International Student Handbook 2023-2024 - York University Toronto, Canada

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International Student Handbook 2023-2024 - York University Toronto, Canada
Student Handbook
York University
Toronto, Canada
International Student Handbook 2023-2024 - York University Toronto, Canada
York by the Numbers
                                                            10,000+                            200+                      442                            350,000
                                                            international                      academic                  international                  global alumni
                                                            students from                      degree                    university                     network
                                                            172 countries                      programs                  partners

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                                                                     Contents a little more.... nicely / seamlessly if we are removing the red
Amazing things happen when diverse
communities work together to create
positive change. Together, we are making
things right for our communities, our
planet and our future.

We are at a pivotal time in history with an increasing
reliance on universities to provide the necessary talent,
research and innovation, in collaboration with local and
international partners, to tackle the complex, global
challenges we face including climate change, health
and economic crises, inequality, and political conflict.      Table of Contents
When York was founded in 1959, we set out a vision
to ensure that our diverse student body had access
                                                              Diverse Campus, Multicultural City                        2                      Scholarships, Awards and Fees                            9
to a high-quality education at a research-intensive
university committed to driving positive change. We           A Space for Everyone                                      3                      Academic Programs of Study                              10
provide you with an interdisciplinary education, flexible     A Community of Changemakers                               4                        and Prerequisite Courses
learning formats, and a host of entrepreneurial and           Research with a Purpose                                   5                      General Admission Requirements                          15
experiential learning activities to ensure that you will
                                                              Build Confidence and Community                            6                        by School System
have the knowledge and skills you need for success
in a rapidly changing knowledge economy. York has             Your Partners in Success                                  7                      How to Apply                                            16
a well-established reputation as a progressive                Learn by Doing                                            8                      Next Steps                                              17
and welcoming University connected to what
matters. We look forward to having you join our
remarkable community.
                                                             Land Acknowledgment
                                                             York University recognizes that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are
Rhonda Lenton                                                located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous
President and Vice-Chancellor                                Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is
York University                                              now home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
                                                             This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.
International Student Handbook 2023-2024 - York University Toronto, Canada
Diverse Campus, Multicultural City                                                                          A Space for Everyone
    York’s main campus is located in the heart of the Greater                                                   Our welcoming campuses are places where bold ideas take shape and lifelong connections are
    Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), just a subway ride             Did YU Know?                               made. York is an accessible and inclusive space with 20+ community support partners to make
    away from downtown Toronto. With two subway stations on          96% of international students              your health, safety and sense of belonging our greatest priorities.
    campus, as well as a network of buses and light rail transit,    recommend Canada as a study
    you can easily explore the city’s diverse neighbourhoods,        destination.*
    parks, festivals, sporting events and concerts.                       * Canadian Bureau for International
                                                                                           Education, 2018       Our Campuses
    Toronto, Canada: A Place to Love
                                                                     Fast Facts about Canada
    Largest city                               50   % of Toronto’s
                                                                     • #1 country in quality of life**
    in Canada                                  population was born
                                               outside of Canada     • Best country in the world,
                                                                     • Second-largest country in the
    #1 safest city                             200                     world with ten provinces and
                                                                       three territories
    in North America                           languages spoken
    (The Economist, 2021)                                            ** U.S. News Best Countries Report, 2021
                                                                                                                                         Keele Campus                         Glendon Campus                           Markham Campus

                                                                                                                Keele Campus: Walk the scenic           Glendon Campus: Located in the         Markham Campus: Opening in
                                                                                                                paths of our main campus, a thriving    heart of Toronto, Glendon is our       2024, academic programs and
                                                                                                                community hub enhanced by its           founding campus with a unique          research at our newest campus
                                                                                                                location in the Greater Toronto and     blend of modern and historic           will revolve around the core themes
                                                                                                                Hamilton Area (GTHA), featuring         architecture where globally            of technology and entrepreneurship
                                                                                                                athletic facilities, studios, labs,     engaged programs and hands-on          and how they are driving innovation.
                                                                                                                residences, restaurants and             learning opportunities develop the
                                                                                                                green spaces.                           changemakers of tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                Tour our campus virtually!

    Building a safe community                                                                                                                              “York’s campuses are welcoming spaces where people of
    is an ongoing endeavour.                                                                                                                                different backgrounds and ideas come together to create
    York’s Community Safety                                                                                                                                 meaningful experiences. As an international student, I built
    Department offers                                                                                                                                       a sense of community by saying yes, stepping outside of my
    different resources and                                                                                                                                 comfort zone and embracing all that York has to offer.”
    services to support the
    community, including:                                                                                                                                   Juan Carlos Ramirez (he/him), iBBA 2022
    the York U Safety app, the                                                                                                                              International student from Mexico
    goSAFE service, security
    services and emergency

