WelcomeWelcome 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 OrientationWe 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. For the early birds eager to get in on the action, join us in December for a pre-holiday session. 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||Monday, December 21, 2020||11:30am-1:30pm|
|Session 2||Thursday, January 7, 2020||2:00-4:00pm|
|Session 3||Friday, January 8, 2020||8:00-10:00am|
Schedule of the DayWe 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||December 21, 11:30am-1:30pm||January 7, 2:00-4:00pm||January 8, 8:00-10:00am|
|Waiting room||Registration check-in.||11:00-11:30am||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.||11:30-11:35am||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.||11:35-11:45am||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.||11:45-11:50am||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!||11:50-12:00pm||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.||12:00-12:10pm||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.||12:10-12:25pm||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.||12:25-12:35pm||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.||12:35-12:40pm||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.||12:40-12:45pm||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.||12:45-1:30pm||3:15-4:00pm||9:15-10:00am|
|Faculty specific sessions - exact Faculties TBD||Faculty-led sessions where you can learn more about your Faculty and what they have to offer.||1:30-2:00pm||4:00-4:30pm||10:00-10:30am|
Stay Engaged in the Academic YearOrientation 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.
|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 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!|
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!