Y.I. Announcements and News Coverage:


A Message to the York Community regarding Hurricane Dorian Impact and Relief Efforts

11 September 2019

Hurricane Dorian has left a trail of devastation and destruction in Grand Bahama, Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, the eastern seaboard of the United States and Nova Scotia, here in Canada. The University community stands together with those who are impacted by this natural disaster and offer our care and concern to these communities at York and beyond.
The hardest hit area remains the Bahamas.  The university is home to over 25 students from the Bahamas, with many others from the diaspora and the Caribbean communities.  We are concerned for our students, colleagues and alumni who have family and friends in the Bahamas.
During this incredibly challenging time, there are resources available to those impacted by the current situation.  If you need immediate assistance and support, we encourage you to contact programs and services available at York University and connect with York International who can assist in referring you to the appropriate services.
If you would like to support relief efforts in the Bahamas, the student club United Caribbean Islands (UCI) is taking donations and specific supplies.  To dante through the go-fund-me campaign please visit:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/uci-bahamas-relief-initiative.
To learn more about specific supplies needed, please visit UCI's Instagram at @yorku.uci or email yorku.uci@gmail.com.
Campus Resources
Student Counselling & Development
Bennett Centre, Room N 110
Walk-in Counselling Hours:  Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm *walk-in clients accepted until 3pm daily
Counselling is available for York students at Student Counselling & Development.  Speak to a counsellor if you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or looking for support on specific situations or incidents.  A range of programs as well as individual and group counselling are available to students.
Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR)
Bennett Centre, Room W 128
OSCR supports students impacted by critical incidents, facing personal crisis or multiple complex issues.
York International
200 York Lanes
Drop-in Advising Hours:  Monday to Friday 1pm to 4pm
York International assists all international students as well as domestic and international students who wish to study or work abroad.  Available services and programs include student life on campus, safety, health insurance, immigration advising, student orientations, peer programs, exchange, work and study abroad.
Have a question or want to talk to someone but aren't sure where to go?  Start with York International, open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Additional relief efforts
The Toronto-based Disaster Relief Agency Global Medic has deployed their Rapid Response Team in the Bahamas and are taking donations at https://globalmedic.ca/responses/
The Bahamian government and several organizations are accepting donations of money and in some cases supplies to support rescue, relief and recovery.
The Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund, set up by the Bahamian government, is accepting wire transfers.  The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency has posted instructions here.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority has established the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation to provide relief to the island.  It is accepting donations and supplies.
Additional Resources
Name Contact Information
Consulate of the Bahamas 68 Thorncrest Rd., Etobicoke, Toronto, ON, M9A 1S9 Tel: 416.233.6776 Fax:  416.233.6776 Email:  gord.feeney@sympatico.ca

International Student Reception

5 September 2019

New, first year international students and exchange students are invited to the President’s International Student Reception.  If you’re a first year international student or exchange student, look out for an email invitation to this year’s Reception.

Join the President, Deans of the Faculties and consular representatives from a variety of countries for an evening of meeting new people in the international community of York and beyond.

Here are this year’s event details:

Date: Wednesday September 18
Time:   5-7pm
Location:  Schulich Executive Dining Room, Seymour Schulich Building

Refreshments will be served.

The President and other speakers will say some words of welcome to our first year international and exchange student community as we begin the 2019-2020 academic year.  You’ll get a chance to meet other international students and exchange students, interact with the President, Deans and other York University staff as well as consular representatives from around the world.

Wondering what to wear?  Wear what you feel comfortable in and look great in!  You can dress fancy if you want or come as you wish, as long as you feel great!

RSVP by September 14.

See you all there!



YU Lions Varsity Game- Men's Football

14 September 2019

In collaboration with the York Athletics and Recreation, York International goes to a Football Varsity Game! Come and experience the school spirit with us. Cheer loud for the York Lions and wear your Red and White colours! The Men's Football team will host the McMaster Marauders this Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1pm at the York Lions Stadium.  If you are interested, please fill out this form and we will coordinate with you to march over to the game together and prepare to cheer on our YU Lions. There will be food, prizes, face painting and other cultural performances! You don't want to miss this!  

