Rhonda L. Lenton
President and Vice Chancellor
Dr. Rhonda Lenton is York University’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor.
Watch President Lenton welcome new international students to York University: Lenton2F
As part of on-going efforts to advance York’s student-centred approach, Lucy Fromowitz is the key leader in advancing and enhancing student engagement, experience, and success such as the coordination of advising, student services and supports and communications with undergraduate and graduate students. Under the Division of Students, she also leads the responsibility for student services and supports for international students and domestic students participating in international activities.
The new international student orientation sessions hosted by York International, help international students understand and adjust to living in Canada and address situations and questions uniquely common to this group.
The New International Student Orientation will allow students to:
- Learn where to access essential information about immigration requirements for international students.
- Learn about social and cultural transition and ways to adapt to the new Canadian academic environment.
- Have the opportunity to develop lasting friendships with fellow students and international student peers.
- Learn how to enroll in the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).
- Learn key information about life on campus including safety and security at York University.
It is important for all new international students to participate in an International Student Orientation Session.
York International will offer two orientation sessions in Summer 2018 on York's Keele campus. Sessions are 2 hours long and will be held in room 242 York Lanes:
- Session 1: Thursday, May 24th, 2pm-4pm
- Session 2: Friday, May 25th, 10am-12pm
**If you are not able to register online due to a full session, please attend the international student orientation session that fits in your schedule and we will register you in person**
**You only need to register for and attend one orientation session that fits your schedule.
Orientation Week Activities
York Orientation Day
York University offers a wide variety of orientation programming for all new and incoming students. It is a great way to meet new people, discover campus resources, and learn all about your degree while providing you with a smooth transition into university. Click here for more information.
YU START is a New Student Transition Program designed to support you as you make your way into and through your first year at York University. During this transitional program, you’ll enroll in courses, connect with fellow classmates, student leaders, faculty members and student services staff, and become more familiar with campus life, supports and resources available to you.
International students are encouraged to also actively engage in campus wide orientation sessions. This helps students get their bearings around campus and to learn various requirements and expectations of all students. Note that certain faculties such as Schulich and Osgoode also have mandatory orientation sessions - please contact your faculties for information.
Every undergraduate student is assigned to a college. Typically, college assignments are tied to your program major. Each College holds a unique orientation to provide all students with a sampling of their services, clubs, facilities, student government, and to encourage college community. Your college will contact you with more information about their orientation activities.
Parent & Family Orientation
Parents and families may have questions about on campus undergraduate residences. You may visit the Residence Life page for some useful information.