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  • China is the #1 source country of international students at York.
  • York is home to 4,434 students (399 graduate and 4,035 undergraduate students), nearly 3,000 known alumni and over the last 3 years, over 120 students have come to York on exchange and over 100 students have gone to China from York on exchange. 
  • Schulich School of Business has long standing ties to China including large cohort of students in the MBA program.  The Schulich Executive Education Centre(SEEC)and China’s Beihang University signed an agreement to offer executive education programs in China beginning in 2014 and have been providing training programs since 2000.  Asian Business Management Program is recognized to be 3rd in the world for providing executive education and training in China and was recently awarded Gold by the Canada China Business Council for Education Excellence.
  • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies: Department of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics offers Chinese. Since the late 60s of the last century the Chinese section has developed into a both pedagogically and academically vital program at York, offering a variety of courses not only in language but also in literature, film, culture, and business. Its language courses range from first to the fourth-year level, and literature courses from classic to contemporary. The summer language and culture courses in Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing enrich students' transcultural and transnational experience through study abroad.
  • The York Centre forAsian Research (YCAR), founded in 2002, is one of Canada’s largest and most active communities of scholars working on East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Asian migrants around the world.
  • York is home to many Chinese heritage faculty as well as many faculty with research interests in China including Joshua Fogel (History) holds a Canada Research Chair in Modern Chinese History at York. He has close ties with faculty at Peking and Fudan Universities. 

York University English Language Institute (YUELI)

Market Presence: Official Representative in China based in Chaoyang, Beijing

Enrolment and Gross Revenue Growth

#1 overall source of students for YUELI by nationality 

#1 overall source of domestic/international students for YUELI by citizenship 

FY18-19: 1,608 enrolments YTD (11.8% YOY growth to date)

FY17-18: 1,438 enrolments (18.5% YOY growth)

FY16-17: 1,213 enrolments (7.6% YOY growth)


  • India is the #2 source country for York international students (next to China) at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • 2017-2018: 497 graduate and undergraduate students (275 undergraduate; 222 graduate)
  • The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies – Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers language courses in Hindu-Urdu as well as courses on South Asian literature and culture. 
  • Courses in Hindi-Urdu count towards the (Major/minor/certificate) degree in South Asian studies
  • South Asian Studies BA (Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA & Honours Minor BA)
  • York offers Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in South Asian Studies (24 credits)
  • Schulich School of Business (SB) continues to be engaged in India through the Schulich Hyderabad Campus. Accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), SB offers the first year of its MBA program at the Hyderabad campus.
  • The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), founded in 2002, is one of Canada’s largest and most active communities of scholars working on East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Asian migrants around the world. See Table 3 for a list of YCAR Associates doing research in and on India.
  • York has launched the Canada India Project for Research and Innovation (CIPRI) in October 2017 led by Dr. Nivedita Das Kundu, Professor BIMTECH & Director, CIPRI. A non-political initiative, CIPRI’s mission is to become a premium Indo-Canadian resource hub, bringing together students, researchers, academics, policy-makers and the business sector.


  • Indonesia is an advocate for United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the global movement to address environmental challenges by promoting green universities.
  • York University participates in University of Indonesia’s initiative GreenMetric World University Rankings which aims to recognize universities with commitment to addressing problems of sustainability and environmental impact. York has consistently ranked highly among Canadian institutions: 3rd (2018), 2nd (2017) and 5th (2016). More information available here
  • York University has robust relations with the Consulate of Indonesia in Toronto. The Consul General visited York and attended delegation meetings and YCAR public talks.


  • Philippines is a top source of international students at York - #8 at the undergraduate level
  • Multiple Faculties engaged in long-term academic and research collaborations with University of the Philippines – FES, AMPD, LA&PS and YCAR. Faculty champions include Prof. Phillip Kelly, Prof. Patrick Alcedo and Prof. Ethel Tungohan.
  • Summer Abroad Collaboration with between AMPD/Department of Dance and the University of Philippines
  • Upcoming MOU with the Commission on Higher Education to explore capacity building, academic and research collaborations between York and Philippine universities and colleges.
  • York was one of the Canadian HEIs featured in a webinar "Re-imagining Internationalization: The new reality of partnerships between Canada and the Philippines in a post-COVID space ". Organized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and CBIE in May 2020 for Philippine universities and colleges, the webinar was attended by more than 300 education administrators. Helen Balderama, Associated Director, International Partnerships & Programs, participated on behalf of York.
  • York University has robust relations with the Philippine Consulate in Toronto and Philippine education institutions such as CHED and the University of the Philippines.
  • January 2020: Prof. Patrick Alcedo visited the University of Philippines, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Ateneo De Manila University, Bulacan State University, Bayanihan and Summer Abroad program partners in the Philippines.

South Korea

  • 2018: The Academy of Korean Studies approved York University’s Korea in the World, the World in Korean Studies $1.1-million project funding over five years. The grant will fund the establishment of the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) and the pursuit of cutting-edge research and intellectual exchanges in Korean Studies in Eastern Canada. 
  • York is home to 178 South Korean students (166 undergraduate and 12 graduate students); over 200 known alumni; about 18 students have come to York on exchange and 40 students have gone to South Korea from York on exchange (2015 – 2018); 1 South Korean student came to York as an international visiting research trainee (IVRT); and 2 York students went to South Korea for research placements funded by Mitacs.
  • From 2015-2019, 82 York students have attended summer programs co-organized by York University (LA&PS) with 4 partner universities in South Korea that includes Yonsei University, Hanyang University, Seoul National University of Education (SNUE) and Pusan National University (PNU).
  • South Korea is a top source of international students at York #6 at the undergraduate level and #12 at the graduate level. 


  • Vietnam is a top source of international students at York - #9 at the undergraduate level
  • High-level visits from the Government of Vietnam - Ministry of Culture in Sep 2019 and Ministry of Science and Technology in Oct 2019.
  • Faculty and administrators of Vietnamese origin – Lassonde former Vice-Dean UT Nguyen; YCAR Advisor Julie Nguyen
  • York maintains a relationship with the Canada Vietnam Society of Toronto (there is no Vietnamese Consulate in the City).