EXCHANGE FAQs

How do I apply? What is the process like?

You must first attend a mandatory information session – Click here to register for a session.
This is a visual  to give you an idea of what the process looks like

What is the difference between an information session and an advising session?

  • Information sessions are mandatory group session to introduce you to the exchange process and give you the application code.
  • Advising sessions are 15 minute one-to-one meetings with a Global Learning Assistant. You should attend an information session first, and come prepared with questions about your exchange options.

Is there a language requirement?

Some Universities require you to be academically proficient in one of the languages of instruction. Over 70% of our partner universities teach at least some of their courses in English. We suggest you do a bit of research to determine if your choice is the correct fit.

Do I need to have a certain GPA?

We require a 6.0 overall GPA. Some of our partners have a higher requirement so please refer to our list of partners.

We understand that your GPA might be a bit lower owing to extenuating circumstances We advise you to speak with us during one of advising sessions if that is the case.

I am in my first year, can I apply to go on exchange?

Going on exchange in your second year is not uncommon. We are however keen on ensuring that you are set up for success. Attend an information session and speak to a Global Learning Assistant during an advising appointment.

Can I go on exchange during my final year?

Yes, but please keep in mind that if you would like to graduate in June 2019, you will only be able to go on exchange in the fall semester. If you decide to go for two semesters, the earliest you’ll be able to graduate is October 2019. Please note that October convocation ceremonies are only held at the Keele Campus.

Where can I go?

Remember, this is an academic exchange, so your choice of university matters!

We understand that you will be pulled by a particular destination, but having your heart set on Italy when you aren’t academically proficient in Italian will not make a great academic choice and will not set you up for success.

The list of universities can be found here and we urge you to speak to one of our Global Learning Assistants about your options. The world is your oyster!

How long can I go for?

You can go for one semester or one academic year (two semesters). When deciding, it is important to take into account your academic requirements as well as your financial situation.

How much does it cost?


The cost varies depending on where you go but these are some fixed costs:

  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $100 payable to York International.
  • Tuition: What you pay to York. While on exchange you will be enrolled in 15 credits per semester. The fees will be payable to York University on your student account. Information regarding fees can be found here.
  • Living costs: Consider that living costs vary based on location and length of exchange. It includes accommodation, meals, local transportation, and entertainment. You can find more about living costs here.

Can I go if I am on OSAP?

Yes!
Over 70% of students who go on exchange are on OSAP.
Some host Universities and countries require proof of funds. We go over that material in our information sessions and during advising.

Will the courses count towards my degree?

Yes!
All courses taken on exchange will automatically count as electives. You can have the credits count towards your electives OR major/minor/language/general education requirements. Details will be discussed with you during the course of the process.

Will my grades count?

Your exchange does not impact your YorkU GPA. Your YorkU transcript will show your exchange grades as Pass/Fail. If you are considering graduate or further studies, you will need to submit your YorkU transcript and your transcript from your host (exchange) university.

When does my exchange start?

We are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Academic year. This means that the earliest you can go on exchange will be for the Fall 2018 Semester. However, due to the academic calendars of specific countries, some exchanges start only in Winter 2019 (e.g. Australia, South Africa or Uruguay).

Can I speak to someone?

Absolutely! You can get in touch with the Global Learning Assistants at goglobal@yorku.ca