Incoming Academic Exchange

As a York University student, you'll join a diverse community that will welcome your perspective and expand your point of view. You'll add your voice and ideas to lively classroom discussions and work to tackle today’s most pressing and complex challenges. Most importantly, you'll become part of a community that is committed to creating positive change. Together, we are making things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a global reputation, earning recognition from Times Higher Education (THE) in its Impact Rankings, placing an impressive 33rd out of 767 universities. York is also committed to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and has made significant contributions to this commitment, ranking Top 10 in the world for SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and No. 1 in Canada for SDG 5: Gender Equality.

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Our strength is in our diversity. Regardless of where you join us from, we have the resources and caring experts to help you succeed as a student.

2023 Timeline

  • Call for nominations - January 2
  • Nominations by Home Institutions - January 2 – March 15
  • Invitation for Application - March 15 – April 1
  • Application Review - April 1 – May 15
  • Admission Letter – Application for Housing - May 15 – May 25
  • Information Sessions - June 5 – July 31
  • Immigration Process - May 25 – August 31
  • Course Selection - June – September
  • Pre-arrival & Safety Sessions - July 31
  • Welcome & Orientation Session - September 8

Eligibility

To attend York University as an exchange student, you must be enrolled at one of York International’s partner universities.

Your university's exchange office will determine your eligibility for an exchange program. You should contact them for details on the application and nomination procedures.

Areas of Study and Restrictions

  • Faculty of Education (ED)
  • Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC)
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies (GS)
  • Faculty of Health (HH)
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (AP)
  • (Please note: Exchange students cannot enroll into ADMS 1000 & 2000 (Administrative studies) level courses.
  • Faculty of Science (SC)
  • Glendon (GL)
  • Lassonde School of Engineering (LE)
  • School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (FA)

Programs with Restrictions

School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (Open only to students from the following universities):

  • Bauhaus University – Weimar
  • Bezalel Academic of Art and Design
  • Hochschule Darmstadt
  • Minzu University of China
  • National Institute of Design (NID)
  • Sogang University (Digital Media only)
  • Towson University
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Northumbria
  • University of Trinidad and Tobago

Osgoode Hall Law School:

  • Students may ONLY apply to the JD Program and must enroll in upper-year Osgoode courses.
  • Students should have completed at least 6 semesters of study and have successfully completed a substantial number of law courses.
  • Students should have at least a "B" average and the equivalent of an iBT:83 TOEFL score
  • Spaces are restricted to a maximum of 2 students per partner University

Political Science, Graduate Level:

NOT AVAILABLE TO EXCHANGE STUDENTS:

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - ADMS 1000 & 2000 level courses (Administrative Studies)
  • Biology Program at Graduate Level
  • Human Resources Management Program at the Graduate level
  • Nursing Program
  • Social Work Program
  • Courses offered by Schulich School of Business
  • Courses offered by Osgoode Hall Law School (OS)

Requirements

Undergraduate

  • You must be enrolled at one of York International’s partner universities.
  • Transcript: A minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a “B” or equivalent, is required.
  • English language proficiency (Only required if the language of instruction at your University is NOT English. A letter issued by the international office at your University confirming your English proficiency, or TOEFL/IELTS results. Universities can use York University's minimum language test scores as a guideline.

Graduate

  • You must be enrolled at one of York International’s partner universities at the Graduate Level.
  • Transcript: Undergraduate and Graduate (A minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a “B” or equivalent, is required).
  • Letter of Reference
  • Letter of Invitation from a York professor (Research students only).
  • CV (Two pages max)
  • English language proficiency (Only required if the language of instruction at your University is NOT English. A letter issued by the international office at your University confirming your English proficiency, or TOEFL/IELTS results. Universities can use York University's minimum language test scores as a guideline.

Funding

 

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How to Apply

  1. You are nominated by your home university.
  2. York International sends nominated students links to the appropriate Incoming Exchange Application.
  3. Review York University’s academic calendar. Note that Exchanges are possible ONLY during the Fall Term (Sept-Dec), Winter Term (Jan-April) or Fall/Winter (Sept-April).
  4. Complete the York International Incoming Exchange Application process as outlined below.

Click here to apply!

Acceptance to York U

Enrolling in Courses

Note that enrollment in any of the courses is NOT guaranteed. We strongly encourage you to be flexible in your choices and not to rely on your exchange to complete core requirements set by your University.

You can take courses outside the Faculty or program at your home university or the York Faculty you were admitted to, however, be aware of the restricted programs.

Exchange students are NOT required to pay an enrollment deposit. If you receive this message please disregard. A few courses, however, include a supplementary fee that is not covered under the exchange agreement. See the Finances section for additional information on supplemental fees.

For more information and enrollment guide, please visit the enrollment webpage.

For the course contact directory, please click here.

Housing

Click here for Housing Services at York U.

Immigration

While we strive to keep our information current, the most authoritative source of information related to immigration can be found online at the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. York International only provides general information about immigration inquiries. Individuals may have unique situations. It is always good to contact the Immigration Specialist at York International or to consult IRCC at 1888-242-2100 For your immigration inquiries.

 

EXPERIENCE

Our community of changemakers shares a deep commitment to inclusion, community engagement and social and economic justice.

Pre-Arrival Webinars

York International offers a great resource to get you prepared for life in Toronto. Check out our Pre-Arrival Webinars page for tips to get you settled. 

UHIP

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) and charges are mandatory for all international exchange students even if you have purchased a plan from your home country. The charge will appear on your Student Account.

Resources:

Orientation

York International will organize an Orientation Event upon your arrival in Toronto. This event will aim to give you information on courses, finances, campus life, housing, and living in Toronto.

You are required to attend York International’s Orientation Event. Dates, Times, Location, and the Program of the event will be shared with you.

Visit the International Student Orientation page for more info. 

Transcripts

After your exchange, York International will automatically send an electronic Record of Grades and Courses to the international office at your University.

Your Record of Grades can only be issued if your Student Account has a $0 balance.
Should you require an official transcript for your own records, you can order it through the Registrar's Office for a fee.

York University uses letter grades. If your University has informed you that they require a percentage grade, contact the Global Learning Coordinators through exchange@yorku.ca.

Staying Engaged

Stay engaged with us! Make sure to tag us on Instagram @yorkugoglobal so we can share your posts and live vicariously through your academic adventure! Check out some guidelines on social media while you are abroad.  If you would like to be interviewed for our new podcast, Boarding Pass, send us a direct message on Instagram

 

FAQs

Finances

  • Exchange Students will NOT be charged for tuition
  • Some courses may have supplemental fees that are not covered by the exchange tuition waiver (e.g. registration fee, etc.). These fees are found on the course schedule with the date, time, and location
  • Registration for graduate students will include an additional $15 charge
  • Health insurance and charges are mandatory

You are REQUIRED to monitor your student financial account using Passport York. You can view all fees related to residence, meal plan, health insurance, course material fees etc.

Making Payments to York Student Account

You have two options to make payments to your student account:

  • Before Arrival – Use Western Union to make your payment. Click here for more information.
  • After Arrival – You are ONLY able to make a payment through a Canadian bank account. Click here for more information. Opening a Canadian bank account is quick, easy, and free for students.

Contact Us

General Inquiries: exchange@yorku.ca

Health Insurance Inquiries: uhip@yorku.ca

Immigration-related Inquiries: iadvisor@yorku.ca

When emailing us, please include in your email:

  • Your student number in the subject line
  • Your full name
  • Your citizenship(s)
  • If you are in or outside Canada
  • All permit and visa expiration dates (if applicable)
  • Any relevant documents