January 29th, 2021 

KINGSTON, ON – The AMS has been made aware of the account @internationalatqueens and commends the students who have come forward to share their stories and experiences. We have also shared this account with University Administration.  

Although news regarding PhD program tuition for international students is encouraging and welcomed, the AMS recognizes the financial and other hardships faced by our undergraduate international students, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, that have not been addressed by Queen’s. 

This year, the Campus Affairs Commission has dedicated more time and resources into understanding the needs of undergraduate international students. Our Deputy of International Affairs remains a key contact for students who wish to connect with the AMS and share their concerns.  

We are working to find ways the AMS can alleviate financial strain on our undergraduate international students. In doing so, we are focusing on financial aid, assistance and support. We will assess current AMS bursaries and grants, continue this conversation with University Administration, and address this topic to the Queen’s Board of Trustees. We will continue to meet with the QUIC to work on ways to partner with the office and their services.  

At the next Queen’s University Board of Trustees meetings, we will emphasize the concerns regarding finances and other hardships that have been brought forward.  

The AMS implores Queen’s University to seek measures to foster a more financially accessible and welcoming environment for our undergraduate international students. These students must receive support, or Queen’s risks losing a very meaningful and integral part of the community.  

Contacts:
President: president@ams.queensu.ca 
Campus Affairs Commissioner: cac@ams.queensu.ca
Deputy of International Affairs: cac.international@ams.queensu.ca

Resources:
EmpowerMe
Good2Talk
PSC
PSCxCARED
Queen’s University International CentreEmail

Please direct all media inquiries to Patrice Oliveira, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca.  
    
BACKGROUNDER    
Alma Mater Society (AMS) – //www.myams.org    
The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 19,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff.  

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