School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Orientation - September 2017

Mark the dates as throughout the first few weeks of September, there will be many activities to help you get familiar with Queen's, Kingston and be ready for your academic studies. Some activities will be specifically for your program, others will be campus wide and will give you the opportunity to find out valuable information and meet fellow graduate students. More details on whether you need to register for an event, venue etc will be provided as we receive it. For details on program specific activities, contact the Graduate Assistant in your program directly.

Photo of Orientation resource fair


Webinar: 10th August at 9am EDT

For new international students – this webinar is to help you plan your arrival into Canada and to Queen’s. Representatives from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will advise you on the following:

  • What to expect when you arrive at a Canadian border (airport or land crossing).
  • How to get to Kingston from your port of entry.
  • Do you know about what accommodation is available to you and how to find them.
  • How orientation at Queen’s takes place – The School of Graduate Studies, your program specific orientation and QUIC’s orientation for international students.
  • What services QUIC provides for our international students.
  • What you need to know about study permits and work permits for yourself and members of your family.
  • What you need to know if bringing your family with you – schooling for children, medical care, other supports.
  • Question and answer period.

If you would like to attend and as yet have not received an invitation, please contact Colette Steer at the SGS office on  Registration closes by August 8th or as soon as the session is full.

    Webinar: 17th August at 12noon EDT.   Repeat session on 22nd August at 1.30pm EDT

    This webinar will discuss what to do before and when you arrive at Queen’s. Topics covered will include:

    • Housing in and around campus and Kingston
    • Transport – how to get around
    • Medical – how does Queen’s Student Wellness Centre work for you
    • Got children? What you need to know about schools in Kingston
    • Registration – what you need to do
    • Orientations – what to look out for both from the School of Graduate Studies, your own program and Division of Student Affairs department orientations.
    • Top tips by grad students.

    Schedule of Events

    Facebook Live - Campus Tour (21st August, starting at 10am)

    Tuesday, September 5th - Grad Studies Welcome and Resource Fair (including campus tours)

    • 8.00am – 11am In the ARC (Athletics & Recreation Centre), hosted by the School of Graduate Studies, Division of Student Affairs and the Society of Graduate & Professional Students – Light Breakfast, information and resource fair. This includes some specific grad campus tours during the event.
    • Get to see all the resources and supports available to graduate students in this one stop shop event.
    • Listen to current graduate students as they give you their top tips about what to do in this first month at grad school, Queen’s and Kingston.
    • Go on a campus tours to find out where to eat, where to find the Student Wellness Centre, the ARC and various buildings on campus.
    • To help us with catering, can you please register for this free event via Eventbrite
    • If you have any dietary or accessibility needs please let Colette at the School of Graduate Studies know on email

    Graduate Campus tours today

    • Campus tours available during the welcome event leaving at 9:45am and 10:15am from the ARC Mezzanine area
    • Another campus tour is available at 1pm, departing from the steps of Gordon Hall (or just inside if it is raining).  No need to register just turn up to the steps!

    If you have accessibility needs or dietary restrictions, please let Colette at the SGS office know by emailing her on

    Wednesday, September 6th - Teaching Development Day

    • Teaching Development Day - Hosted by the Centre for Teaching & Learning - (Biosciences Atrium and Humphrey Hall). This is an all day event (starting at 8.30am).  Go the CTL website to view the full schedule and to register
    • This will be a day to acknowledge diversity, in all its forms and work to create inclusive learning environments that respect all participants – teachers and learners alike.  Our Opening Plenary will once again feature Branch Out Theatre who will provide a highly engaging, thought-provoking experience of participatory theatre in an original forum theatre play, adapted to directly highlight this year’s TD Day themes.

      TD Day will bring together students, faculty, and other teaching staff from across disciplines to collaborate and build strong, inclusive communities of teaching and learning at Queen’s.  The day will be filled with interactive sessions aimed to equip participants with new teaching-related skills and perspectives.  To maximize the sharing of strategies and best practices, a resource fair/poster session will be held during the lunch hour.  

    Thursday, September 7th - Student Photo ID Pick Up

    • Throughout the day in Wallace Hall (JDUC) - Photo ID pick up.  This card gives you access to Kingston transit.
    • Validation of student cards for returning students is in Wallace Hall from August 28th – September 14th including Saturdays 8:30am – 4:30pm.  Closed on Sundays and Statutory Holiday Monday, September 4th.
    • If you miss your scheduled day/time to pick up your photo id student card and have it validated you are required to do this on any day after your schedule when Wallace Hall is open. Obtaining your photo id student card is part of your registration process

    Friday, September 8th - Jump start your career in Grad School workshop, Meet the Deans and buy a thing or two.

    • 10am – 11am – As part of our Expanding Horizons Workshop Series, this workshop will help you Look ahead and see how you can develop your career during your time at Grad School – hosted by Queen’s Career Services. (Gordon Hall, room 302). Please register for this event via the Expanding Horizons website
    • 11am – 12noon (Gordon Hall, room 302).  Chill with the Dean’s.  Time to relax, have some light refreshments and meet the Dean and Associate Deans of the School of Graduate Studies. To help us with catering, please register for this event via EventBrite

    If you have accessibility needs or dietary restrictions, please let Colette at the SGS office know by emailing her on

    • 9am – 4pm on University Avenue -   Sidewalk sale

    Tuesday, September 12th - Athletics & Recreation Open House

    • 5pm – 9pm in the ARC – Athletics & Recreation Open House. This includes getting to know the many clubs available on campus that you can join.

    Wednesday, September 13th - International Grad Student Orientation (QUIC)

    • 5pm – 7pm at QUIC offices (JDUC) -  QUIC Grad Orientation

    Wednesday, September 20th - Aboriginal Welcome Back (4DASC)

    • 5pm – 7pm at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre - Welcome Back BBQ for Aboriginal students

    Thursday, September 21st - SAGE Meet & Greet (4DASC)

    • 3pm – 4.30pm at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre – SAGE Meet & Greet

    Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS)

    The SGPS will have social activities throughout the first week and weekend (including some family friendly activities). For all things SGPS, go to

    Expanding Horizons Workshop Series

    Other topics to be covered during the Fall term as part of our Expanding Horizons workshop series and to help you get oriented to Grad School, Queen’s and Kingston are:

    • Workshops on Tips on applying for scholarships
    • Workshops on student/supervisor relationship
    • Workshops on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
    • Workshop on Staying Well in Grad School