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 intlpeer@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

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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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
Sep 1 @ 7:00 am
Trip Duration: 4 days Start Date: 2017-09-01 07:00:00 (Also Sept 15 & Oct 6) End Date: 2017-09-04 00:21:00 Description: Travel to the Big Apple on the ISX bus and see the sites of the most[...]
ISX French Kiss Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights 7:15 am
ISX French Kiss Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights
Sep 1 @ 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[...]
New International Student Orientation 10:00 am
New International Student Orientation
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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[...]
Welcome Services Booths 1:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths
Sep 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths @ Multiple
New international Students: Not sure what to do or where to go when you arrive at York University?  Look out for one of York International's Welcome Services booths located at various locations around campus.  A[...]
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
Sep 1 @ 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
Sep 1 @ 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 Optional 1000 Islands boat cruise Party at the best[...]
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ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights 7:15 am
ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights
Sep 2 @ 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[...]
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 (1 day each date) End Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 (1 day each date) End Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October[...]
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New International Student Orientation 10:00 am
New International Student Orientation
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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[...]
Welcome Services Booths 1:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths
Sep 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths @ Multiple
New international Students: Not sure what to do or where to go when you arrive at York University?  Look out for one of York International's Welcome Services booths located at various locations around campus.  A[...]
New International Student Orientation 2:00 pm
New International Student Orientation
Sep 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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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Welcome Services Booths 1:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths @ Multiple
New international Students: Not sure what to do or where to go when you arrive at York University?  Look out for one of York International's Welcome Services booths located at various locations around campus.  A[...]
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Welcome Services Booths 1:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths @ Multiple
New international Students: Not sure what to do or where to go when you arrive at York University?  Look out for one of York International's Welcome Services booths located at various locations around campus.  A[...]
8
New International Student Orientation 10:00 am
New International Student Orientation
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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[...]
Welcome Services Booths 1:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Welcome Services Booths @ Multiple
New international Students: Not sure what to do or where to go when you arrive at York University?  Look out for one of York International's Welcome Services booths located at various locations around campus.  A[...]
New International Student Orientation 2:00 pm
New International Student Orientation
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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[...]
ISX French Canada Nightrider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights 11:00 pm
ISX French Canada Nightrider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights
Sep 8 @ 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 Optional 1000 Islands boat cruise Party at the best[...]
9
Algonquin Park Overnight Trip - 2 Days, 1 Night 7:30 am
Algonquin Park Overnight Trip - 2 Days, 1 Night
Sep 9 @ 7:30 am
Trip Duration: 2 days Start Date: 2017-09-09 07:30:00 End Date: 2017-09-10 21:00:00 Description: Join ISX for a great time in Algonquin Park: Under the Stars. Includes everything you need for a weekend camping trip. Travel[...]
Scenic Caves and Wasaga Beach ISX Trip 8:00 am
Scenic Caves and Wasaga Beach ISX Trip
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: 2017-09-09 08:00:00 End Date: 2017-09-09 20:00:00 Description: - leave York Mills at 8 a.m. - drive to Scenic caves in Collingwood - arrive at 10 a.m. and enjoy scenic[...]
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 (1 day each date) End Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 (1 day each date) End Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Café 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café @ The Global Café, 244 York Lanes
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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Banking in Canada 12:00 pm
Banking in Canada
Sep 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Banking in Canada @ 242 York Lanes
Please join York International's Living in Canada Series for an informative and fun workshop on how to manage your finances while living in Canada. This session will feature a presentation by an expert in student[...]
Coffee Break @ The Global Café 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café @ The Global Café, 244 York Lanes
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[...]
Global Peer Program Welcome Party 5:00 pm
Global Peer Program Welcome Party
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Global Peer Program Welcome Party @ 280N York Lanes | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Join us for the launch of the 2017-18 Global Peer Program on Septemeber 14, 2017 from 5-7pm in 280N York Lanes! This will be a great opportunity to meet the Global Liaisons, share some great[...]
