Five students sitting outside in the York U commons in Summer time

Summer Immersion Program

Spend three glorious weeks working on your English and enjoying a Canadian summer


Vari Hall Fountain in Summer

The Summer Immersion Program gives you the opportunity to attend academic lectures, receive one-on-one instruction, and practice language skills on trips to some of the country’s most well-known landmarks – including the famous Niagara Falls.

Improve your English language skills while making lifelong friends from around the world

Over the course of up to a month, you will learn from qualified instructors and interact with student community leaders. The program will help you improve your ability to:

  • Initiate a discussion and engage in conversation
  • Express yourself more confidently and clearly
  • Conduct informal/formal individual and group presentations
  • Listen for general and specific information and in various contexts
  • Discuss experiences and ask questions about the experiences of others

Practice your English while exploring all that Toronto has to offer

Students have access to the computer labs, libraries, athletic facilities, and restaurants of the York Campus, while either living on campus or with a local family for a fully immersive Canadian experience.

During your program you will also experience Toronto the way locals do – spending a day exploring the waterfront, watching the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball, exploring Toronto’s ethnic neighbourhoods, seeing all of Toronto from the CN Tower, and getting up close to Niagara Falls.

Our Community Leaders, current York undergraduate students, lead many of the cultural events and will also introduce you to some of the 300+ clubs on campus. There’s always plenty to do at York!


  • Program length: Up to 1 month.
  • Two sessions per summer: one in July, one in August
  • Class size: 16 students
  • Classroom hours/week: 34 hours of instruction and activities

Admission Requirements

  • Previous education: High school graduate
  • You’re at least 18 years old*

* If you’re under 18, you still may be eligible. Contact the York University English Language Institute to confirm.

Some of the Topics Covered:

  • Canadian Culture
  • Multiculturalism in Canada and customs around the world
  • Expressing needs and making requests
  • Discussing problems and solutions
  • Celebrities and pop culture
  • Discussing hypothetical situations
  • Canadian and global current events and issues

Important Dates

Course 3921 – Summer Immersion Program 1:

July 08 – July 26, 2019 (3 weeks)

Course 3931 – Summer Immersion Program 2:

August 06 – August 23, 2019 (3 weeks)

Accommodation, Transportation & Other Services

Residence: Residence
Homestay: The Canada Homestay Network
Transportation: Campus Servus



Registration for the 2018 program is now closed. If you are still interested in joining the program, please contact YUELI directly at

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: $60.00 (one-time only, non-refundable) for new students.
  • Deposit of $500.00 (non-refundable) is required to complete your registration and receive a Letter of Acceptance.
  • Health Insurance (Emergency Medical coverage) is available for an additional cost of $35.00.

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


  • Homestay is not available for the Summer Language Program.
  • You may apply for residence if you are between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • Summer residence does not include 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:



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