About Program Admission Requirements

Studying English at Glendon is different in numerous ways from studying it at many other places. The small class sizes and individualized attention of faculty to each student may characterize a typical North American “liberal arts college” experience, but our students get an added advantage: Glendon is part of York, a major research university. Practically, this means that our students get the best of both worlds: the intimate small-class liberal arts college experience on a gorgeous campus in the middle of Toronto, and access to all the resources of one of the best research universities in the country. In addition to its small class sizes and access to a wealth of resources, Glendon is a bilingual institution. As a student in the English Studies program, you will have the opportunity to fulfil your degree credits in both of Canada’s official languages. Glendon also offers Spanish courses, from beginner language courses to advanced discipline courses.

Looking for hands-on experience?

Have you thought about travelling overseas after graduation? Is the thought of living abroad to learn about other cultures and languages appealing to you? The Certificate in the Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language (D-TEIL) is designed to help you enter into the international field of English language teaching, and to increase your opportunities of working overseas in a growing professional field. The DTEIL Certificate has a practicum component where students travel to Cuba for 2 to 3 weeks to gain hands-on experience teaching English to international language learners.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Reconciling Literature: Understanding Texts & Contexts
  • Beyond Google: Research Methods in English Studies
  • A language course (depending on your language level, you can take French as a second language courses, English as a second language courses or discipline courses taught in your second language)
  • Two electives of your choice

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Archivist/Librarian
  • Literary Critic
  • Publisher

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.