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International Peer Mentorship Program

The LA&PS International Student Peer Mentorship Program connects new international students with upper-year international students to help with the transition to York University.

The program is designed to provide new international students with support, engagement, community, and a welcoming space to connect with others. In September, LA&PS international students will be matched with upper-year Peer Mentors who have already gone through their first-year on campus.

How it works

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You will be matched with a peer mentor and get tips on how to be successful at York.

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There will be opportunities to connect with others, make friends, and be engaged in the York Community.

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You will get invitations to social, professional and academic First-Year YU Sessions / Workshops.

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At any time, you can book one-on-one appointments with an International Peer Mentor.

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Throughout the year we will share information about available services and supports on campus.

First-Year YU International Summer Prep Sessions


Are you a new International student? Register for one of the following sessions to learn about useful topics to help with your transition to university and to Canada! Come meet your international peer mentor team and make other international student friends.

Each session focuses on a different important theme and is followed by a Q&A period for questions about course enrolment!


Expectation vs. Reality: Studying in Canada and at York!

June 9, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST 

Join us at this session to learn about Canadian university culture, what the academic expectations are at York University, and to hear from upper-year peer mentors about what their experience at York has been as international students at the university.


Housing 101- Everything you need to know about on & off-campus housing

June 16, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Will you be living on your own for the first time while studying at York? In this session you will learn about the different housing options offered at and around the York campus, what you need to know before you move in, and tips on how to make the most out of your time living away from home!


Making Friends & Getting Involved at York

June 23, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Worried about making friends as an international student? In this session you will learn about the many ways you can get involved in York’s vibrant community by getting to know about the university’s clubs, councils, and residence social life. The LA&PS college presidents will be joining the session to speak about how to get involved in your respective college!


Wellness Supports at York (mental, physical, and emotional wellness)

June 30, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Are you feeling anxious about your upcoming year at York? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Join us to learn more about the various FREE wellness supports available to you at York. We’ll cover everything from health insurance coverage for international students to online counselling services and York gym memberships! This session will also feature a workshop from Student Counselling, Health & Well-being.


Starting Off Strong- University ABCs for academic success

July 7, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Are you feeling nervous about your transition to postsecondary education? Join us at this session to learn about what to expect from your first day of classes, how to communicate effectively with your instructors, and how to balance your courses with all the great new experience you will have in Toronto. This session will also feature a crash course on academic honesty from York’s HERO Ambassadors and Learning Skills Team.


Supporting Yourself Financially at York

July 14, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

In this session, you will learn about the many opportunities York offers to help you support yourself financially while you are studying, from applying to scholarships and bursaries as a current student to obtaining on-campus jobs and paid research opportunities.


Job Hunting in Canada as an International Student

July 21, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Do you want to gain work experience and earn money while studying in Canada? Join our job-hunting session and learn about how to find a part-time on/off campus job, eligibility requirements, immigration restrictions and more!


Top Things to do in Toronto

July 28, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Are you feeling nervous about your transition to postsecondary education? Join us at this session to learn about what to expect from your first day of classes, how to communicate effectively with your instructors, and how to balance your courses with all the great new experience you will have in Toronto. This session will also feature a crash course on academic honesty from York’s HERO Ambassadors and Learning Skills Team.


Prepping for Your Arrival

August 4, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The clock is ticking, time to pack your bags and head to your new home away from home at York! Wondering what you need to have to avoid any stress with immigration? Wondering about what to pack, how to set up a Canadian bank account or where to get a sim card? Look no further, we’ve got you covered! In this session we will take you through the necessary documents you’ll need, what to pack and how to get settled in Canada.


HOW TO GET “A's” IN YOUR FIRST YEAR

August 11, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Nervous about starting your classes and adjusting to North American academic life?  We are here to help! Join upper year international students to learn all the tips and tricks for you to feel confident about starting your classes in September.  Learn about useful study hacks (skills), get to know what your professors expect, find out where all the resources are that you will need, and more!


Ask Me Anything Panel With Your First Year Professors

August 18, 2022 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Want to meet some of your first year professors? Wondering what they're looking for in their first year students? Join us for a panel session with professors from Communications, IT, Economics and ESL programs as they answer some key questions around expectations and tips for success in their courses. There will also be a Q&A section for you to ask all your burning questions!

Past Sessions

Housing 101: Everything you need to know about on & off-campus housing | June 17, 2021

Are you looking into on- or off-campus accommodation during your time at York? In this session you will learn about the different residence options offered at and around the York campus, how to apply to them and how to prepare for your move to campus!


Making Friends & Getting Involved at York | June 24, 2021

Worried about making friends as an international student? In this session you will learn about the many ways you can get involved in York’s vibrant community by getting to know about the university’s clubs, councils, college system, and residence social life.

Watch Recording


Job Hunting 101 as an International Student | June 30th, 2021

Do you want to gain work experience and earn money while studying in Canada? Join our job-hunting session and learn about how to find a part-time on/off campus job, eligibility requirements, immigration restrictions and more!

Watch Recording


First-year Anxiety & Wellness Supports at York | July 8, 2021

Are you feeling anxious about your upcoming year at York? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Join us to learn more about the various FREE wellness supports available to you at York. We’ll cover everything from health insurance coverage for international students to online counselling services and York gym memberships!

Watch Recording


First Year Expectations vs. Reality? | July 15, 2021

The days leading up to the start of your university life can be overwhelming. Join us for a group reflection session where your International Student Peer Mentors will guide you through activities with your peers on first-year expectations, fears, goals and what you are most excited about. You will also have the opportunity to design vision boards for your first year while making new friends!

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How to support yourself financially as an international student | July 22, 2021

In this session, you will learn about the many opportunities York offers to help you support yourself financially while you are studying, from applying to scholarships and bursaries as a current student to obtaining on-campus jobs and paid research opportunities.

Watch Recording


Prepping for your arrival to Canada | July 29, 2021

The clock is ticking, time to pack your bags and head to your new home away from home at York! Wondering what you need to have to avoid any stress with immigration? Wondering about what to pack, how to set up a Canadian bank account or where to get a sim card? Look no further, we’ve got you covered! In this session we will take you through the necessary documents you’ll need, what to pack and how to get settled in Canada.

Watch Recording


How to get "A's" in your first year! | August 5, 2021

Nervous about starting your classes and adjusting to North American academic life? We are here to help! Join upper year international students to learn all the tips and tricks for you to feel confident about starting your classes in September. Learn about useful study hacks (skills), get to know what your professors expect, find out where all the resources are that you will need, and more!

Watch Recording


What I wish I knew as a first-year student | August 12, 2021

Wish you could ask an upper-year student what to expect in your first year? Well, now you can! Join our panel of International Student Peer Mentors for a fun-filled Q&A session where you will get to ask all your burning questions about York. Benefit from the experience and advice of upper-year international students who have been where you are, to prepare for your university experience.

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Welcome to York (and Toronto)! | August 19, 2021

Excited to move to Toronto? We’re excited to welcome you! Join us for a virtual tour of some of the best spots to discover in Toronto and on York’s campus! You will also learn about all the fun things you can do during your weekends in Toronto (and Ontario!) from the hottest restaurants and cafes to the best day trips. We’ll also talk about why you don’t want to miss out on York Orientation!

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