About Program Admission Requirements

Do you know that Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people in over twenty-one countries? Of the 56 million people who speak languages on the Internet other than English, Spanish speakers represent almost a quarter.

The ability to read and speak Spanish allows you to communicate in one of the major languages of international business and finance. With the NAFTA agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, Spanish has become even more essential in the world of international commerce. Qualified bilingual graduates are in demand by the international business community, the Foreign Service and by international agencies such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the United Nations.

Spanish also helps to better understand English. Since both languages are Latin-based, there are many distinct similarities. Everyday English borrows several words from Spanish such as macho, rodeo, mosquito and patio. It is a language not only of scholarship and travel but also of commerce and international affairs.

The Spanish program introduces you to the language and literature of Spain and the Spanish-American world. Spanish represents many cultures and countries. The rich cultural heritage and ethnic diversity of the language is discovered through literature and linguistics and you can develop a strong command of the language itself through intensive training in listening, reading writing and speaking.

  • Our professors are leading authors. For example, Dr. Alejandro Martínez's Realismo, representación y realidad (Madrid: Pliegos, 2009) explores the problems of knowledge and relative truth, issues which are inseparable for understanding realism. The book is available for download.
  • Entre Voces is a York magazine that publishes artistic works of students studying Spanish. (Entre Voces es una revista diseñada para que los artistas-estudiantes de Español en York puedan presentar su obra captando en palabra o imagen el tema de la edición.)
  • Our Spanish Club organizes many social and cultural events including conversation groups, movies, dances, and plays to help you experience the cultures and lifestyles of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • You will benefit from our respected Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean on the economic development, political and social organization and cultural contributions of the region.

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.