Transferring to York 101 Part 2: Application Documents

Posted by York & U on April 1, 2021


We’re back with the second part of the Transferring to York 101 Series. Today’s post is about the application process. If you haven’t read Part 1: Before You Apply you may want to check that out first and then come back to this one! Applying to York as a transfer student is a very straightforward process, but you need to make sure that you have all your documents in order. In this post, we’re going to let you know how to apply and what you need in order to make this transfer as easy as possible.

What Documents Do I Need?

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Make sure to note down what documents you will need

All applicants applying to an undergraduate degree or certificate studies at York need to provide the following documents:

  1. Official Transcripts (all students are required to submit official transcripts except some Mature applicants or Visiting Students on a Letter of Permission);
  2. Course Descriptions (for any postsecondary work taken outside of North America); and
  3. Language Proficiency Requirements, if necessary.

Check the required documentation page to see if the program that you are applying for requires a supplementary application requirement.

If you are only applying to York, you can use the York Undergraduate Application Form, or the Graduate Application Form if you are applying to graduate studies. The York application form is very easy! You just need to fill in a few details about yourself and your previous education. You will not be asked for any documents at this stage. Once you pay the application fee, York will notify you regarding required documents a few days later.

Success tip: Conditional admission is possible with unofficial documents; however, to be able to enrol into courses, you must provide the University with the official original transcripts before the start of classes. The official original documents must be sent to York directly by the home institution.

If you are an international applicant, be sure to visit the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website for details about study permits, work permits and what to do before and after you arrive in Canada. We also encourage you to check out the York International Immigration Overview page for documents needed to study in Canada.

Where Do I Send My Documents?

You can upload your documents through MyFile. If you need to send documents via mail, the Office of Admission’s contact information page will be helpful.

Success tip: While you wait for your admission decision, it would be a good idea to keep yourself updated with the YU Better Together website on COVID-19 related information. The Future Students Transfer website houses important information that will help you with enrolment, student finances, academic advising, online services, OSAP, transfer pathways, next steps and more!

Don’t forget to keep a track of application deadlines. If you would like to connect with a current student about student life at York, you can send an email to For admission related questions contact

Transfer Credit

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Find out how many transfer credits you will be eligible for

We touched on this in Part 1: Before You Apply, but it’s worth repeating. York is a leader in transfer credit in Canada. If you have done previous postsecondary studies and meet the requirements for transfer credit, you will receive a preliminary assessment of transfer credits on your offer of admission. The transfer credit you receive depends on: 

  • whether the courses you have taken are transferable (academically equivalent to York courses); 
  • the number of courses you have completed; 
  • grades achieved; and 
  • how your previous postsecondary studies fit with the program to which you’ve been admitted. 

Remember when we talked about course descriptions and official transcripts? This is one of the reasons that they are so important in ensuring an easy transition to York. The number of transfer credits you receive and the number of credits required to complete your degree at York may not match exactly. Depending on the program you are admitted to, you may be required to complete additional courses to meet specific program requirements. York will provide you with a final transfer credit statement once you have accepted your offer of admission. It will list the number and type of York credits you are eligible to receive toward the program to which you have been admitted. 

York also maintains transfer agreements with a number of Ontario colleges. These agreements guarantee students a predetermined number of transfer credits for the completion of specific programs. Many of our articulation agreements grant students between 30 and 60 credits toward their program at York. Learn more at the Ontario College Transfers page.

Stay tuned for the next post where we will go into more detail about transfer credit and resources for you once you’re here!

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