Benefits of Taking Summer Courses at York U

Posted by Mia Tran on February 25, 2020


Now that we’re almost in March and the Summer 2020 course schedules are available, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about summer – summer courses, that is. As someone who has taken quite a few summer courses during their time at York University, I am here to help you consider whether or not to take on a summer course load in 2020!

As always, if you are unsure about taking summer courses, or which courses to take, you should speak with your Faculty’s Academic Advisor.

Note: Each Faculty has different limits for the number of credits you can take during the summer session. Please confirm your Faculty’s guidelines before enrolling in any Summer courses.

You can find York U’s list of Summer courses through the York Courses Website.

1. Schedule Flexibility

If you don’t already know, summer courses at York U are divided into three terms: S1 (early May to mid-June), S2 (mid-June to mid-August), and SU (early May to mid-August).

Depending on your preference and personal plan for the summer, the shorter duration of S1 and S2 terms can be beneficial because you can finish a course in just a month and a half. It is important to keep this in mind when you’re selecting your courses, because the S1 and S2 terms offer accelerated courses over an 8-week period instead of the 12 weeks we’re used to in the Fall/Winter terms. If you find that your learning style needs the full 12 weeks, then you may want to stick to SU courses.

Another thing to consider is the number of credits you want to take! Courses with a higher credit value may meet on a condensed schedule with multiple classes per week. Before you sign up for the course, consider how you will manage your time to handle the schedule and pace.

Organize your Summer courses to best suit your schedule – if you know that you’re going to be very busy in July and August, take Summer courses in the S1 term

Personally, when I took my first S1 course, I did not really understand how it worked yet. After two weeks I started changing my study habits to adapt to the pace of the course. Once I got the hang of everything, it was great for me, because I found that style of course to fit my learning style and I was able to finish three credits in under two months. Trust me when I tell you how accomplished you will feel once you are done with a S1/S2 course!

2. You can take Summer courses all over the world!

If you want to enrol in summer courses but you also want to go back home if you’re not from Toronto or travel somewhere new, York U has some amazing options for you!

Visit the Summer Abroad @ YorkU website and check out the York International Calendar to find the next information session!

Did you know you can take York U courses abroad? Summer Abroad @ York U offers courses in places such as Los Angeles, the Netherlands, the Philippines and many more locations. All the courses are taught by York U Professors, too. Maximize your time at University and do some summer courses while you visit your home country or travel to a new one. For more information, please visit the Summer Abroad @ YorkU website and check out the York International Calendar to see their information session schedule.

  • Online Courses

Even though online courses are offered during the Fall and Winter terms as well, I found them to be the most beneficial in the Summer. These courses can be done on your own time, so if you want to spend time in the sun or spend the days with your family and friends, you can enrol in online courses and study from home! Visit the courses website and choose eLearning Courses under your Search tab to explore your options for online (ONLN) courses.

3. Early Graduation

Getting a degree earlier than expected is one of the benefits that summer school could offer you.

During my first year, a lot of my friends and I were still in the mindset of how high school works, which meant we all thought ‘summer school’ is meant for grade improvement for some courses you did not do very well in during the school year. However, summer courses at university are different. You can enrol in new courses, but you are also more than welcome to retake a course if you want to.

If you apply for different courses than during the Fall/Winter term, you can accumulate credits and graduate earlier! If you want to dedicate a bit of your time and effort to go to school in the summer and get ahead of your credit requirements, it will definitely pay off when you get to hold your degree much earlier than expected.

Finding the right balance is important.

We hope this blog post has shown you the advantages of taking summer courses. If you are now convinced, don’t forget to check your enrolment time and start looking for the various classes that are offered in the summer!

Did you have any other questions about Summer Courses? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @YorkUStudents!

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    Brian Clair

    Hi Mia,

    You have written quite an impressive and well-detailed article for the Summer Course aspirants. The points that have been mentioned here will surely help the young lads to start their career journey and enhance their self-confidence with the Summer Courses. I was looking for a Summer Program for my younger sister which helps her utilize this summertime as well as follow her passion along. This would of great help to her especially the three points you’ve mentioned in this article would explain her better the importance of joining a Summer course at York U.

    Thank you so much for putting everything in a detailed manner.

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      Mia Tran

      Hi Brian,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I hope your younger sister has had a great summer semester and I’m glad to hear my post has helped you both!

      Thanks for visiting YuBlog!