Applying to York U: An International Student Guide

By York University Modified on December 02, 2019

Get answers to all your questions about the international application process.

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We understand that applying to university as an international student can be an overwhelming process. We're here to help! We've put together a guide to help you throughout each phase of the York University application process:

1. Admission Requirements

Now that you have taken the first few steps towards your university journey, you should narrow down your programs of interest and review their specific admission requirements. Be sure that you have completed or plan to meet these requirements before submitting your application.

2. English Proficiency Tests (IELTS & TOEFL)

To gain admission to York University, you must demonstrate language proficiency in your program's language of instruction. York accepts submissions from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) for international applications. You may be exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS result based on your academic background, so we recommend you check the requirements for specific programs and possible exemptions.

Interested in studying at York University but don't meet the English requirements? You may want to consider enrolling at the York University English Language Institute (YUELI). YUELI provides the highest quality English language instruction, serving over 2,000 students from over 50 different countries every year! YUELI's programs include university academic preparation programs, summer language institutes and customized programs.

3. Application Process

Assuming you meet the requirements, it's time to apply! An important thing to note about applying to York University are the application deadlines. After you have confirmed that your program is still accepting applications, you can apply directly through York University or the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). Your OUAC application will be sent directly to York University.

4. After submitting your application

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming your application and containing your York Reference Number. This generally takes 5 to 7 business days, so don't worry if you haven't received one right away!

5. Get your documents together

While you are waiting for your email confirmation, it is a good time to get all of your documents ready so that you are prepared for the next steps. You'll need to get transcripts from your high school(s) or any other educational institutions you have previously attended. If you have multiple transcripts, combine them into one PDF; this will make the process much easier when you upload your documents to your MyFile account. You will receive information on how to access your York University MyFile account in your application confirmation email. Unless requested, you should not submit any documents by mail.

Once documents have been submitted, you can then track the progress of your application online through your MyFile account. It is your responsibility to ensure York University receives all the required supporting documentation in a timely manner. The application processing period takes approximately six to eight weeks and it begins after all the supporting documents have been received by the Admissions Office.

We hope this guide helps you throughout your application process to York University. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter. We can't wait to see you on campus!