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A Community of                                                                                                     Research with a Purpose
    Changemakers                                                                                                       Get involved and make a difference through student
                                                                                                                       research opportunities that contribute to York’s
    York students, faculty, staff, alumni and                                                                          commitment to social justice, sustainability and the
    community partners are united in our                                                                               public good. Through research, you can strive to better
    commitment to inclusion, community                                                                                 understand the world around you. Opportunities
    engagement, and social and economic justice.                                                                       include:
                                                                                                                       • Research practicums and placements
    Creating Positive Change                                                                                           • Paid and volunteer research positions
    Great things happen when we work together to right
                                                                                                                       • Undergraduate research fairs
    the future. Learn more about how York is a driving
    force for positive change:                                                              • Labs and field courses

    Creating a Stronger and More Equitable Future                           York University is strengthening its
    Through Indigenous Pedagogies. Through                                  position as a leader in creating a
    Wüléelham (a Lenape word meaning “make good                             sustainable and inclusive world. York
    tracks”) courses, cohorts and programs, students                        ranks among the world’s top post-
    can learn from Indigenous peoples’ experiences and                      secondary institutions in supporting
    perspectives through York’s Faculty of Education.                       the United Nation’s global sustainable                                           “The opportunity to enhance my classroom learning with
                                                                            development goals in the Times Higher                                             hands-on laboratory skills has been the highlight of my
    Creating a Healthier Planet. York is responding                         Education Impact Rankings:                                                        degree. I have engaged in experimental design to solve
    to the global climate crisis with the creation of                                                                                                         real-life problems and presented my work at the York
    the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change.                            • #1 in Canada for gender equity                                                  Undergraduate Research Conference.”
    York’s Ecological Footprint Initiative tracks human
                                                                              op 10 in the world for sustainable                                                Areeba Chaudhry (she/her), 4th year Biomedical Science
    consumption of renewable resources around the
                                                                             cities and communities                                                              Recipient, NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award
    world and The Waste Wiki houses data to inform
    waste management decisions.                                             •T
                                                                              op 10 in the world for peace, justice
                                                                             and strong institutions

                                                                                                                       Creating a Better Future Through Research
                                               “Becoming a Student Success Mentor Lead with Black
                                                Excellence at York University (BE YU) is a major step in being
                                                an accountable representative to my Black community. I am
                                                facilitating important conversations and events that will create a     Addressing                                              Tackling the Complexity
                                                more equitable space on campus for my peers.”                          Homelessness                                            of Urbanism
                                                                                                                       through the Canadian                                    through the City Institute
                                                Kobe Cargill (he/him), 4th year Actuarial Science
                                                International student from Jamaica                                     Observatory on Homelessness                             at York (CITY)
                                                Student Success Mentor, Black Excellence at York University (BE YU)

                                                                                                                       Supporting                                              27 Organized
                                                                                                                       Women-led Product                                       Research Units
    Meet our Top 30
                                                   It takes a true leader to inspire positive change in the world.
                                                   Meet York University’s Top 30 Alumni Under 30: inspiring and
                                                                                                                       and Service Ventures                                    studying feminist research,
                                                                                                                       through the Entrepreneurial                             bee ecology, refugee studies
    Alumni Under 30                                diverse alumni changemakers who are making a meaningful
                                                                                                                       Leadership & Learning Alliance                          and more

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Build Confidence and Community                                                                                                    Your Partners in Success
    York offers many ways to get involved, make friends
    and maximize your university experience.                                             Supporting
                                                                                                                                       York International is
                                                                                         Your Transition                               a hub for international
    Find Your Club                                                                       We help you succeed from the                  students, supporting
    Discover new communities and pursue your interests by choosing from                  moment you accept our offer                   you from arrival in Canada to
    more than 350 student organizations, clubs, councils and groups.                     of admission! Access a variety                graduation. If you need help with
                                                                                         of supports and orientation                   immigration, work permits and
    Close-Knit Colleges                                                                  programming to help you feel ready,           health insurance, or you’re looking
    Build a community to study, attend social activities, get academic help,             including webinars to help you                for opportunities to build your
    work and volunteer through one of York’s nine colleges. You will be                  prepare to come to Canada, sessions           leadership skills, make friends,
    placed after accepting your offer of admission.            to answer immigration-related                 meet other globally-engaged
                                                                                         questions, online prep modules,
    Cheer for Your Team                                                                                                                students or find global learning
                                                                                         workshops and customized supports             opportunities, York International
    Display your school spirit for your fellow York Lions, who hold 33
                                                                                         for equity-deserving groups.                  is the place for you!
    national titles and 171 provincial banners. Regular season varsity games
    are free to attend.                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                              Student Accessibility Services provides                    Career Education & Development
                                                 Home Away from Home                                                                          academic support and accommodations to                     supports students and recent graduates
                                                 Join 4,400+ students living on campus in our 14 residences. Choose                           students living with mental health, physical,              in the development of their career self-
                                                 a single, super single or double room with shared common spaces                              sensory, medical, and/or learning disabilities.            management skills through employer
                                                 and enjoy the convenience of a residence meal plan. York’s Residence                         We can also connect with students who suspect              networking events, job search and career
                                                 Life team creates a supportive community experience with amazing                             that they have an undiagnosed disability or                exploration webinars, individual career
                                                 opportunities to make friends from around the world, learn and succeed.                      condition that is impacting their learning.                supports and online learning modules.
                                                                                                                                              Student Community & Leadership                             Learning Commons offer writing
                                                 Off-Campus Housing: Explore alternative housing options                                      Development offers peer-to-peer programs                   assistance and accessibility supports
                                                 through listings, roommate boards and renter resources at                                    and services that support first-year transition,           via one-to-one instruction, group sessions,
                                                                                                         leadership development and student                         drop-in and workshops.
                                                                                                                                              engagement opportunities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 To learn more, visit

