York University Admissions FAQ

Do you have questions about applying to York? We’ve collected some of our most common questions from undergraduate applicants below to help you plan and prepare.

Refer to our list of Helpful Terms for additional clarification, or get in touch with our team if you still have questions – we’re happy to help.

For community updates on our campus operations and COVID-19 information, visit the Better Together website.

All Applicants

When can I expect a decision on my application?

The typical processing time is four to six weeks once all required documents are in the possession of the admissions team. If you have any questions about your application, visit I’ve applied page for information about required documents.

How will advanced standing be assessed? (AP exams, IB HL courses, A-level courses, etc.)

Advanced standing for eligible curricula (AP exams, IB HL courses, A-level courses, etc.) will be reviewed and awarded in the same way as pervious years. Final exam results are required. For additional details, please visit: https://futurestudents.yorku.ca/transfer/advanced-secondary-cegep

College/University Transfer Students

I’m a college/university transfer student.  How will my application be evaluated?

York continues to welcome transfer applicants, and Transfer Credits are awarded based on your most recent transcript.

Transfer Credit Assessment – please visit the Transfer Students page, or contact the Transfer Connect team

International High School Students

I can’t write an IELTS or TOEFL test because my testing centre is closed. What options do I have? 

If you prefer to take an online test, York accepts both Duolingo and CAEL Online. Visit Language Proficiency Requirement page for a full list of accepted English language tests.

York University English Language Institute (YUELI) is offering full-time pathway options for students who would like to study English before starting their degree studies at York. Please contact the YUELI office directly at yueli@yorku.ca for any questions about the program options.

What do I do if my visa/study permit application gets delayed/rejected after starting online classes at York?

For questions and advising relating to Study Permits/Visa applications, please review York International’s FAQ page, and contact them directly.

Do I need a study permit to take courses that have been moved online due to COVID-19?

The answer to this question, and other Study Permit/Visa questions can be found on York International’s FAQ page.   

Can I travel to Canada as an International Student?

Starting October 20, 2020, students attending a Canadian institution with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan and who have a valid study permit or a final approval (not an AIP/first-stage approval) may travel to Canada. York University has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. For more information and any updates on Study Permits/Visa requirements, please visit York International FAQ page or contact York International directly.

Will deferring to a future term impact my Study Permit?

For questions and advising relating to Study Permits/Visa applications, please review York International’s FAQ page, and contact them directly

How do I contact International Student Services?

Questions relating to international student admissions can be directed to intlenq@yorku.ca.

York International is our international student support office. Important information regarding COVID-19, study permits, travel to Canada, and international student orientation can be found on their website. For questions and advising relating to Study Permits/Visa questions, please review York International’s FAQ page and contact them directly.