Academic success is connected to good personal health and wellness. York University has several programs and resources available that are designed to keep you safe, healthy, and happy while studying.
- Get involved in on campus clubs and activities.You will have fun and meet people.
- Stay in touch with friends and family back home.
- Stay healthy: eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising can reduce stress.
- Talk with other international students about your experiences at York. You will discover that you are not alone.
- Visit York International and speak with an advisor about your difficulties. They can help you through the challenging initial period in Toronto.
Understanding Canadian ValuesCanada is a multicultural and diverse nation. Because of this diversity, it is difficult to generalize about shared values and culture. You will find exceptions to examples outlined below; however, these are values and traits commonly found across Canada:
- Freedom and Individuality: Freedom and individuality are very important to Canadians, who are taught as children that they are responsible for their own lives. Canadians generally see themselves as individuals more than as members of a group or even a family.
- Equality: Generally, Canadians believe that all people are equal and they expect others to behave accordingly.
- Privacy: It is polite to ask about someone’s work or academic major, but it is generally considered impolite to ask or discuss someone's age, appearance (e.g., their weight), or status (e.g., how much their car costs).
- Being on Time: It is important that you arrive on schedule for appointments, meetings, classes, and social engagements. If you cannot keep an appointment or are going to be late, it is expected that you inform those who are expecting you.
- Informality: In most cases, Canadians relate to one another informally. It is acceptable for students to ask questions or even disagree with professors, if they do so respectfully. Students commonly wear casual attire on campus and use slang among friends.
- Social Interactions: Canadians tend to be polite and apologetic. They say “please” and “thank you” often in social situations. When waiting in line, people line up in an orderly manner and expect others to do the same. When they interrupt or bump into one another, they may say, “Excuse me” or "Sorry."
- Political Correctness: Many Canadians value political correctness, which means they avoid expressions or actions that could be insulting to others. Canadians believe themselves to be tolerant of different lifestyles and customs.
AlcoholBecause different countries and cultures have different laws and customs about alcohol consumption, it is important for you to know the rules that exist in Ontario. In Ontario:
- The legal age to buy or consume alcohol is nineteen years. It is illegal to give alcohol to anyone under nineteen.
- It is illegal to serve anyone of any age to the point of intoxication.
- Alcohol can only be consumed in a private residence or in an establishment that has been licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). You can be charged and fined if you drink alcohol in any other public space.
- Many bars, clubs and concert venues deny entry to anyone below nineteen years old. You will be required to show your passport or other legal identification to confirm your age before being allowed to enter.
- Alcohol can only be purchased at government-controlled stores. Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) stores sell wine, spirits and beer, while The Beer Store only sells beer. You may be asked for photo identification whenever you attempt to purchase alcohol.