Welcome to York University and Canada! As an international student, your time abroad will include making new friends, studying your chosen subject, exploring Toronto and expanding your worldview. York U is thrilled to be a part of this exciting time in your life and provide you with the following on-campus resources to help make Canada your home-away-from-home.
Note: As a gentle reminder, international students require a student visa. Read our previous blog post, “International Student Guide, Part 1: Advance Preparations,” for information about documentation and more.
On-Campus Resources for International Students
Your first stop for any questions you may have about your arrival in Canada or campus life should be the York International website. York International supports all visiting international students with a range of information, including:
- Academic Life;
- English Language Programs;
- Immigration Information;
- Health Insurance;
- Funding; and more.
Before arriving at York U, review York International’s Pre-Arrival Checklist to prepare for your transition to Canada! This checklist includes information about travelling to Canada, what to expect when you arrive and directions for getting to Campus.
Global Connections at York International
Have questions about student life at York U? Who better to answer your inquiries than other York U students! The Global Connections team is made up of Global Liaisons: multilingual, multicultural senior students who help international students navigate York University. You can connect with Global Liaisons on Facebook to chat with them online.
The Global Connections team assists new international students by providing the following resources:
During the summer, York International hosts pre-arrival webinars about important topics such as housing, life in Toronto, navigating public transit in the city and more. You can find video recordings of these sessions on the Global Connections website!
Coffee Break Sessions and the Global Peer Program:
The Global Connections team holds Coffee Break Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm at the Global Café in 244 York Lanes where international students can meet each other and chat with York International staff. You can also join the Global Peer Program to connect with upper-year peer mentors who can help you navigate campus life at York U.
Global Community on Video:
This series of instructional videos can answer your questions about life as a York U student.
York International Student Welcome Booths and York’s RED Zone
International students should consider stopping by York U’s RED Zone to meet their team! This friendly group of Student Ambassadors helps orient new students by assisting with inquiries about transportation, events, orientation and on-campus jobs. You can chat with RED Zone team members in person at Vari Hall from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, or you can call them at (416) 736-2100 ext. 55481. Learn more about York U’s RED Zone with the #YUBlog post, “Spotlight on York U’s RED Zone.”
If you find yourself on campus unsure of where to go, international student welcome booths will be located at key locations around campus from August 21 to September 7. You can visit these booths for information about the York U resources available to international students and get directions to important buildings on campus.
International Student Orientation with York International
Attending Orientation is one of the best ways to get to know the York U Community and meet new people. Register for the New International Student Orientation if you haven’t already!
During York U’s International Student Orientation, you will learn where to access essential information about health and safety initiatives at York U, the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP), how to meet international peers and more. If you would like a tour of York U’s Campuses, visit the Take a Tour website for more information about booking a campus tour!
YU Start Program
YU START is a resource that connects new students with the wider York Community. Students use the YU START New Student Transition Program to help support them as they enter university life, including enrolling in courses and more! If you have any questions about enrolling, visit the How to Enrol page on the Registrar’s Office website or call them at (416) 872-YORK (9675).
The YU START program invites you to join the conversation on the “Accepted to York U, Class of 2022 – OFFICIAL” and/or “GL2022:Glendon, class de 2022” Facebook groups where you can connect with fellow classmates, student leaders and student services staff. The YU START platform also provides information about Campus Life and the support services that are available to students.
Success Tip: If you would like additional information about YU START and the enrolment process, check out the #YUBlog’s posts, “Prepare for Your First Year with YU START,” “Enrolment 101” and “Breaking Down the Visual Schedule Builder.”
We hope that these resources help you prepare for your journey at York U and support a wonderful international experience. We are excited to welcome you to the YU Community!
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Note: This post is an updated version of the original blog post by York & U.