York University Overview

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York is Canada’s third largest university, with a commitment to excellence which reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart.

York University is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada's third-largest university. It has approximately 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and 275,000 alumni worldwide.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with York University.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying Classics, History and Business Management. 

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 5th September 2018 - 21st December 2018  3rd January 2019 - 20th April 2019

Application Deadline: 01/03/2018

Orientation: students should attend the Exchange Orientation Session at York International; the session will provide information relevant to their exchange program such as courses, transcripts, housing, finances, campus life and living in Toronto. Students will receive an invitation from the Exchange Team days before their arrival in Canada. Students ARE REQUIRED to attend ONE of the Exchange Orientation Session at York International.


Estimated expenses in Canadian dollars.

On Campus Accommodations $3,200-3,900 CAD per term + meal plan
Textbooks and supplies $800-1000 CAD *varies by program
University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) $204 CAD per term
Food $250-400 CAD per month
Local Public Transportation Student Metropass $120 CAD per month Up to date fares can be found here
Entertainment $75-100 CAD per month


Health Insurance

Students are automatically enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). UHIP coverage and charges are mandatory for all international and exchange students even if they have purchased a plan from their home country. 


On-Campus Housing information is available on the website. If you wish to live on campus, you MUST complete and submit the Housing Application Form that will be provided by York International.  For information on housing options and costs, click here.

Off-Campus Housing - There are various sources for finding off campus rental housing for students. The University does not endorse or recommend any particular locations. Students are advised to be aware of the Landlord and Tenant Board (link – http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/ ) and not to sign any contracts without viewing the rental space in person.

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.