Study Abroad

students in exchange


Why not integrate an international element into your degree experience at York? While completing your undergraduate studies, go global with an educational travel opportunity that includes active involvement and immersion within a host country.

Check out the study abroad courses we ran in Summer 2016.

Watch LA&PS alumnus David Common, host of World Report on CBC Radio One and former New York Correspondent with CBC News, reflect on his experience as an exchange student in Stockholm, Sweden.


Academic Exchange

Study abroad at one of York’s partner institutions while earning credits towards your degree! The exchange term may be for one semester or the full academic year. Most students apply during their second year to spend their third year abroad. Visit the Academic Exchange website for more information. (Application deadline: early December)

International Internship (summer term only)

Apply your academic knowledge to an international work environment through an internship in another country or an international host in Canada. The Global Internships are 90-day placements from May to August at one of York’s designated Partner Institutions, and are not for credit. Visit the International Internship website. (Application deadline: December)

YorkU Abroad Courses (summer term only)

A YorkU Abroad course, taught by a YorkU professor for YorkU credit!

YorkU Abroad courses are offered in the summer with a combined format of two to four weeks of class instruction at the York campus, and up to four weeks abroad with your classmates and York professor in another country! The cost of a YorkU Abroad course is divided into three distinct areas: program fee (accommodation, excursions/field activities, a group meal), tuition and flight. Tuition is not included in the program fee and must be paid directly to York University as per other courses. Find out about the courses available at York International. (Application deadline: December)

Letter of Permission (LOP)

If you wish to enrol at another university abroad and have credits completed there transferred toward your York degree, you must first be granted a Letter of Permission (LOP) by the Registrar’s Office. While you are pursuing your York degree, transfer credit will not be granted for work completed at another university without the LOP. The process of completing an LOP application can be found at the Registrar’s Office.


Consider doing your practicum requirement abroad. Speak to your program coordinator, and visit Experiential Education for more information.

Experiential Trips

International field trips, designed as a component of a LA&PS course, provide students with a context to actively explore and deeply understand the concepts and methodologies of the course.
LA&PS has limited funds to support field trips and field experience opportunities, and has made a strategic decision to prioritize international travel opportunities outside North America, as these have the greatest potential to offer an enriching cultural and linguistic experience to students. Field trips to the United States may be considered for financial support in cases that involve considerable travel and significant costs.

Examples of field trips include:

  • AP/HUMA 3825 6.0 The Holocaust in Cross-Cultural Context: Canada, Germany, Poland

International Conference Presentations

Students presenting at an international conference may be eligible for a grant from the Student Experience Fund. Find out more information about Student Experience Fund eligibility here.

External Opportunities

Ontario Universities International (summer)

York University belongs to the Ontario Universities International which is a consortium of Ontario universities participating in four provincial exchange programs in Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Jiangsu (China), Maharashtra and Goa (India), and Rhône-Alpes (France). In addition to regular exchange programs with York International, OUI also offers unique summer language and research programs. More information can be found on their website.

European Union (EU) Study Tour & Internship Program

The EU Study Tour & Internship Program is organized by a consortium of Canadian universities through the Network for European Studies (Canada). York University is a member of this network and helps to ensure that the program and tour meets high standards in content and participation.

Are you interested in traveling to Europe? Learning more about the European Union and the Eurozone institutions? Working in a European institution for a few months?
The EU study tour gives you the chance to participate in a three week study tour of the EU, earn a York University credit and possibly participate in a summer internship program in Europe.
Contact Prof. Heather MacRae at

Non-York Affiliated Opportunities

Disclaimer: York University is not affiliated with these programs, and cannot advise or provide assistance to students pursuing opportunities outside of York International. Students may apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP) to determine if an external course may be eligible for transfer credit to a York degree.

Global Vision International (GVI)

GVI operates international education and research projects built around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At GVI we offer exceptional training and career development opportunities in the form of internships and service learning projects, and facilitate the ability to make a real difference in the field of conservation and community development.  Eligible students could teach English to young monks in Laos, work on women’s empowerment projects in Cape Town, assist with the rehabilitation of elephants in Thailand collect data on turtles in Costa Rica, with renowned international partners such as WWF, PADI and Save the Children.

Each year numerous students gain academic credit for completing a project with us, as well as improved problem solving, teamwork and leadership skills, international referees and contacts, and increased employability. For more information, visit:

CRCC Asia (China)

CRCC Asia offers 1-3 month internship programs starting every month all year round in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Sanya. CRCC Asia works with over 500 companies, offering a wide range of placements across various industries including Finance, Accounting, Law, Marketing/PR, Engineering, Green Tech, International Business, Pharmaceuticals, NGOs and many more. Find out more about CRCC internships on their website.

UDLAP Study Abroad Programs (Mexico)

Universidad de las Américas Puebla offers various programs for students to study in Puebla, Mexico:

  • Spanish Immersion Program
  • Summer Academic Program
  • Business Internship Program
  • Culinary Arts Program
  • Health Internship Program

All programs include lodging, meal plan, classes (Spanish or academic), workshops, cultural activities, guided visits, and cultural trips. More information can be found at the UDLAP summer programs website.

