York International's Global Peer Program

The Global Peer Program is designed to help new international students during their transition to life at York University and in Toronto by connecting them with upper-year students called Peer Mentors.

Benefits of the Global Peer Program

Heart hands iconPeer Mentors can offer support and information about student life at York University.
Calendar and checkmark iconOpportunity to participate in events and fun activities organized by York International.
Lightbulb iconGain leadership skills and grow your network.
People with arms up iconMake friends from around the world and build a strong global community.

Connecting to the GPP!

Through the GPP, you have the opportunity to become a Peer (new international or exchange students) or Peer Mentor (upper year students).

Who can become a GPP Peer?

If you are an incoming international or exchange student who has questions about your new life as a university student or need help getting support and finding resources, then the Global Peer Program is for you! The program helps new students like you, connect to an upper-year mentor and help you navigate your transition into university. You will be able to meet a diverse community of experienced students, and get some useful tips and tricks that will help you access the resources at York to the fullest! By being a ‘Peer’ in the Global Peer Program, you will meet a diverse community of experienced students who will give you a head start in organizing your academic and social life at YorkU! Registration for the Fall/Winter 2022-23 is now open.
Join the GPP Here

Who can become a GPP Peer Mentor?

We are looking for 3rd and 4th year undergraduate or graduate students who can be role models and guide new international and exchange students to transition into their university life!  GPP Peer Mentors are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and confident upper-year students who assist first-year international and exchange students with their transition to York University, provide support, guidance and information and encourage engagement with community peers, faculty and staff.  The program will help you connect with a diverse community and strengthen your leadership, personal and communication skills!   This is the recruitment for Fall/Winter 2022-2023.
Apply Here

GPP Newsletters

In the February 2021 Issue, the GPP Peer Mentors share their favourite spots at YorkU.
In the March 2021 Issue,  the Peer Mentors provide tips an tricks on how to handle your finances and working in Canada.
In the April 2021 Issue, the Global Peer Program connects with Learning Skills Services to give you tips on preparing for exams.
People with arms up iconTransition Tips on how to successfully move forward from year 1 to year 2.


GPP April 2022 Issue (General)

GPP April 2022 Issue (IEN)

Other Resources

Coming soon!

Keep in Mind!

  1. The Global Peer Program runs from September-April. Therefore we highly encourage new international and exchange students to sign-up before the beginning of Fall or Winter Terms.
  2. Once you have signed up, you will receive an email from our team in mid-to-late August, indicating the Peer Mentor you are matched to and your Peer Team.
  3. At the beginning of the Fall or Winter Term, a special event will be scheduled for all the Peers and Peer Mentors to meet each other and learn more about the program.
  4. Throughout the academic year, Peer Mentors will regularly communicate with their Peer Team, and they will assist new students with their transition by engaging them in York's vibrant campus community.

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