Applying to York U: International Applicants

Posted by Shannon Hui on November 7, 2017


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Are you applying to York University this fall? The #YUBlog team has created a three-part series called “Applying to York U” to guide you through the application process. Throughout the series, we will cover the different admissions requirements for Canadian high-school students, international applicants and mature and college/university transfer students.

Are you an international student applying to York University this fall? Applying to university is exciting, but it can also be time-consuming: it’s important to stay organized and informed about the application and admissions process. This is the second installment of the #YUBlog’s series “Applying to York U,” and this time we will focus on the admissions process for international applicants. If you are a Canadian high-school student, check out our first post in the series, “Applying to York U: Canadian High-School Students.”

Step 1: Learn About York U

There are many factors to consider when choosing a university, and it’s important to do your research before applying to get an idea of the school that is the best fit for you. The York University Facebook page and the York University Future Students website are great resources to learn more about student life at York U (especially if you are an international student, making it difficult to visit the campus in-person). Take a look at our previous post “Finding Your University Fit” for tips on choosing the school that best fits your goals and interests.

Before you apply to York U, it’s important to make sure that you meet the minimum admission and language requirements specific to your country. You can find more information on the Admission and Application Countries Minimum Requirements page.

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Learn more about student life at York U.

Step 2: Research and Review Your Program

After learning more about York U, research the programs that you are interested in by using the Program Search page and review the admission requirements for each program, as they may vary. When it comes to choosing a program that’s the right fit for you, it will help to ask yourself these questions:

  • What classes/subjects do I enjoy the most?
  • What classes/subjects have I done well in?
  • What are my career goals?
  • What do I like to do in my spare time?

International students must also demonstrate language proficiency in their program’s language of instruction to qualify for admission. Programs at York U’s Keele Campus are offered in English and programs at York U’s Glendon Campus are offered in both English and French. Each faculty has different minimum score requirements for a range of accepted language tests, which include the York English Language Test (YELT), TOEFL (English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). More information can be found on the Language Proficiency Requirements page.

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Research your program options to find the one that fits you best.

Step 3: Prepare for Your Application

International students can apply to York U directly by using the York University Application form or through the 105 application on the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre website if you plan to apply to multiple universities in Ontario. Before you apply, it’s essential that you have all your information on hand. For example, you will need to include the following information in your application, as well as program-specific supporting documents:

Personal Information: This includes details such as your name, date of birth, first language, citizenship or status in Canada.

Contact Information: You will need to list your phone number(s) and email and mailing addresses. Make sure that you keep this information updated and use an email that you check regularly.

Academic Background: You will need to include information about the high school or postsecondary institutions you have attended.

Language requirements: International applicants will also need to submit their scores for specific language tests to demonstrate language proficiency in your program’s language of instruction.

Make sure you keep track of the application deadlines and visit the Deadlines for Undergraduate Study page. For international students who wish to start classes at York U in Fall 2018, the application deadline is March 7, 2018. However, this deadline can vary based on the program, as some programs have earlier application dates. Ensure that you are up-to-date on your specific program deadlines.

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Enter all important deadlines in your calendar so you can stay on track

Step 4: Review and Submit Your Application

Before submitting your application through the York University Application form or OUAC, review your information and ensure that it’s correct. Upon submitting, you must pay a non-refundable application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an email containing your York U reference number, which will allow you to check the status of your application on MyFile and submit your required supporting documents before the deadline. Double check that this email doesn’t end up in your spam or junk folder!

Step 5: Submit All Required Documentation

Once you have your York U reference number, you will be required to submit the following documents on MyFile to complete your application to York U:

  1. Official Transcript: You will need to upload a transcript with your final grades for all secondary and postsecondary courses (if applicable). Transcripts, certificates and other formal academic credentials not in English or French must also be translated by a certified translator and included with the original document.
  2. Course Descriptions: If you have completed postsecondary courses outside of North America, you will need to supply the course description.
  3. Language Proficiency Requirements: You will need to submit your language proficiency test scores in this section.
  4. Supplementary Application: If you are applying to the Schulich School of Business, Faculty of Education or Social Work at York U, you will need to submit a secondary application.
  5. Supplementary Evaluation process: If you are applying to the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design you will need to submit a portfolio or other works specified in your program description to supplement your application.

Visit the Required Documentation for Undergraduate Applicants page for more information.

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Make a list to keep track of your required documentation

Step 6: Accept Your Offer of Admission and Maintain Your Eligibility

If you received an offer of admission to York University, congratulations! Accepting your offer on MyFile is the final step in the application process. Keep in mind that most offers of admission are conditional, so ensure that you maintain your eligibility and continue to meet the admission conditions outlined in your Offer of Admission.

At this stage, you will also need to apply for a study permit to study in Canada. Visit the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website for more information. For more information on the next steps to becoming a York Lion, visit the York U Admitted website and connect with York U on Facebook, Twitter and read this blog to stay up-to-date on campus life. Good luck with your applications!

What are your application tips? Comment below or tweet us on Twitter at @YorkUStudents.

Shannon Hui
Shannon Hui

Shannon is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program at York U. She is also an ice cream fanatic (especially for chocolate chip cookie dough), bookworm and stationery enthusiast, and she hopes York students enjoy reading her posts!

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    Zahida Parveen

    For Language Proficiency Requirements the myfile have no option for upload ….what i should do for this situation?

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    Isaac Agyenim Boateng

    Please this is very useful but as an international student from Ghana, can you help me get in touch with someone if possible a Ghanaian in York university who will help me in my application process. the designated people do not get in touch with me so can you help me with it?