York reflects the energy and vibrancy of Toronto, the most cosmopolitan city in Canada. From theatres and art galleries, clubs and student programs, to restaurants and pubs, sport and student government – we’ve got it all. Our incredible range of extracurricular activities will help you meet people, have fun and enhance the skills and attitudes you need to forge your own unique path to success.

Professional Development is our Commitment to your Success

Supporting the professional development of our graduate students in a multifaceted way drives the mission of Graduate Studies at York and is key to creating success. Our commitment is to ensure that you have all the tools you need to succeed within and beyond the academic world. York University currently offers a variety of professional development opportunities:

  • Hone your research skills and plan for writing your thesis/dissertation proposal through our “Scholarly Communications Series.” This series of workshops also provides you with inside information on how to get published, how to present at conferences, and how to secure external scholarship funding to enhance your career prospects upon graduation.
  • Access services through our libraries, Teaching Commons, Research & Innovation Office and each Faculty to develop skills particular to your field.
  • Build on your professional and transferrable skill sets through Mitacs, a national research organization.
  • Compete in the global Three Minute Thesis (3MT) research communication competition.

Choose York for a Whole New Outlook on Life

York is a leader in Canada for international research collaborations and opportunities for graduate students to increase their global knowledge and skills.

  • York International administers more than 110 exchange programs and dozens of internships at internationally focused NGOs and supports York faculty while they deliver courses around the globe to provide international opportunities to students.
  • In 2012, York joined with universities in Berlin, New York and Toronto to offer students the opportunity to be part of a new International Graduate Research Program – The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to the Present – which will run until September 2016, with an option to extend for an additional four and a half years.
  • At the Las Nubes rainforest in Costa Rica, York faculty, students and international partners conduct valuable research aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the rainforest and aiding the sustainable development of local communities.
  • Glendon Campus is home to Canada’s first bilingual graduate School of Public & International Affairs. The flagship component of the School, our master’s program, offers a uniquely bilingual education that will prepare students for leadership roles in public life.

Clubs and Organizations

York University is home to over 300 student clubs and organizations that fall under various categories including Academic, Advocacy, Charitable, Environmental, Faith-based, Hobby, Political, Professional, and Sports. All student clubs and organizations are accessible in YU Connect, which offers the Co-Curricular Record, a component of the YU Connect system that tracks and logs your involvement outside of class. The Co-Curricular Record complements graduate school, internship and job applications as an official list of your involvement at York University.