Queen's International Centre (QUIC) provides academic and personal support to international students, and also offers a broad range of programs and services to the entire university community to promote cross-cultural awareness. Activities for international students and their families include welcoming them to the university and providing orientation and advising services.
For all students, it sponsors a variety of international clubs and social and cultural events and provides information about opportunities for work and study abroad. The centre's lounge offers a comfortable setting for relaxing and meeting people from other countries.
The centre first opened in 1962 in a house on University Avenue with the help of a grant from local Rotarian Edward C. Churchill, after whom the large hall in the centre is now named. It moved to the Students' Memorial Union (now part of the John Deutsch University Centre) in 1965, with the help of additional grants from the Rotary Clubs of Kingston and district.
Between 1976 and 1992, the International Centre provided a wide range of educational programs for Queen's and Kingston, concentrating on global development issues. In 1992, responsibility for these programs was transferred to the newly established Kingston Global Community Centre, which is independent of Queen's.
In 1983, the Centre established the International Programs Office, which became a unit in the School of Graduate Studies and Research in 1985. The Centre is actively involved in the School of English, as well as the Bader International Study Centre in Herstmonceux Castle.
It features a wide variety of services, ranging from a library full of international publications to information on student housing for international students.
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