International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Arriving at Queen's

Once at Queen’s there are many ways for you to find out more about academics, Queen’s in general, and your new home, Kingston. For more information about your first few days in Canada and Queen’s, please see the QUIC's "Arrival in Canada and at Queen’s" web page..


The IPO offers an academic orientation session hosted by IPO staff and Arts and Science faculty, for all incoming Arts and Science exchange students. The session will provide information about the numerous academic programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science, course registration, the academic culture at Queen's, contacting your professors and the role of teaching assistants in courses. Many students find the pedagogical style of Canadian universities to be a lot different than their previous experience, and so we strongly encourage all exchange students to come to this session to find out more. Registration is not required; further details will be sent prior to arrival.

QUIC Welcome and Orientation

Students taking part in the QUIC orientation in Winter 2014

The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) offers a welcome and orientation program for international and exchange students. The program offers social opportunities in Kingston and further afield in Ontario, as well as information about topics such as health insurance. More Information about their orientation programs, available at the start of both the Fall and Winter semesters, is available on the QUIC's "Welcome and Orientation" web page.


NEWTS Orientation Week

Students taking part in NEWTS orientation

NEWTS is the week for everyone who is entering their first year at Queen’s, but not their first year in post-secondary education. The NEWTS Orientation Week is a student-run initiative, specifically designed to address the needs of these groups and to ensure their transition to Queen’s is as smooth as possible. The NEWTS Week program fosters a tightly knit community of upper-year students. For more information, visit the NEWTS facebook page, or check out the NEWTS website.


ASUS Exchange Buddies

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The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) is the student government representing all Arts and Science students at Queen's. ASUS runs an exchange "buddy" program which pairs an incoming exchange student with an upper-year Arts and Science student as well as organizing social events to welcome the students and give them the opportunity to meet other Arts and Science students. Incoming exchange students will receive an invitation to join the ASUS Exchange Buddies program once they have confirmed their acceptance to attend Queen's.

Please note that you may need to pay a fee to attend some programs and events. Any fees will be clearly identified.