                                                  Residence Costs (CAD $)
                                                  (for two semesters)

                                                  Traditional Dorm *                           Suite (includes kitchenette)*                                                  “York’s international student support team provided pre-arrival
                                                  • Single – $7,789                            • Single – $9,294                                                               and immigration advising to help me feel confident and prepared.
                                                  • Double – $7,418                            • Double – $8,851                                                               York International helped me connect with other international
                                                                                                                                                                               students, events and support prior to my arrival in Canada.”
                                                  Meal Plans ** • $2,900 to $5,750 (depending on room/suite type)
                                                                                                                                                                               Melissa Kim Moy Lam-Kwoh-Hing (she/her), 2nd year Commerce
                                                 Visit for a full breakdown of costs and details for the                                            International student from Mauritius
                                                 upcoming year as the above estimates are based on the previous academic cycle
                                                 and are subject to change.
                                                 * Room types may be subject to change pending University guidelines in
                                                    response to current events.
                                                 ** Halal, kosher and vegetarian options are available.

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Learn by Doing                                                                                                   Scholarships, Awards and Fees
                                                                                                                     Celebrating Excellence: Application-Based Scholarships and Awards
                                                                                                                     York recognizes your tenacity, determination and achievements with a variety of high value scholarships, awards and
    “As a participant in York’s interdisciplinary                                                                    bursaries. Note that additional entrance scholarships and financial awards are offered by York’s academic Faculties
     capstone course, the C4, I worked with a                                                                        and/or programs. To view all awards, visit
     group of students to design and implement a
     sustainable solution to a problem posed by our                                                                                                                                                                   Number of
                                                                                                                      International Renewable Award Name & Type                                                                     Value of Award (CAD $)
     community partners, the MaRS Institute and                                                                                                                                                                       Awards**
     the local Scarborough government.”                                                                               President’s International Scholarship of Excellence                                             20            $180,000* ($45,000 x 4 years)
                                                                                                                      Tentanda Via Award                                                                              15            $120,000* ($30,000 x 4 years)
     Quinton Douris (she/her), 3rd year Environmental Studies
                                                                                                                      Global Leader of Tomorrow Award for International Students                                      2             $80,000* ($20,000 x 4 years)
                                                                                                                      Glendon International Excellence Scholarship                                                    10            $40,000 ($10,000 x 4 years)
                                                                                                                      LA&PS International Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      50            $40,000* ($10,000 x 4 years)
                                                                                                                      (Admitted to the Faculty of LA&PS. See details at

                                                                                                                     *  Renewable for an additional three years of full-time undergraduate study, as long as you maintain high academic standing each year.

                                                                Career Preparation                                   ** The number of awards is subject to change.

                                                                Start building a budding career, while you study
                                                                with employment fairs, networking events, industry   Automatic Scholarships and Awards                                                                              Submit your International
                                                                panels and career mentorship activities.             York also offers a number of automatic entrance awards. If eligible,                                           Student Scholarship &
                                                                                                                     you will be automatically considered for these scholarships and awards                                         Award Application by
                                                                Co-op, Internships and More                                                                                                                                         February 1, 2023.
                                                                                                                     (no application required). For details, visit
                                                                Alternate your academic terms with paid,
                                                                full-time work experience through co-op,
                                                                internships, fieldwork and more.                     Fees and Expenses                                                   2022-2023 International Student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Amount (CAD $)
                                                                                                                                                                                         Fees & Expenses (for two semesters)
                                                                Jobs on Campus                                       As a first-year international student, it’s
                                                                                                                     important to be aware of the expenses you                           Average full‑time tuition (5 courses)
                                                                Explore on-campus work/study, leadership and                                                                                                                          $31,140 - $35,970*
                                                                                                                                                                                         + compulsory supplementary fees
                                                                ambassador opportunities to help you grow.           will be facing so that you can plan your budget
                                                                                                                     wisely. Finance your studies at York through                                                                     $1,000 - $2,600
                                                                                                                                                                                         Textbooks and supplies (estimated)
                                                                Research                                             awards and scholarships, bursaries, student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      varies by program*

