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Bader International Study Centre (BISC)
Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR)

BISC SOAR is designed to help first-year BISC students prepare for the transition from high school to university studies at the BISC. The session will provide the academic and extracurricular information that you need for your upcoming international study experience. It will also provide you with an opportunity to meet your fellow first-year classmates and some of the BISC faculty and staff.

All first-year BISC students are STRONGLY encouraged to attend one of the full day sessions on either Friday, July 25, 2014 or Saturday, July 26, 2014. BISC SOAR sessions will be held at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies building on the Queen's University campus from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day. Additional information about the structure and content of the sessions can be found on the session schedule (TBC). To register for BISC SOAR please use our on-line registration form ( to indicate your preferred day to attend the session and the name of your guest.

If you are unable to attend BISC SOAR, it is essential that you contact the BISC Admission Office at Queen's University using the on-line registration form to arrange a telephone advising appointment in order to register for your courses.

Session Schedule (subject to change)


Coffee, tea, juice, muffins available.


Welcoming address by Queen's and BISC senior administration.


This session will be presented by the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC). Topics covered during this session include risks and responsibilities associated with studying / travelling abroad, travel logistics, cross-cultural communication and adaptation, health and safety abroad, as well as a variety of other related topics.




For the break-out sessions, parents and students will participate in separate groups in order to address the needs of each group. There will be a lunch break from 12:00-1:15 pm and then the groups will switch sessions.


  • Courses and credits
  • Field studies
  • Books, library and computers
  • Students and professors
  • Awards and scholarships
  • Transition from high school to university


  • Student services
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Finances and budget
  • Health services
  • Life at the BISC
  • BISC Community






Tables will be set up with representatives from each of the following areas:

  • Academic advising and course registration (each student will sign up for an appointment with a Queen's advisor)
  • Field studies
  • Student life at the BISC
  • Queen's University International Centre (QUIC)
  • Queen's Health, Counselling and Disabilty Services (HCDS)
  • Queen's Student Awards
  • Queen's Career Services
  • Merit Group Travel



On-line Registration

To register for BISC SOAR 2014, use the on-line registration form to indicate which day you wish to attend and any special needs that you may have.

We understand that some students may not be able to attend BISC SOAR due to summer employment commitments or for those who are living further away from Kingston. If you are unable to come to SOAR, please contact us using the registration form so that we can set up an academic advising appointment by telephone or Skype if you prefer.

Every student must consult with an academic advisor BEFORE making their final course selections

Tools for Course Registration

To help you prepare for your academic advising and course registration session at BISC SOAR, you may find it helpful to visit the websites listed below to learn more about the many academic programs offered in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's.

Full-time Arts and Science students at Queen's normally take five full courses (30.0 units), or the equivalent, in their first year of university study. Many courses available to first-year students at the BISC are full courses (6.0 units) which run from September through April. There are also 3.0 unit courses offered at the BISC which only run for one term (Fall or Winter).

A list of first-year courses offered at the BISC can be found on the BISC website and in the First-Year Program Course Registration Instruction Manual that will be emailed to you in June. While selecting the courses that interest you, refer to the Arts and Science Academic Calendar and department websites for detailed information on program requirements and necessary prerequisites for second-year courses. If you have any questions about program requirements and first-year course selection, make sure that you ask them when you talk with an academic advisor.

All students in the first-year program at the BISC have been admitted into the Bachelor of Arts program at the BISC. Your first year of study should be about exploring the various disciplines that are available to you at the BISC. While you are not required to select your subject of concentration or Plan until after first year, it is still important to consider the academic direction that you might be heading towards in order to select appropriate first-year courses to satisfy prerequisites for the Plan of interest. By selecting a wide variety of courses, you will have a good foundation of Plan options for moving forward.

Please note that not all disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Science can be offered at the BISC. If you are interested in pursuing a Plan that does not have a first-year course at the BISC, ask your academic advisor about your options.

Helpful resources

International Studies Certificate

Enhance your degree with an international perspective

If you are planning to take advantage of your surroundings while at the BISC and enroll in a language course (or two!), you are well on your way to earning the required units for the Queen's International Studies Certificate. The International Studies Certificate program consists of three components that all serve to contribute to:

  • personal and professional development
  • language acquisition
  • intercultural learning
  • a learning experience abroad.

The structure of the certificate program enables you to count courses towards your degree while also meeting the requirements of the certificate.

Successful completion of the First-Year Program at the BISC can be counted as your study abroad component for the certificate so it is a natural fit for those who are interested in pursuing another language and cultural learning. Students who successfully complete the certificate program will be awarded the Certificate in International Studies along with their degree upon graduation and it is also recognized on your Queen's transcript. For more information please refer to the International Studies Certificate page.

Accommodations in Kingston

If you plan to stay in Kingston for one or more nights, you may wish to reserve accommodation at one of the following facilities. Please note that the rates quoted are subject to change without notice. Book your accommodation early, as Kingston is a popular tourist destination this time of year.

Queen's Conference Services (University Residences)

You may wish to familiarize yourself with the Queen's University campus and facilities during your visit to Kingston. One way to do this is to spend one or more nights in residence!

Accommodation is available on campus in Leggett or Watts Hall for the premium accommodation experience. Guests may book a climate controlled two-bedroom unit. Within the unit each bedroom has one double bed, desk and chair, closet, direct Internet connection and telephone for local calls. One 3-piece bathroom is located within the unit and is shared by both bedrooms. Cost is $99.00 per night, plus appropriate taxes. Please note that accommodation does not include breakfast. For a more traditional residence room experience, accommodation is also available in Victoria Hall at a rate of $49.99 for a single room and $59.99 for a double room.

For more information about reserving a Queen's residence room for your stay, please visit the Queen's Event Services website.

Downtown Hotels, Inns, Guest Houses

A number of hotel chains (Holiday Inn; Radisson; Sheraton Four Points) maintain properties in downtown Kingston, within walking distance of Queen's University.

There are also a number of bed and breakfast type accommodations that are also conveniently located for access to downtown Kingston or Queen's University.

Visit the BISC SOAR Accommodation Google map for accommodation locations. For more information on hotels, bed and breakfasts, and camp sites and to book your accommodations please refer to the Tourism Kingston website.

Directions and Parking

BISC SOAR 2014 will be held in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies building, located on the Queen's University campus. The building address is 28 Division Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6.

By car

  • From Highway 401 (Macdonald-Cartier Freeway), exit at Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd. (Exit 615).
  • Follow Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd. south all the way down to King St. W.
  • Turn left onto King St. W and continue until Lower University Ave.
  • Turn left on to Lower University Ave ( Kingston General Hospital should now be on your right).
  • At the end of Lower University Ave (Stuart St.), you will see the parking garage.
  • Park your vehicle.
  • Proceed to the parking exit at University Avenue (north end lot).
  • Continue walking north on University Avenue to Union Street. Turn right onto Union Street.
  • Cross at the street lights and continue on Union Street to Division Street (first street on your left).
  • Walk up Division Street. The School of Kinesiology and Health Studies is the first building you will meet on your left.


On Friday July 25th, BISC SOAR participants will likely need to use the paid underground parking lot described above in order to park on the Queen's campus. Queen's parking lots require a permit during the week. You may be able to find parking on nearby streets; however, make sure that you check the parking signs for further information. For those attending BISC SOAR on Saturday July 26th, parking is permitted in the Queen's parking lots for free on Saturdays and Sundays.

Additional websites and maps to aid you with navigating the Queen's University campus and surrounding area in Kingston: