Studying Abroad

Posted by Sophie Morgan on October 18, 2018

Academic Success

Studying abroad is a great way to travel and earn credits all at the same time! In today’s #YUBlog post, we’ll be looking at the international exchange process organized through Go Global, a division of York International, beginning with why it’s a great idea to study abroad all the way to the basics of the application process. After this post, you’ll be ready to share your Lion Pride around the globe!

Please note: Before we get into the post, it’s first important to note that this #YUBlog article provides broad information about York International’s Academic Exchange program. Each student will have their own circumstances and each host institution will have their own requirements, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with these factors. Go Global’s Going on Exchange, Exchange FAQs and Where Can I Go? webpages are great starting points!

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The York International office is located at 200 York Lanes at the Keele Campus.

Why Should I Study Abroad?

Studying abroad is a great way to see the world beyond Toronto – you will experience new countries, new outlooks, new cultures, new people and new food! You’ll also be able to further develop pre-existing language and education skills in a brand-new environment. Studying abroad is also a great way to meet others who have the same interests as you. Not to mention, it looks great on a resumé and can help you stand out to employers!

Did you know? Go Global has a Student Blog – it’s a great idea to check it out if you’re interested in studying abroad. There’s no better way to learn about the experience than hearing from your peers!

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You can learn a lot about yourself and the world around you by studying in another city or country.

Types of Exchanges

Did you know that there are four areas of exchange? In this blog post, we’re only focusing on York International exchanges, but here are some other ones for you to consider:


The following are broad eligibility requirements that are applicable to most students. Please familiarize yourself with the language proficiency and host institution requirements.

  • Undergraduate students in an Honours program;
  • Graduate students of any discipline;
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the host language; and/or
  • Open to students in many financial situations, including those on OSAP.
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Go Global has many travel resources to make sure you have a fun and safe trip!

How to Apply

You can apply for an international exchange by following two main steps:

Step 1: Attend an information session

You can learn a great deal about the Academic Exchange program, ask questions and meet previous exchange students by attending an information session. This is also where you’ll receive the code to access Go Global’s online application form, which is where you will apply for the program.

York International runs weekly information sessions from now until mid-November. Be sure to check out York International’s calendar to stay up-to-date on the latest session dates and times!

Step 2: Apply!

The next thing you’ll need to do is apply online! You will be required to fill in the online application form, which can only be accessed with the security code you receive from the information session. Don’t forget, you’ll also need to upload:

  • Your resumé;
  • A departmental verification form;
  • A language assessment form; and
  • A reference form.

The deadline to go on exchange in the 2019-2020 academic year is Monday, December 3 at 4pm.

Students will be notified if they have been selected for an academic exchange in January and February. Selection is generally based on your academic record, personal adaptability, relevance of the host’s institution program for degree requirements and participation in university and community life.

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You can study abroad during any of your years at York University!

Now that you have everything you need to know about the application process, let’s hear from a student who has actually gone through it all herself. Carrie Ewins, an undergraduate Biology student, studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia at Monash University during the Winter semester of her third year. Here’s her advice for all of you who are considering an international experience:

“The primary piece of advice I give to students considering exchange is to start the application early and be organized. Do research on the York U Go Global website and on institutions and countries that spark your interest. Attend the information sessions, and ask questions to the lovely Go Global staff. There are many deadlines for forms, applications, etc., since going abroad is no small feat. But in the end, all of the work is more than worth it by the experience you will have.”

If you have any questions, please contact the Exchange Team. Once you attend an information session, you may also be in touch with Global Learning Assistants who are there to help you along the way!

And there you have it, Lions – all the basics you need to know about studying abroad! I hope that this information has inspired you to consider an international exchange and expand your experiences beyond Toronto.

If you have any questions about international exchanges, please leave a comment below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents!

Sophie Morgan
Sophie Morgan

Sophie Morgan is a second-year Professional Writing and French Studies double major at York U. She is an avid writer, a baking enthusiast and a full-time cat-sitter. She hopes that her posts will inform and inspire both prospective and current York U students!

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