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Destination York

As of March 16, 2020, all York University English Language Institute programs will be delivered 100% online, including terms starting in May and June 2020.
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.

An accelerated English for Academic Purposes program that offers conditional acceptance to more than 100 undergraduate programs*


York University – Curtis Lecture HallDestination York is an 8-week pathway program that you can enrol in after applying to a degree program at York. Successful completion of Destination York fulfills the York U language entry requirement, with no test required (no IELTS or TOEFL). The program is taught by qualified instructors and features an innovative curriculum. Students enrolled in the program will also have access to support services.

*Please see York University’s Programs of Study for a full list: http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program-search

Improve your academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills

Over the course of just 8 weeks, you will receive customized feedback to improve your language skills in the following areas:

  • Listening to key ideas in lectures and presentations, note-taking, and analyzing academic readings
  • Writing university academic-level research papers
  • Critical thinking, time management, and teamwork

Timely Advising Services

Your academic success in the Destination York program is as important to us as your successful integration into York University afterwards. We ensure your pathway into York is as smooth as possible by providing access to undergraduate advising services, comprehensive information sessions with all faculties, and workshops that keep you informed of next steps.


More Information

Online Delivery

The online Destination York Program is an accelerated English for Academic Purpose Program that offers conditional acceptance to more than 100 York undergraduate programs. Destination York is designed to help high school graduates with an IELTS score of 6.0 prepare for study at York University. Successful completion of Destination York fulfills the York U IELTS 6.5 language requirement with no test required (IELTS or TOEFL).

The program is 8 weeks in length with 30 hours per week of online learning. Daily sessions include 4.5 hours of synchronous online learning delivered by two expert instructors, as well as 1.5 hours of asynchronous online learning to work on assignments.

The major goal of the Destination York Program is to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 to fulfil the York U language requirement. Over the course of just 8 weeks, you will also receive customized feedback to improve your language skills in the following areas:

  • Listening to key ideas in lectures and presentations, note-taking, and analyzing academic readings
  • Writing university academic-level research papers
  • Critical thinking, time management, and teamwork

Online Delivery Summary

  • Program length: 8 weeks
  • Online Class size: 17 students maximum
  • Synchronous Classroom hours/week (live instruction): 22.5
  • Asynchronous hours per week: 7.5
  • Fulfills the language entry requirement of most York undergraduate programs
  • Access to undergraduate advising and support services
  • Technology requirements: a computer with reliable, high speed internet, camera and microphone
  • Online start dates: Mar/Apr, July/Aug, Nov/Dec
    See upcoming sessions


The Destination York Program is designed to help high school graduates to prepare for study at York University in Toronto. This program focuses on the language skills required to succeed in York undergraduate courses. Graduating high school students who are eligible to join Destination York will be among a select group of high achievers who are motivated to improve their academic English skills.

  • Program length: 8 weeks
  • Class size: Approximately 16 students
  • Classroom hours/week: 30 hours per week
  • 3 start times per year timed to finish just prior to the start of the undergraduate term
  • Fulfills the language entry requirement
  • Access to support services


The program will run for 30 hours per week over 8 weeks. Typically, a 6 hour day will be split between advanced-level speaking, listening, reading and writing activities and content-based modules (academic discussion topics, readings and debates).*

* York University English Language Institute program classes will in most cases run according to the schedule noted. Based on program requirements and increased student registrations, some program schedules may need be shifted to evenings (4.50pm-8.50pm) and Saturdays.


E-mail account, Internet and library access are supplied.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Previous education: High school graduate
  • Language proficiency: 
    -IELTS: minimum 6 or TOEFL iBT: 79 or TOEFL paperNOTE: You can begin in our Academic Program at any level and transfer into Destination York after successful completion of AP7.



Term Session Price (CAD) Register
Fall 2020 Destination York (November-December 2020) $9,195.00 Apply
Winter 2021 Destination York (March-April 2021) $9,195.00 Apply
Summer 2021 Destination York (July-August 2021) $9,195.00 Apply
Fall 2021 Destination York (November-December 2021) $9,195.00 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 office 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.
  • Health Insurance (Emergency Medical coverage) is available for an additional cost of $100.00 (2 month program for IELTS 6.0) or $200.00 (4 month program for IELTS 5.5).
  • Non-refundable deposit of $3,000.00 (2 month program) or $4,000.00 (4 month program) is required to complete your registration and receive a Letter of Acceptance.

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


  • Placement Fee: $200.00 (one-time only, non-refundable).
  • You may apply for residence if you are between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • Residence includes a meal plan.

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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