International Student Orientation 2019

16 August 2019

Why come to International Student Orientation? You’ll learn about:
  • Essential information about immigration requirements for international students and how to maintain legal status in Canada
  • Social and cultural transition and ways to adapt to the new Canadian academic environment
  • How to enroll in the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).
  • Key information about life on campus including safety and security at York University
  • Have the opportunity to develop lasting friendships with fellow students and international student peers

York International is Looking for Volunteers

8 August 2019

Hello all! York International is looking for volunteers for the upcoming student orientations at the beginning of the school year. There will be a volunteer training:
  • Date/Time: August 16, 2019, 1-2pm
  • Location: York Lanes, Room 242
If you're interested, please apply by 15 August using this form: https://yorkinternational.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=309108

York International Hiring

8 August 2019

Hello all! York International is hiring student staff for the upcoming school year. If you are an undergraduate student, and you have one of the skills we're looking for, we welcome you to apply for the job positions! Available positions:
  • Go Global Student Liaison
  • Global Peer Program Liaison
  • International Student Transition Liaison
  • Photo, Video and Graphic Assistant
  • YI Office Support Assistant
  • Social Media and Online Content Assistant
  • Student Engagement and Transition Lead
Please log in to career centre and search for York International to apply: http://careers.yorku.ca/online-system/

ISX Trips: August

2 August 2019

Hello! If you don't have any plans for the long weekend, be sure to check out these ISX trips and go have fun with your friends! It is time to make your summer plans. For more information, check out their website: https://www.isx.ca/ Have a great summer ahead!

Online Webinar: Exploring Toronto

1 August 2019

Hello all, as students who will be studying in Canada for the upcoming year, we are going to introduce you to the city of Toronto. From the webinar, you will know where to shop, dine, and how to travel around the city with public transport. Tune in to our next online webinar on the 7th of August at 9am or the repeat session at the 8th of August at 2:30pm EST to learn more about York University and you! Don't forget to register at yorkinternational.ca/gc2019 We'll see you soon!

Student Representative Posting

25 July 2019

Calling all students‼ There is an opportunity for international students to sit on the Alumni Board, for more information feel free to check out and apply through the link provided below. Good luck!

Coffee Breaks Cancelled on These Dates

23 July 2019

Due to Global Connection workshops, Coffee Breaks are cancelled on July 23rd, August 6th, August 13th, and August 15th. All hands on deck for our Global Connections Online workshops, so take note!! We'll see you soon!

Online Webinar: York University and You

16 July 2019

Ever wondered what the YU campus culture is like and the variety of student clubs York has to offer? Tune in to our next online webinar on the 23rd of July at 9am or the repeat session at the 24th of July at 2:30pm EST to learn more about York University and you! Don't forget to register at yorkinternational.ca/gc2019 We'll see you soon!

Immigration Advising: 11 July and 12 July

11 July 2019

Have questions related to immigration such as your study permit, work permit, etc.? Then check out the advising schedule here: http://yorkinternational.yorku.ca/international-student-advising/ Drop-ins are starting at 1pm today (July 11) and starting at 10am tomorrow (July 12) in 200 York Lanes. If you can't make it, you can email iadvisor@yorku.ca with your inquiries.

Online Webinar: Academic Services at York University

26 June 2019

Hello all! Tune for our next online webinar!! If you have any questions about academic services, come join us to learn more! We will also have Global-Liaison's on site to answer your questions. Join Global-Liaison Vishwaveda from India on July 9th at 9am or the repeat session on July 10th at 2:30pm to have all your questions answered! Register now at yorkinternational.ca/gc2019 We’ll see you soon!

Online Webinar: Housing and Taste of York University

18 June 2019

Hello! As new incoming international students, I know you all have a lot of questions about housing and where to eat on campus! It's okay if you missed our first online webinar, but be sure to tune in to this upcoming one!! The webinar will be NEXT WEEK, June 25th at 9am EST with a repeat session the next day ---- June 26th at 2:30pm Register now at yorkinternational.ca/gc2019 See you there!

Coffee Breaks Cancelled on These Dates:

10 June 2019

Due to Global Connection workshops, Coffee Breaks are cancelled on June 11th and June 25th. All hands on deck for our Global Connections Online workshops, so take note!! We'll see you soon!

Online Webinar: Essential Services at York University

5 June 2019

Don't miss our first online webinar next week! It will be all about Essential Services here at York which includes immigration, UHIP (health insurance) and other relevant information that you would need to know before you become an official York student! The webinar will be NEXT WEEK, June 11th at 9am with a repeat session the next day ---- June 12th at 2:30pm Register now at yorkinternational.ca/gc2019 See you there!

Summer Picnic

3 June 2019

Happy 'Summer' everyone! Its's the event that you've all been waiting for! The summer picnic party is happening NEXT WEEK! (June 4th | 2-4pm) So bring your frisbees, badminton racquets, picnic mats and yourselves for a fun day under the sun! This is the perfect event to kick start your summer and to meet new friends! Pizza will be provided :) Come join us! Sign up here: yorkinternational.ca/calendar