Located in Toronto, Ontario, the most populous city and province of Canada, respectively, York University is a higher education institution that is helping to shape the global thinkers and the wisdom that will define tomorrow’s leaders and the future, not just in Canada but in the world as a whole.
York University is Canada's third largest university, boasting a commitment to excellence which reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets the school apart.
A degree from York University empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education.
In addition to being an institution of academic excellence, York University is also a globally recognized research center, one that is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York’s eleven faculties and 28 research centers are thinking bigger, broader and more globally than ever, partnering with 288 leading universities worldwide. York's community has never been stronger—a community which now boasts roughly 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 250,000 alumni.
Mission Statement of York University
According to the school’s multifunctional and excellently-laid-out website, the mission of York University is the pursuit, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. The school promises excellence in research and teaching in pure, applied and professional fields, and it regularly tests the boundaries and structures of knowledge and cultivates the critical intellect.
York University is a huge part of the Toronto area, Canada and the world in general, a dynamic, metropolitan and multicultural center of learning in a city that is perhaps more diversified than any other on the planet. York University regularly encourages bilingual study and values diversity. The school is open to the world, consistently exploring the concerns of the global community.
A community of faculty, students, staff, alumni and volunteers committed to academic freedom, social justice, accessible education, and collegial self-governance, York University makes innovation its tradition.
The motto of York University is Tentanda Via—“the way must be tried.”
Faculties of York University
Among the finest in Canada and the world, the faculties of York University introduce students to a broad perspective of the world that results in original thought and theory. The school’s flexible interdisciplinary approach provides students with an amazing variety of academic opportunities, where learning and debate are not only valued but strongly encouraged. Moreover, to complement interdisciplinary thinking, students can combine majors in completely different fields, ensuring that students can create a program that best meets their needs, and thus allows them to get the most out of their academic experience. Without going into a detailed listing of the hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree offerings at York University, its faculties include the:
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Environmental Studies
- Faculty of Fine Arts
- Faculty of Graduate Studies
- Faculty of Health
- Lassonde School of Engineering
- Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
- Osgoode Hall Law School
- Schulich School of Business
- Faculty of Science
York University and International Students
Just like Canada itself, York University thrives on its multiculturalism, which is why the institution strongly encourages its students to take advantage of its various international activities, including exchange programs through its international partners. York University also encourages international students from around the world to consider studying at its campus, promising a truly multicultural, Canadian and interdisciplinary experience.
York International is the central international education office of York University. It develops and administers student mobility programs; provides programs and services for international students; and designs and coordinates co-curricular activities that internationalize the York community. The principal priority of York International is to provide leadership and a coherent vision to all international activities at York University.
International Student Entrance Requirements
For students hailing from most countries around the world, York University considers the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in their home country: (usually) successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or its equivalent.
Students may also have to meet some faculty-specific requirements (available for view on the school’s website), since some programs offered by certain faculties have higher averages or have supplementary procedures for admission.
Because most programs are instructed in English at York University, students will have to demonstrate at least a basic proficiency in that language prior to admission into most programs. For students who may need some extra assistance in meeting this requirement, the York University’s English Language Institute (YUELI) is the ideal place to improve English language skills for university entrance and/or professional advancement.
Important to keep in mind is that York University is a highly selective university; therefore, meeting the minimum admission requirements and deadline dates is not a guarantee of admission. Only the most qualified candidates will be considered.
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