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Awards, Scholarships & Bursaries

The department is extremely proud of our students’ success and we recognize our students’ achievements and contributions yearly through the department’s lively awards ceremony. Students, friends and families, faculty members and other community partners gather once a year to celebrate our students across a variety of disciplines. At the ceremony the department also recognizes its volunteers who are active in various events led by the department and / or alongside several programs and student associations.

Department Awards

The department recognizes the best performing student in our beginner’s courses and also our overall exceptional students in our advanced courses in the following areas: Arabic, Classical Greek, Chinese, World Literatures, German Studies, Hebrew, Italian Studies, Jamaican Creole, Japanese Studies, Korean, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies, Spanish & Swahili.

Other Awards


Joseph Zbili Memorial Prize in Hebrew

This prize is awarded annually to an outstanding student in an advanced Hebrew course. The Hebrew Section in DLLL is also affiliated with York’s Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies. Our students can apply to numerous study-abroad scholarships offered by the Centre.


Peter Sato Award

The Peter Sato Award (named after a distinguished Japanese diplomat and former ambassador to China) is awarded annually to an outstanding student who achieves the highest placement in the National Japanese Speech Contest.


Portuguese Gives You Wings Travel Award

The Portuguese Gives You Wings Travel Award is awarded annually to an outstanding student in beginner’s Portuguese language course (sponsored by Azores Airlines).

Portuguese Gives You Wings Award Details (PDF)

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The Faculty of LA&PS also provides a number of scholarships, awards and bursaries. Use the award search and fill our your student financial profile today.