Reminders for International Applicants

Posted by Shannon Hui on March 6, 2018

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Are you an international student dreaming of studying in Canada? If you have already applied to York U, you know that applying for university admission is a multi-step process which requires you to stay organized and informed. This is especially true if you are an international applicant. There are many things you have to keep in mind, from finding living accommodations to ensuring your supporting documents are received on time. Our latest #YUBlog post is written to keep international applicants up-to-date regarding your York University application. Read the important reminders below to make sure that your application is complete!

Success tip: Some York U programs are still accepting applications, so if you haven’t already applied, it may not be too late!

Step One: Submit Your Language Test Results

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate proficiency in your program’s language of instruction. For most programs at York U, the language of instruction is English. Students studying at York U’s Glendon campus can demonstrate proficiency in either English or French.  The recommended deadline for submitting your language test results is April 15. It is strongly encouraged that you submit your result as soon as possible to ensure it is processed on time.

Below are some of the language tests accepted at York U, and the minimum score you will need to be considered for admission.  These are general guidelines only. Complete information about our language requirements can be found online at the Language Proficiency Requirements page.

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A table outlining the English language proficiency test requirements at York U.

Applicants below the minimum test requirements may be offered conditional admission to York U. In this case, you will either need to submit a successful language score before beginning classes (typically by August 1) or you can register at our English Language Institute (YUELI) and successfully complete language training prior to the start of class.  Pursuing a program at YUELI has an additional cost and is not part of the regular degree program.

Located at our Keele Campus, YUELI offers a variety of language training options. Featuring small class sizes (around 16 students) and friendly instructors, around 1,500 international students from 50 different countries enroll each year. The program details and eligibility criteria are specified below.

Image taken from York University's International Handbook 2018-2019
Check out this table highlighting the English training programs offered by YUELI!

Step Two: Submit Your Supporting Documents

You must submit your supporting documents via MyFile to complete your application to York U. You must submit the following documents online:

  1. Transcript or predicted/mock/anticipated results: You will need to upload  transcripts for any secondary or postsecondary studies you have completed. If you are still completing your secondary schooling, these transcripts might be referred to as your “mid-term transcript,” “predicted results,” “mock examination results” or “anticipated results” (depending on which curriculum you are studying).  Transcripts, certificates and other formal academic credentials not in English or French must 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 for each course on your transcript.
  3. Language Proficiency Requirements: You will need to submit your language proficiency test scores to complete your application.
  4. Supplementary Application: If you are applying to the Schulich School of Business, the Faculty of Education, or pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts at the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design or a Social Work degree at York U, you will need to submit a secondary application.
  5. Supplementary Evaluation Process: Some programs will require a supplementary evaluation process which will be specified on your MyFile account.

For more information, visit the Required Documentation for Undergraduate Applicants webpage.

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Don’t forget to submit all of your required documents to complete your application to York U.

Step Three: Check MyFile and Your Email for Updates

York University will communicate with you through MyFile and your email account so it’s important to check both of them regularly. Don’t forget to check the junk folder of your email as you don’t want an important notice to get lost!

MyFile allows you to:

  • Check the status of your application;
  • Upload required documents;
  • Accept your offer of admission; and
  • Apply for residence.

Please note that the deadline to accept your offer of admission is May 1 and the deadline to apply for residence is June 1. If you would like to know more about York U’s residence options, take a look at our previous post, “The First Year’s Guide to York U Residence.”

Step Four: Learn About York U

Once you’ve double-checked that your York U application is complete, it’s time to do your research about life as York U Lion. By looking into student clubs on the YU Connect website, taking a tour of campus and exploring financial aid options, you will be better prepared for the new experiences that await you. Finally, use these social media resources to learn more about York U:

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Do your research to learn more about life as a York U Lion!

If you have questions regarding the York U admissions process, contact York U’s Admissions Experts online, in person or by telephone from 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9am to 6:30pm on Wednesday and from 10am to 4pm on Friday. Please note that the hours listed are Eastern Standard Time.

 Are you an international student applying to York University? 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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