International Students


The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides support for international graduate students who have joined York to pursue a graduate degree. In close association with York International, we strive to enrich the educational experiences of international graduate students, including those who are coming to York University as exchange and/or visiting students. Apart from offering various academic and financial supports necessary to smooth out the transition of international students, FGS also seeks to ensure that international students succeed in their academic endeavours.


Admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies are applicable to both domestic and international applicants. Prospective international students should consult with their graduate program any additional requirements including English language proficiency.

If your first language is not English, you must show you have an acceptable level of English by completing a language proficiency test.

Please visit English Language Proficiency for more information.

For Admission to a Master's or Doctoral Program

The information provided here is a guide in determining how your academic credentials compare to York's minimum admission requirements. Please visit International Credentials for more information.


International students are required to obtain appropriate documentation from Canadian diplomatic missions abroad to study in Canada. It is essential that prospective international applicants submit the required application documents within the appropriate time frame.

Please visit York International - Immigration Information for more information.


There are numerous support services on York's campuses tailored specifically to international students to support their academic aspirations and social well-being.

York International

York welcomes you to our university community as a part of our 5000-strong international student population. Whether you are a current international student at York or are thinking of studying abroad, York International is here to help you enrich your education and gain valuable international experience. Support services include:

  • International Student Advising - Our advisors can assist you with your questions on matters of immigration, finances, housing, employment, and social and cultural issues
  • Peer Mentor Program - Designed to support incoming international students in their transition to York University, Toronto and Canada

Please visit York International for more information.

Teaching Commons

The Teaching Commons  offers specialized International Teaching Assistant (TA) orientation sessions and workshops that address the Canadian ITA experience here at York University.  Each September, ITAs have the option of choosing one of two ITA Orientation Workshops.  In addition to providing resources and guidance to prepare ITAs for the Canadian classroom experience at York, these sessions will allow ITAs the opportunity to share, discuss and explore how their nationality and cultural distinctiveness can become an asset to the York learning community in their new role as an ITA.

Please visit Teaching Commons for more information.

International Student Clubs

York University is home to over 300 student clubs and organizations that fall under various categories, including over 50 Cultural and Linguistic groups.

All student clubs and organizations are accessible in YU Connect, which offers the Co-Curricular Record, a component of the YU Connect system that tracks and logs your involvement outside of class. The Co-Curricular Record complements graduate school, internship and job applications as an official list of your involvement at York University.

Please visit Student Clubs and Organizations for more information.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies offers courses designed for students who speak English as a second language (ESL). These credit courses help students improve their English and develop knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an academic program.

Please visit Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies - ESL for more information.