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Explore YU - LA&PS Summer Youth Program

Unfortunately, this program is not currently running due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our priority remains keeping students, staff and faculty safe. As a result, on-campus services remain limited. We look forward to welcoming you to campus as soon as it is safe to do so.

Are you a high school student looking ahead to university? Discover and explore your academic interests and passions at York University.

York University’s Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) is excited to offer “Explore YU,” a summer program for Canadian high school students at our Keele campus. The two-week long program is designed for grade 10 and 11 students looking to explore and engage in academic, recreational and intercultural activities. Participants will get a unique opportunity to experience university life and build lasting friendships. Get a taste of LA&PS, home to top-ranked programs in the Social SciencesHumanities, and professional fields like Human Resources Management and Information Technology.

Program Details

About the Program

Each morning will start off with two hours of tailored academic classes. These classes will introduce students to a variety of topics under the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies umbrella, such as Indigenous Studies, Communications, Business & Society, Philosophy and many more! In the afternoon, students will attend hands-on workshops and sessions designed to complement academic learning, including team-building exercises and group activities. A unique weekly schedule will allow students to explore new topics and interests each day. At Explore YU, we will also take learning beyond the classroom, with exciting field trips to some of Toronto’s major cultural and heritage sites.

What can I Expect?

  • Interactive guest lectures on a variety of academic disciplines and programs offered by LA&PS
  • An opportunity to develop interpersonal and leadership skills through workshops and classes
  • A safe and guided experience to York University and the city of Toronto
  • Cross-cultural experiences that extend beyond the classroom

Who will be teaching?

All the classes and sessions are taught and facilitated by fully qualified professors and professionals through student-centric learning approach in order to develop the whole student.  Our balanced program offers participants the opportunity to take exceptional academic courses, combined with a wide range of cultural, social and sporting activities.    

When does it start?

Explore YU – LA&PS  is currently on hold due to the ongoing pandemic. We look forward to hosting you when it is safe to do so.

Fees and Registration

Participants can register for one or both weeks. Registration cost is $150 per week, and per participant. Light breakfast, lunches and all snacks are included in the registration fee.

2 Step Registration:

  1. Complete and submit the registration form.
  2. Complete the payment by clicking the “Pay for Explore YU” button.

Payment Instructions:

  1. Sign-in, either with Passport York ID or create an account, to York Lions’ secure online payment system.
  2. Select “Register” for the week you wish to enroll the student in.
  3. You can click “Continue Shopping” to select the other week of the program. Search for the Explore-YU program under “Child and Youth Programs” and “Summer 2020” Semester.
  4. Complete payment.

*If the system prompts you to accept the “Locker Waiver” you can either select “accept” – this is not applicable to Explore-YU.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available through Explore YU - LA&PS Youth Summer Program bursary to assist with program fees.  Please email Saba Rafiq at to apply for the bursary.

Parents should apply BEFORE making the payment for their registered participant in the Explore YU Program. Please note that this bursary is intended to aid participation by providing financial support to eligible high school students. The granted bursary will be directly applied to the registered participant’s fee costs.  Parents will be requested to pay the remaining balance, if any.  Retroactive applications will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parent/Guardian Forms

The safety and well-being of our participants and staff is our top priority. All students will be supervised during scheduled classes, trips and activities. Upon registration the parent and/or guardian of the participant will be asked to complete detailed forms regarding the following policies:


Breakfast, lunches and all snacks are included in the registration fee.  Participants are encouraged to eat and spend mealtimes with other participants, however, if they choose to leave for lunch, they must sign-out and sign-in upon return. All allergies and severe medical concerns must be communicated during registration to ensure that we take suitable precautions.     

Pick-up and Drop-off

Participants must be dropped-off/sign-in between 8:30am to 9:30am and picked-up/sign-out between 4pm to 5pm.    

Nut Awareness

Our summer camp is a nut-safe zone. However, due the nature of our multi-use property, we cannot guarantee a completely nut free campus.

Other FAQs

How do students apply?

There is a 2 step registration. Visit Fees and Registration section for details.

When are fees due?

Fees are due at the time of registration.

How can I be assured of the safety and security of my child while on campus?

York University takes safety and security seriously. We have many services, procedures and policies to ensure a safe and healthy campus. More information can be found on Campus Security website.

Is there a dress code?

Students should wear weather appropriate, comfortable clothing and footwear for indoors and outdoors activities. Closed-toe shoes are preferred.  

Do I have to attend all the classes/workshops/sessions?

Participants are expected to stay with the cohort and attend all scheduled sessions. All sessions and activities are designed with diverse learning abilities and approaches in mind, including appropriate breaks and movement for optimal engagement.

Is refund available?

You can request a full refund by logging in to the payment portal until July 3rd.

Does attending the LA&PS summer camp guarantee admission to York?

No. However, attending LA&PS summer program introduces participants to university-level classroom and campus life experiences. This program is designed to offer many opportunities to explore academic interests and university readiness. campus.

What do I need to bring? 

The following is a list of essential items that must be brought to campus on a daily basis:

  • Refillable water bottle  
  • Notepad and pen/pencil 
  • Any specific snacks, if desired.  Please ensure that all snacks are nut-free.   

NOTE:  Program will not be held responsible for any items lost or misplaced by students. We will try our best to make sure that students do not lose their belongings and will have a lost and found box for any misplaced items. 

Will I get any credits toward high school completion?

No, but the summer program will help students with university preparedness.

What kind of topics will be covered during the program?

Participants can expect to fully engage in a variety of topics under the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies umbrella, such as Indigenous Studies, Communications, Business & Society, Philosophy and many more!