School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Orientation

Orientation

A warm welcome to new students and a welcome back to those of you returning this year! This page is your one-stop-shop for information related to orientation at Queen’s. Here you can find details about Orientation Week events as well as our new summer webinar series and the “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!


Summer Webinar Series

June 2018 Webinars

Date Topic Host/Presenter Registration
Tues June 12th 10am EDT Canadian Visas and Permits: A Guide for International Students
If you’re not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you’ll require specific Canadian immigration documents to come to Canada and to study at Queen’s. The International Student Advisers at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will be introducing you to the subject in this webinar.
Arthur Chen, International student advisor, QUIC View the Recording
Wed June 20th 4pm EDT Athletics & Recreation at Queen's
Want to stay fit and have fun next year? Hear all about the ARC, find out about how you can get involved in intramurals, and get info on attending Varsity games.
Student Experience Office View the Recording
Wed June 27th 12pm EDT

Get to Know QUIC
Are you an international student? Learn about the programs and services available for students at the Queen's University International Centre.

Student Experience Office View the Recording

July 2018 Webinars

Date Topic Host/Presenter Registration
Wed July 4th 4pm EDT Academic Accommodation at Queen's
Queen's Student Accessibility Services works with members of the Queen's community to ensure that the university and its programs are accessible to students with disabilities. Learn about how they can support your successful transition to university.
Student Experience Office View the Recording
Wed July 11th 10am EDT Getting Started: Registration, Fees, Accessibility & more
Registration, fees, payment plan, photo ID and more. What you need to do before you can start you graduate degree.
Colette, SGS View the Recording
Wed July 18th 10am EDT Living in Kingston New to Kingston and want to know more about what the city has to offer?
Beyond having one of the highest restaurants per capita of any Canadian city, Kingston has a multitude of services, organizations, museums, summer activities and more! Listen to this webinar to get the low-down on where graduate students choose to live, rental issues to be aware of, fun activities and information for the whole family.

Grad Student:

Isabel Luce and Heather Merla

View the Recording
Tues July 24th 10am EDT From Undergrad to Grad Studies: the Academic Transition
You've heard that grad studies is different from undergrad, but aren't sure what to expect? The transition often means learning how to manage your time and many commitments, setting up a successful relationship with your supervisor and finding your community at Queen’s. Join us to learn about the key differences and how you can properly prepare to start the school year off strong.
Grad Student:
Isabel Luce
View the Recording
Wed July 25th 4pm EDT Be Well: Health Resources on Campus
In this webinar the Health Promotion team will show you how making healthy choices on campus can be easy. Hear about the health resources available to you as a student.
Student Experience Office View the Recording
Tues July 31st 10am EDT Orientation & Beyond: Getting Involved Orientation is a great time to get to know Queen's and make friends! Even after orientation ends, there are countless ways to get involved on campus. Hear from Queen's students about orientation and opportunities for involvement at Queen’s and in the Kingston community Grad Students: Isabel Luce (SGPS), Astrid Hobill and Jillian Lanthier View the Recording

August 2018 Webinars

Date Topic Host/Presenter Registration
Wed August 1st 4pm EDT Aboriginal Student Guide to Life on Campus The Four Directions Aboriginal 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. Student Experience Office View the Recording
Tues August 7th 10am EDT

Financing your Graduate Education
Looking to find out more about financing your education? Hear from Student Awards and School of Graduate Studies staff on everything you need to know about the Ontario Student Assistance Program, bursaries, and other grant and funding opportunities for grad students.

Student Awards Office & SGS View the Recording
Wed August 8th 10am EDT Writing Support: Where is it and how can I get it?
Writing is an essential part of grad studies. Learn what resources are available to you and what regulations must be followed
Colette (SGS) and Ian (SASS) View the Recording
Tues August 14th 10am EDT International students: What to do when you arrive & what is QUIC?
Are you ready to come to Canada and Queen’s? Learn what you need to do before you arrive, when you arrive and how QUIC can help you.
Arthur Chen QUIC View the Recording
Wed August 15th 10am EDT Getting Ready to Head to Queen’s?
Here is Your Pre-arrival Information. Last chance to hear all about registration, academic accommodations, orientation, housing, transport, medical and opportunities for Professional Development and getting involved.
Colette, SGS View the Recording
Tues August 21st 10am EDT Medical Insurance in Ontario: Understanding Primary vs Supplementary coverage
Want to know more about your health coverage? This webinar discusses what’s covered in your mandatory health insurance plan (UHIP for international students and OHIP for Ontario residents) versus your Supplemental Health & Dental Insurance Plan from the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS). This is your chance to find out what it all means to you and your family.
Steacy Tibbutt (QUIC) and Isabel Luce (SGPS) View the Recording
Wed August 22nd 10am EDT Grad 101: Tips for a Successful First Year in Graduate Studies?
Hear the top tips for a successful first year from current Grad students. This is a great chance to ask any questions you have before starting in the fall!
Graduate students: Isabel Luce, Jillian Lanthiier View the Recording

