York World Scholars


York University, known for championing new ways of thinking, invites international students to apply to the York World Scholars (YWS) program. YWS is hosted by York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, which is home to a vast array of world-class programs in the humanities, the social sciences, languages and professional fields.

The selection process is competitive. We are looking for high-achieving students with strong oral and written communication skills, who want to pursue a double major – a combination of two programs resulting in a unique degree. We are seeking students who are motivated by the chance to explore their academic passions, lead global change and pursue their career aspirations.

As a York World Scholar, you will acquire both breadth and depth, knowledge and skill. You will build a solid foundation for your career goals, distinguish yourself with a unique education and benefit from the experience of living in Toronto, Ontario – home to a dynamic economy and its famed multiculturalism. Our Faculty is a microcosm of the world already, with students from 127 countries.

What makes the YWS program compelling and different?

We support you every step along your pathway to completion!

Our top 10 scholars will be invited to join the World Scholars program, and if successful, will receive $10,000 scholarship over a two-year period ($5,000 at point of admission and $5,000 in year-two based on Grade Point Average minimum of 8.00 (A average)).  This scholarship may be held in conjunction with any other University-wide scholarships/awards received.

Throughout your program, you will be mentored by professors who will guide you through the four years you spend at York. At the end of your second year, York World Scholars will come together during a retreat to reflect on the journey so far and to get the advice needed for the next two years. In your final year, all World Scholars will participate in a World Scholars capstone seminar where you will undertake unique opportunities for research or practical learning. With the completion of your program, you will benefit from having knowledge in two subject areas that can help you stay competitive in the workforce or proceed towards advanced studies.

Imagine yourself: Who will you be after you graduate as a World Scholar?

    • An economist who can negotiate a peace treaty.
    • An expert on women’s rights whose revolutionary urban design makes cities safe for women.
    • A diplomat who can flawlessly predict the stock market.
    • A ground-breaking cognitive scientist who takes the world of IT by storm!

The possibilities are as boundless as your imagination.

York University is accepting applications now. If you imagine yourself as a York World Scholar, and you’d like to learn more, email goyork@yorku.ca without delay.

FAQs for Students

What is a double major?

A double major consists of one bachelor’s degree with TWO full undergraduate specializations. A student who double-majors completes all the degree requirements in two separate programs whereas a single major student completes requirements for only one. With careful planning, a double major can be completed in the same time frame as a single major and at no additional cost.

Is the York World Scholars program right for me?

Are you intellectually curious, passionate about more than one subject? Do you have an appetite for challenging assumptions and questioning conventional wisdom? Are you equally competent in both math and the social science/humanities? Are you looking for ways to combine the theoretical and practical? Have you been thinking about ways to enhance your career prospects? Then a double major is right for you!

What advantages will a double major give me?

  • It will open a world of opportunities you may not have thought of.
  • You can pursue post-graduate work in either field.
  • It will differentiate you from your peers and help you stay competitive in the workforce.
  • It will lead you to new discoveries and new connections between disciplines.
  • It will immerse you in a rich intellectual dialogue that will expand your world view and the view of others around you.
  • A double major can help you become a more flexible, adaptable and creative problem solver.

Are there any additional costs in comparison to a single Major?

No. There are no additional fees charged for students in a double major.

Can I work while I study?

Yes, international students can work both on and off campus. York International – our primary support office for all visiting international students – has details on the York International website. Keep in mind immigration requirements.

What program options are available?

For the York World Scholars program, any double major combination within the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) are available.

Select from all the LA&PS double major combinations here.

What are the requirements for a Double Major?

A double major is an honours degree usually requiring 120 credits broken down as follows:

General Education credits 21
Major credit requirement for 2 Majors 96
York World Scholars capstone 3
Total number of credits required 120

Note that a typical half-year course is 3 credits.

How many students will be recruited to the program?

We will admit 10 students to this program for the Fall/Winter 2018/19 academic year.

What are the entrance requirements?

You must meet York’s international admission requirements.

Two additional statements of interest are also required for application. See below for details.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, students admitted to the YWS program may be eligible to receive two Faculty scholarships in addition to other University-wide scholarships and awards:

York World Scholars (YWS) Scholarship
In joining the YWS program, you will receive a $5,000 scholarship upon admission.  Upon completion of Year 1 with a Grade Point Average of 8.00 (A average), you will then receive an additional $5,000 scholarship.  To be eligible for the YWS scholarship, you must submit an application to York University and both statements of interest no later than June 1, 2018.

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies International Student Entrance Scholarship
As a York World Scholar applicant you will be automatically considered for the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies International Student Entrance Scholarship. Eligible candidates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) between 90% and 94.9% will receive $2,000; candidates with a GPA of 95% or higher will receive $3,000.

Scholarships will be awarded based on your final entering grade point average and your written statements of interest.

For a complete listing of international student entrance scholarships and awards, see Scholarships & Financial Aid page.

How can I apply?

Applying to the YWS program is a two-step process:

1. International applicants can apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) (if they are interested in applying to other Ontario Universities)
they can use the York online application (if they are interested in applying to York only).

When submitting the OUAC application, you will choose your FIRST major. See the program list above for choices and use the Program Search to learn more about your program.

2. After submitting the OUAC application, we require two statements of interest.
a. A statement of 400 words describing the double major combination you have chosen and why.
b. A statement of 200 words explaining who you envision yourself to be in the next five years.

Submit these statements to goyork@yorku.ca in PDF format.

DEADLINE: The OUAC application and both statements are due no later than June 1, 2018.

What happens after I apply?

The Office of Admissions will assess your application. If you are admitted, we will inform you of the decision by email. You can also check the status of your application on MyFile. Be sure to submit all required documents so that your application is processed efficiently.

By June 29, 2018, we will inform you whether you have been admitted to the YWS program and whether you qualify for a scholarship.

I got accepted to York but not to the YWS program. Can I still come?

Yes! You can still pursue a double major program or choose a single major instead.

I've already been accepted to a LA&PS program for Fall 2018. Can I still apply for the YWS program?

Yes. Simply submit the two required statements of interest in PDF format to goyork@yorku.ca by June 1, 2018. Be sure to clearly identify yourself on the statements - full name, York student ID number.

Am I eligible for transfer credit if accepted into the YWS program?

The standard rules and process apply regarding transfer credit.

I have questions. Who do I contact?

We have a dedicated team available to respond to your questions about the York World Scholar program:

  • Mathew Harper, Director Strategic Enrolment Management, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University.
  • Professor Narda Razack, Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University.

Email us at goyork@yorku.ca. We will respond within 48 hours.