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Welcoming International Students

The City of Toronto has partnered with Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and local academic institutions to enhance the positive experiences of international students who come here to study.

The City runs three programs to support international students:

Airport Welcome Program

International students arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport are encouraged to visit a staffed welcome booth to receive a welcome package, get information about how to get their campus destination, and call home for free.

The welcome booths are open from August 15 to September 8, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The booths are located in the international arrivals areas of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson International Airport.

In 2013, more than 4,000 students from 123 countries visited the airport welcome booths.

International Students Festival

The International Students Festival is a free event that celebrates students who come here from around the world to study. The festival features music and cultural performances as well as useful information about living in Toronto.

The festival takes place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1 to 6 p.m. at David Pecaut Square.

At-Home-In-Toronto Program

The At-Home-In-Toronto program encourages international students and domestic students from outside the Toronto region to explore and experience Toronto attractions.


Jagdish Yadav
Senior Advisor, Education Services Sector