                                                                Participate in university research projects          assistance programs, loans and opportunities to                     Housing                                      From $7,789 (residence)
                                                                while earning a competitive wage.                    work while you study.                                               Meal plan/Groceries                          $2,900 - $5,750
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $982 (UHIP plus York Federation
                                                                Community Engagement                                                                                                     Health Plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Students or Glendon plan)
                                                                Work with a local organization to conduct                                                                                Estimated Totals**                           $47,600 - $52,500
                                                                research, engage in community service or
                                                                manage an off-campus project.                                                                                           * Tuition fees and costs for textbooks and supplies vary slightly by program.
                                                                                                                                                                                            To view estimated tuition fees by program, visit
                                                                                                                                                                                        ** Estimated totals are based on the 2022-23 academic year. Fees are subject
                                                                                                                                                                                           to change.
    Did YU Know?
    York has industry partnerships with companies
    such as TD Bank, Mackenzie Health Foundation,
                                                                recruited from York last year                                                                              “The International Entrance Scholarship of Distinction gave me
    RBC, IBM, WWF, Youth Street Mission, Shopify,
                                                                                                                                                                            the opportunity to financially afford a university-level education

                                                                10,000+ employment
    Uber, Google and Facebook. Learn about how you
                                                                                                                                                                            abroad. York recognized my effort and perseverance, and for that
    can kickstart your career while studying at
                                                                                                                                                                            I am incredibly grateful.”
                                                                opportunities posted last year
                                                                                                                                                                            Nha Ngo (she/her), 3rd Year Health Management
                                                                                                                                                                            International student from Vietnam

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Academic Programs of Study                                                                                                         Faculty of Education                                                 Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change (continued)

     and Prerequisite Courses
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Degree Programs Offered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Prerequisite Requirements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Math AND Chemistry
                                                                                                                                        Join a leading faculty in Canada that is reinventing                 Environmental Science (BSc)       AND Biology are required.
                                                                                                                                        education for a diverse, complex world. Become a                                                       Physics is recommended.
     Below is a list of academic degree programs
     offered by York University. In addition to admission
                                                               School of the Arts, Media,                                               powerful catalyst for change by contributing to and
                                                                                                                                        strengthening the communities where you live and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cities, Regions, Planning (BES)
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Environmental Arts & Justice (BES)
     requirements according to school system (see page         Performance & Design (AMPD)                                              work.                                                                Global Geography (BA)

     16), some programs require additional prerequisite                                                                                                                                                      Sustainable Environmental Management (BES)
                                                                                                         Faculty of Education                                                Undecided Major (BA)
     courses, noted in the table below.
                                                               Creativity is your commodity. As you develop your                         Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glendon Campus
     Additional recommended courses, prerequisites                                                                                       requirements by school system. For full admission requirements,
                                                               passion with AMPD, benefit from superb training, rich                     visit
     and requirements by country or school system may
                                                               industry connections, world-class facilities and access                                                     Program-Specific
     apply. To view all programs offered by York University                                                                              Degree Programs Offered                                        
                                                               to an engaged, collaborative arts community.                                                                Prerequisite Requirements
     and admission requirements, visit
                                                                                                                                         Concurrent BEd (BEd)              Supplementary evaluation is                                                                                                                                                                             Through small class sizes within a close-knit community,
                                                                School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD)                   Concurrent BEd French (BEd)       required.*
                                                                                                                                                                                                            you will develop your global perspective, leadership
                                                                Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission           Consecutive BEd (BEd)             Must apply through OUAC
                                                                requirements by school system. For full admission requirements,                                            Teacher Education Application
                                                                                                                                                                                                            capabilities and professional skills toolbox. Glendon’s
        Degree Legend                                           visit                                         Technological BEd (BEd)           Services at     liberal arts programs are enhanced with immersive
                                                                Degree Programs Offered
                                                                                                   Program-Specific                      Educational Studies (BA)                                           language learning options in English, French and Spanish
                                                                                                   Prerequisite Requirements
        • BA Bachelor of Arts        •B
                                       FA Bachelor of                                                                                   * NOTE: Supplementary Evaluation Requirement                       that prepare you for an in-demand career.
                                                                                                   Math is required.                     In addition to applying for admission to York University through
          BA Bachelor                Fine Arts                 Digital Media (BA)
                                                                                                   Arts training is recommended.         the OUAC, applicants to the Concurrent Direct Entry Bachelor of     Glendon Campus
         of Business                 •B
                                       HRM Bachelor of                                                                                  Education must complete a supplementary application. Note,
                                                                Cinema & Media Arts                                                      Consecutive and Technological Education BEd applicants must         Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission
         Administration               Human Resource            - Production (BFA)                                                       apply by December 1, 2022 through OUAC Teacher Education            requirements by school system. For full admission requirements,
                                      Management                                                                                         Application Services at                            visit
          Com Bachelor of                                      Cinema & Media Arts
                                                                - Screenwriting (BFA)                                                    Details:                                                                       Program-Specific
         Commerce                    • BHS Bachelor of                                                                                                                                                      Degree Programs Offered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Prerequisite Requirements
                                                                Dance (BA*, BFA)                   Supplementary evaluation is           Supplementary Evaluation Deadlines
          DEM Bachelor of             Health Studies
                                                                                                   required.                             Fall 2023                                                                                             Biology AND Chemistry
                                                                Design (BDes)                                                                                                                                Biology (BSc, iBSc)
         Disaster & Emergency        • BPA Bachelor of                                                                                  Consecutive BEd and Technological Education: December 1, 2022                                         AND Math are required.
                                                                Music (BA*, BFA)
         Management                    Public Administration                                                                             Concurrent BEd: April 1, 2023
                                                                Theatre (BA, BFA*)                                                                                                                           Business Economics (BA, iBA)
          Des Bachelor of           • BSc Bachelor of                                                                                                                                                                                        Math is recommended.
                                                                Visual Arts - Studio (BFA)                                                                                                                   Economics (BA, iBA)
         Design                        Science                  Visual Arts - Art History (BA)
                                                                                                                                        Faculty of Environmental                                             Mathematics (BA, iBA)             Math is required.

