YUBridge Program

Get started on your degree while you improve your English to meet the York University entry requirements!

 

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Students accepted into the YUBridge program receive a conditional offer of acceptance to York University. This program combines 20 hours of training which includes Academic English classes, language support, tutorials and lectures with for-credit courses in Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering or Health. In eight months, you’ll be speaking and writing at an IELTS 6.5 level — the minimum requirement for full admission.

While improving your IELTS level, you will also take one 3-credit course per semester. By the end of the first semester, you may be eligible to enrol in two 3-credit courses in your second semester, meaning that you could attain 9 credits of your undergraduate degree by the end of the program.

Once you start in the YUBridge program, you are considered an undergraduate student at York. You will take the same courses as fully admitted York students, helping to build relationships with these students and staff in your Faculty.

Your tutorial leaders are chosen specifically for their experience working with international students, and academic tutorials are taught separately, so class sizes remain small. This structure also enables the English language course content to be tailored to the undergraduate area you’re studying, making YUBridge classroom activities highly relevant to your future studies.

Before arriving in Canada, YUBridge students will be conditionally admitted to a York degree program, the condition requiring successful achievement of York’s language proficiency requirements. Students can start the YUBridge in January, May, or September.

 

Details

What makes the YUBridge program special? First, international students can study for academic credit even if their English proficiency is still relatively low (IELTS 5.0 or equivalent).

Second, students enter and study in a cohort, which means that each academic course is taught as a distinct section, exclusively for YUBridge students. Faculty staff are specially selected for their ability to work with international students, and you will have opportunities in class to revise the academic work with your instructors and classmates.

Over two semesters, every student studies for 16 hours a week in Academic English classes and tutorials. In Semester One, students also study one three-credit course, and in Semester Two, they also study for three credits. Students who have reached IELTS 6.0 or equivalent by the end of Semester One can apply for permission to take an additional three credits in Semester Two.

Summary

  • 12 hours of English instruction per week over eight months
  • Up to three 3-credit courses over the two semesters (3 hours per week)
  • 4 hours of language support and tutorials per week focused on your field of study
  • A one hour a week opportunity to meet one-on-one with an English instructor
  • Small classes of 12-16 students in the English language classes and tutorials
  • Two start times per year

Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Option

Completion of a minimum of two three-credit (and up to nine credits in total) courses in the same period, selecting from the following:

  • Two three-credit undergraduate courses in Economics (Introduction to Microeconomics: ECON 1000 3.0, and Introduction to Macroeconomics: ECON 1010 3.0)
  • Second semester option: An additional one three–credit undergraduate course

Science Option

Completion of a minimum of two three-credit (and up to nine credits in total) courses in the same period, selecting from the following:

  • Two three-credit undergraduate courses in Mathematics (Applied Calculus I: MATH 1013 3.0, and Applied Calculus II: MATH 1014 3.0)
  • Second semester option: An additional one three–credit undergraduate course

Lassonde School of Engineering Option

  • Completion of a minimum of two three-credit (and up to nine credits in total) courses in the same period, selecting from the following:
  • Two three-credit undergraduate courses in Computer Science (Net-centric Introduction to Computing: LE/EECS 1012 3.0, and Programming for Mobile Computing: LE/EECS 1022).
  • Second semester option: An additional one three–credit undergraduate course

Faculty of Health Option

Bachelor of Health Studies (with specialization in Health Management, Health Informatics or Health Policy),  BA and BSc in Global Health and BA and BSc in Psychology.

Completion of a minimum of one six-credit course (and up to nine credits in total) in the same period, selecting from the following:

  • One six-credit undergraduate course in Health Studies (Agents of Change in a Global World: HH/IHST 1020 6.0, Foundations of Health Studies: HLST 1010 3.0. and HLST 1011 3.0; and Introduction to Psychology: 1000 HH/PSYC 1010 6.0)
  • Second semester option: An additional one three–credit undergraduate course

Instructors

Jerry Carson, BA, MA

Jerry-CarsonJerry has taught in Japan, China, Sri Lanka, and Canada. He enjoys the variety of opinions found in a multicultural classroom.

 

 

 

Lindsey Gutt, B.A., B.Ed., B.Lit., M.Ed.

Lindsey-GuttBesides writing a number of EFL textbooks, Lindsey has taught ESL / EFL and assisted with curriculum development through teacher training in Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and Canada since 1992.  Lindsey has also presented at a number of conferences in Canada and abroad. One of Lindsey’s favourite parts of teaching at the English Language Institute is that it is in Canada.  Originally an immigrant herself, she has come to learn how wonderfully vibrant, exciting, invigorating, respectful and peaceful Canada is.

