YorkU Summer Abroad

Welcome to the YorkU Summer Abroad Courses page!

Let York International assist you to internationalize your degree with the opportunity to take you global with a YorkU Summer Abroad Course.

The YorkU Summer Abroad courses are designed to enrich students’ academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience. These courses take place at both York University and in locations outside of Canada that enhance your understanding through their special connection to the subject matter and the unique international learning opportunities they present.

Students may begin their study at York University with their YorkU professor and classmates for 2-4 weeks, and then continue abroad for 3 weeks to 1 month.  You can earn credits of a full-year course (6.0 credits) or a half-year course (3.0) from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS); or the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD).

A Few Quick Facts:

  • Courses take place during the Summer Term at York University (May-August)
  • All YorkU Summer Abroad Courses are taught by a York University professor
  • Relatively small classes (range from 12 to a maximum of 25 students per course)
  • All classes, with the exception of language courses, are taught in English
  • Prerequisites may be required for a number of courses
  • Credits and grades are added directly to your transcript and can count toward your degree at York
  • Open to students from other universities on a Letter Of Permission (LOP). Students from other universities are ineligible for scholarship monies

Class attendance in all Summer Abroad courses is mandatory.
In addition, some courses may require students to complete an assignment or attend lectures before the start of the program.

Students who wish to enroll in an on-campus summer course(s) are responsible for ensuring that this course does not overlap with the time spent abroad of the Summer Abroad course.

If you want to have an international opportunity in your area of study, and expand your personal horizons, consider spending a Summer Abroad course!

The YorkU Summer Abroad courses offer the opportunity to:

  1. Complete York University credits towards your degree
  2. Provide the possibility of traveling after the course is completed abroad
  3. Option to work before or after the summer course


The YorkU Summer Abroad courses are open to all York University degree-seeking students who are interested in completing credits towards their major, minor, or elective. All applicants must be in good academic standing (not on academic warning, program warning, debarment warning, or, academic probation), and some courses may require pre-requisites (please refer to the list of courses for more information).

Anyone enrolled at a school other than the York University may apply as a Visiting Student. Please note that Visiting Students must meet the course admission requirements: Good academic standing (not on academic warning, program warning, debarment warning, or, academic probation), and if applicable pre-requisites. You will not be eligible for YorkU scholarships.


Students with disabilities who require accommodations (e.g. extra time to complete assignments, adaptive technology, barrier free environment, sign language interpreters) should meet with their York University Counselling and Disability Services (CDS) before applying to the Summer Abroad program. Students will also need to obtain a letter from CDS confirming their accommodation needs.

Please note that the range of accommodations may differ from country to country. We cannot guarantee that sites will be able to offer all the accommodations that are available at York University. Accordingly, accommodation needs may affect the ability to participate in programs at certain locations.

Students are encouraged to contact York International to discuss which sites might best suit their needs.

YorkU Summer Abroad is proud to offer:

   Las Nubes Program LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The primary language of instruction is English
Description:  Join the Faculty of Environmental Studies at our new Las Nubes campus in Costa Rica this summer! You can choose to take one or more of the following courses:

  • Environmental Arts and Food Sovereignty in Costa Rica | ENVS 4810B 3.00
    Instructor: Deborah Barndt
    Dates: May 10-May 21, 2017
  • Conservation and Development for Social-Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing: Case Studies in Costa Rica | ENVS 4810A 3.00
    Instructor: Felipe Montoya
    Dates: May 19-22, 26-29 & June 2-5, 2017
  • Globalization and Indigenous peoples | ENVS 4215 3.00
    Instructor: Ravi de Costa
    Dates: May 22-30, 2017
  • Natural History: Political Ecology Encounters Environmental Education in Costa Rica | ENVS 4120 3.0
    Instructor: Leesa Fawcett
    Dates: May 31-June 9
  • Advanced Topics in Environment and Health (Ecosystem Approaches in the Field) | ENVS 4800A 3.00
    Instructor: Martin Bunch
    Dates: June 8-17, 2017
  • Protected Area Management in Costa Rica | ENVS 4446 3.00
    Instructor: Sheila Colla
    Dates: June 15-24, 2017


**Students interested in one or more of the courses listed, must attend a mandatory information session on Tuesday, January 24 from 12:30-2pm in HNES 141.

