Earn credits while you learn English

YUBridge Program

As of March 16, 2020, all York University English Language Institute programs will be delivered 100% online.
This is not new to us, as our English Language Institute has launched and delivered many quality online programs over the years, and we will continue to maintain the highest quality of instruction for those considering starting their studies with us. For any enquiries or questions about our programs, please contact yueli@yorku.ca, and for details on changes applicable to your program of interest, please read the information in the Online Delivery tab at the bottom of this page.

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


Students accepted into the YUBridge program receive a conditional offer of acceptance to York University. This program combines 25 hours per week of instruction which includes Academic English classes, language support, tutorials and lectures with for-credit courses in Liberal Arts, Science, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, and School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. In 8 months, you’ll be speaking and writing at an IELTS 6.5 level — the minimum requirement for full admission to York University.

Earn credits as you learn English

While improving your IELTS level, you will also take one 3-credit course in the first term. Upon successful completion of the language requirements in Term 1, you may be eligible to enrol in one or two 3-credit courses in your second semester, meaning that you could earn 9 credits of your undergraduate degree by the end of this 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 the 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.


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Online Delivery

The YUBridge program is an 8-month, 2-term online pathway to York University. Students accepted into the YUBridge program are conditionally admitted to one of the six faculties at York University: Health, Science, Liberal Arts, Lassonde School of Engineering and School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. English language training is a weekly mix of 15 hours live instruction and 5 hours of additional online activities. Additionally, YUB students complete one 3-credit course in Term I and up to two 3-credit courses in Term II. They are also supported by an additional 2-hour per week live tutorial taught by teaching assistants selected specifically for their specialization.

Our 15-hour per week synchronous EAP and ESP classes are delivered through Zoom and taught by our highly professional and experienced YUELI instructors. EAP focuses on providing you with the language tools needed in all four skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. The ESP is tailored specifically to cover the language components needed for your credit courses at York University.

The additional 5-hours per week of independent learning through our online, asynchronous university skill module is designed to focus exclusively on the skills and strategies needed to navigate the academic culture in a university setting. This includes self-study modules on notetaking, annotation, textual analysis, critical thinking, editing, writing structure as well as listening and reading strategies.

Online Delivery Summary

  • Program length: 8 months
  • Online Class size: 17 students maximum
  • Synchronous Classroom hours/week (live instruction): 15 (YUB) + 2 (undergraduate tutorials)
  • Asynchronous hours per week: 5 (YUB) + 3 (undergraduate lectures)
  • Access to support services
  • Technology requirements: a computer with reliable, high speed internet, camera and microphone
  • Online start dates:
    • May 4 – December 17, 2020



      • Program length: 8 months (over 2 terms)
      • Class size: Approximately 17 students (English language classes)
        Classroom hours/week: 25 hours
      • Up to 3 for-credit courses over the 2 terms
      • 3 start times per year (September-January-May)
      • Access to the same academic and non-academic services as fully admitted York students

York course options:

      • Calculus I: Math 1013
      • Microeconomics: Econ 1000
      • Macroeconomics: Econ 1010
      • Art in the City: ARTH 1900
      • Introduction to Environmental Documentaries: ENVS 1010


An e-mail account, internet and library access, textbooks and limited printing and photocopying services are included in the tuition fee. YUBridge students will be expected to purchase textbooks for each of their academic credit courses.


      • 16 hours of in class English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instruction per week over 4 months per term
      • 4 hours of blended English for Specific Purposes (ESP) per week focused on your field of study (2 hours in-class and 2 hours online)
      • Up to three 3-credit courses over the 2 terms (3 hours per week)
      • 2 hours of academic tutorials on the subject matters of the credit courses

Out-of-Class Timetable

University Life, a range of co-curricular activities designed to provide a balanced program of in- and out-of-classroom learning, includes:

      • Orientation to the York University campus
      • Access to self-study facilities available for use before and after class
      • Conversation Partners
      • Daily student-led discussion sessions
      • Campus activities that will bring students into contact with other members of the York community
      • York Admissions advising sessions

Admission requirements

Term 1 (8 months)

      • Previous education: 80% GPA (or equivalent) from high school
      • Language proficiency:
        -IELTS: 5.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing OR
        -DET (Duolingo English Test): 80 OR
        -Successful completion of Academic Program Level AP5 OR
        -Equivalent score on YUELI placement test

Term 2 (4 months)

      • Previous education: 80% GPA (or equivalent) from high school
      • Language proficiency:
        -IELTS: 6.0
        -DET (Duolingo English Test): 100 OR
        -Successful completion of Academic Program Level AP7 OR
        -Equivalent score on YUELI placement test


Accommodation at York Residence is available. You can find more information about the undergraduate residence here.

Social & Cultural Activities

These activities allow students to socialize with other participants in the course, attend cultural events, and visit places of interest in and around Toronto.
A visit to the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, an NBA game, a Soccer Club, and a Games Club are examples of s the many trips, clubs, and activities available to English Language students.

Cancellation/Transfer and Refund Policy

Term Session Price (CAD) * Register
Winter 2021 YUBridge Program (January-August 2021) $26,810.00 Apply
Summer 2021 YUBridge Program (May-August 2021) (August-December 2021) $26,810.00 Apply
Fall 2021 YUBridge Program (August-December 2021) (January-April 2022) $26,810.00 Apply
Term 2 Only
Winter 2021 YUBridge Program (Term 2) (January-April 2021) $13,405.00 Apply
Summer 2021 YUBridge Program (Term 2) (May-August 2021) $13,405.00 Apply
Fall 2021 YUBridge Program (Term 2) (August-December 2021) $13,405.00 Apply
* Including mandatory health insurance

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

  • Please note that effective January 4th, 2021 the YUBridge Program fee will increase to reflect the increase in Undergraduate credit tuition. Credit course tuition fees range between $3,230 and 3,442.62 per course. Please find a link to the York fees here.
  • 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


  • 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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