York University

Rank 16
Location Toronto
Established 1959
Famous For Archaeology, English Language and Literature, Social Policy


York University is one of the most prestigious research-based universities in Canada. Founded in 1959, York University is home to 55,700 students representing over 121 countries and has almost 325,000 alums. An experienced and professional faculty has led to the University being recognised as a global leader in various world university rankings.

The University offers various undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs, as well as online courses for distance learners. Internship and placement opportunities provide students with hands-on work experience with some of Canada’s top employers.

York University's student body comprises around 18% of international students, with more than 8,000 international students presently studying at York from across the globe. It also has campuses located in India and Costa Rica.

Services for International Students

York International provides international students with orientation events, information sessions, social activities, job search assistance and new-student mentors.

The orientation process for international students at York takes place across three days and will ensure you are aware of important resources available at campuses, including mental health support, health insurance and financial aid.

The York University English Language institute is one of the most popular institutes in Canada delivering YUELI's courses. There are short-term programs, undergraduate preparation programs, speciality programs, and graduate-level programs for international students who want to develop proficiency in the English Language.


  • 353rd in QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 401–500th in THE World University Rankings 2023
  • 40th in THE Impact Rankings 2023

Schulich School of Business at York is ranked among the leading schools in the world and ranked No.1 in Canada as per The Economist, The Financial Times, Corporate Knights, and Forbes.

Key subject rankings at York also include:

  • 26th in Arts and Humanities
  • 90th in Natural Science
  • 71st in Engineering and Technology  
  • 33rd in Social Sciences and Management


There are a total of eight undergraduate residences at the Keele campus of York University. Each has a unique touch and is diverse in what it provides students regarding facilities, lifestyle, and in-house programs and resources.

There are suite-style buildings for upper-year students who want to experience a more independent lifestyle while studying at York. These residences are:

  • Bethune
  • Pond
  • Calumet
  • Stong
  • Vanier
  • Founders
  • Winters
  • Tatham Hall

About Location

York University is within walking distance of York City Centre and has easy connectivity with public transport. York University has three major campuses - Glendon, Markham, and Keele.

While studying at York University, Canada, students can explore places such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, etc. The nearest airport to reach York University is Toronto airport nearly 13 km away.

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