COURSE DATES:  Course dates vary depending on course(s) chosen, but range from: May 10 to June 24, 2017.
More information about the program can be found at here PROGRAM FEE: Costs vary depending on course(s) chosen. Please visit their website for more information. 



The deadline to apply for a YorkU Summer Abroad course with York International for Summer 2017 will be in mid-January. Please check back shortly for more information.

This deadline includes the online application form and $500 deposit.


Applicants will be notified in a formal acceptance letter from York International via email.

If you are selected for the YorkU Summer Abroad course to which you applied to, your letter will include the following information:

  • Program Fee balance due date
  • Accommodation check-in/check-out dates
  • Mandatory pre-departure session
  • Links to important online forms
  • Application form for funding: York International Mobility Award (YIMA) and the LA&PS International Study Abroad Award

If you are not selected for the YorkU Summer Abroad course to which you applied to, your letter will include the following information:

  • Academic explanation regarding the selection process
  • How and when to obtain a deposit refund


Students will also be required to complete a mandatory pre-departure session for the YorkU Summer Abroad courses which will take place in April 2016.

Please consult with your formal acceptance letter for the date, time and location for your course pre-departure session.

Submit your Summer Abroad program application by completing the online application. A link to the application can be found below.

Summer Abroad Application Information

Most of the courses offered by Summer Abroad are competitive (for example, decisions are not made on a first come, first served basis, and there are not necessarily spots for all applicants).

Before you apply to a program, please determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements: course pre-requisites, language (as applicable), ­­­­­­­­GPA.

Applications for ALL programs will also be considered on the following criteria:

1. Academic suitability (good academic standing and not on academic warning, program warning, debarment warning, or, academic probation)

2. Personal Statement (300 word maximum). Questions to consider include:

  • Please outline the reasons why you want to study abroad and why you have selected this particular program.
  • Describe how this program fits into your overall academic requirements as well as your personal goals

3. Additional program-specific pre-requisites (please check the list of courses to determine if Summer Abroad course has any pre-requisites).

4. Some programs may require an interview (please check the list of courses to determine whether one is required).


STEP 1: Complete the YorkU Summer Abroad online application form:

STEP 2: A $500 program deposit fee must be submitted by the application deadline. Applicants will only be considered when both the online application form has been completed, and the deposit has been paid. See below for more information on how to pay the program deposit fee (separate from the course tuition fee).

This $500 program deposit fee will be used to secure accommodations and arrange meals, excursions, etc., that are included in the Program Fee (see below under "Costs").

*Please note: Students who wish to apply to more than one Summer Abroad course must complete and submit a separate application form and $500 deposit for each course.

How to pay the deposit

To pay the deposit, please visit York International (200 York Lanes) between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Deposits are payable by MasterCard, VISA, or debit card. Please note that we do not accept personal cheque, American Express, or cash.

To process the payment, York International will require your full name, student number, and the YorkU Summer Abroad Course you have applied to.

*Please note: This program deposit fee is non-refundable. Only applicants who are not accepted into a YorkU Summer Abroad course on academic grounds, or with a documented medical reason will be fully reimbursed.


There are three financial brackets:

*Please note: Students are to read all materials provided by York International (including emails, acceptance letter, and pre-departure guides). York University does not arrange medical, travel or flight cancellation insurance; this is the responsibility of each program participant.


Students participating in a YorkU Summer Abroad course are eligible for the York International Mobility Award (YIMA). Information and a link to apply is provided in the acceptance letter.

Please note that YIMA funding is deposited into the student account, where students can then request the funding from Student Financial Services. If there is a balance,  YIMA funding can and will be absorbed by the balance. Please visit the "request a refund" page under Student Financial Services for more information.

Students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies are eligible to apply for the LA&PS International Study Abroad Award. Please click here for more information.

Information Sessions

York International hosts Summer Abroad Information Sessions to provide students with abroad details for each course, application information, and an opportunity to learn from students and professors.

Summer Abroad programs are coordinated by York International in co-operation with the Faculties of Fine Arts, and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.
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