York understands that proficiency in a foreign language is a vital tool for work in many disciplines. We make it easy to integrate language courses into the rest of your studies.

We keep our classes small to give you plenty of opportunity to speak and interact with professors and classmates. The  international Bachelor of Arts (iBA) reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience. Our language programs will prepare you for work almost anywhere in the world.

French Studies

Improve your oral and written proficiency in the French language and develop the critical-thinking skills that Canadian and international employers admire. Explore the francophone world and the diversity of its art, cultures and societies. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs in Quebec and with universities in France. Major in French Studies or combine your program with a vast array of choices, including the Bachelor of Education.

French Studies / Études françaises

Named the Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education by the Government of Ontario, Glendon provides the ideal bilingual setting to study French language, literature, linguistics and culture. Our tailored approach to learning French will help improve your communication, and you can practice what you’ve learned on exchange, with (or without) our unique iBA, at the Sorbonne or other universities.

German Studies

German Studies is an interdisciplinary program that introduces you to aspects of German culture ranging from language, literature and film studies to history, urban studies, political science, museum studies and women’s studies. You’ll gain a unique intercultural perspective indispensable for meeting the challenges of our increasingly global world.

Hellenic Studies

Ancient Greece provided much of the basis of civilization in the Western world, while modern Greece is an important European nation at the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East. The Greek community in Toronto, with the creation of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, has chosen York University to be the premiere centre of Hellenic Studies in Ontario.

Italian Studies

Explore a rich assortment of courses in Italian language, linguistics, literature, culture, film, and Italian-Canadian studies. Students are also offered an opportunity to study abroad for the summer in Florence, Rome or Bologna.

Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies

Learn about, and engage with, the diversity of Portuguese-speaking culture, literature, art, history and political landscape. Focus on the entire Portuguese-speaking world across all continents, including immigrant communities. Engage in experiential education and cultural events that will be meaningful to your learning.

Spanish

Explore a rich assortment of courses examining the literature, culture and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world in all its diversity and international relevance. Proficiency in the Spanish language (speaking, writing, reading, listening) and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world are a valuable asset in any career, globally and locally.

Spanish (Hispanic Studies) / Études hispaniques

Build your skills by taking language courses at all levels, studying Spanish literature and linguistics and by exploring Hispanic culture, politics and heritage. Put your learning to use after class with salsa lessons or conversation workshops, or take your knowledge to the next level with a trilingual iBA exchange in a Spanish-speaking country.

Translation / Traduction

Now available as a direct-entry program, Glendon offers the only Translation degree program in southern Ontario. The campus’s bilingual environment provides access to many language resources, as well as to local and global internships. Enhance your certifications in English, French or Spanish; try a bilingual or trilingual iBA; or fine-tune your writing with the Certificate of Technical & Professional Communication.

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