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YUBridge Program

Posted By SCS School of Continuing Studies On September 16, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

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 [1], and for details on changes applicable to your program of interest, please read the information in the Online Delivery [2] 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.


More Information

Online Delivery [4]

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

Summary [5]


      • 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.

Schedule [6]

      • 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 [7]

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 [8]
      • Daily student-led discussion sessions
      • Campus activities that will bring students into contact with other members of the York community
      • York Admissions [9] advising sessions

Admission requirements [10]

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 [11] 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 [11] OR
        -Equivalent score on YUELI placement test

Accommodation [12]

Accommodation at York Residence is available. You can find more information about the undergraduate residence here [13].

Social & Cultural Activities [14]

These activities [15] 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 [16]

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[1] yueli@yorku.ca: mailto:yueli@yorku.ca

[2] Online Delivery: #online-delivery

[3] Talk to Us: http://continue.yorku.ca/english-language-institute/programs/bridging-program/?tab=1

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[8] Conversation Partners: https://continue.yorku.ca/english-language-institute/about/resources/conversation-partners/

[9] York Admissions: http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/

[10] Admission requirements: #squelch-taas-accordion-shortcode-content-4

[11] Academic Program Level AP5: http://continue.yorku.ca/english-language-institute/programs/academic-program/

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[13] here: https://studenthousing.info.yorku.ca/undergrad/

[14] Social & Cultural Activities: #squelch-taas-accordion-shortcode-content-6

[15] activities: https://continue.yorku.ca/english-language-institute/about/services/activities/

[16] Cancellation/Transfer and Refund Policy: #squelch-taas-accordion-shortcode-content-7

[17] Cancellation, Transfer and Refund Policies and Procedures: https://continue.yorku.ca/downloads/eli-cancellation

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