School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

OrientationOrientation

Welcome! On this page you will find information related to orientation at Queen’s. Not all graduate programs will be on campus this Fall (speak to your program graduate assistant for details), and not all students will be able to get to Kingston, which is why we are running virtual orientation events to help you get the information you need to start your graduate journey. Details about live webinars, online modules, and pre-recorded videos that will be available this summer are listed below. Updates will be made as dates and resources are confirmed. In the mean time you may also wish to look at our “Did you know..?” and “How to…” fact sheets – all devoted to ensuring you have access to the information you need for a smooth transition to the new academic year! 

This page will be revised throughout the summer as some topics and dates may change, so keep checking in for the most up to date information.


Summer Webinars and Online Modules/Videos

June 2020 

Date Topic Host/Presenter Format
Wednesday 17th June at 9:00am EDT

Information and Q&A for Incoming International Students
Join Dean Fahim Quadir and speakers from Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) and Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) for important information for new incoming international students. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about visas and permits, health insurance, funding, Teaching Assistant positions, university operations, and about life in Kingston and Canada. All questions are welcome. Please register here by Tuesday, June 16, 12:00pm EDT. A Zoom link and password will be sent to those registered in advance of the session.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS), QUIC & SGPS

Webinar

(please refer to the Summer-Fall2020 page for updates following the Q&A - Section 6)

Wednesday 24th June at 10:00am EDT Study Permit Information Session
Join the International Student Advisors to learn about applying for study permit. This session will focus on answering the following questions:
•    Do I need Study Permit
•    Do I need visa
•    How to apply
•    When to apply
The International Student Advisers at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will help and answer any questions you may have.
International Student Advisors from QUIC 

Webinar

 

July 2020 

Date Topic Host/Presenter Format
July 13th at 11am EDT Preparations for Starting Grad School
Registration, fees, payment plan, photo ID and more. What you need to do before you can start you graduate degree.
School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

Webinar

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July 15th at 10:00am EDT Off Campus: Finding a place to live for International Students
Join the International Student Advisors and Student Community Relations to learn about housing. This session will focus on answering the following questions:
  • How do I search for Kingston rentals?
  • What is a lease and other things to think about
  • Where to learn about your tenant rights
  • Tips for students with children
 QUIC

Webinar

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July 15th at 2:00pm EDT Academic Success and Wellness Webinar
Have your questions about Academic Success and Wellness at university answered by Dr. Ian Garner from Student Academic Success Services and Beth Blackett of Health from Health Promotion!
Student Wellness Services & Student Academic Success Services

Webinar

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July 16th at 2:00pm EDT Working ON/OFF Campus with a Study Permit
The International Student Advisors will provide you with an overview of Canadian Immigration Regulations and Policies related to working in Canada for international students, including:
  • Working on and off campus
  • Internship/Coop
  • Working after graduation
  • Obtaining a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
 QUIC

Webinar

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July 20th at 11am EDT Living in Kingston
If you want to know more about what the city has to offer and the multitude of services, organizations, museums, summer activities are available to you and your family, then this webinar will help. Get information on where graduate students choose to live, rental issues to be aware of, fun activities and information for the whole family.

School of Graduate Studies & the Society of Graduate & Professional Students

Webinar

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July 21st & 2:00pm EDT Arriving in Canada During Covid-19
If you’re an international student, getting to Queen’s may include going through a port of entry or crossing the Canadian border. We will be talking about Covid-19 and things to consider when traveling: 

•    What are travel restrictions? 
•    What does quarantine mean”
•    What’s a quarantine plan and why do I need one?
•    Can my family travel with me?
•    Can my parents bring me from the US?

International Advisors - QUIC

Webinar

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July 22nd at 11am EDT

Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)
QSAS is part of Student Wellness Services (SWS) which also includes Student Health, Student Counselling, and Health Promotion. Learn about the services that QSAS provides services for all Queen’s students with disabilities including: academic accommodations, transition supports, adaptive technology, advocacy and referrals. This webinar will also provide you with information about how to register with QSAS, and answer questions about accommodations and online learning.

 QSAS Webinar Register now
July 30th at 11am EDT

Ask an Advisor with Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA)
International Student Advisors will host Settlement Advisor from ISKA to provide information for students with children. We will talk about all things child care and school.

 QUIC & ISKA

QUIC Facebook Live session & Zoom 

Register  now

TBD Indigenous Student Guide to Life on Campus
The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students and a site of information and support for the broader Queen's community. Learn about the supports and services available there.
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre Webinar

August 2020

Date Topic Host/Presenter Format
August 6th at 11am EDT Ask an Advisor – UHIP Health Insurance (for international students)
International Student Advisors will host a Q&A session with the UHIP Administrator to answer your Health Insurance related questions.
Steacy Tibbutt (QUIC)

QUIC Facebook Live Session & Zoom 

Register now

August 12th at 10:00am EDT Working ON/OFF Campus with a Study Permit
The International Student Advisors will provide you with an overview of Canadian Immigration Regulations and Policies related to working in Canada for international students, including:
  • Working on and off campus
  • Internship/Coop
  • Working after graduation
  • Obtaining a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
 QUIC

Webinar

Register Now

August 19th &10:00am EDT Arriving in Canada During Covid-19
If you’re an international student, getting to Queen’s may include going through a port of entry or crossing the Canadian border. We will be talking about Covid-19 and things to consider when traveling: 

•    What are travel restrictions? 
•    What does quarantine mean”
•    What’s a quarantine plan and why do I need one?
•    Can my family travel with me?
•    Can my parents bring me from the US?

