South Asian Studies

About Program Admission Requirements

York has a joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies. The Centre offers you the opportunity to explore contemporary issues as they relate to Canada, global partners and citizens of the South Asian region.

South Asia — home to some of the world's oldest and most enduring cultures and to two of its most populous nuclear powers — has increasingly demanded the attention of the West. Encompassing the nations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the region is the ancestral home of more than 650,000 Canadians.

The program recognizes the importance of understanding South Asia and its relationship to Canada and the rest of the world. Organized around carefully selected themes in culture, history, politics, religion, economics and development, you’ll gain a critical perspective while deepening your knowledge. Given that contemporary South Asia has emerged as a major world force faced with unprecedented social and political changes, the program offers grounded and expert analyses of challenges that face the region.

You will be offered the opportunity to explore the following major themes:

  • the experiences of colonialism;
  • histories and state formations;
  • human development;
  • societies and cultures;
  • the South Asian diaspora;
  • social movements in South Asia;
  • gender relations in South Asia.

Unique to South Asian Studies at York:

  • York's program is distinctive in several ways. It seeks to eschew the "orientalist" model of studying South Asia; focus on the contemporary realities of South Asian countries; and integrate the study of the region with that of the South Asian diaspora, in Canada and elsewhere.
  • Our professors are actively engaged in research throughout the region and will bring their contemporary findings into the classroom.
Possible Career Paths: 
  • International development worker
  • Lawyer
  • Researcher
  • Translator

As a graduate, your expertise will put you in demand for such careers as journalism, international trade and marketing, business, public relations, education and development aid, and in government and international organizations.

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.