With the rapid increase in the number of students entering Universities in the late 1950s, there was a need for more universities to be built to accommodate them. That decree started with York University, the first University of the to be affected by the movement. Since then, York University has welcomed hundreds of thousands of students to its halls, with over 6000 international students in 2018. Students come from over 170 countries to the University that welcomes them to exceptional programs in Education and Science, while also allowing the students to research in their field.
Another reason that York University attracts so many students is because of the bounty of services that the University and its students offer for International students. Firstly, the University provides an English Language course, known as York University’s English Language Institution (YUELI), to help prepare new International students for the academic and social uses of the language. Unlike many other Universities, the students provide webinars (online seminars) before school starts in order to prepare international students for a life in Canada. These webinars cover a wide range of topics including information about housing, what life is like in Toronto and so much more. In addition to the webinars there is also guidance available from the staff and faculty about many of the issues that international students face whether it is, mental, social, cultural, financial and/or academic. Finally, there is also peer tutoring available to the international students, which can be used as an opportunity to, not only improve in the academic field that the student is struggling in, but also as an opportunity to improve their english communication in an oral sense. Before being able to join this historic University and take part in the services they offer, international students must meet a few requirements. Firstly, there are the specific program expectations and requirements which every students must adhere to, whether they are local or international. These requirements may include, but are not limited to: admittance tests or a certain mark in a relevant course during the students secondary education, find your course on the York University website to discover what the requirements are for your course. After the international student has made sure that they qualify for the course they have to prove their proficiency in the english language by completing english proficiency tests, preferably, IELTS, TOEFL or PTE. In York University there is also the alternative option of taking the YUELI course and completing level 9. Finally, they also need to submit an application form. This form will include, course descriptions for all courses taken outside of North America, an official transcript of your secondary school courses, the application fee and the international services fee as well.