York International's Global Peer Program

If you are a new international student, or an upper-year student who wants to help new international students and have fun at the same time, York International's Global Peer Program is for you!

New student registration for the Fall 2017 Global Peer Program is now open.  If you would like to participate, please register by clicking on the link below.

Please email any questions about the program to peerlead@yorku.ca.

What is the Peer Program?

The Global Peer Program

The International Student Peer Program supports new international students during their transition to life in Toronto and at York University by connecting them with upper- year students called Peer Supporters.

Because Peer Supporters have firsthand experience with the questions, anxiety, and culture-shock that accompanies being a new international student, they are able to offer support and information about student life at York University and day-to-day life in Toronto and Canada.  Peer Supporters are current international students or domestic students with international experience, who have made themselves available – in person and online – to new international students.

Additionally, throughout the academic year International Peer Program participants will be invited to participate in activities organized by York International that will allow them to build a strong community of friends from throughout the world.

Sign Up for York International's Peer Program:

New International Students

New International Students, sign up for York International’s Peer Program!

Begin your life in Canada and at York as a part of a strong, diverse, and fun community of international students!

Through York International's Peer Program, upper-year international students called peer supporters are available to help you with any questions you may have about life at York University, Toronto, and Canada.

Starting a new journey to a new country can be a difficult transition, but we are here to help you overcome any obstacles and make your time here at York a comfortable one. We have a vast number of peer supporters who are willing, capable and resourceful.

Our team of volunteers are up to date with information and will provide you with all the help you need to have a great experience at York University. We are here to help you make the connections you need to succeed and can be the catalyst for lifelong friendships. Join the peer program and become a part of the international student community at York.

The International Student Peer Program in three steps:

  1. Match to an International Student Peer Supporter:The process begins by assigning you to a peer supporters before your arrival to YorkU.  Student peer profiles will be posted on York International’s website by the second week of August. Overseas new international students could contact their peers via email, Facebook, etc.
  2. Meet & Greet:Upon arrival you will be assigned to a new peer supporter at your International Student Orientation. In addition, a special International Student Peer Program Meet & Greet event will be scheduled in the 3rd week of September for all the new international students and student peers to gather and learn about the program.
  3. Friendship & Support:Throughout the academic year, you will regularly communicate and touch base with your peer supporter who will assist you in your transition and engage you to our vibrant campus community.

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New international students can register here.

 

 

 

Peer Supporters (Upper Year Students)

Volunteer with York international - Become an International Student Peer Supporter

The International Student Peer Program creates a home away from home for new international students. By joining this program, upper year domestic and international students will assist students new to Canada with their first year transition in a new place. Being a peer supporter mean’s helping them understand the cross-cultural experience that takes place, providing them with information, referring them to on campus resources and most importantly, making connections.

By making connections, students will be able to be more successful in their academic year’s at York University, as well as creating lifelong friendships that transcend boundaries. Join the peer program and become part of the international experience at York University.

Each student peer will be assigned to 3-5 new international students to assist their transition in their first year to the University.  The role of a student peer includes three parts:

  1. Greet and meet new international students (minimum 3 times each term).
  2. Assist in international event planning and facilitation (minimum 3 events per term).
  3. Participate and engage new international students in different international events and activities on- and off- campus including different international student workshops, social activities and trips to Niagara Falls, Montreal, Snow Tubing, etc.

 

Registration for 2017-18 Peer Program is now open. Please click here to register.

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After You Have Registered:

Events

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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
New International Student Orientation 2:00 pm
New International Student Orientation
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
New International Student Orientation @ York Lanes, Room 242 OR 280N (second floor)
WELCOME TO YORK UNIVERSITY! Congratulations on your admission to York University!  We are delighted that you will soon join York’s international community of more than 5,000 students from over 160 countries. We at York International[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
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ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights 7:15 am
ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights
May 5 @ 7:15 am
See the best of French Canada on our guided bus tour through three amazing cities: Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Get to know the culture, the people and experience the most famous sites and scenes[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
May 6 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) End Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) Description:[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
May 7 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) End Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) Description:[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
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ISX New York City Night Rider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights 9:00 pm
ISX New York City Night Rider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights
May 12 @ 9:00 pm
Take our overnight tour bus to arrive in Manhattan in the early morning and see the sites of NorthAmerica`s most exciting city: the bright lights of Broadway, Central Park, Times Square, SoHo, Greenwich Village, the[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
May 13 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) End Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) Description:[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
May 14 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) End Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) Description:[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
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ISX New York City Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights 7:00 am
ISX New York City Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights
May 19 @ 7:00 am
4 Days, 3 Nights Departs from Museum at 7h00 Motor Coach Transportation Hotel Accommodation (quad) 3 Breakfasts and site discounts Visit Times Square, Soho, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and more!
ISX French Kiss Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights 7:15 am
ISX French Kiss Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights
May 19 @ 7:15 am
  Get a taste of French Canada on our guided tour through three amazing cities: Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Get to know the culture, the people and enjoy the most famous sites and scenes[...]
ISX Chicago Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights 9:00 pm
ISX Chicago Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights
May 19 @ 9:00 pm
Trip Duration: 4 days Start Date: 2017-05-19 07:00:00 End Date: 2017-05-22 07:15:00 Description: Chicago is a city that wears its American heart proudly on its sleeve. Built on an unrivaled tradition of jazz and blues,[...]
ISX New York City Night Rider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights 9:00 pm
ISX New York City Night Rider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights
May 19 @ 9:00 pm
Take our overnight tour bus to arrive in Manhattan in the early morning and see the sites of NorthAmerica`s most exciting city: the bright lights of Broadway, Central Park, Times Square, SoHo, Greenwich Village, the[...]
ISX French Canada Nightrider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights 11:00 pm
ISX French Canada Nightrider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights
May 19 @ 11:00 pm
Enjoy everything that you would see on our French Kiss 4 day tour in less time! Trip includes Hotel accommodation (quad) Motor coach transportation City orientation Party at the best nightclubs 1000 Islands Boat Cruise[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
May 20 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) End Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) Description:[...]
ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights 7:15 am
ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights
May 20 @ 7:15 am
See the best of French Canada on our guided bus tour through three amazing cities: Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Get to know the culture, the people and experience the most famous sites and scenes[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
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ISX Famous Sunset Boat Cruise Party 5:00 pm
ISX Famous Sunset Boat Cruise Party
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: 2017-05-26 17:00:00 End Date: 2017-05-26 21:30:00 Description: ISX takes you on Lake Ontario for a 3 and a half hour party cruise .  Take in the Toronto skyline aboard[...]
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ISX Algonquin Park Day Trip
ISX Algonquin Park Day Trip
May 27 all-day
Trip includes Goup hike with an amazing view Explore the Widerness Centre Enjoy a group canoe lesson **hiking or running shoes required
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
May 27 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) End Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) Description:[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
May 28 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) End Date: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 27 & 28 (1 day each date) Description:[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ The Global Cafe
Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff[...]
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Peer Team Activity Log (formerly Meet-up Form):

After each meting of a Peer Team (will all members or some), the Peer Supporters must provide us with some information about your Peer Team activity by completing this brief form.