International Student Virtual Orientation


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! Virtual International Student Orientation is a great way to start the first semester and prepare yourself for university life. Although we aren't together in person, we can still come together virtually! 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! Virtual International Student Orientation will still be a great way to connect with other international students.

Winter International Student Virtual Orientation

We can't wait to meet the next group of YorkU Lions from all over the world joining our winter international student orientation sessions!  Our dates are now set 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.  
Session # Date Time: All Faculties Sessions (Times in ET)
Session 1 Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:00-4:00pm
Session 2 Friday, January 8, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Schedule of the Day

We have so much planned for you during the sessions to help you successfully kick off the academic year!  Here’s a snapshot of what you can look forward to during the sessions.
Activity Description January 7,  2:00-4:00pm    January 8,  8:00-10:00am    
Waiting room Registration check-in. 1:30-2:00pm 7:30-8:00am
Pre session hangout Start getting to know everyone as you wait for the session to begin.  Our DJ will also be spinning some tunes. 2:00-2:05pm 8:00-8:05am
Welcome to York University! An official welcome from Lucy Fromowitz, VP Students and the rest of the team. 2:05-2:15pm 8:05-8:15am
What to expect in today’s session We’ll tell you more about what is happening during the session. 2:15-2:20pm 8:15-8:20am
Getting to Know Each Other You will participate in a fun activity to get to know each other better! 2:20-2:30pm 8:20-8:30am
Health & Wellness Learn about all the key information related to your health and health insurance in Canada. 2:30-2:40pm 8:30-8:40am
Immigration Essentials Our immigration team will walk you through what you need to know as you prepare for your studies and what to keep in mind regarding your immigration status. 2:40-2:55pm 8:40-8:55am
Building a Virtual Community and Connecting Remotely Our programming team will help you learn how you can build a community even though you are all in different parts of the world. 2:55-3:05pm 8:55-9:05am
Academics in Canada eh The Canadian academic culture is different from what you know.  Learn about what to expect and how to successfully navigate the system. 3:05-3:10pm 9:05-9:10am
Summary of upcoming events and breakout room guidelines We’ll tell you what else you can look forward to in upcoming weeks and prepare you to participate in the breakout room activities. 3:10-3:15pm 9:10-9:15am
Breakout Rooms Our breakout rooms will offer a fun and engaging way to get to know more about campus resources, learn more about one another, and meet other students with similar interests to you!  You will have a chance to participate in all the rooms. 3:15-4:00pm 9:15-10:00am
Faculty specific sessions - Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Faculty-led sessions where you can learn more about your Faculty and what they have to offer. 4:00-4:30pm 10:00-10:30am

Stay Engaged in the Academic Year

Orientation continues during the summer!  Join us for many of the ongoing orientation activities outlined below that we will have in the summer 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
YorkU and You November 19, 2020 9:30-10:30am This webinar will help you understand what to expect during your time as a YorkU student including a fun virtual tour that will give you a snapshot of what you will see when you eventually arrive in Toronto.  We will introduce you to some aspects of campus life, campus culture, academic basics and what to do for fun.
Remote Academic Life at York U November 26, 2020 9:30-10:30am 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 December 1, 2020 9:00-10:00am 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!
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 2020, or preparing to join us in the Fall 2020, 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

Consent Talks with York International
York University’s Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (, in collaboration with Vanier College Productions ( presents Consent Talks! Prior to this screening hosted by York International, we wanted to remind you about the content. The play will focus on sexual violence, consent, resources & vignettes. We understand the topics that we will be speaking about can cause strong emotions, or require support to be present. We will have support persons in the meeting, and individuals from The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education on standby for support.

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Time: 9am EST