In Person Orientation Events

Fall Term - September 2018

Date Event/Venue Host(s) Registration

Tues September 4th

 8am - 11am

(Re) Orientation: Welcome and Resources Fair

Venue: The Athletics & Recreation Centre main gym

8am - 9am - light refreshments
9am - 9.30am - Information session
9.30am- 11am - Resource Fair - all the resources that can help you as a grad student (campus departments and Kingston community), all under one roof for the this time only.

Campus Tours are also being run during this time.

SGS, DSA, SGPS None required

Tues September 4th

 12noon - 1pm

Tours of the Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC)

Venue: The Athletics & Recreation Centre main gym

This is your chance to see the whole of the ARC, where to go to use the weights or dance studios, the swimming pool and much more.

Athletics & Recreation None required

Wed September 5th

8.30am - 4pm

Teaching Development Day

Venue: Dunning Hall Auditorium

This will be a day dedicated to understanding the ways in which all academic disciplines inform the theory and practice of teaching and learning. While academic disciplines turn inward when it comes to understanding content, we have much to learn from each other when it comes to teaching that content. 

Centre for Teaching and Learning Register here

Wed September 5th

9am - 4pm

Sidewalk Sale
Venue: University Avenue

Get some freebies and discounts and sign up for volunteering and social activities both on campus and within the Kingston community

AMS None required

Thur September 6th

Throughout the day

Photo ID Pickup Day
Venue: Wallace Hall in the John Deutsch Centre

You need this to show you are a student and you can use it to get on buses in Kingston, the gym or discounts at select stores in town.

University Registrars Office None required

Thurs September 6th

5pm - 8pm

Tri-Colour Athletics Open House

Venue: The Athletics & Recreation Centre

Come and see the over 200 clubs, faculty societies, AMS student-run services and intramural teams all in one place.

Queen's Athletics & Recreation None required

Fri September 7th

9am - 11am

Jump Start Your Career
Venue: Gordon Hall, room 302

Part of the Expanding Horizons workshop series. Learn how to deal with the Top Four Career Challenges faced by grad students. In this  session, you will learn about graduate career pathways and helpful resources, as well as get started on an action plan to integrate career development with your academic studies from the beginning of your program.

Career Services and SGS Registration will be open soon 

Fri September 7th

11am - 12noon

Meet the Deans

Venue: Gordon Hall room 302
Meet our Dean and Associate Deans for a chat with some light refreshments.

SGS None required

Wed September 12th

5pm - 7pm

International Graduate Student Orientation
Venue: QUIC offices in the John Deutsch Centre

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, SGS, SGPS None required

Wed September 19th

5pm - 7pm

Aboriginal Graduate Student BBQ
Venue: Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Meet the staff and other students at Four Directions while enjoying a nice BBQ

4DISC None required

Thurs September 27th

5pm - 7pm

Please note this is a new day from previously advertised.

Supporting Aboriginal graduate enhancement (SAGE)  
Venue: Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Queen’s SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer-mentoring program designed to support indigenous graduate students with the successful transition into and completion of their graduate programs. Come along and find out more about how SAGE can help you.

4DISC None required

Throughout the first 2 weeks of September

Social gatherings
Venues: see the SGPS website

This is your chance to meet current graduate students across disciplines.  Go to the SGPS website for details on what's on and which ones to register for

SGPS Link to SGPS website

September

 

Program Specific Orientations
Venue: check with your program

Contact your program graduate assistant to find out about specific orientation events for your program

Graduate program contact your program

Winter Term 2019

Date Event/Venue Host(s) Registration

January 2019

Mini Orientation
Venue: TBA

Orientation for grad students starting in January

SGS TBA

 

 

Program Specific Orientations
Venue: check with your program

Contact your program graduate assistant to find out about specific orientation events for your program

Graduate program contact your program

May 2019

Mini Orientation
Venue: TBA

Orientation for grad students starting in May

SGS TBA

 

 

Program Specific Orientations
Venue: check with your program

Contact your program graduate assistant to find out about specific orientation events for your program

Graduate program contact your program

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.