Beyond the classroom

Students have several opportunities to practice their Japanese and expand their knowledge of the culture beyond the classroom. You can get involved in one of the student clubs at the Alma Mater Society or participate in Japanese New Year’s party. Students in JAPN 200 class use LinguaeLive to talk to your peers in Japan; practice the language and meet a new friend. Attending events or volunteering at the Queen’s International Student Centre will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in other cultures and get to know exchange students from Japan!

Queen's International Student Centre

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) is an international education support service for students, faculty and staff at Queen’s. Through its activities the Centre promotes an internationally informed and cross culturally sensitive university community.

QUIC programs and services support

  • the academic and personal development of international students, other international members of the Queen’s community, and their families;
  • the academic and personal development of Queen’s students, staff and faculty interested in Education Abroad; and
  • the internationalization of the campus by working with university departments, offices, groups and individuals to enhance and diversify the international learning environment at Queen’s through educational and training activities.

QUIC offers many cultural events and get-together for students, as well as the opportunity to volunteer to support international students with improving their English as they integrate into Queen’s life.  It is a fruitful way to meet other students from other countries, to help and to learn from one another.

Check QUIC Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date information.

Japanese New Year's party

New Year is the biggest annual celebration in Japan. Schools close for about two weeks of winter holiday before and after New Year's, and most companies also shut down for New Year break from around December 30 to January 3. On New Year's Day families gather and eat special meals called "osechi ryori." People visit Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to pray for good fortune in the coming year. Children receive small gifts of money, called "otoshidama," from their relatives. Traditional games like "karuta" (played with cards usually featuring well-known poems on them) are enjoyed. People send New Year's cards called "nengajo" to their friends and acquaintances from work. (Source: Kids Web Japan. Picture source: Japan this! blog)

Every year, the class representatives in JAPN classes get together to organize Japanese New Year’s potluck-style party. Students from all levels are invited to share a meal and participate in activities.

Student Clubs

With approximately 450 student clubs to choose from, you can easily enhance what you learn in the classroom and give you the chance to embrace your passions. More than 100 cultural and ethnic student clubs and organizations foster diversity and cultural engagement on campus. Below are AMS (Alma Mater Society) clubs that may be of interests for students of Japanese:

Name Description
Queen's Anime Club (QAC)


The Queen’s Anime Club's mandate is to provide and promote "anime," formally known as Japanese animation, to the Queen's community and public, as well as appreciation for Japanese art culture by various screenings and activities.

Japanese Relations at Queen’s

The club promotes Japanese culture and foster international understanding to Queen's students and the Kingston community. It also serves as a bridge between exchange students from both Queen's and Japan.

World Languages Club The World Languages Club hosts cultural and discussion events that bring together students of a common linguistic background and/or interest, regardless of concentration. The majority of our events are nights dedicated to one language (determined by popular demand) with a cultural theme (for example, Oktoberfest for German; Lunar New Year for Chinese).