About Program Admission Requirements

Study for a year in Europe through one of our many exchange or internship programs.

This Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies program incorporates the study of Eastern and Central Europe, the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Russia and Turkey, as well as Western Europe. We examine European developments from the Middle Ages to present day. You can study Europe in general or focus your studies on a specific country.

To fully understand the European continent, you'll take at least one course in a European language other than English – we offer French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

Study abroad! We encourage our students to spend a year studying in Europe through one of our many exchange or internship programs. You could go to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain or Sweden. While at York, you can attend activities organized by the on-campus Canadian Centre for German and European Studies which include workshops, seminars, conferences and lectures by visiting scholars and diplomats.

Language Requirement

To satisfy the European Studies language requirement, you must complete one full course in a European language other than English (French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian) or by passing a competency test. For more information, please contact the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at (416) 736-5016.

  • York currently has exchange agreements with universities in the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Sweden.
  • Participate in the workshops, seminars, conferences and lectures by visiting scholars and diplomats organized by the Canadian Centre for German & European Studies.
  • Take advantage of The Multimedia Language Centre (MLC) of York University, located in S117 Ross – a resource centre dedicated to supporting students who are enrolled in language, literature and linguistics programs.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • elementary Russian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or German
  • Civilization of Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • Nationalism, Authority and Resistance: Perspectives on German Culture and Society

Possible Career Path

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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 (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.