Off the Beaten Track – Summer School for Anthropologists (Malta)

The Anthropology Field School is a 20 day course in Malta, directed towards ethnography, sociology and socio-cultural anthropology students. The five working days of the week will be reserved for fieldwork, field trips, activities, as well as personalized discourse with academic experts. The course framework provides inspiration for your own fieldwork project and allows you to research topics of your interest with professional help whenever needed. Those willing will have their research guided towards a published research paper. The Off the Beaten Track Field School also offers a program on Honey Bee Culture in Gozo and Malta. For more information, visit the course website.

India- Times of Change (India)

India-Times Of Change (I-TOC) is a study program hosted by SP Jain School of Global Management in India that helps you learn how to do business in India. The summer program includes 45 hours of classroom learning, site visits, volunteering experience, weekend trips and cultural activities, with optional language credits. To learn more about the I-TOC program, visit their website.

Sant'Anna Institute-Sorrento Lingue (Italy)

Sant'Anna Institute organizes study abroad programs in Sorrento, Italy. The summer programs offer course credit through Alfred State College (SUNY), and fees include tuition, accommodation, and an excursion. Participants can take courses in Italian studies, natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and business. Internships are also available in a variety of business and art sectors. More information about Sant’Anna Institute’s programs can be found on their website.

Sant'Anna Institute is searching for eligible candidates for academic internship positions open for the upcoming Spring 2017 semester, especially in the fields of:

  • Marketing and Communications
  • Hospitality, Tourism and the Culinary Arts
  • Education

Our work placements are all done in partnership with local businesses, most of which deal with international projects and clientele. Each internship has tailored projects depending on a case-by-case basis of the needs of the student and the work placement. Students also work closely with the Internship Coordinator before and during the internship experience. See more about the internship procedure here .

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service (Germany)

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Service is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. In partnership with seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences, DAAD offers a Study Program, Internship Program, and Study & Internship program in Germany. Applicants to these programs are eligible for a travel scholarship.

DAAD also offers scholarships for students who are studying or partaking in an internship in Germany. Find out more information at the DAAD website.

University of Northampton Study Abroad Programme (UK)

The University of Northampton is launching a new study abroad programme, allowing students to immerse in the academic and social life of the University. Students will earn credit for successful completion of modules and a transcript will be provided at the end of their study. There are a wide range of modules including: Art and Design, Graphic Communication, Fashion, Photography, English Literature, Creative Writing, History, Politics, Law, Event Management, Tourism, Accounting, Finance, Sport and Exercise Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Education and many more. More information can be found on the Study Abroad Programme website.

Brazilian Experience (Brazil)

Brazilian Experience is an educational and tourism organization that offers internships in a variety of disciplines, including architecture, business, global affairs, and urban planning. Students are placed based on their academic background and interests, and are placed in home stays with a Brazilian family. Learn more about BE’s programs on their website.

Charles University: Spring University Prague 2016 (Czech Republic)

The objective of the Spring University Prague 2016, “World on the move – and Europe?”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the broad historical, political, social and cultural context of the migration phenomenon, which has become one of the most significant issues in Europe. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, group-work and student presentations. Program Dates: April 17 - 28, 20163 For detailed information, please visit their homepage:

The Balkans Peace Program (BPP) Summer 2016: International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies (Kosovo and the Balkans)

An educational program that provides students enrolled in a university outside of Kosovo and the region with the opportunity to spend three weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice in a post-conflict area right in the middle of Europe. Participants of the program will also visit three other Balkans countries, Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro. This is the fifth annual Balkans Peace Program.

The program consists of three key components: one academic course; a tour of historic and tourist sites of Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia; cultural immersion. BPP Summer 2016 takes place from August 6 to 27, 2016. Participants will be accommodated in Gjilan, located on the southeast corner of Kosovo, some 45 km southeast of Prishtina, the capital. Application Deadline: April 1, 2016. Scholarships Available.

For more information on the program, to apply, and to see testimonials from previous participants, please visit the program's website: Direct questions to:


  1. Determine your goals for going abroad, and decide which opportunity suits your needs. Speak to family members if necessary.
  2. Review the study abroad options above and FAQs.
  3. Consult with your Undergraduate Program Office (program assistant and Director) and academic advising to ensure you are meeting your program requirements, if you plan to use your international experience as part of your degree.
  4. Complete your initial research and visit the Global Cafe (Room 244 York Lanes) at York International to meet other students who have gone abroad, to hear about their experiences and to get useful information.
  5. Be mindful of information sessions and application deadlines for each category. Submit early and wait for the final results.
  6. Anticipate and start saving funds. Once you are selected, apply to any financial assistance/awards that York University might have.
  7. Attend a Pre-Departure Information Session (if applicable).
  8. Travel safe and enjoy the experience of a lifetime!