About Program Admission Requirements

Learn about literature from a multitude of countries and time periods, focus on the inner workings of the English language in linguistics courses or concentrate on dramatic texts from international English-speaking countries — all in a quintessential small class setting.

Looking for hands-on experience?

If you’re interested in teaching English, consider the Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language (D-TEIL) Certificate; these students go to Cuba for three weeks to teach English. Is writing your passion? Pair your degree with our Certificate in Technical & Professional Communication. Headed for the communications industry? Students in the fourth-year course Professional Communications are placed in an internship during their second semester.

Apprenez à connaître la littérature de nombreux pays et de différentes époques. Explorez le fonctionnement de la langue grâce à des cours de linguistique et d’étude des langues, ou étudiez des textes dramatiques de pays anglophones, dans nos petites classes. 

Vous souhaitez acquérir une expérience pratique ?

Si l’enseignement de l’anglais vous intéresse, considérez notre certificat D-TEIL (Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language) : les étudiants du programme vont enseigner l’anglais à Cuba pendant trois semaines. La rédaction vous passionne ? Combinez votre diplôme avec notre certificat en « Technical and Professional Communication ». Vous voulez travailler dans le secteur des communications ? Les étudiants du cours de quatrième année « Professional Communications » font un stage pendant leur deuxième semestre d’études.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • The Literary Text: Genres and Approaches
  • The Structure of English
  • a language course (depending on language level, you would take French as a second language course, an English as a second language course or a discipline course taught in your second language)
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Introduction to Law and Social Thought

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • English teacher
  • publications editor
  • author

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

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 (GCE). (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 combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components 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.