Access & Bridging Programs

Whether you have been away from formal education for a while or hold international credentials and experiences, we provide you with access to well-defined curricula that will ease the transition into our degree programs without re-learning what you already know. York will provide you with classroom training and eLearning options as well as work experience through internships, practica and more.

York University is a leader in providing bridging programs to relevant Canadian degree programs while providing English-language support and Canadian work experience. York builds educational capacity and welcomes a diverse student population with insights from around the globe. Explore the programs below for your pathway to York.

EducationInternationally-Educated ProfessionalsLawPre-University StudiesWomen's Bridging ProgramSanctuary Scholars

Faculty of Education Access Initiative - Valuing your Experience

The Access initiative is designed to recruit, admit and support individuals who will make excellent teachers and reflect the diversity of our society. Our admissions policies are designed to assess the potential of all candidates, in particular those who have faced systemic barriers in educational settings and in their lives. For more information, contact the Access coordinator at:

Faculty of Education ACE program

The Advanced Credit Experience (ACE) is a partnership between the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the York University Faculty Association (YUFA ) Trust and the Faculty of Education at York University. The program aims to enhance university access for Grade 12 students from the local Jane - Finch community. High school students are selected in their Grade 11 year based on access opportunities (i.e. systemic barriers to participation in university education), to create an opportunity for successful completion of a university half-credit course taken in the fall of their Grade 12 year. The program also offers first year Education students an opportunity to connect with students in the Jane - Finch community and gain first-hand experience on what it means to teach and learn with a community centric and urban education lens.

Internationally-Educated Teachers

If you are qualified as a teacher outside Canada and have obtained your letter of assessment from the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), we can help you to meet your requirements for certification through coursework or practicum. Contact our Undergraduate Student Services office for details.

Internationally-Educated Professionals

York University's Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals prepares internationally educated professionals to enter the Ontario labour market. It focuses on enhancing the success of internationally educated professionals in gaining access to jobs and professional licensure in Accounting, Auditing, Emergency Management, Finance, Logistics, Marketing, Management and Public Sector Administration for business professionals and Software Development and System Analysis for IT professionals. While the program will leverage these common academic, skill and experience bases, it will also be flexible enough to address the specific academic, skills and experiences that are unique to particular professions. 

Osgoode Professional Development

Osgoode Professional Development offers Canada’s widest range of offerings designed for internationally trained lawyers who are transitioning to the Canadian legal market, including both credit and non-credit offerings. Explore our offerings on our What are my options? page.

Pre-University Studies

York's Admission Credential Courses are designed for mature students who have a high school diploma, to enable them to acquire the background they need for admission to York University or to meet the prerequisites for a specific course or program. Courses consist of smaller classes to maximize teacher-student interaction; dedicated instructors; exposure to university campus life; experience in university study; and opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, supportive environment.

Women's Bridging Program

The School of Women's Studies at York University offers academic Bridging Courses for women who want to upgrade their writing and speaking skills and explore the possibility of university study. Course participants must be 21 years of age or over, permanent residents of Ontario, and comfortable in both spoken and written English. A grade of 'B' or better offers admission to mature students to the Faculties of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Glendon in addition to some programs in other Faculties. The Bridging course is not appropriate if you require ESL instruction. If you have completed one full year or more of university or academic college studies, you may not need a bridging course as an admissions credential.

Sanctuary Scholars’ Bridging Program

The Sanctuary Scholars program offers an academic bridging course for students who hold precarious immigration status and who want to explore the possibility of university study while upgrading their critical thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills. For this program, the term ‘precarious immigration status’ is used to include students who are in the process of applying for permanent status in Canada through refugee claims, refugee appeals or judicial reviews, humanitarian and compassionate grounds applications, pre-removal risk assessments, or those who currently have no immigration status. Course participants must be comfortable in both spoken and written English, since this course is not designed to be an ELL course.

The Bridging course runs for 13 weeks, with classes held once a week for two hours. The course, Critical Theories of Migration and Uprootedness, is based in the Sociology department and provides an introduction to key concepts and debates in migration studies. Areas of discussion include migration theories; contemporary migration trends; debates about immigrant “settlement,” integration and multiculturalism; forced/refugee migration; gendered and queer migrations; and social movements. The course also provides an introduction to York University and its communities through tours, workshops and presentations. A grade of 'B' or better offers admission to the Faculties of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and programs at Glendon campus, in addition to some programs in other Faculties.

The instructor has been carefully chosen to be sensitive both to the needs of the community and to the academic standards of university-level education. This program is subsidized by York University and has no cost for students.

For more information about the Sanctuary Scholars bridging course, or to register, please contact the program coordinator: