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Pre-Destination York

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, 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.

Applicants with IELTS score of 5.5, AP6 completion or equivalent are eligible for the Pre-Destination York Program. Students who pass Pre-Destination York qualify for Destination York Program.


Chart showing the steps to gain York University admission from the Pre-Destination York program

The Pre-Destination York (Pre-DY) is an eight-week English language program for high school graduates who have not yet achieved the language requirements to enter the Destination York (DY) program.

Study in Toronto or Beijing

For eight weeks, you will have the opportunity to improve your English and academic skills, and prepare for the demands of the Destination York course work and the expectations of the undergraduate studies that follow. Most graduating Pre-DY students have acquired English skills equivalent to an IELTS 6.0, which qualifies them to enrol in the Destination York program


The Pre-Destination York program runs in Toronto from January through February and from September through October.


The Pre-Destination York program is offered in Beijing in May and June.


More Information

Online Delivery

The online Pre- Destination York Program is designed to help high school graduates with an IELTS score of 5.5 prepare for study at York University. This program focuses on the language skills required to succeed in York undergraduate courses. Graduating high school students who are eligible to join Pre-Destination York will be among a select group of high achievers who are motivated to improve their academic English skills.

The program is 8 weeks in length with 20 hours per week of online learning. Daily sessions include 3 hours of synchronous online learning delivered by one of our expert instructors, as well as an hour of asynchronous online learning for you to work on assignments.

The major goal of the Pre-Destination York is to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 to advance to the Destination York program. 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): 15
  • Asynchronous hours per week: 5
  • Access to support services
  • Technology requirements: a computer with reliable, high speed internet, camera and microphone
  • Online start dates: Jan/Feb, May/Jun, Sep/Oct
    See upcoming sessions


  • Program length: 8 weeks
  • Class size: Approximately 16 students
  • Classroom hours/week: 20 hours
  • Start dates: January, May, September
    See upcoming sessions


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

Admission Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Previous education: High school graduate
  • Language proficiency: IELTS 5.5 or AP6 completion or equivalent


Term Session Price (CAD) Register
Fall 2020 Pre-Destination York (September-October 2020) $4,095.00 Apply
Winter 2021 Pre-Destination York (January-February 2021) $4,095.00 Apply
Summer 2021 Pre-Destination York (May-June 2021) $4,095.00 Apply
Fall 2021 Pre-Destination York (September-October 2021) $4,095.00 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

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.

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: $100.00 (one-time only, non-refundable).
  • Deposit of $200.00 per course is required to complete your accommodation request.
  • 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 Academic 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:



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