                                                                                                                                        & Urban Change (EUC)
          Ed Bachelor of            • iBA International       Cinema & Media Arts (BA)
                                                                Cinema & Media Arts - Media Arts (BFA)                                                                                                                                         Math is required.
         Education                     Bachelor of Arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                             International Studies &           Supplementary evaluation is
                                                                Integrative Arts (BFA)
          Eng Bachelor of           • i BBA International                                                                                                                   Business Administration /         required.
                                                                *Degree option is available upon successful completion of first year.                                                                        Études internationales et
         Engineering                   Bachelor of Business     Additional auditions or applications may be required.                                                                                        administration des affaires       Fluency in English and French is
                                                                                                                                        Become a changemaker for a just and sustainable                                                        required.
          ES Bachelor in              Administration           NOTE: Supplementary Evaluation Deadlines for Guaranteed
                                                                                                                                                                                                             (iBA/BBA Dual Degree)
                                                                                                                                        future. Join EUC in a call-to-action to respond to
                                                                Consideration                                                                                                                                                                  No prerequisite below 70%.
         Environmental               • i BSc International                                                                             today’s most pressing challenges facing people and
                                                                In addition to applying for admission to York through the OUAC,                                                                                                                Chemistry OR Physics is
         Studies                       Bachelor of Science      applicants to some AMPD programs must complete an audition,             the planet. Discover career paths that will create a                                                   required.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Psychology (BSc, iBSc)
                                                                interview and/or portfolio review.
                                                                                                                                        better world.                                                                                          Math is required.
                                                                Find out more:
                                                                Supplementary Evaluation Deadlines                                                                                                           Translation (BA, iBA)             English AND French are required.
     Note: Additional minimum prerequisites and grade                                                                                    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change
                                                                Winter 2023: November 1, 2022
     minimums may apply.               Fall 2023: January 31, 2023                                              Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission
                                                                                                                                         requirements by school system. For full admission requirements,
     Meeting the minimum requirements or admission                                                                                       visit

     grade average ranges listed online or within                                                                                                                          Program-Specific
                                                                                                                                         Degree Programs Offered
                                                                                                                                                                           Prerequisite Requirements
     university publications should not be viewed as a
                                                                                                                                         Ecosystem Management
     guarantee of admission.                                                                                  joint program with Fleming        Math is required.
                                                                                                                                         College (BES)

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Glendon Campus (continued)                                          Lassonde School of                                                       Faculty of Liberal Arts &                                                 Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (continued)

                                                                          Engineering                                                              Professional Studies (LAPS)
      Degree Programs Offered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Program-Specific
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Degree Programs Offered
      Communications (BA, iBA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Prerequisite Requirements

      Drama & Creative Arts (BA, iBA)                                                                                                                                                                                        Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
      English (BA, iBA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Math is required.
      French Studies (BA, iBA)                                            It isn’t enough to imagine or advocate for a better                      Respond to a call for cross-cultural communication                        Speech & Language Sciences        Math prerequisites must have
                                                                          future; somebody has to build it. Lassonde empowers                      and interpersonal skills by joining a faculty that’s                      (BA)                              been completed within the last
      History (BA, iBA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               five years.
      International Studies (BA, iBA)                                     you to put ideas into action and push the world                          ranked in the top 10 in Canada across several
      Linguistics & Language Studies (BA, iBA)                            forward, as you dive into real-world challenges                          disciplines. With highly flexible and interdisciplinary                   French Studies (BA)

      Philosophy (BA, iBA)                                                informed by industry experts.                                            degree options, study what you love and learn what                        German Studies (BA, iBA)

      Political Science (BA, iBA)                                                                                                                  you need.                                                                 Italian Studies (BA, iBA)

