2023 President’s Annual Report
Fostering inclusion for international students 
Right the Future

York First Friend program helps international students transition to university 

LA&PS is fostering international student success with the York First Friend (YFF) program, an innovative program designed to support international students in their transition to university life. 

Through the program, two international students are matched up prior to their arrival at York, where they share experiences, discuss the process of moving to Canada and ask any questions they have about topics such as housing, enrolment and the visa process. 

By the end of the program, York First Friend (YFF) program students should be well-equipped to navigate their first year at York, identify campus services for transition and academic support, engage in productive social interactions with peers and mentors and connect with other international students. 

The program operates in tandem with other pre-existing student supports, which include but are not limited to student peer mentorships; specific mentorships for Black and racialized individuals; in-person and virtual academic, career and mental health resources; and the expert services provided by York International.