About Program Admission Requirements

Small classes (groups of only 25 Anglophone and Francophone students) provide an ideal setting for learning and mastering skills of translation.

Unique in Southern Ontario, our program addresses a significant shortage of English, French and Spanish translators in Canada. Our graduates work for the United Nations, the Government of Canada, law firms, publishing houses and more. They have also developed careers in editing, writing and teaching.

Stay ahead of the curve

Gain experience and earn course credits by participating in an internship with the provincial or federal government, the private sector, or with other organizations. As a Translation student, you’ll forge a strong professional network and will obtain a free membership to the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario with access to all its services, job postings, workshops and networking opportunities.

Unique dans le sud de l’Ontario, notre programme répond à une pénurie importante de traducteurs vers l’anglais, le français et l’espagnol, au Canada. Nos diplômés travaillent pour l’ONU, le gouvernement du Canada, des cabinets juridiques, des maisons d’édition et ailleurs ; ils font aussi carrière dans la rédaction et l’enseignement. 

Prenez une longueur d’avance

Acquerrez une expérience pratique et obtenez des crédits en participant à un stage auprès du gouvernement fédéral ou provincial, d’entreprises du secteur privé ou d’autres organisations. Vous établirez un solide réseau de contacts professionnels, et vous pourrez obtenir gratuitement votre adhésion à l’Association des traducteurs et interprètes de l’Ontario et aurez ainsi accès à tous les services, offres d’emplois, ateliers et activités de réseautage que l’Association met à la disposition de ses membres.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Courses will vary depending on your field; English-French or French-English translation available

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • translator
  • bilingual editor
  • communications officer

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.