 

Kristina Laperle, BA, M. Ed.

Kristina-LaperleKristina is an avid language learner and has studied French, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Latin in a variety of different contexts.  Her passion for languages led her to a career in language teaching, and she has been an ESL instructor at York University`s English Language Institute since 2000. Kristina loves working with students from around the world, and designing learning opportunities that will inspire them to learn, and provide them with the skills and confidence to be successful global citizens.

 

Johanathan Woodworth, BSc, TESL Dipl., MA Applied Linguistics

Johanathan-WoodworthJohan has taught in top post-secondary institutions in Canada and Asia. He has presented in local and international conferences and is published in various journals and magazines in the field of ESL. He enjoys fostering the ‘eureka’ moment in students’ learning process, where everything fits together. He also enjoys nurturing acceptance and tolerance in his classrooms.

 

Schedule

Over two semesters, every student studies for 16 hours a week in Academic English classes. In Semester One, students study one three-credit course, and in Semester Two, they also study for three credits. In addition, students who have reached IELTS scores of 6.0 or equivalent by the end of Semester One can apply for permission to take an additional three credits in Semester Two.

Materials

E-mail account, Internet and library access are supplied. YUBridge students will be expected to purchase textbooks for each of their academic credit courses.

Eligibility requirements

All applicants must achieve an 80% GPA in high school or equivalent and one of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT 64, with a minimum of 16 in Writing
  • TOEFL CBT 180 OR IELTS: 5.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing
  • “Suitable” on a York University English Language Institute (YUELI) Proficiency Test, held regularly in cities around the world
  • Successful completion of the York University English Language Institute Academic Program — Level 6

Accommodation

Accommodation in homestay and on-campus York University residence is available.

Downloads

Term Session Price (CAD) Register
Fall 2017 EL/3794 YUBridge Program (Aug 28, 2017 – Apr 20, 2018) $22,395.00 Apply

Confidentiality and Financial Security

Given the experiential and practical nature of the courses and the application of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to York University, The School of Continuing Studies works to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will limit the amount of personal information that is collected, used or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information (including proper name, address, etc.) is omitted from all written documents in order to protect personal privacy and confidentiality. Instructors should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class or allow students to do so.
We are committed in protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

How to Register

  • Online: Available sessions
  • Bank Transfers: Please contact the English Language Institute if you intend to pay by bank transfer. Please be aware that most international bank transfers requests will be charged a bank transfer fee. Please ask your bank for details. Students are responsible to ensure the money they have sent to English Language Institute covers any bank transfer fees.
  • Money Order: The Money Order should be made payable to York University. Please mail the original Money Order to our office at the following mailing address:
    York University English Language Institute
    Suite 035 Founders College
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    M3J 1P3 CANADA
Please send required documents to our fax number: 416-736-5908 or email at yueli@yorku.ca

Fees & Payment Deadlines

  • English Language Institute Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time only, non-refundable) for new students.
  • York University Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time only, non-refundable) to submit an application for York University undergraduate studies.
  • Tuition cost includes Tuition Fee ESL, York Credit Courses (6 credits).
  • Health Insurance (Emergency Medical coverage) is available for an additional cost of $350.00.
  • YUBridge students will be expected to purchase textbooks for each of their academic credit courses.
  • Upon reaching IELTS 6.0 by the end of Semester One, Students may choose to do an extra three credits in Semester Two for the additional cost of $1,700.00.

If you are unable to join the first day of the course, please immediately contact us in order to find out the last possible day to attend the program. Attendance deadlines do apply.

*Fees subject to change

Accommodation

  • If you are interested in residence or homestay accommodation, please contact the English Language Institute.

Cancellation and Refund

Please refer to the following document for Program Cancellation & Refund Policy questions & answers:

Cancellation, Transfer and Refund Policies and Procedures

University Policy on Student Conduct

  • Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy, collegiality and mutual respect and to refrain from actions that would be disruptive to such a relationship;
  • It is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour; and,
  • The instructor is the best person to decide, in first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class and may at their discretion, take steps that they feel are appropriate to resolve an issue or dispute.

In any case, where a student feels that this policy has been violated, they are urged to: notify the instructor of the course/program as soon as possible. Students may be asked to provide a detailed written description of their complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the English Language Institute for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/

 

 

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