About Program Admission Requirements

Participate in the Canada-Taiwan exchange program sponsored by the Department of Human Resources Development Canada.

China, Japan and Korea — seats of ancient civilizations and modern societies of immense global significance — form the basis of this program. Bridging East Asia's dynamic modern milieu and its rich history, you will gain an appreciation of the importance of Chinese, Japanese and Korean language, literature and fine arts and of the political, economic and social impact of these nations.

New courses are being developed that deal with the areas of Southeast Asia that sustain close cultural ties with East Asia. Course offerings include:

  • Culture and Society in East Asia
  • East Asia: Tradition and Defiance
  • Japanese Culture, Literature and Film
  • Asian Art: Zen Painting and Poetry

East Asian Studies will prepare you for a career in the foreign services or in languages. Further studies may lead to a career within a multinational corporation or as a university professor.

  • Participate in the Canada-Taiwan exchange program sponsored by the Department of Human Resources Development Canada.
  • Peruse the extensive resource material in the Jerome Ch'en Resource Centre for East Asian Studies, home of more than 10,000 works of literature, history, philosophy and poetry.
  • Take advantage of The Multimedia Language Centre (MLC) of York University, a resource centre dedicated to supporting students who are enrolled in language, literature and linguistics programs.
  • Participate in research and gain valuable experience with the York Centre for Asian Research.
  • Learn from our widely respected faculty, which includes Joshua Fogel, Canada Research Chair in the History of Modern China.
Possible Career Paths: 
  • foreign service officer
  • international development worker
  • language educator
  • translator

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.