Graduate-Level International Students

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As an international student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, you occupy a special place at York University. York International offers several programs and services specifically designed to support our graduate-level international students, in addition to the resources available to all international students.

On this page, you will find an overview of the services and programs York International offers to support your success at York University, in Canada, and beyond. Please visit us at 200 York Lanes (just down the hall from the Faculty of Graduate Studies office).

At the beginning of every term York International hosts orientation sessions for new international students. Join us to connect with the international student community and to learn information that every new international student should know about life in York and in Toronto.

Click here for more information and to register for an upcoming session.

As an international student, you are required to obtain certain documentation from the Canadian Immigration authority before entering Canada. In this section, you will find information pertaining to:


York International also provides immigration related services to graduate-level international students including:

  • Free information sessions and workshops about permanent residency policies and procedures
  • Individual and group advising with our Immigration Specialist at York International
  • Job search/resume/cover letter workshops throughout the year

Contact our immigration specialist at iadvisor@yorku.ca

Click here for more information about immigration information for international students at York.

All international students at York University are covered by a health insurance plan that is administered by York International called the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). Graduate-level students are also covered by a supplementary plan, which is administered by either the Graduate Student Association or CUPE 3903, depending on your status as a Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, or other designation.

York International's UHIP Assistant is available to answer all of your questions about your general health insurance plan coverage and to help you print your insurance card in our office.

Highlights of this section include:

  • What is UHIP
  • How to enroll into the program
  • Who is covered (including spouse, dependent children etc)
  • How long am I covered for
  • How to get a refund if I withdraw from the university or become a permanent resident
  • Graduate Supplementary Health Insurance information
  • Accessing health care facilities
  • A list of what is covered can be found here

Services provided to graduate level international students include:

  • UHIP information sessions
  • Individual advising with our UHIP assistant

Contact our UHIP assistant at uhip@yorku.ca

Click here for more information about health insurance coverage for international students and York University.

Did you know that the community at York University includes 6000 international students from over 150 countries?! The Global Community at York International is the place to meet students from around the world and from across York's Faculties and academic programs.

York International's Global Community is built upon three programs that are designed to support the success of international students:

  1. Global Connections - Most international students have questions about York, Toronto, and Canada before they arrive. Global Connection exists to help you get your questions answered by connecting you directly with senior international students, called Global Liaisons, online through Skype, webinars, or email. Our liaisons are multilingual and are experts on life as an international student at York.
    Click here for more information about Global Connections and to connect with a Global Liaison.
  2. Peer Program - York International's Peer Program connects new international students with senior international and domestic students. Through small and large group activities, students build friendships, learn from each other, share their respective cultures, and support each other through the struggles of being a university student and living far from home.
    Click here for more information and to register for the Peer Program.
  3. Living in Canada Sessions (LICS) - Throughout the year, York International offers workshops on the topics pertaining to life as an international student in Canada. Many of these workshop bring in experts from in their respective fields to share their knowledge and answer student's questions. Some topics include: understanding banking in Canada, improving English pronunciation, filing taxes in Canada, and writing a resume for the Canadian job market.
    Click here to see the upcoming Living in Canada Sessions on York International's calendar.