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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
Sep 15 @ 7:00 am
Trip Duration: 4 days Start Date: 2017-09-01 07:00:00 (Also Sept 15 & Oct 6) End Date: 2017-09-04 00:21:00 Description: Travel to the Big Apple on the ISX bus and see the sites of the most[...]
ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights 7:15 am
ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights
Sep 15 @ 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[...]
16
ISX Algonquin Park Day Trip 7:30 am
ISX Algonquin Park Day Trip
Sep 16 @ 7:30 am
Trip includes Goup hike with an amazing view Explore the Wilderness Centre Enjoy a group canoe lesson **Hiking or running shoes required **See the leaves start to change colours!
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Sep 16 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 (1 day each date) End Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls at Night Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls at Night Trip
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls at Night Trip
Trip Duration: Night trip Start Date: 2017-09-17 13:00:00 End Date: 2017-09-17 00:30:00 Description: Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, our tour to Niagara falls takes you into the[...]
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Social Insurance Number (SIN) Clinic 9:30 am
Social Insurance Number (SIN) Clinic
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Get your Social Insurance Number processed on campus! Service Canada will offer on-campus Social Insurance Number (SIN) transactions for international students who have valid Study Permits. Social Insurance Number for International Students You need a[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Café 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café @ The Global Café, 244 York Lanes
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[...]
20
ISX Famous Sunset Boat Cruise Party 5:00 pm
ISX Famous Sunset Boat Cruise Party
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: 2017-09-20 17:00:00 End Date: 2017-09-20 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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Coffee Break @ The Global Café 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café @ The Global Café, 244 York Lanes
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[...]
Exchange Information Session 3:00 pm
Exchange Information Session
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Attend an Exchange Information Session! Learn how to study abroad, pay tuition to York and earn credits for your York degree. Register for a session here.
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Social Insurance Number (SIN) Clinic 9:30 am
Social Insurance Number (SIN) Clinic
Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Get your Social Insurance Number processed on campus! Service Canada will offer on-campus Social Insurance Number (SIN) transactions for international students who have valid Study Permits. Social Insurance Number for International Students You need a[...]
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
Sep 22 @ 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
Sep 22 @ 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 Optional 1000 Islands boat cruise Party at the best[...]
23
ISX Tobermory Camping Trip - 2 Days 1 Night 7:15 am
ISX Tobermory Camping Trip - 2 Days 1 Night
Sep 23 @ 7:15 am
Trip includes 2 Days, 1 Night Departs from York Mills Camping equipment provided 3 onsite meals included See Bruce Peninsula World Biosphere Guaranteed entry into Bruces Grotto Visit Tobermory, Sauble Beach & Owen Sound
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 (1 day each date) End Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October[...]
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ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 (1 day each date) End Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October[...]
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Coffee Break @ The Global Café 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café @ The Global Café, 244 York Lanes
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[...]
Exchange Information Session 5:30 pm
Exchange Information Session
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Attend an Exchange Information Session! Learn how to study abroad, pay tuition to York and earn credits for your York degree. Register for a session here.
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Exchange Information Session 12:00 pm
Exchange Information Session
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Attend an Exchange Information Session! Learn how to study abroad, pay tuition to York and earn credits for your York degree. Register for a session here.
28
Coffee Break @ The Global Café 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Café @ The Global Café, 244 York Lanes
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[...]
Exchange Information Session 3:00 pm
Exchange Information Session
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Attend an Exchange Information Session! Learn how to study abroad, pay tuition to York and earn credits for your York degree. Register for a session here.
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ISX Algonquin Park Day Trip 7:30 am
ISX Algonquin Park Day Trip
Sep 30 @ 7:30 am
Trip includes Goup hike with an amazing view Explore the Wilderness Centre Enjoy a group canoe lesson **Hiking or running shoes required **See the leaves start to change colours!
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 (1 day each date) End Date: September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 & October[...]

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.