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
Director, International Student & 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
Immigration & International Student Advisor
Samantha Yan
Immigration & International Student Advisor
(416) 736-2100 x 20455
Kelly Chen
International Student Program Assistant
(416) 736-2100 x 77329

International Partnerships and Programs


Helen-Balderama Helen Balderama
Director, Global Engagement Programs & Partnerships
(416) 736-2100 x 70326
Ashley-Laracy Ashley Laracy, MA
Associate Director, Global Learning
(416) 736-5177
Luke Li
International Partnerships Officer



Sara Jane Campbell
Safety Abroad Program Manager

Recep-Demir Recep Demir, Ph.D
Global Learning Coordinator
416 736 5177
Kathleen Meagher
Global Learning Coordinator
Eugene Paik
Database Officer
Sharon Sammy
Administrative Secretary
(416) 736-2100 x 44093
Administrative Assistant (TBC)