Multi-ethnic group of York students

Pre-Destination York

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.


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.




Jagrati Chauhan, MA, PhD, TESL Diploma

Jagrati-ChauhanJagrati has taught in post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities in Canada and India. She has also presented at various conferences and conducted webinars. She enjoys having the opportunity to further expand her knowledge of technology enhanced pedagogies and introduce a variety of different teaching and learning activities to better reflect the cultural diversity of the English Language Institute students.


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.


Kareen Sharawy,  BA, TESL,  MATEFL

Kareen-SharawyKareen has taught in post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations in Canada, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, and has presented in multiple international conferences since 2002. She enjoys accompanying her students on the journey of lifelong learning and empowerment through experiential learning. She has a passion for test preparation, university skills, and using technology in a friendly and an enjoyable multicultural environment.


Greg Smith, HBA, BEd, MA, PhD, TESL, OTC

Greg-SmithGreg has taught in a wide variety of settings from university to refugee support. He enjoys watching students from very different backgrounds learn to understand each other and become friends.




Danny Tan, BA, TESL Dipl., MA Applied Linguistics

Danny-TanDanny has taught in leading universities internationally and in Toronto since 2003. He is a regular presenter at local and international conferences as a specialist in the acquisition of pronunciation strategies and approaches to blended learning. He enjoys watching students develop and “own” their language learning process. He encourages all his students to keep trying, for “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard


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.


Juanita Zhou, BA, MA

Juanita-ZhouJuanita has taught ESL, EFL, and Film Studies in China, Singapore, U.S., and Canada, and has presented at local, national, and international conferences including TESL Toronto, TESL Canada, TESOL, Asia TEFL, and CLESOL. Juanita enjoys working with highly-motivated, conscientious, and respectful students who endeavour to broaden their horizon by taking on the challenge of learning a new language.


The Pre-DY will run for 20 hours a week over eight weeks. Typically, a four hour day will be split between advanced-level speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities and content-based modules (academic discussion topics, readings, and debates).


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

Class Size

The usual class size is approximately 17 students.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have graduated from high school and be academically admissible.
  • Have attained a language test score of at least IELTS 5.5 OR TOEFL iBT 69 OR TOEFL paper 513, or attain a suitable grade on a York University English Language Institute language test.


Term Session Price (CAD) Register
Fall 2018 EL/3853 Pre-Destination York Program (Sep 04 – Oct 26, 2018) $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: