About Program Admission Requirements

With more than 400 million Spanish-speakers in more than 20 countries, highly qualified bilingual graduates are in demand in the international business community.

Set yourself apart for careers focused on Spanish language and culture including teaching, communications, interpretation or translation, on a campus ranked third in Canada for international focus by the Globe and Mail Canadian University Report. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of exploring Spanish literature, cinema, theatre and politics in small classes with dynamic, supportive professors.

International experience

Enrich your degree by going on an international exchange to a Spanish-speaking region, or certify your language skills with our unique Certificate of Trilingual Excellence. Interested in teaching? Consider our D-TEIL (Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language) Certificate to get hands-on experience in Cuba.

Préparez-vous à des carrières axées sur la langue et la culture espagnoles – comme l’enseignement, les communications, l’interprétation ou la traduction – en étudiant sur notre campus, classé par le Rapport du Globe & Mail sur les universités (2012) troisième au Canada pour son orientation internationale. Dans nos petites classes enseignées par des professeurs dynamiques et dévoués, vous acquerrez de solides connaissances sur la littérature, le cinéma, le théâtre et la politique des pays hispanophones.

Une expérience internationale

Enrichissez vos études grâce à un échange dans une région hispanophone, ou en faisant reconnaître vos compétences linguistiques par notre certificat d’excellence trilingue unique. L’enseignement vous intéresse ? Envisagez notre Certificat D-TEIL (Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language) qui vous permet d’acquérir une expérience pratique à Cuba.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Elementary Spanish
  • Introduction to Spanish Literary Texts
  • 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)
  • The History of Later Medieval Europe
  • Catalan Language and Culture

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • interpreter
  • publisher
  • teacher

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.