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YUBridge Program

Gain English proficiency while you earn credits towards your York University degree

Next Enrolment

May 6th, September 3rd




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Join the YUBridge Program and receive a conditional offer of acceptance to York University. Improve your English language and academic skills to an IELTS 6.5 level and pursue your educational goals as a York University undergraduate student.

What is the YUBridge Program?

The YUBridge Program is designed for high-achieving international high school graduates. After being accepted into the YUBridge program, you will receive a conditional offer of acceptance to York University. Through a combination of English language instruction and academic credit courses, you will meet the minimum language requirement for full admission to York University.

What you will learn

This program consists of 25 hours per week of English language instruction, including Academic English classes, language support, tutorials and lectures. As part of the program, you will take for-credit courses in Liberal Arts, Science, Health, Performing Arts, Media Design, and several others. You will also take one 3-credit course in the first term.

Program Benefits

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 instructors in your Faculty.

You will also learn in small academic tutorials led by teaching assistants who have experience working with international students. Our structure tailors the English language course content to suit your undergraduate area of study.

You can participate in interactive clubs both online and in-person, as well as activities and social events organized by York University Community Leaders. Online and face-to-face Conversation Partner sessions are hosted multiple times per week by York University Community Leaders allowing also allow you to practice your language and social skills in a casual and supportive setting with a group of your peers.

Language Proficiency and Program Length:
Entering with IELTS 5.0: 8 months (Terms 1 and 2)
Entering with IELTS 6.0: 4 months (Term 2)

Start dates: September, January, or May
Online class size: Maximum 18 students
Online class hours/week: 25 hours


Learn more about the English Language Institute

Who is this program for?

The YUBridge Program is for international high school graduates who want to pursue their undergraduate studies at York University.

To view all English Language Institute preparation programs, visit our Proficiency Pathway table.

YUBridge Admission Requirements
Term 1 (8 months)

Previous education:
High school graduation

Language proficiency you need:
IELTS 5.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing (or)
DET (Duolingo English Test): 80 (or)
Completion of Academic Program Level AP5 (or)
Equivalent score on YUELI placement test

Term 2 (4 months)

Previous education:
High school graduation

Language proficiency you need:
IELTS 6.0 (or)
DET (Duolingo English Test): 100 (or)
Completion of Academic Program Level AP7 (or)
Equivalent score on YUELI placement test

Accredited by Languages Canada

YUBridge Program

Summer 2024


$26,810.00 (Term 1 & Term 2) $13,405.00 (Term 2 Only)

Fall 2024


$13,405.00 (Term 2 Only)

Policies & More Information

Online Delivery
  • English language training is a weekly mix of live online instruction and additional online activities to support your participation in university academic culture.
  • You will also be supported in a 2-hour live tutorial each week.
  • Our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) classes are delivered through a Zoom video platform, and focus on essential English language skills including: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

You will need a computer with reliable, high-speed internet and a camera and microphone. YUBridge students will be expected to purchase textbooks for each of their academic credit courses.

  • 4 months per term
  • 16 hours of  EAP instruction per week
  • 4 hours of blended  ESP per week focused on your field of study (2 hours in-class and 2 hours online)

For-credit University courses:

  • You can take up to three 3-credit university courses over the 2 terms
  • classes require 3 hours per week
  • Plus 2 hours of academic tutorials on the subject matter of the university credit courses
Out-of-class Timetable

The University Life program provides a range of co-curricular activities including:

  • Conversation Partners
  • Virtual campus activities with other members of the York community
  • Online workshops on university life skills, including topics such as time management skills, applying for admission, and testing strategies

Accommodations in homestay and on-campus at York University residence is available.

Enrolment Changes, Cancellations and Refunds

Please refer to our Deferral, Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Contact Us

Ask us anything about this program and we’ll get back to you within 2 business days.