Study Abroad

students in exchange

DON’T JUST LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD...
EXPERIENCE IT!

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.

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.

Opportunities

Academic Exchange

Study abroad on Academic Exchange at one of York’s 120+ international partner institutions, in more than 40 countries, 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)

Funding is available from the Faculty of LA&PS for up to $1,500 towards additional costs for going on an academic exchange.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

Global 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 40+ organizations in 25 different countries.  The Global Internships are not for credit. Visit the International Internship website. (Application deadline: December)

Funding is available from the Faculty of LA&PS for Global Internships.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

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: January)

There will not be any YorkU Abroad Courses offered by the Faculty of LA&PS for Summer 2017.

Funding is available from the Faculty of LA&PS for up to $1,000 towards the program fee for the YorkU Abroad course.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

Check out the study abroad courses offered by the Faculty of LA&PS in Summer 2016.

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.

Funding is available from the Faculty of LA&PS in varied amounts towards additional costs for completing a Letter of Permission.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

Practicum

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

Funding is available from the Faculty of LA&PS for up to $1,000 towards additional costs for completing your Practicum requirement abroad.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

Experiential Trips

International/Experiential 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.

Examples of field trips include:

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

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.

Funding is available from the Faculty of LA&PS for up to $1,000 towards additional costs for participating in an Experiential Trip.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

International Conference Presentations

Students who have been invited to present at an international conference are eligible to receive funding support.

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

Additional Funding is also available from the Faculty of LA&PS in varied amounts towards additional costs for presenting at an international conference.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

External Opportunities

Funding is available from the Faculty of LA&PS in varied amounts towards additional costs for participating in any of the opportunities listed below.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

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 hmacrae@yorku.ca

Preparation

  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!