York University


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Amazing things happen when diverse communities work together to create positive change. Welcome to York University in Toronto, Canada; a community connected to what matters and where remarkable opportunities await you.

York believes that our expansive community, excellent learning and research, and commitment to collaboration allow us to address complex global challenges to create positive change in the local and global communities we serve. Our staff, students and faculty are passionate about building a more innovative, just and sustainable world.

Across over 200 academic degree programs, we offer an extraordinary array of hands-on experiences from internships, co-ops and global learning, to on-campus work/study opportunities, networking, capstone courses and more. Our richly varied learning opportunities connect your coursework to the workplace, equipping you for long-term career success with professional skills and real-world experience.

As a York University student, you will join a diverse community that will welcome your perspective and expand your point of view. You will add your voice and ideas to lively classroom discussions and work to tackle today’s most pressing and complex challenges.

Most importantly, you will 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 is a leading international teaching and research university in Toronto, Canada and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we prepare students for long-term career and personal success. Together we are making things right for our communities, our planet, and our future.

Explore Your Passion: Find Your Program
Our 11 different faculties offer over 200 high-quality undergraduate, masters, and PhD programs that invite students to engage in new modes of learning and discovery. Many undergraduate programs at York allow students to combine two areas of interest and pursue a double major or major-minor. York’s programs offer practical, hands-on learning opportunities including co-ops, placements, internships, and practicums. Develop important professional skills before entering the Canadian or international job market.

A Welcoming Student Community
From the moment students join York University, they are part of a vibrant and engaged student community with exciting welcome events including the Global Peer Program, pre-arrival programs, and academic and social orientations. York is an accessible and inclusive space with over 20 community support partners to make students’ health, safety and sense of belonging our highest priorities.

A Space for Everyone: Three Unique Campuses in the Greater Toronto Area

Our Keele Campus offers a vibrant and welcoming, large-scale campus experience for over 52,000 students, as well as faculty, staff, partners and the surrounding community. With ten different academic Faculties, a range of purposeful cutting-edge research and innovation opportunities and state-of-the-art academic, arts, technology, and athletic facilities, Keele Campus is a meeting place for a network of micro-communities. Two convenient subway stations on campus make it a quick 30-minute subway ride into downtown Toronto, providing access to economic and cultural centres.

Located in the dynamic, urban landscape of midtown Toronto, Glendon campus (Opens In A New Tab) offers an intimate and welcoming environment on its picturesque, ivy-lined campus. With a focus on bilingual and trilingual programming, Glendon reflects Canada’s cultural diversity while offering a window into the rest of the world. Small classes combined with flexible learning paths provide a uniquely community-driven university experience.

York University’s Markham Campus (Opens In A New Tab) will act as a unique meeting place for students to interact directly with employers, start-up companies and community partners from across the region. Challenging the traditions of what a university campus can offer, academic programs will revolve around technology and entrepreneurship, and explore how they are driving innovation. Follow the development of the Markham Campus. (Opens In A New Tab)

Helping Global Students Achieve Their Goals
In the heart of one of the most diverse and safest cities in North America, York University welcomes applicants from around the world. Its English Language Institution’s mission is to provide the highest quality English language training programs for international students who wish to improve their English skills for academic and professional purposes. A number of high value scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to support international applicants in pursuing their studies.

Requirements and Admissions

We look forward to receiving your application to York and supporting you throughout the admission process.

York University has a set of general admission requirements for entry to any of our programs. In addition to these requirements, your program of interest may require additional prerequisite courses, minimum grades and/or a supplementary application component like a video interview, audition or portfolio review. Be sure to familiarize yourself with all admission requirements before you apply.

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Once you have familiarized yourself with the requirements for your program of interest, you must submit your application (Opens In A New Tab) in one of two ways:

Ensure  that you apply by the application deadline (Opens In A New Tab). Once received, we will contact you via e-mail and grant you access to view updates about your application using our online platform, MyFile (Opens In A New Tab).


  • Arts, entertainment, and media management
  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Atmospheric sciences and meteorology
  • Bilingual, multilingual and multicultural education
  • Biochemistry/biophysics and molecular biology
  • Biology, general
  • Biotechnology
  • Business administration, management and operations
  • Business/commerce, general
  • Chemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Classics and classical languages, literatures and linguistics
  • Clinical, counselling and applied psychology
  • Communication and media studies
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Drama/theatre arts and stagecraft
  • East Asian languages, literatures and linguistics
  • Ecology, evolution, systematics and population biology
  • Economics
  • Education, general
  • Education, other
  • Electrical and electronic engineering technologies/technicians
  • Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, other
  • English language and literature, general
  • English rhetoric and composition/writing studies
  • Ethnic, cultural minority, gender, and group studies
  • Film/video and photographic arts
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Fine arts and art studies
  • French language and literature, general
  • French rhetoric and composition/writing studies
  • Geological and Earth sciences/geosciences
  • Germanic languages, literatures and linguistics
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences, other
  • Health services/allied health/health sciences, general
  • Health/medical preparatory programs
  • History
  • Human development, family studies and related services
  • Law (LLB, JD, BCL)
  • Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities
  • Linguistic, comparative and related language studies and services
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and statistics, other
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Music
  • Neurobiology and neurosciences
  • Physical Science Technologies/Technicians
  • Physics
  • Political science and government
  • Psychology, general
  • Psychology, other
  • Public health
  • Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing
  • Second language learning
  • Social sciences, general
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Teacher education and professional development, specific subject areas
  • Visual and performing arts, other

