New International Student Orientation

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York International is delighted to welcome you to the vibrant YorkU community. As you embark on a new adventure of living and studying in Canada, York International is here to support your success.  As the designated support office for international students, York International offers crucial services and programs tailored to address your unique needs. We should be your first stop at YorkU for information about immigration issues, health insurance, working in Canada, and much more.

If you have any questions, please contact us by Email: or Phone: +1 416-736-5177. Once you arrive at York, visit us at 200 York Lanes. The International Student and Scholar Services team and I look forward to meeting you soon!

- Diana Ning
Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Services, York International.

The new international student orientation sessions hosted by York International, help international students understand and adjust to living in Canada and address situations and questions uniquely common to this group.

The New International Student Orientation will allow students to:

  • Learn where to access essential information about immigration requirements for international students.
  • Learn about social and cultural transition and ways to adapt to the new Canadian academic environment.
  • Have the opportunity to develop lasting friendships with fellow students and international student peers.
  • Learn how to enroll in the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).
  • Learn key information about life on campus including safety and security at York University.

Fall 2017 Orientation

It is mandatory that all new international students participate in an International Student Orientation Session.
York International will offer multiple orientation sessions in Fall 2017 on York's Keele campus. Sessions are 2 hours long and will be held in room 280N York Lanes.

**You only need to register for and attend one orientation session that fits your schedule.
The schedule for York International's New Student Orientation

You can also download a PDF of this schedule here.

Winter 2018 Orientation

Check back mid-Fall 2017 for information and links.

York University offers a wide variety of orientation programming for all new and incoming students.  International students are encouraged to also actively engage in campus wide orientation sessions.  This helps students get their bearings around campus and to learn various requirements and expectations of all students.


YU START is a New Student Transition Program designed to support you as you make your way into and through your first year at York University. During this transitional program, you’ll enrol in courses, connect with fellow classmates, student leaders, faculty members and student services staff, and become more familiar with campus life, supports and resources available to you.

Every undergraduate student is assigned to a college. Typically, college assignments are tied to your program major.  Each College holds a unique orientation to provide all students with a sampling of their services, clubs, facilities, student government, and to encourage college community.  Your college will contact you with more information about their orientation activities.

Go Global

York International is also here to help you gain valuable international experience and enrich your education. There are many types of global learning opportunities available to York students. Click here for information on the Go Global programs.

After exploring your options, speak with one of York International's Global Learning staff who will assist you during the application process and help prepare you to Go Global!