Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications do our instructors and student staff have?

  • Our instructors have demonstrated excellence in their engineering disciplines and have worked with the Connections team to ensure course content is both challenging and age/grade appropriate. All instructors complete the Queen’s University Health & Safety training and the mandatory training outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

  • Our student staff have been selected based on their demonstrated leadership abilities, experience working with children and teens, and their enthusiasm for learning. All student staff receive leadership training, are certified in First Aid and CPR, complete the Queen’s University Health & Safety training, and the mandatory training outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Can you accommodate students with exceptionalities?

  • Queen’s University and Connections Engineering Outreach are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment. Please notify the Connections team at the time of registration of any accommodations required to make your child’s experience on Campus enjoyable.

What is the daily program schedule?

  • QSEA and QSEA Jr.

    •  The schedules may differ based on the courses or specific discipline being studied but will typically be structured around a morning instructional session from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and an afternoon session for 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Monday’s – Thursday’s. There will only be a morning session on Fridays.

    • The total instructional time is 27 hours per week.

  • QSEA in the Community

What evening activities are being offered? Can commuter option students participate? (QSEA/QSEA Jr.)

  • The evening activities are subject to change from week to week as well as with the availability of our local partners. Evening activities are for residence option students; however, commuter option students are welcome to participate in the events for an additional charge and will be inclusive of all events.

  • For more information about activities, please visit our programs page

What important dates and deadlines do I need to know?

  • Our full course descriptions will be available on our website in November. Registration will traditionally open on December 1st of each year at 9:00am EST. For more specific program dates and fees, please visit to our programs page

What is Connections’ refund policy?

  • Our full Cancellation and Refund Policy can be found HERE

Are meals provided?

  • Commuter option students will receive a lunch in the cafeteria while residence option students receive breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafeteria. The fees for these meals are included in your program fee.

  •  Lunch is not provided for participants in the QSEA in the Community program.

Am I required to bring any additional money?

  • All course materials, activities, meals, and residence fees are included in the program fee. Students will receive a Connections t-shirt upon arrival (residence students will also receive a lanyard for their room keys). There is an optional supervised trip for residence option students during free time to the Campus Book Store where Queen’s University clothing, stationary and other items are offered for sale. The only additional money that would be required is if the student wished to purchase any items at the Campus Bookstore, or snacks while on campus.

Is there a dress code?

  • QSEA/QSEA Jr.

    • We want students to be comfortable during their full day of classes. Residence option students leave for breakfast in the morning and do not return to their residence until the end of classes. We ask students to abstain from bringing or wearing clothing items with inappropriate language or images.

    • Some courses may require specific clothing (i.e. long pants, closed toe shoes) for safety purposes. For QSEA students, please be sure to bring at least one pair of closed-toe shoes and long pants.

  • QSEA in the Community
    • Students should wear comfortable clothing that will allow them to fully participate in all activities;closed-toed shoes are recommended.

Can you accommodate students’ allergies and dietary restrictions?

  • QSEA/QSEA Jr.
    • Queen’s University is NOT a nut-free environment.
    • Queen’s Food Services works closely with all students and guests to Campus who self-identify their allergies and food restrictions to make appropriate accommodations.
    • It is important to provide Connections with all necessary dietary and medical information when registering and update us on any changes to your medical history so that we can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable dining experience while you are on Campus.

  • QSEA in the Community
    • Students should bring snacks and lunches that are nut free

Registration

Can I register for more than 1 week?

  • Yes. You can register for multiple weeks of programming. Just select all of the courses you wish to wish to attend and add it to your cart. Please note that you must select the appropriate information for each week.

Can I switch courses/weeks?

  • Your request will be accommodated provided space is still available in the course/week you are interested in switching in to. Please contact Connections to inquire about the possibility at eng.connections@queensu.ca

What do I need to bring to class?

  • Please refer to your Program Guide for a detailed list of what to bring.

  • QSEA in the Community
    • Students should bring a water bottle and sunscreen

Can I bring my personal device to class?

  • Students are permitted to bring their personal devises to class however, students are expected to be respectful of the instructor and other students in the class by refraining from using their personal devices during class, unless permitted to do so by the instructor.

  • Instructors reserve the right to collect and hold any personal devices being used inappropriately during class time. Connections staff and instructors are not responsible for lost or damaged personal devices.

Drop-off, Pick-up, and Absences

What happens if a student (commuter option or residence option) is going to be absent?

  • For safety reasons, students must notify Connections  at eng.connections@queensu.ca as soon as they know they are going to be late or absent.

Where and when are students dropped off? Picked up?

  • QSEA/QSEA Jr.
    • Drop off/pick up locations may vary with program and year based on other events taking place on campus. The drop off/pick up location for your program will be listed in your Program Guide.

    • Drop off/pick up times for your program are listed in your Program Guide.

    • QSEA in the Community
      • Students should be dropped off at the front doors of the school. They should arrive no earlier than 8:45am.
      • Students are to be picked up from the school (at the front doors) no later than 3:00pm.

Can I arrive early or leave later than the designated drop off and pick up times?

  • Connections does not provide supervision outside of designated program drop off/pick up times. Students planning to arrive early or leave late must make alternate arrangements for supervision and notify Connections in writing of these arrangements.

Does Connections provide airport, bus or train transfers?

  • No. Connections will not be responsible for transportation to or from the program. All transfers are the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian. Please contact the company directly for fare rates.

    • Via Rail (Kingston train station) – 888-842-7245
    • Coach Canada (Kingston Terminal) – 613-547-4916
    • Amey’s Greenwood Taxi Ltd – 613-546-1111
    • Modern Taxi Cab Limited – 613-546-2222
    • City Taxi – 613-542-3333

Residence Students

The Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy offer premium residence options only.

  • The premium residence students will be placed in one of the newer residence buildings. Students will be placed in single rooms, segregated by gender. Washroom facilities are attached and therefore shared between two rooms. Premium residence buildings are climate controlled. To view examples of premium residence buildings, please visit: Watts Hall and Leggett Hall

What do I need to bring to residence?

  • Please refer to your Program Guide for a detailed list of what to bring.

  • Bedding is provided in residence rooms similar to a hotel.