Office of the Associate Vice-President International


York International, under the mandate of the Associate Vice-President International (AVPI):

  • Provides services and programs to support the transition and retention of international undergraduate and graduate students, and visiting scholars.
  • Supports international experiential learning through exchanges, summer abroad courses, internships/ practica, and other global opportunities (e.g. field schools).
  • Oversees international partnerships.
  • Liaises with external (global and local) partners.
  • Acts as a resource to the community with regard to policies relevant to international education.


Photograph of Dr. Marilyn Lambert Drache

Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache

Associate Vice-President International


Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache was appointed Associate Vice-President International at York University in July 2012. She holds a Ph.D in applied and theoretical linguistics from the University of Aix-Marseille in France. She has been a member of the York University community since 1990 when she joined York as a professor of French linguistics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Her areas of research and teaching include language planning, language and identity issues in Francophone countries and French-based creole languages. She has written extensively on these topics and is frequently invited to speak at academic conferences.

As an active member of the York community, Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache served as associate dean student relations in the (former) Faculty of Arts from 2004-2009, associate dean students and the director of the Centre for Student Success in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies from 2009 to 2012. She also held the position of University Adviser on the Status of Women from 2000 to 2003 and Acting Master of McLaughlin College in 1998-1999. In these capacities she has gained a deep understanding of the academic and non-academic issues and concerns experienced by the full range of York students, including international students. She has been a passionate champion on behalf of students and student interests. She has worked with colleagues across the University to support student recruitment and retention, access, advising and success.

Dr. Lambert-Drache has considerable international experience, travelling extensively in Europe, Asia and Latin America to speak and conferences and other fora. She has been actively involved in the International Federation of Professors of French (FIPF) as elected vice-president and president of the FIPF North American Commission; in this capacity she works with a network of faculty , administers, government officials, and diplomats from around the world. In addition, she loves languages and is a true polyglot.