      Psychology (BA, iBA)                                                Lassonde School of Engineering                                                                                                                     Japanese Studies (BA)

      Sociology (BA, iBA)                                                 Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission            Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies                           Linguistics (BA)
                                                                          requirements by school system. For full admission requirements,           Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission           Portuguese & Luso Brazilian Studies (BA)
      Undecided Major (BA, iBA)
                                                                          visit                                          requirements by school system. For full admission requirements, visit    Spanish (BA)

     Faculty of Health
                                                                          Degree Programs Offered                                                                                                                            Law & Politics
                                                                                                             Prerequisite Requirements                                                         Program-Specific
                                                                                                                                                    Degree Programs Offered                                                  Criminology (BA)
                                                                          Computer Science (BA, iBA)*                                                                                          Prerequisite Requirements
                                                                                                             Math is required.
                                        Computer Security (BA)*                                                   Business & Information Technology                                        Global Political Studies (BA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Human Rights & Equity Studies (BA)
     Become part of a growing, connected network that                                                                                               Business & Society (BA)
                                                                          Computer Science (BSc, iBSc)*      Math is required.                                                                                               International Development Studies (BA)
     leads constructive change in health and health care                                                     Chemistry OR Physics is                Business Economics (BA)                                                  Law & Society (BA)
                                                                          Computer Security (BSc)*           required.
     across Canada and the globe — keeping more people                                                                                              Commerce (BCom)                                                          Political Science (BA, iBA)
     healthier, longer.                                                   Digital Media (BA)
                                                                                                             Math is required.                      Disaster & Emergency Management                                          Public Administration (BPA)       Math is required.
                                                                                                             Arts training is recommended.          (BDEM)
                                                                                                                                                                                               Math is required.             Social Sciences
      Faculty of Health                                                   Earth & Atmospheric Science        Math AND Physics are required.         Human Resources Management
                                                                                                                                                    (BHRM)                                                                   Anthropology (BA, iBA)
      Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission      (BSc)                              Chemistry is recommended.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cognitive Science (BA)
      requirements by school system. For full admission requirements,                                        Math AND Chemistry AND                 Economics (BA)
      visit                                    Engineering (BEng)                                                                                                                                 Communication & Media Studies (BA, iBA)
                                                                                                             Physics are required.                  Financial & Business Economics (BA)
                                        Program-Specific                                                                                                                                                                     Gender & Women’s Studies (BA)
      Degree Programs Offered                                             All prerequisites must have been completed within the last five years.    Information Technology (BA)                Math is required.
                                        Prerequisite Requirements                                                                                                                              Math prerequisites must       Health & Society (BA)
                                                                          * R
                                                                              equired: Minimum grades are required for these prerequisite
      Global Health (BA)                Math is required.                                                                                           Information Technology (BCom)              have been completed           Indigenous Studies (BA)
                                                                             courses. Please visit to see the specific
                                                                                                                                                                                               within the last five years.
      Kinesiology &                     Chemistry OR Biology OR Physics      requirements for your curriculum.                                                                                                               Interdisciplinary Social Science (BA)
      Health Science (BA)               is required.                                                                                                History, Philosophy & Humanities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sexuality Studies (BA, iBA)
      Global Health (BSc)                                                                                                                           Children, Childhood and Youth Studies (BA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Social Work (BSW)
      Kinesiology &                     Math is required.                                                                                           History (BA,iBA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sociology (BA)
      Health Science (BSc)              Chemistry OR Physics is                                                                                     Humanities (BA, iBA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Urban Studies (BA, iBA)
                                        required.                                                                                                   Jewish Studies (BA)
      Psychology (Bsc)                                                                                                                                                                                                       Work & Labour Studies (BA)
                                                                                                                                                    Philosophy (BA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Undecided Major (BA)
      Health Studies (BHS)              Math is recommended.                                                                                        Religious Studies (BA)
                                                                                                                                                    Cultural Studies & Writing
      Neuroscience: Psychology
                                        Math is required.
      (BSc)                                                                                                                                                                                    Minimum of one full year
                                        Chemistry AND Biology are                                                                                                                              of undergraduate studies
      Neuroscience: Kinesiology &
                                        required.                                                                                                                                              and a portfolio evaluation.
      Health Science (BSc)                                                                                                                          Creative Writing (BA)
                                                                                                                                                                                               For more information, visit
                                        Math AND Biology are required.                                                                                                               
                                        Chemistry OR Physics is                                                                                                                                writing.
      Nursing: 4-year direct entry
                                        required.                                                                                                   Classical Studies/Classics (BA)
      program (BScN)
                                        For Direct Entry Nursing, no                                                                                East Asian Studies (BA)
                                        prerequisite grade below 70%.                                                                               English (BA)
                                        For requirements, visit                                                                                     English & Professional Writing (BA)
      Nursing: 2nd Entry (BScN)
                                                                                                                                                    Hellenic Studies (BA)
      Psychology (BA)
                                                                                                                                                    Professional Writing (BA)

