We hope you are as excited as we are that you have made the decision to spend your first year of studies at The Bader International Study Centre. We might be just a little biased, but we think you've made a great choice and we can't wait to welcome you to our community!
Congratulations once again, and we will see you very soon!
The Students Services Team
When? As soon as possible.
If you haven't done so already, make sure you connect with Queen's and the BISC on social media. You will find new students, current students, faculty, staff and alumni already to help you find your way at Queen's!
- Connect with Queen's University on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Join the Queen's University Class of 2024 Facebook Group
- Follow the BISC on Instagram
- Join the "Welcome to your Castle 2020-21” Facebook group
When? June 15 - August 10
Starting June 15, you must activate your account on our student portal before you can submit your forms: https://bader.erezlife.com/
Be sure to use your Queen’s email address (see #3 below) and make note of your password.
On the portal you will be able to submit your Academic Accommodations Letter - e.g., extra time in exams. This will require proof from Student Accessibility Services on main campus. The Letter would be issued by QSASS and will be shared with the Student Success & Learning Development Advisor. (See #8 for more information.)
Submit your forms online at: https://bader.erezlife.com/
When? June 15
You will receive an email with information about your Queen's email account by 15 June. Log in and make sure everything is set up to your satisfaction. From this point forward, Queen's will only communicate with you via your Queen's email account, so be sure to continue checking it regularly!
We are so excited to welcome you to the BISC! While we won’t be able to meet you in person over the Summer, we know that you’ll be excited to see what we have planned. Join us for a uniquely Queen’s Summer Orientation to Academic Resources (SOAR)
Launching July 6th, Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) is a month-long summer orientation program for incoming first year students and their parents and supporters, run by the Student Experience Office. The program features a combination of modules and online events, including opportunities to connect with upper-year students, faculty, and staff. SOAR will be viewed through OnQ, where many students will take future courses, and aims to help prepare students for new academic expectations, address questions or concerns about university life, and introduce resources and support services for all incoming students.
SOAR will help you:
• Prepare effectively for new academic expectations
• Prepare for potential personal stresses and academic pressure points during first year
• Make the most of services and resources to support student learning and academic success
• Anticipate important academic dates and deadlines
• Navigate administrative processes, including academic registration and financial accounts
• Get tips for staying healthy and getting involved at the BISC
• Get answers to all of your questions from current students, faculty, and staff!
Visit www.onq.queensu.ca to access your SOAR course!
When? Apply Now!
Complete your Ontario Student Assistant Program (OSAP) Application
Submit your OSAP application now to ensure funding is available by September 1.
When? Apply Now!
Complete your provincial/territorial Student Government Assistance Application
If you reside in another province/territory, check the government student assistance website where you reside for information about when the application is available and further information about how to report any awards you have received. Apply as soon as you can to ensure your funding is available by September 1.
When? Late June
Apply for a Tricolour Bursary
Incoming First Year students to the BISC may apply for an admission bursary.
- Maximum amount:Up to $7500 (first year only)
- Basis of assessment: financial need
- Find out more, check eligibility and deadlines, and apply.
When? Mid August
Check your Queen’s email for a final grades and scholarship update
You will automatically be re-assessed for scholarship consideration once your final grades have been received. If your grades have increased since your offer of admission, we will review your final grades and notify you via email and SOLUS should you be eligible for a grades-based admission scholarship.
When? End of August
View your Financial Aid Account
Have you viewed your Financial Aid account in SOLUS? We will have posted all your Queen’s awards to your account by the end of August.
When? August 15
Make an Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA) request
The Alternative Payment Arrangement Program (APA) assists students who cannot meet their tuition and student assistance levy (SAL) fee payment deadlines but have a proven source of funding. The APA allows students, upon approval, to defer payment of their tuition and SAL without penalty until the end of September for fall term fees and the end of January for winter term fees. If you need an APA for both terms, you can submit your APA request for both terms at the same time in August.
The APA submission deadline for fall term is August 15.
When? September 1
Pay your Fall Tuition and Student Assistance Levy
Your fall tuition and the Student Assistance Levy, as shown on your Account Summary in SOLUS, will need to be paid before September 1. The balance of fall fees (student activity fees, fall residence fees, UHIP) is due on September 30.
When? September 1
Update your banking information in SOLUS
Do we have your banking information? You can update your information in the Finances section of SOLUS. Your banking information permits Queen’s to process refunds directly into your bank account. Please note that Queen’s will not deduct payments directly from your bank account, and any awards will be deposited to your student account, not your bank account.
When? Late July
Select your courses
Take some time to think about the courses you want to take next year. Take advantage of BISC academic advising sessions during SOAR to decide which courses you will take. Starting in late July, you will be able to add courses to your shopping cart on SOLUS. Then, during your enrolment appointment, you'll be able to "check out", and officially enrol in your courses.
- Review the BISC First-Year Course Registration manual (currently being updated for 2020)
When? August 1
Send in your final transcripts
For Ontario students, Queen’s will automatically receive grades from OUAC by mid-July. It is important that all Ontario students ensure that their final grades, confirmation of course completion and successful completion of their OSSD is reflected on OUAC by August 1.
If you went to high school outside of Ontario, ensure you send your final transcript to Queen’s.
When? August 1
Apply for transfer credit
If you have taken courses during high school that may be eligible for transfer credit, you must apply for credit no later than the end of fall term of your first year. Programs with courses that may be eligible for transfer credit include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, CEGEP, and General Certificate of Education (GCE)/A Levels.
Your transfer credit(s) will be posted on SOLUS approximately 10 business days after we receive your official results.
When? August 15
Register with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) and acquire documentation for academic accommodations
If you have a disability that affects your ability to participate equitably in academic activities (i.e. learning disorder, ADHD, ASD, mental illness, physical disability, etc.) and are able to demonstrate functional limitations that affect your academic functioning, we encourage you to register with QSAS, no later than August 15, for support in your studies at Queen’s. QSAS begins meeting with incoming students in June and we encourage you to contact the office in summer about registering.
Documentation can then be submitted to the BISC starting June 15th. This will help us arrange your support plan in time for the start of classes in September.
- Learn how to register with QSAS
- Learn about our disability documentation requirements