School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Orientation - September 2017

Mark the dates as throughout the first few weeks of September, there will be many activities to help you get familiar with Queen's, Kingston and be ready for your academic studies. Some activities will be specifically for your program, others will be campus wide and will give you the opportunity to find out valuable information and meet fellow graduate students. More details on whether you need to register for an event, venue etc will be provided as we receive it. For details on program specific activities, contact the Graduate Assistant in your program directly.

Photo of Orientation resource fair

Webinars

Webinar: 10th August at 9am EDT

For new international students – this webinar is to help you plan your arrival into Canada and to Queen’s. Representatives from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will advise you on the following:

  • What to expect when you arrive at a Canadian border (airport or land crossing).
  • How to get to Kingston from your port of entry.
  • Do you know about what accommodation is available to you and how to find them.
  • How orientation at Queen’s takes place – The School of Graduate Studies, your program specific orientation and QUIC’s orientation for international students.
  • What services QUIC provides for our international students.
  • What you need to know about study permits and work permits for yourself and members of your family.
  • What you need to know if bringing your family with you – schooling for children, medical care, other supports.
  • Question and answer period.

If you would like to attend and as yet have not received an invitation, please contact Colette Steer at the SGS office on steerc@queensu.ca.  Registration closes by August 8th or as soon as the session is full.

    Webinar: 17th August at 12noon EDT

    This webinar will discuss what to do before and when you arrive at Queen’s. Topics covered will include:

    • Housing in and around campus and Kingston
    • Transport – how to get around
    • Medical – how does Queen’s Student Wellness Centre work for you
    • Got children? What you need to know about schools in Kingston
    • Registration – what you need to do
    • Orientations – what to look out for both from the School of Graduate Studies, your own program and Division of Student Affairs department orientations.
    • Top tips by grad students.

    If you would like to attend and as yet have not received an invitation, please contact Colette Steer at the SGS office on steerc@queensu.ca.  Registration closes by August 16th or as soon as the session is full.

    Facebook Live - Campus Tour (week of 21st August)

    • Grad students will take you on a tour of campus. Why not follow them along?

    Schedule of Events

    Tuesday, September 5th

    • 8.00am – 11am In the ARC, hosted by the School of Graduate Studies, Division of Student Affairs and the Society of Graduate & Professional Students – Breakfast, information and resource fair. This includes some specific grad campus tours during the event.
    • Get to see all the resources and supports available to graduate students in this one stop shop event.
    • Listen to current graduate students as they give you their top tips about what to do in this first month at grad school, Queen’s and Kingston.
    • Go on a campus tours to find out where to eat, where to find the Student Wellness Centre, the ARC and various buildings on campus.

    Wednesday, September 6th

    • Teaching Development Day - Hosted by the Centre for Teaching & Learning - (venue to be confirmed). This is an all day event.

    Thursday, September 7th

    • Throughout the day in Wallace Hall (JDUC) - Photo ID pick up.  This card gives you access to Kingston transit.
    • Validation of student cards for returning students is in Wallace Hall from August 28th – September 14th including Saturdays 8:30am – 4:30pm.  Closed on Sundays and Statutory Holiday Monday, September 4th.
    • If you miss your scheduled day/time to pick up your photo id student card and have it validated you are required to do this on any day after your schedule when Wallace Hall is open. Obtaining your photo id student card is part of your registration process

    Friday, September 8th

    • 10am – 11am – As part of our Expanding Horizons Workshop Series, this workshop will help you Look ahead and see how you can develop your career during your time at Grad School – hosted by Queen’s Career Services. (Venue and title to be confirmed)
    • 11am – 12noon (venue to be determined).  Chill with the Dean’s.  Time to relax, have some light refreshments and meet the Dean and Associate Deans of the School of Graduate Studies.
    • 9am – 4pm on University Avenue -   Sidewalk sale

    Tuesday, September 12th

    • 5pm – 9pm in the ARC – Athletics & Recreation Open House

    Wednesday, September 13th

    • 5pm – 7pm at QUIC offices (JDUC) -  QUIC Grad Orientation
    • 5pm – 7pm at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre - welcome back BBQ for Aboriginal students

    Thursday, September 21st

    • 3pm – 4.30pm at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre – SAGE Meet & Greet

    Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS)

    The SGPS will have social activities throughout the first week and weekend (including some family friendly activities). For all things SGPS, go to https://sgps.ca.

    Expanding Horizons Workshop Series

    Other topics to be covered during the Fall term as part of our Expanding Horizons workshop series and to help you get oriented to Grad School, Queen’s and Kingston are:

    • Workshops on Tips on applying for scholarships
    • Workshops on student/supervisor relationship
    • Workshops on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
    • Workshop on Staying Well in Grad School

    Dates, times and venues to be advised.

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