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Welcoming International Students

The City of Toronto is partnering with academic institutions and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to enhance the positive experiences of international students who come here to study and live. The City developed three programs to support international students:

Airport Welcome Program

International students newly arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport are encouraged to visit a staffed welcome booth to receive a welcome package and any needed assistance.

The 2013 Airport Welcome Program ran from August 15 to September 8. More than 4,000 students from 123 countries visited the airport welcome booth. Details about the 2014 program will be announced in the spring of 2014. 

International Students Festival

The City of Toronto recognizes the importance of international students and their valuable contribution to the local economy and culture. The International Students Festival celebrates their presence and provides a day of entertainment, information and networking. The 2013 International Students Festival took place at David Pecaut Square.

At-Home-In-Toronto Program

The At-Home-In-Toronto program provides an opportunity for international students and domestic students from outside the Toronto region to discover the city with reduced rates on numerous Toronto cultural and tourist attractions.


Jagdish Yadav
Senior Advisor, Education Services Sector