of the English as a Second Language program before starting their diploma studies.
We also would like to welcome our new agent representatives:
  • CLASS Education, Mexico
  • Successful Education Center, Taiwan
And finally, congratulations to our newest members of the Student Ambassador Program: Barbara and Josafa from Brazil; Miho, Yuna, Hitomi and Tomoyuki from Japan; Meilin from Panama; and Ibrahim from Saudi Arabia.
Enjoy reading through our newsletter and email us if you have any questions.
Warmest regards,
QSoE Team

English for Academic Purposes - Orientation

Fall 2015 - English for Academic Purposes

Orientation Schedule

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015 

Location: Duncan McArthur Hall, Front Enterance

8:30 am - Registration and Testing

12:00 am - Student Orientation

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015

Location: Duncan McArthur, Room A237

12:00 am - Welcome Meeting

1:00 pm - Homestay Meeting

2:30 pm - ARC (Athletics and Recreation Centre) Tour


New Homestay Provider

New Homestay Provider

We are pleased to announce The Canada Homestay Network (CHN) as the new homestay provider for Queen’s School of English (QSoE) beginning in August 2015. For decades, we offered our own homestay program, which has become a vital part of our student experience here at Queen’s and in Kingston. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of our Homestay Coordinators: Mary-Lou Nolte, who helped to establish and develop the homestay program for more than twenty years, and Helen Parfitt, who helped to coordinate the program during the past three years.


QBridge Accelerated - Orientation

Summer 2015 - QBridge Accelerated

Orientation Schedule

Date: Thursday, July 2

Location: Room A343, Duncan McArthur Hall, 511 Union Street, Kingston, ON

8:30 am​ - Welcome and Orientation

11:00 am - Introduction to Queen’s University International Centre

11:30 am - Campus Tour

12:00 pm - Homestay Meeting  (only for students in the Homestay Program)

1:00 pm - Lunch Break

2:30 pm - Classes Begin 


QSoE Newsletter Winter Review 2015

Greetings from Queen's School of English,
As the summer days warm up, QSoE continues to welcome more international students to the Queen's campus. In this newsletter, we are excited to provide you with an update on the hiring of our new Director and share with you stories about what our students and staff have been doing in the past few months.
Winter is always an exciting time of year in Kingston, especially for those students who are experiencing winter for the first time. Our adventurous students in the Canadian English Experience (CEE) Program took full advantage of the activities and trips that are included in the program: cross-country skiing, skating on the Rideau Canal and trying the Beaver's Tale for the first time in Ottawa. While the CEE students stay with us for four weeks in the winter, most of our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students continue on to the Summer Session, which started in May with students from 13 different countries. Next week, our QBridge Accelerated begins, followed by the CEE Program in August.

QSoE Travels to Brazil

QSoE Travels to Brazil

Our representative, Ms. Nadya Maskurova, will be in Brazil from May 8, 2015 to May 19, 2015. She will be visiting our partner universities and partner agents during her visit, as well as our former students. Below are the times when you can stop by to say hello and bring your friends and family.

Sao Paulo - Saturday, May 9, 11:00am: Queen’s Information Session at Canada Destino (Rua Dr. Diogo de Faria, 1148)       


QSoE Travels to Japan

QSoE Travels to Japan

Our representative, Ms. Karen Burkett, will be in Japan from April 15, 2015 to April 24, 2015. She will be visiting our partner universities in Japan, as well as our student ambassadors

If you would like to meet with our representative, an appointment may be possible at our partner universities on the dates listed below:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Kwansei Gakuin University

Friday, April 17, 2015 - Kansai Gaidai University