About York International

York International advances York’s internationalization by offering quality services and programs for international students, creating global learning opportunities (student exchanges, summer courses, internships, placements and research opportunities) for degree seeking students and facilitating global partnerships for York. York International contributes to enhancing the academic and research experience of students and faculty, supporting student success and enhancing York’s global engagement.

York International provides York University's community of nearly 6,000 international students (academic years: 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14) services and programs designed to ease their transition to life in Canada and at York, to help them succeed academically, and prepare them for graduation and beyond. York International provides assistance with employment and immigration matters related to international student status. Additionally, York International offers programs to connect international students with domestic students through their Peer Program.

York International also provides many opportunities for domestic and international students to enhance their global knowledge and skills both at home and abroad during their program of study. Students can study on exchange at more than 250 universities across the globe, participate in a global internship, summer abroad course, practicum placement, or fieldwork opportunity. A Letter of Recognition of International Experience is provided to document students’ achievements abroad.

Team York International

Vinitha Gengatharan
Executive Director
(416) 736-2100 x 22566


International Student and Scholar Services

Woo Kim
Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Services
(416) 736-2100 x 33639
Amy Ahn
International Student Advisor and Immigration Specialist (on leave to Aug 2022)
(416) 736-2100 x 70650
Mayoori Malankov
International Student Advisor and Immigration Specialist 
Samantha Yan
International Student Advisor & Immigration Specialist (on leave to Aug 2021)
(416) 736-2100 x 20455
Kelly Chen
International Student Program Assistant
(416) 736-2100 x 77329
SumanpreetYI Sumanpreet Kaur
University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) Administrator
(416) 736-2100 x 20040

International Partnerships and Programs

Helen Balderama
Associate Director, International Partnerships and Programs
(416) 736-2100 x 70326
Luke Li
International Partnerships Officer



Kathleen Meagher
Global Learning Coordinator
Breanna Berry
Global Learning Coordinator



Marierose Talla
Global Learning Coordinator
Natasha Pursun
International Internships Assistant
on leave

Finance and Administration

Sharon Sammy
Administrative Secretary
(416) 736-2100 x 44093
  Administrative Assistant (TBC)