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York's Campus Walk in winter

What is Orientation?

York University Winter Orientation is a great way to meet new people, discover campus resources, and learn all about your degree while providing you with a smooth transition into university.

Winter Orientation is for all new incoming students, including transfer, mature, international, and exchange students.

Orientation and Transition Activities

Thursday, January 5

DATE EVENTWho Should Attend?Other Details
January 5Residence move-in dayAll students living in residenceFollow the official YorkU Residence Life Instagram
account for all details and information.

Friday, January 6 - Winter Orientation Day

9 – 10AMRegistration & Continental BreakfastACE 102 Lobby International and Exchange Students
10 – 10:30AMInternational and Exchange Student Welcome ACE 102 International and Exchange Students
10:30 – 10:50AMTransition to York/CanadaACE 102 International and Exchange Students
10:50 – 11AMHealth BreakInternational and Exchange Students
11 – 11:30AMImmigration Essentials
Exchange at YU
ACE 102
ACE 013
International Students
Exchange Students
11:30AM – 12PMUHIPACE 102International and Exchange Students
12 – 1:30PMResource Fair:
- Cell phones
- Banks
Vari HallInternational and Exchange Students
12 – 1PMLunchTBDInternational and Exchange Students
DATEEVENTWho Should Attend?
January 6Faculty SessionsAll students according to their Faculty of study
DATEEVENTWho Should Attend?
January 6Transfer Student SessionMature and part-time students

Saturday, January 7

10AM – 12PMInternational and Exchange Students: Get to Know Each OtherYork Lanes 280 NInternational and Exchange StudentsRegister to attend
12 - 4PMInternational and Exchange Students: Get to Know Toronto Meeting Location: York Lanes 280 N
Event Location: Downtown Toronto
International and Exchange StudentsRegister to attend
2:15PMYU Lions Hockey GameCanlan Sports ArenaAll new students

Sunday, January 8

DATEEVENTWho Should Attend?Other Details
January 8Residence Life Orientation DayAll students living in residenceFollow the official YorkU Residence Life Instagram
account for all details and information.

Monday, January 9 - Classes Begin

Tuesday, January 10

DATEEVENTWho Should Attend?
January 10YFS Welcome Back Breakfast - FREEAll new students

Friday, January 13

DATE & TIMEEVENTWho Should Attend?Other Details

Welcome to Glendon (presentation)Glendon studentsGlendon orientation website

Student Panel (Peer mentors and clubs)Glendon studentsGlendon orientation website
3-4PMSocialGlendon studentsGlendon orientation website

Orientation Videos

YORK 101

A crash course in everything you need to know for your first year at York: finances, scholarships, bursaries, resources and support services, academic ins and outs, the college system, YU Card, getting involved with clubs and organizations, tips and tricks for studying and learning online.

Watch the entire series on our YouTube channel

Zooming Through YorkU

A humorous 5 episode video series that zooms through the university student life experience, highlighting common experiences and the resources available to help students through them.

Brought to you by York's very own Vanier College Productions.

Start Zooming Through York

York International Pre-Arrival Webinars

The YI pre-arrival webinars are here to help you prepare for life at York University and in Canada. These sessions focus on key information that incoming international students need to know, about Orientation, immigration, campus services, and more.

Watch now!




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