Student Experience

Welcome to Your New Community

With students from 156 countries studying at our campuses, you’ll interact with students from around the world in your classes, in residence and in student clubs and activities. We’ll help you find your place and feel at home here in Toronto, Canada.

York International

Our caring and experienced international student support team, York International (Opens In A New Tab), provides resources from pre-arrival to immigration advising, to help you feel confident, prepared and safe. York International will start to help you before you arrive in Canada and continue throughout your studies. From our comprehensive quarantine program to webinars on how to get ready for Canada to ways to connect with other international students, we’ve got programs, events and supports to help international students succeed and thrive at York!

Supporting students of all backgrounds, we are united by a shared sense of purpose, ready to equip you with the skills and values to ensure success.

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Student Life

York offers an exciting variety of clubs, student supports and events to make your university years some of the best of your life. Our diverse communities and extracurricular programs make it easy to discover new activities and make friends.

York University offers a supportive, caring environment with a shared commitment to inclusion and collaborationWe believe our strength is in our diversity. Our students are leaders, allies, changemakers and friends. They will quickly grow from being familiar faces in your classes, to the people with whom you’ll share lifelong connections and memories.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Recognizing Excellence and Supporting Your Goals

We look forward to celebrating your achievements and supporting your success as you invest in a university education. York University offers a variety of financial awards and supports to recognize international students’ leadership, academic excellence, community involvement and resilience.

Scholarships for international students are awarded on the basis of an application and/or automatic consideration upon admission to the university. For awards requiring an application, students must complete and submit the International Student Scholarship & Award Application by February 3, 2022.

Featured International Scholarships

Tentanda Via Award 
15 scholarships are awarded to international students each year
Value: up to $120, 000 CAD ($30,000 per year, renewable up to four years)

Capturing the enduring spirit of York’s motto, the Tentanda Via Award recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated resilience in overcoming significant personal barriers in the pursuit of a university education and changemakers who are committed to progressive and sustainable development issues. Learn More (Opens In A New Tab)

President’s International Scholarship of Excellence
20 scholarships are awarded to international students each year
Value: up to $180, 000 CAD ($45,000 per year, renewable up to four years)

The President’s International Scholarship of Excellence will be awarded to international high school applicants who demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to volunteer work and extracurricular activities, and leadership skills. Recipients will represent a variety of regions around the world and will be referred to as ‘President’s International Scholars’. Learn More (Opens In A New Tab)


Your Home Away From Home

York University has many different student residences in our contained campuses. Student residences provide welcoming and close-knit communities where students can live, study, socialize and create meaningful friendships. More than 4,000 students (1,600 of them in first year) live in our 10 undergraduate residences, eight of which are located at our Keele campus and two at our Glendon campus.

What does living in residence provide? 

  • Access: Live at the centre of everything campus has to offer, a walking distance from classes, the gym, libraries and public transit stations.
  • Meal Plans: Enjoy a variety of on-campus meal plans that accommodate various dietary needs, including halal, kosher and vegetarian options.
  • Community: York University’s caring on-site Residence Life Coordinators and a dedicated team of senior student mentors are available to support students in feeling right at home.

New students apply for residence online through MyFile (Opens In A New Tab).

Off-Campus Housing

The City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area are known for their many unique and vibrant neighbourhoods. Explore alternative housing options with York’s Off-Campus Housing website (Opens In A New Tab), which provides rental listings, roommate boards and resources for tenants.

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Student Testimonials

Read about the experiences of past international students.

  1. After moving to Toronto, Canada, I’m happy to have met peer leaders and staff at York that are supportive and understanding. All of the service teams – from York International to Learning Skills Services to the Career Centre – played a role in helping me to be a better student and leader.

    Yutong Chen, 4th year Statistics student from China
  2. Whether it’s in my classes, on the varsity track team or in student clubs, I have integrated myself into many groups that make me feel like an important member of the York Community. York has become my home away from home.

    Ryan Vickers, 4th year Global Political Studies student from Barbados
  3. I have been able to grow as a person, enrich my mind with new ideas and gain a better understanding of society as a result of the discussions I have had, both inside and outside the classroom. 

    Aparna Mehta, BA ’21 Honours English  graduate from India

Have questions about admissions?

To learn more about the admissions criteria for each of our programs please contact the admissions office.

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