Exchange

What we learned on exchange: practical lessons for day-to-day life

When you first sign up to go on university exchange, it’s natural to fantasize about far-flung travel, mouth-watering food, and life-long friendships. For the most part, these fantasies come true, but going on exchange also comes with some unexpected road bumps.Continue...

Gap years fill the space left by traditional academic programs

“Wait, so you're going to be a first-year when everyone your age is in second year?”Continue...

Connecting with peers over anime

When I first started studying at Queen’s last September, everything seemed different coming from Japan—language, culture, customs, and people.Continue...

Reflecting on a month of studying abroad

The start of a semester abroad is dominated by a mix of excitement and anxiety.Continue...

Photo essay: North America in the eyes of an exchange student

When I arrived in Canada for fall semester, I never expected a series of adventures would follow meeting a wonderful travel buddy.Continue...

An exchange student’s eye-opening experience at a Full Moon Ceremony

How often do you look at the moon? In my home country of Japan, this question would qualify as standard small talk—just like asking about the weather.Continue...

Setting goals to make the most of time on exchange at Queen’s

On Sept. 1, following a tedious 24-hour journey from Narita Airport in my native Japan, I finally arrived at Queen’s to begin my semester as an exchange student.Continue...

Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange provides free winter clothing for all

As temperatures drop, the need for winter clothing can become financially taxing for international students at Queen’s. Fortunately, the Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange provides a free and anonymous resource for students and Kingston community members.Continue...

Talking Heads: Where would you go on exchange?

"A country in Scandinavia." Claire Weersink, PHEKin '20

"Japan." Jeffrey Turnock, Sci '17

"Paris." Claire Swarbrick, PHEKin '20

"Fiji...Continue...

Make sure you know before you go

When embarking on an education exchange experience, it’s important that young people acknowledge the differences that exist from society to society. This acknowledgment is the first step in making sure that the leaning taking place is healthy and beneficial to both the students and the country.Continue...

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