FAQs for Exchange Students about COVID-19

 

As travel advisories change and the roll-out of vaccinations progresses globally, we will continue to update you should this advice change. York International will also be available to provide support to assess and develop risk mitigation plans for international travel, where and when it is required.

Exchange applicants who have indicated they would like to start their exchange in Fall 2021 will be contacted by the Global Learning Team to discuss options, given the new travel guidelines.

In the meantime, please continue to visit YU Better Together for updates, including Travel-related FAQs.

Outgoing Exchange
(Please scroll below for Incoming Exchange FAQs)

 

Can I go on an in-person exchange in September 2021?

In person international mobility programs (incoming and outgoing) in September 2021 have been suspended until December 31, 2021.

Exceptions may be considered. Programs that are part of degree requirements, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact goglobal@yorku.ca if this applies to you.

Can I do a remote academic exchange in September 2021?

Remote academic exchange at host universities, starting in September 2021 might be possible if:

  • Exchange host university offers online courses that are open to exchange students
  • Application to Exchange host university is still possible
  • Exchange spaces are available at the exchange host university

Remote academic exchange will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and if available at the host University.

Exchange applicants who have indicated they would like to start their exchange in Fall 2021 will be contacted by the Global Learning Team to discuss options, given the new travel guidelines.

I applied for exchange for September 2021, can I defer my in-person exchange to Winter 2022? Do I have to apply again?

You do not have to apply again.

If you got an exchange acceptance letter, you can defer your exchange to the Winter 2022 Semester, by checking the “Switch to Winter 2022” box.

Winter 2022 will be my final term; can I still go on an in-person exchange?

Yes, but please keep in mind that if you would like to graduate in Summer 2022, that may not be possible as most host University terms continue until May/June (July/August for Japan and Australia). The earliest you will be able to graduate will be October 2022. Please note that October convocation ceremonies are only held at the Keele Campus.

Please contact goglobal@yorku.ca if this is the case for you.

Can I defer my in-person exchange to the 2022-23 Academic Year?

If you got an exchange acceptance letter, you can defer your exchange to the 2022-23 by checking the “Switch to 2022-23” box on the form.

Your acceptance will transfer to the following year, but you will need to complete a new application form for the 2022-23 year. We will contact you with the details in the Fall 2021 Semester.

I am going into my final year in 2022-23, can I still go on exchange?

Yes, but please keep in mind that if you would like to graduate in the year that you go on exchange, it would be best 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 2023. Please note that October convocation ceremonies are only held at the Keele Campus.

I am an iBA/iBSc student, and I must complete a study abroad program, what should I do?

You will need to discuss the options with your Faculty/Program, contact goglobal@yorku.ca for more information.

I am a graduate student hoping to do my field work abroad in the 2022-23 Academic Year. Can I go abroad?

Graduate students planning fieldwork or research abroad will have their requests assessed on a case-by-case basis. Contact goglobal@yorku.ca.

I was accepted to go on exchange in 2020-21 and deferred my exchange, what should I do now?

Your acceptance stands as it was transferred to 2021-22, and you should have received a confirmation email for 2021-22. If you deferred your exchange to Fall 2021, here are some options for you to consider:

  • Complete a remote academic exchange in Fall 2021 if available at your host University
  • Defer your exchange to in-person in Winter 2022
  • Defer your exchange to in-person in 2022-23
Exchange applicants who have indicated they would like to start their exchange in Fall 2021 will be contacted by the Global Learning Team to discuss options, given the new travel guidelines.
 

Should I enroll in courses at York for the 2021-22 Academic Year if I am hoping to go on exchange?

Yes, we strongly encourage you to enroll in courses at York for the upcoming year. This is to ensure that you have a place in your desired classes should an exchange not happen for any of the reasons listed above. You can drop your York courses and enroll in your exchange course once your exchange is fully confirmed. Be sure to monitor the add/drop deadlines.

More information on add/drop deadlines can be found here: https://registrar.yorku.ca/enrol/dates

My question was not answered, can I speak to someone?

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

 

Incoming Exchange

 

Can I come to York for an in-person exchange in September 2021?

No, we are unable to offer in-person exchanges for September 2021. If you are interested in a remote academic exchange, please contact York International at exchange@yorku.ca

Should the return to on-campus activity resume in September, the limited spaces and the public health guidelines in place means that we are unfortunately not able to offer in-person opportunities for incoming exchange students for September 2021.

Can I defer my in-person exchange to York to January 2022?

Yes, you can defer your in-person exchange semester from Fall 2021 to Winter 2022. Decisions on in-person exchanges in Winter 2022 will be made in the Fall 2021 semester.  If you have not yet submitted your application, you can select Winter 2022 on your application form.

The Global Learning Team will contact impacted students.

Can I do Fall 2021 online and Winter 2022 in person?

Yes, you might be able to take courses at York U online in the Fall 2021 semester. Decisions on in-person exchanges in Winter 2022 will be made in the Fall 2021 semester.

Can I come to York in Winter 2022 and Fall 2022 in person?

Decisions on in-person exchanges in Winter 2022 will be made in the Fall 2021 semester.

Two term in-person exchanges (Winter 2022 and Fall 2022) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with your home University.

What are the semester dates at York?

  • Fall Semester: September to December
  • Winter Semester: January to April

Dates for the 2021-22 academic year can be found here: https://registrar.yorku.ca/enrol/dates/fw21

My question was not answered, can I speak to someone?

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