Latin American & Caribbean Studies

About Program Admission Requirements

York University has a formal Student Exchange Agreement with the University of the West Indies (UWI) which allows York students to study at UWI and get credit from York.

The goal of Latin American & Caribbean Studies is to promote and facilitate research and scholarship dealing with Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Programs are designed to promote a multidisciplinary understanding of the culture, history and contemporary issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.

York is Canada's centre for research and social involvement in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are linked with one of Canada's premier research institutes, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and have extensive institutional partnerships throughout the region. Our professors conduct research in:

  • social, labour and environmental aspects of international trade and economic development
  • political opposition movements
  • human rights
  • Caribbean religion, literature and popular culture
  • women in Latin America

Why study Latin American & Caribbean Studies at York?

  • Consider adding an international component to your degree by pursuing your studies abroad at one of our partner universities.
  • Build your networks by engaging in a wide range of events including academic conferences, small workshops, art exhibits, film festivals and talks by prominent world figures.
  • 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.
  • The program offers students and the broader community a wide variety of events related to the Latin American and Caribbean regions, ranging from academic conferences, small workshops, art exhibits and film festivals, to talks by prominent world figures - economist Raul Prebisch; Nicaraguan priest, poet and former government minister Ernesto Cardenal; Nobel Peace Laureate and former Costa Rican President Dr. Oscar Arias; Caribbean intellectual Lloyd Best; and the late former-President Cheddi Jagan of Guyana.
  • York University has a formal Student Exchange Agreement with the University of the West Indies (UWI) which allows York students to study at UWI and get credit from York. Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) students may also get academic credit for other courses taken at universities in the Latin American and Caribbean area. For further information, contact Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS), 322 Founders College, 416-736-2100, ext.20260.

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.