International Student Orientation

Welcome

  Welcome to the YorkU community! We are so excited to meet you as you begin your university life no matter where you are in the world! International Student Orientation is a great way to start the first semester and prepare yourself for university life.  York International and so many other supports, services and resources at York are all still available to you no matter where in the world you are. Worried about meeting other students, classmates and new friends while studying remotely? We got you! International Student Orientation will still be a great way to connect with other international students.
 

International Student Orientation

We can't wait to meet the next group of YorkU Lions from all over the world joining our summer international student orientation sessions!  Our team is working hard on preparing for Summer 2022 dates and we welcome you to register for one session that fits in your schedule. Note: Zoom information on how to join a session will be sent directly to students who have registered.   **Summer 2022 registration now open!**
 
 
Session  Date Time: sessions for all faculties (Times in ET)
Virtual Orientation Thursday, May 05, 2022 2:00-4:00pm
In-Person Orientation (Session #1) Friday, May 06, 2022 10:00am-12:00pm
In-Person Orientation (Session #2) Friday, May 06, 2022 1:00pm-3:00pm

Schedule of the Day - Virtual Orientation

We will have so much planned for you during the sessions to help you successfully kick off the summer term!    
Activity May 05,  2:00-4:00PM
Welcome remarks 2:00-2:30pm
Health, Wellness & Immigration Advising 2:30-2:55pm
Stay connected with YorkU community 2:55-3:15pm
Academic Support: Library ServicesLearning Commons & Academic Advising 3:15-4:00pm
Learn more about your Faculty (Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and Faculty of Science) 4:00-4:30pm

Schedule of the Day - In-Person Orientation

Here’s a snapshot of what you can look forward to during our upcoming sessions!  
Activity May 06,  Session 1
Check-in 9:30-10:00am
Icebreaker activities 10:00-10:15am
Welcome ceremony 10:15-10:45am
Raffle draw and prize giveaways 10:45-10:55am
Campus Tour 10:55-11:30am
 
Activity May 06,  Session 2 
Check-in 12:30-1:00pm
Icebreaker activities 1:00-1:15pm
Welcome ceremony 1:15-1:45pm
Raffle draw and prize giveaways 1:45-1:55pm
Campus Tour 1:55-2:30pm

Stay Engaged!

Orientation continues year round!  Join us for many of the ongoing orientation activities outlined below that we will have in the upcoming months.  Topics range from remote academic essentials to managing your health and wellness.  We guarantee that at least one of these sessions or activities is for you.

Prepare for YorkU Webinar Series

The York International Prepare for YorkU webinar series is here again!  These sessions focus on some key information that new international students need to know as they prepare to begin their studies. Current students and campus partners will share their experiences and tips for success and will take you on a virtual journey throughout campus and beyond!   
Topic Date Time (Canada/Eastern) What to Expect
Remote Learning Starter Kit May 12, 2021 9:00-10:00am Maximizing online learning and class participation.
Health Insurance Basics May 19, 2021 9:30-10:30am Info about UHIP coverage, where to find a doctor, how to pay for medical expenses with UHIP. Basic health insurance vs extended health coverage and resources for health and well-being at York.
Making Virtual Connections  May 26, 2021 9:30-10:30am Learn how to get involved as an international student in a virtual setting, how to make friends online.  Get tips on understanding Canadian culture in making friends and safety for online connections.
Generating Ideas for Writing & Advice for Writing in University June 9, 2021 9:00-10:00am Learn how to generate ideas for writing and how to get into good habits for writing in University.
Health Insurance Basics June 16, 2021 9:30-10:30am Info about UHIP coverage, where to find a doctor, how to pay for medical expenses with UHIP. Basic health insurance vs extended health coverage and resources for health and well-being at York.
Secrets of Academic Success June 23, 2021 9:00-10:00am An intro to Learning Skills services & other academic resources on-campus and tips on navigating Canadian academics.  
Understanding Academic Assignments July 7, 2021 9:30-10:30am Learn strategies for reading assignment instructions that will help you feel confident in your work and about fundamental issues to consider when writing assignments in university.
YorkU and You July 14, 2021 9:30-10:30am Understand what to expect during your time as a YorkU student.  We will introduce you to some aspects of campus life, campus culture, academic basics and how to get involved.
Life in Toronto & in Canada July 20, 2021 9:00-10:00am Get to know the city virtually, learn about transit, neighbourhoods and cultural diversity in Canada.
Academic Integrity for Academic Success July 27, 2021 9:30-11:00am An introduction to academic integrity and why it’s important.  You'll learn how to properly cite works and also get useful info about resources available at York.  
Remote Academic Life at York U August 11, 2021 9:00-10:00am Navigating your academics in the remote learning environment doesn’t have to be a challenge!  This webinar will give you tips on what to expect in the remote classroom, help you learn the Canadian academic culture, provide suggestions on how to communicate with professors and TAs and give you tools for general academic success e.g. how to take notes and how to study.
Day 1, Week 1 Prep August 18, 2021 9:30-10:30am The time has finally come for you to start your program at YorkU!  This webinar will give you tips on what to focus on during your first day and the first week and how to prepare for school with ease.  Current students will also share checklists for what you will need e.g. reading material, timetables, schedule builders and so much more!
Health Insurance Basics August 18, 2021 2:00-3:00pm For those planning to arrive in Canada in the fall and are curious about health insurance coverage in Canada.
Note: The pre-arrival webinars are virtual and a Zoom link will be sent directly to those who register.

Virtual Coffee Breaks

Virtual Coffee Breaks

Looking to connect with members of the YorkU community? Join us for our Virtual Coffee Breaks! It's an online space for international and domestic students from across programs, Faculties, countries, and cultures to connect and get to know each other! Students, Staff & Faculty are welcome!

Visit our Calendar to sign up!
 

Summer Preparation Webinars

Whether you're starting with us online for Summer 2022, or preparing to join us in the Fall 2022, we've got Summer Preparation Webinars to help you prepare for life at York University and in Canada. Our multilingual and diverse team of students leads a series of online information sessions throughout the summer term. These sessions focus on some key information that new international students need to know. They will share their struggles and tips for success and will take you on a virtual journey throughout campus and beyond! Check out our videos below and stay tuned for more sessions over the summer with tips from students about online learning, meeting new people and more, all geared towards our semester online. View Webinars Here

Consent Talks with York International

Stay tuned for Fall 2022 sessions.