The World within Your Reach

Posted by Garima on July 19, 2016

International | Student Life

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Ever since I was young, I was told to travel; traveling didn’t only leave you speechless, it turned you into a storyteller. And as I have grown up, I could not agree more.

Although I’ve had my fair share of international opportunities — both educational and personal — I have always searched for more. Not only does traveling increase your ability to understand other cultures, it allows you to view situations with a dynamic lens. To expand our horizons, make global connections and study/work internationally, York International and numerous units in the YorkU community have established initiatives that allow us students to put the world within our reach, all while completing our degrees. Some ways you can internationalize your degree include, but aren’t limited to:

York Exchange Program

Thanks to the York Exchange Program, students have the opportunity to study abroad in another country for a semester or a whole year. While exchanges are available to all York students through York International, Glendon College, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Schulich School of Business additionally offer their own exchange opportunities for students in those Faculties.

Important things to note:

  • Credits completed abroad can be applied to your York degree.
  • Tuition is paid to York University instead of your host institution.

Want more details? Sign up for an information session.

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A little town in Italy.

Summer-Abroad Course

Summer-abroad courses give students the perfect opportunity to study around the world — without committing to a full exchange program! These summer courses, taught by YorkU professors, require:

  • two to four weeks of study at York University;
  • three weeks to one month of study in locations outside of Canada.

Half-year (3.0) and full-year (6.0) credits can be earned through the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) or the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD). Currently, York offers 11 summer-abroad courses in six different countries including Italy, France, Germany, Greece and Spain.

Nota bene: Look out for my upcoming post, which will give you an in-depth look into one summer-abroad course. (Hint: the name of the country to which students travel starts with an S.)

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What I imagine studying in another country to look like.

York’s Global Internships

York’s Global Internships allow students to work in another country or with an international host inside Canada. These internships last for three months during the summer, with placements open to students from various disciplines. While these positions are unpaid, each student selected to partake in a global internship automatically receives the York International Internship Award (worth $3,000) to offset the cost of living expenses. Learn more about York’s Global Internships and the selection process here.

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Internationally Focused Degrees

York has a variety of international degree programs that prepare you for success in the global workforce. In this complete list of programs offered at YorkU, look for the i in the degree to indicate internationalizing options,

Some international degrees at York include:

iBA and iBSc at Glendon

The International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) and the International Bachelor of Science (iBSc) degrees follow the same structure as the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BSc), but with three additional international components:

  • internationally oriented courses
  • practical experience from an exchange
  • bilingual/trilingual certifications on graduation

For more information about iBA and iBSc programs at Glendon, visit the Glendon page.

iBBA at the Schulich School of Business

The International Bachelor of Business Administration (iBBA) degree allows students to gain a competitive edge in the global business world through:

  • internationally focused courses
  • a language course
  • a mandatory exchange in third or fourth year

With this program, students can develop their cross-cultural communication skills and gain hands-on experience.

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International Student Mentor Program

The International Student Peer Program, run by York International, gives students the opportunity to help new international students navigate the YorkU campus and ease their transition to Toronto. This program allows students to cultivate life-long relationships, learn about other cultures and become eligible to receive a certificate of recognition. Questions about this program and how to get involved can be directed to

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Navigating campus can be challenging, but these signs sure do help.

Study a Language

Being one of the most multicultural universities in Ontario, York has countless programs for students to learn new languages through the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics. With horizon-broadening languages such as American Sign Language (ASL), Classical Greek, and Chinese (Mandarin), you really can’t go wrong with a language course.



Want to gain international experience outside of school? AIESEC York is perfect for you! AIESEC connects students to non-governmental organizations and businesses for volunteer and work experience around the world. Make sure to watch Justin Trudeau speak about AIESEC and its value.


Aside from the lengthy list of benefits mentioned above, York recognizes students who add international components to their degrees. For students that accumulate 60 or more points, York administers an official letter of recognition — an asset to any job application. A simplified breakdown of the point system can be found below:

Sign listing International education experiences as 50 points, International & language courses as 10 points and co-curricular international experiences as 10 points.

Note: All 60 points cannot be from the same category, conditions apply.

Having an international perspective — whether that is through traveling to different countries or learning about them in the comfort your own home — is not only a great experience but also something that adds value to your life. With that being said, I leave you with one of my favourite quotes from Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook:

Image of a gray sky with just the top of a sunlit house showing, the words "What would you do if you weren't afraid" superimposed.

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Garima is a second-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Student at YorkU . She no longer blogs regularly for the YU Blog but may post on occasion as a guest-blogger.

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