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Schulich School of                                                  Faculty of Science (continued)
                                                                                                                                             General Admission Requirements
     Business                                                                                              Program-Specific

                                                                                                                                             by School System
                                                                         Degree Programs Offered
                                                                                                           Prerequisite Requirements
                                                                         Mathematics & Statistics
                                                                         Actuarial Science (BA)
     Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich is rated among             Applied Mathematics (BA)                                            We welcome applications from a wide variety of international school systems in addition to those listed below.
     the world’s leading business schools. With direct                   Mathematics (BA)                  Math is required.                 For requirements and prerequisites in school systems or countries not listed, visit
     program access from day one, you will immerse yourself              Mathematics for Education (BA)                                      Higher grades required for certain programs. View minimum admission and application requirements at
     in a cutting-edge business education and discover                   Statistics (BA)                                           
     creative business solutions that aren’t defined by                                                    Math is required with a
                                                                         Data Science (BA)
     boundaries. Schulich develops responsible leaders who                                                 minimum grade of 75%.
                                                                                                                                             International                 • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at
     balance business and the public good.                               Applied Mathematics (BSc)                                           Baccalaureate (IB)              the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level.
                                                                                                           Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics
                                                                         Mathematics (BSc)                                                                                 • Minimum IB Diploma point scores of 30 or higher is recommended (scores of 28 will be
                                                                                                           is required.
      Schulich School of Business                                        Mathematics for Education (BSc)                                                                     considered). Minimum 4 is required in each subject unless otherwise indicated. IB Certificate
                                                                                                           Math is required.
      Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission     Statistics (BSc)                                                                                    candidates with six subjects are considered for admission.
      requirements by school system. For full admission requirements,
                                                                                                           Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics                                 • Transfer credit granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better,
                                                                                                           is required.                                                       depending on the program (maximum 30 credits). Prerequisites listed correspond to
                                        Program-Specific                 Data Science (BSc)
      Degree Programs Offered
                                        Prerequisite Requirements                                          Math is required with a                                           Standard-or Higher-level.
                                                                                                           minimum grade of 75%.
                                        Math is required.                                                                                    General Certificate           • Minimum of two Advanced-level (A2) passes and three GCSE or IGCSE Ordinary-level (O-level)
                                                                                                           Biology AND Chemistry AND
                                        A minimum grade of 70% is        Mathematical Biology (BSc)        Math are required.                of Education (GCE)              passes.
      Business Administration           required.
      (BBA, iBBA)                                                                                          Physics is recommended.                                         • Minimum average of “C” is required on Advanced-level and Ordinary-level passes.
                                        The programs do not accept
                                        students transferring from
                                                                         Physical Science                                                                                  • Grades of “E” are not considered.
                                        universities or colleges.                                          Chemistry AND Math are                                          • Prerequisite courses (minimum of “C”) must be presented at the Advanced-level.
      NOTE: Supplementary Evaluation Requirement                         Chemistry (BSc)
                                                                                                                                                                           • Transfer credits may be awarded for A level courses completed with a C or better.
      In addition to applying for admission to York through the OUAC,                                      Biology OR Physics is required.
      applicants to Schulich must submit a supplementary application.                                      Physics is recommended.           Caribbean Advanced            • Diploma with a total of a least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each
      Details:                                                                                                    Proficiency Examination         unit; and 3 CSEC exam results.
                                                                                                           Math AND Physics are required.
                                                                         Physics & Astronomy (BSc)                                           (CAPE)                        • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain
                                                                                                           Chemistry is recommended.
     Faculty of Science                                                  Other Science Programs
                                                                                                                                                                             programs. Transfer credits granted for courses passed at the unit-2 level with grades of 1, 2 or
                                                                                                                                                                             3 depending on the program (maximum 18 credits).
                                                                         Science, Technology and           Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics                                 • Prerequisite requirements correspond to unit-2 level and a minimum grade of 3 unless
                                      Society (BA)                      is required.
                                                                                                                                                                             otherwise indicated.
     Develop a scientific mindset that’s valued by employers                                               Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics
                                                                         Science, Technology and                                                                           • Transfer credits may be awarded for A level courses completed with a C or better.
     in all sectors and join a collaborative community who                                                 is required.
                                                                         Society (BSc)
     share your curiosity and passion.                                                                     Math is required.                 Indian High School            • Completion of one of the following: All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE); Higher
                                                                                                           Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics   (CBSE, ISC, State               Secondary Certificate (HSC); Indian School Certificate (ISC); Intermediate Examination
      Faculty of Science                                                 Undecided Major (BSc)             is required.                      Board and NIOS)                 Certificate; Pre-University Examination Certificate.
      Requirements listed below are in addition to general admission                                       Math is required.                                               • Grade XII graduation with a minimum overall average of 60% is required for consideration to
      requirements by school system. For full admission requirements,                                                                                                        most programs.
      visit                                                                                                                                     • Prerequisite courses should not be below a grade of 55%.
      NOTE: All prerequisites must have been completed within the last
      five years.
                                                                                                                                             West African Examination • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations
                                        Program-Specific                                                                                     Council (WAEC) or National Council (NECO).
      Degree Programs Offered
                                        Prerequisite Requirements
                                                                                                                                             Examinations Council       • Minimum final grades of C4-6 or better are required for most programs.
      Life Sciences
                                        Biology AND Math AND Physics        Extend Your Learning at York:                                                               • Prerequisites should be minimum C4-6 unless otherwise indicated.
      Biophysics (BSc)                  are required.
                                                                            • York’s internationally renowned Osgoode                       United States                 • Grade 12 graduation with a minimum overall B average on Grade 11 and Grade 12 academic
                                        Chemistry is recommended.
                                                                              Hall Law School offers an innovative and                       High School                      courses.
      Biochemistry (BSc)
                                                                              experiential legal education delivered by the                                                • SAT score of 1170 (SAT submission code: 0894) or ACT score of 24 (ACT submission code: 5250).
      Biology (BSc, iBSc)
                                        Biology AND Chemistry AND             country’s top legal minds.                                                                   • SATs/ACTs are considered in combination with high school grades.
      Biomedical Science (BSc, iBSc)
                                        Math are required.                                                                                                                 • SAT/ACT scores are not required for students studying in a recognized, accredited U.S.
      Biotechnology (BSc)                                                   • York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies
                                        Physics is recommended.                                                                                                               curriculum outside the U.S., Puerto Rico or Guam.
      Environmental Biology (BSc)                                             offers more than 100 full- and part-time                                                     • Transfer credit granted for final scores of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams,
      Environmental Science (BSc)                                             professional and academic degree programs                                                       depending on the program (maximum 30 credits).
                                        Biology AND Chemistry AND             and diplomas to deepen your expertise and                                                    • Prerequisite requirements correspond to junior/senior level.
      Neuroscience (BSc)
                                        Math are required.
                                                                              lead you to a fulfilling career.
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How to Apply                                                                                                                                   Next Steps
             1.       Submit Your Application
                      • Review all admission requirements for your academic program.
                      • Submit your application at

