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 Winter 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 2016-17 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
1
Job Search Strategies that Work Workshop 2:00 pm
Job Search Strategies that Work Workshop
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Job Search Strategies that Work Workshop @ York Lanes, Room 242 (second floor)
Do to be more effective in getting the job you want? Find out how to uncover and create career opportunities by learning how employers fill job openings. Learn how to uncover hidden opportunities and build[...]
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors 6:30 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: February 15 & 24, March 1 & 13 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: February 15 & 24, March 1 & 13 (various dates and start[...]
2
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
3
ISX French Kiss Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights 7:15 am
ISX French Kiss Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights
Mar 3 @ 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[...]
4
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Mar 4 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) End Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) Description: Regarded by many as[...]
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
Mar 4 all-day
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 (1 day each date), 8:00am-6:30pm **weather permitting End Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 (1 day each date),[...]
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey) 3:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey)
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey)
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 25 & 26 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: March 4, 5, 25 & 26 (various dates and start times: see below) Description:[...]
5
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
Mar 5 all-day
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2 (1 day each trip), 11am-11pm **weather permitting End Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2 (1 day each trip),[...]
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Mar 5 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) End Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) Description: Regarded by many as[...]
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey) 3:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey)
Mar 5 @ 3:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey)
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 25 & 26 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: March 4, 5, 25 & 26 (various dates and start times: see below) Description:[...]
6
7
Resumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop 10:00 am
Resumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Resumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop @ York Lanes, Room 242 (second floor)
Find out how to effectively target your resumé and cover letter. Present your experiences, education and skills in a way that showcases your assets and piques employers’ interest in you! To register for this workshop,[...]
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
8
9
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
ISX Chicago Trip (St. Patrick's Celebrations) - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights 9:00 pm
ISX Chicago Trip (St. Patrick's Celebrations) - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights
Mar 9 @ 9:00 pm
Trip includes: Hotel (quad accommodation) Deluxe Motor Coach transportation 2 breakfasts Guided tour of the city See Chicago river dyed green  
10
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
Mar 10 @ 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[...]
11
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Mar 11 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) End Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) Description: Regarded by many as[...]
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
Mar 11 all-day
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 (1 day each date), 8:00am-6:30pm **weather permitting End Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 (1 day each date),[...]
ISX Maple Syrup Trip 10:00 am
ISX Maple Syrup Trip
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 End Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 Description: Taste the true sweetness of Canada[...]
12
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
Mar 12 – Mar 13 all-day
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2 (1 day each trip), 11am-11pm **weather permitting End Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2 (1 day each trip),[...]
ISX Maple Syrup Trip 10:00 am
ISX Maple Syrup Trip
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 End Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 Description: Taste the true sweetness of Canada[...]
13
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors 6:30 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: February 15 & 24, March 1 & 13 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: February 15 & 24, March 1 & 13 (various dates and start[...]
14
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
15
16
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors 7:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 16, 21, 27 & 29 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: March 16, 21, 27 & 29 (various dates and start times: see below) Description:[...]
17
ISX St. Patrick's Day Party 9:30 pm
ISX St. Patrick's Day Party
Mar 17 @ 9:30 pm
ISX St. Patrick's Day Party @ Hard Rock Cafe | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Join ISX staff for a great party! DJ Shamz will be spinning - our resident DJ (who is also mixing at the Ripleys Aquarium beach party later this month). Where: Hard Rock cafe, 279 Yonge[...]
ISX French Canada Nightrider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights 11:00 pm
ISX French Canada Nightrider Trip - 3.5 Days, 2 Nights
Mar 17 @ 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 LAST CHANCE for Ice Hotel Party at the best[...]
18
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
Mar 18 all-day
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 (1 day each date), 8:00am-6:30pm **weather permitting End Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 (1 day each date),[...]
ISX Maple Syrup Trip 10:00 am
ISX Maple Syrup Trip
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 End Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 Description: Taste the true sweetness of Canada[...]
19
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
Mar 19 all-day
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2 (1 day each trip), 11am-11pm **weather permitting End Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2 (1 day each trip),[...]
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Mar 19 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) End Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) Description: Regarded by many as[...]
20
Tax Seminar for International Students 2:30 pm
Tax Seminar for International Students
Mar 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tax Seminar for International Students @ York Lanes, Room 280N (second floor)
Learn how to file income taxes in Canada.  There will be an opportunity to meet the experts 1-on-1 after the workshop. Click here to register.
21
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors 7:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 16, 21, 27 & 29 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: March 16, 21, 27 & 29 (various dates and start times: see below) Description:[...]
22
Tax Seminar for International Students 2:30 pm
Tax Seminar for International Students
Mar 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tax Seminar for International Students @ York Lanes, Room 242 (second floor)
Learn how to file income taxes in Canada.  There will be an opportunity to meet the experts 1-on-1 after the workshop. Click here to register.
23
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
24
ISX New York City Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights 7:00 am
ISX New York City Trip - 4 Days, 3 Nights
Mar 24 @ 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!
25
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Mar 25 all-day
ISX Niagara Falls Day Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) End Date: March 4, 5, 11, 19 & 25 (1 day each date) Description: Regarded by many as[...]
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
Mar 25 all-day
ISX Snow Valley Ski and Snowboard Day Trip (Beginner)
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 (1 day each date), 8:00am-6:30pm **weather permitting End Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 (1 day each date),[...]
ISX Maple Syrup Trip 10:00 am
ISX Maple Syrup Trip
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 End Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 Description: Taste the true sweetness of Canada[...]
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey) 3:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey)
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey)
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 25 & 26 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: March 4, 5, 25 & 26 (various dates and start times: see below) Description:[...]
26
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
Mar 26 all-day
ISX Blue Mountain Ski Trip
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2 (1 day each trip), 11am-11pm **weather permitting End Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2 (1 day each trip),[...]
ISX Maple Syrup Trip 10:00 am
ISX Maple Syrup Trip
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 End Date: Multiple dates - March 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 Description: Taste the true sweetness of Canada[...]
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey) 3:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey)
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Marlies (Hockey)
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 4, 5, 25 & 26 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: March 4, 5, 25 & 26 (various dates and start times: see below) Description:[...]
27
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors 7:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 16, 21, 27 & 29 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: March 16, 21, 27 & 29 (various dates and start times: see below) Description:[...]
28
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
29
Orientation to Living in Canada after Graduation 1:30 pm
Orientation to Living in Canada after Graduation
Mar 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Orientation to Living in Canada after Graduation @ York Lanes, Room 242 (second floor)
Explore options to remain in Canada after graduating from YorkU including information on how to set goals and develop a transition plan. Click here to register.
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors 7:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm
ISX Event - Toronto Raptors
Trip Duration: Day trip Start Date: March 16, 21, 27 & 29 (various dates and start times: see below) End Date: March 16, 21, 27 & 29 (various dates and start times: see below) Description:[...]
30
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe 2:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break @ The Global Cafe @ Global Cafe (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[...]
31
ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights 7:15 am
ISX French Canada Trip - 3 Days, 2 Nights
Mar 31 @ 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[...]

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.