Your Next Steps: Arriving in Toronto, Canada

By York University Modified on June 12, 2022
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Your Next Steps: Arriving in Toronto, Canada

York University and York International (YI) are here to help you transition into university life in Toronto, Canada! Both YI and the University provide the resources you need, offer an orientation specifically for international students, and additional support during your first few months in your new home.


York International hosts orientation sessions for new international students to help you understand and adjust to living in Canada, as well as address questions and situations that international students may experience. The orientation sessions 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.
  • Develop lasting friendships with fellow national and international students.
  • Learn how to enroll in the mandatory UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan).
  • Learn key information about life on campus including safety and security at YorkU.


In addition to YI's international student orientation sessions, York U also has an award-winning orientation program for all new students called YU START. It is a New Student Transition Program designed to support you as you make your way into and through your first year at York U. During this transitional program, you'll enroll in courses, connect with fellow classmates, student leaders, faculty members and student services staff while becoming more familiar with campus life, and the supports and resources available to you.

International students are encouraged to actively engage in campus-wide orientation sessions. This helps students to know their way around campus and to learn some requirements and expectations of all students. In addition, specific faculties, such as Glendon and Schulich, also offer mandatory orientation sessions.

Global Peer Program

York International's Global Peer Program is designed to help new international students during their transition to life in Toronto by connecting them with upper-year students called Peer Supporters.

Peer Supporters have first-hand international experience with the adjustments that most new international students go through when they first arrive. They offer support and information about student life at York University. All the students involved with the Global Peer Program will have the chance to participate in events and fun activities organized by York International.

At York University, we recognize the challenged of moving away from home for university. We are a diverse and supportive community that empowers students as they transition into and through their university experience. Consider us your home away from home.

If you have any questions, reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

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