             2.       Submit Required Documents
                      You can submit supporting documentation through the applicant portal, MyFile, to complete your
                      application. Visit for document information and submission/upload

             3.       Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency (if required)
                      To satisfy admission language requirements, you must demonstrate language proficiency in your
                      chosen program’s language of instruction. Language proficiency tests must have been completed no
                      more than two years prior to the application date. For full details, visit

                                                                                                        Canadian Academic     Cambridge English
                       Faculty/                          IELTS              Pearson PTE
                                       TOEFL iBT                                             Duolingo   English Language      Language Assessment
                       Program                           Academic*          Academic
                                                                                                        Assessment (CAEL)     (CAE, CPE)
                                       83                6.5                60               115        60                    C1 Advanced
                       Education       See for Consecutive BEd requirements.
                       Lassonde        88 (no score      6.5 (no score
                       (BEng           below 20 in       below 6.0 in       60               115
                       programs)       each section)     each section)                                  60                    C1 Advanced
                       Nursing         89                7.0                67               120
                       Schulich        90                7.0                67               120                                                    September - November                                   February
                                                                                                                                                    Join us for a variety of events and opportunities to   Submit your International Scholarship
                      *   The IELTS Academic test is required for admission to                                                                   connect with an admission representative in your       & Award Application by February 1.
                            York University. IELTS General will not be accepted for          Do you need to improve your language skills?
                            language proficiency requirements.                                                                                      region.
                                                                                             The York University English Language Institute
                                                                                             can help you.                                                                          May
                                                                                                                                                    December - January                                     Accept your offer of admission by May 1.
                                                                                                                                                    Submit your supplementary evaluation or
                                                                                                                                                    documentation if you applied to a program
                      Application Deadlines                                                                                                         that requires it (programs in AMPD, Business
                                                                                                                                                    Administration, Education and the Glendon
                      Your application deadline depends on when you would like to start.                                                                                                                   Connect your
                                                                                                                                                    iBA/BBA dual degree).
                                                                                                                        Note: Please submit                                                                future to ours.
                                                 Start Term at York                   Application Deadline *
                         Application             Winter 2023 (January)                November 1, 2022
                                                                                                                        required documents                                                                 Find out more
                                                                                                                        within two weeks
                         Deadline                Summer 2023 (May)                    April 1, 2023                     of submitting your
                                                 Fall 2023 (September)                May 1, 2023                       application.

                      * Deadlines are for international and out-of-province high school students.                                                                                                         York University strives to ensure the completeness and accuracy
                       Some programs have additional supplementary application deadlines. Visit for details.                                                                       of information contained in this publication. However, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              University reserves the right to change any of the information at
                                                                                                                                                                                                              any time without notice.

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