International Advisors - QUIC

Webinar

Register Now

Available Now Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity means the practice of honest and responsible scholarship. It’s a key part of everything we do at university. 

It is your responsibility to adhere to the principles of academic integrity

Student Academic Services Online Module
18th August (12pm-1:30pm) Effective Communication With your Supervisor
The relationship between graduate student and supervisor is one of the most critical parts of a graduate student’s life and building and nurturing this relationship depends in part on open and mutually respectful communication. Graduate students share responsibility with the supervisor for maintaining direct, frequent, and clear communications and this workshop provides some tips on how to nurture an effective supervisory-student relationship.
School of Graduate Studies and Student Wellness Services

Online Workshop 

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20th August (1pm - 2pm) Tips on Applying For Scholarships - SSHRC
This session will provide information about what makes an application stand out, what sells and what doesn’t, and how best to present your research.
School of Graduate Studies

Webinar

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25th  August (2pm - 3.30pm) Jump Start Your Career
Explore and envision yourself in diverse career paths, including academia, industry, government, private and public sectors. Develop strategies and apply planning tools to determine what career path to take and how to navigate it.
School of Graduate Studies and Career Services

Online Workshop 

Register Now

TBD Tips on Applying For Scholarships - NSERC
This session will provide information about what makes an application stand out, what sells and what doesn’t, and how best to present your research.
School of Graduate Studies Webinar
27th August  (1pm - 2pm) Tips on Applying For Scholarships - CIHR
This session will provide information about what makes an application stand out, what sells and what doesn’t, and how best to present your research.
School of Graduate Studies

Webinar

Register Now

TBD

Avoiding Plagiarism: Citation 101
An important skill in becoming a responsible researcher is knowing what, how and when to cite. Proper citation is essential for acknowledging the work of others and your own.

Queen's Library Online Module or video

September 2020

Date Topic Host/Presenter Format
Aug 31st - 4th Sept

Teaching Development Day?
This year join us for several 1 hour online sessions as we show you how to discover ways to engage the student as a whole, and take care of ourselves at the same time.  More details on times will be available soon. 

(Typically takes place on the Wednesday of Orientation Week and will bring together students, faculty, and other teaching staff from across disciplines to focus on wellness in teaching and learning.).

Centre for Teaching & Learning  Online
1st September (11am-12pm) Know Your Services: Funding and Work Q&A 1 hour Session
After watching a series of videos if you have some questions this is your chance to ask our panel.
School of Graduate Studies and Society of Graduate & Professional Students Webinar
2nd September (11am-12pm) Know Your Services: Looking After Yourselves and Loved Ones Q&A 1 hour Session 
After watching a series of videos if you have some questions this is your chance to ask our panel.
School of Graduate Studies and Society of Graduate & Professional Students Webinar
3rd September (11am-12pm) Know Your Services: Thriving as Graduate Student Q&A 1 hour Session
After watching a series of videos if you have some questions this is your chance to ask our panel.
School of Graduate Studies and Society of Graduate & Professional Students Webinar
4th September Program Specific Orientations
Contact your Program Graduate Assistant and find out what they have planned
Ask your Graduate Program Consult your program
Labour Day Weekend Program Social Activities
Building community starts now. Look for the social activities or mixers your program has planned.
Ask your graduate program TBD
Winter term 2021 Welcome and Resource Fair
Usually held the first Tuesday after Labour Day each year. This year however the event has been moved to the Winter term 2021 when we hope all graduate students will be back on campus
School of Graduate Studies & Student Affairs In Person
TBD Meet the Deans
The Dean and Associate Deans would like to say hi and explain their roles and the role of the School of Graduate Studies.
School of Graduate Studies  Online chat
TBD International Graduate Student Orientation
Participants will have the opportunity to explore issues that typically arise for graduate students and to become familiar with how resources and support services contribute to student success.  The session begins with refreshments and the opportunity to socialize with staff and other students. The session will be facilitated by QUIC, with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), and the SGPS Peer Advisors.
QUIC, School of Graduate Studies, Student Affairs and the SGPS TBD
TBD

Social Activities and Mixers
Building community starts now and what better way than to join in with some of the social activities the SGPS or your graduate program has planned.  The schedule is still to be determined, but whether you are in Kingston or overseas there will be activities for you to join in.  They may just be online.

Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS)  OR your Graduate Program's Social committee TBD
24th September (pm) Dean's Welcome Reception for Indigenous graduate students. School of Graduate Studies, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre and Faculties TBD

Did You Know..?

Balancing your academic, professional, and personal needs is an important part of graduate school. The “Did You Know..?” series introduces you to important resources and departments on campus that are available to help support you during your time at Queen’s, whether you’re looking for research and writing support, assistance with job searches, or information on library services.

How to...

Transitioning to a new school or program has its challenges! The “How to…” series is here to make things a little easier by providing you with information for everything from how to set up your internet connection and NetID, to understanding acronyms at Queen’s, to ensuring your family’s needs are met.