York World Scholars Program (up to $20,000) for International Undergraduate Students Worldwide

York World Scholars

Course(s) Offered: Humanities, Social sciences, Languages, Professional fields
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: York University
Country to Study in: Canada

Scholarship Description
Are you intellectually curious, passionate about more than one subject? Do you have an appetite for challenging assumptions and questioning conventional wisdom? Are you equally competent in both math and the social science/humanities? Are you looking for ways to combine the theoretical and practical? Have you been thinking about ways to enhance your career prospects? Then a double major is right for you!

York University, known for championing new ways of thinking, invites international students to apply to the York World Scholars (YWS) program. The YWS is looking for high-achieving students with strong oral and written communication skills, who want to pursue a double major – a combination of two programs resulting in a unique degree. YWS is seeking students who are motivated by the chance to explore their academic passions, lead global change and pursue their career aspirations.

York University is accepting applications now. If you imagine yourself as a York World Scholar, and you’d like to learn more, email yws@yorku.ca without delay.

York World Scholars (YWS) program

Eligibility (Entrance requirements)
You must meet York University's minimum admission and program-specific requirements. For complete details on York’s international admission requirements, see http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/requirements/international.

Selection criteria:
The selection process is competitive. Scholarships will be awarded based on your final entering grade point average and your written statements of interest.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country

Participating Institutions
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario; Canada

Fields of study
A double major consists of one bachelor’s degree with TWO full undergraduate specializations. A student who double-majors completes all the degree requirements in two separate programs whereas a single major student completes requirements for only one. With careful planning, a double major can be completed in the same time frame as a single major and at no additional cost.

For the inaugural session of the York World Scholars program, the following double major combinations are available:
  • Economics and Global Political Studies
  • Finance and Business Economics
  • Cognitive Science and Information Technology
  • English and Professional Writing
  • Human Rights & Equity Studies and Anthropology
  • Sociology/Geography and Urban Studies
  • International Development Studies and Geography
  • History and Political Science
The program will offer additional combinations in future but for this application cycle, program choices are limited to the suite of selections above.

Number of awards
In this inaugural year, the YWS program will admit 50 students.

Scholarship benefits
The YWS Program supports you every step along your pathway to completion!

In this inaugural year of the program, the top three World Scholars will receive a tuition waiver of up to $20,000. Those with a Grade Point Average of 80% or above will be eligible for scholarships up to $2500.

Throughout your program, you will be mentored by professors who will guide you through the four years you spend at York. At the end of your second year, York World Scholars will come together during a retreat to reflect on the journey so far and to get the advice needed for the next two years. In your final year, all World Scholars will participate in a World Scholars capstone seminar where you will undertake unique opportunities for research or practical learning. With the completion of your program, you will benefit from having knowledge in two subject areas that can help you stay competitive in the workforce or proceed towards advanced studies.

International students can work both on and off campus.

As a York World Scholar applicant you will be automatically considered for the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies International Student Entrance Scholarship. Eligible candidates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) between 90% and 94.9% will receive $2,000; candidates with a GPA of 95% or higher will receive $3000.

As a York World Scholar, you will acquire both breadth and depth, knowledge and skill. You will build a solid foundation for your career goals, distinguish yourself with a unique education and benefit from the experience of living in Toronto, Ontario – home to a dynamic economy and its famed multiculturalism. Our Faculty is a microcosm of the world already, with students from 127 countries.

Method of Application
Applying to the YWS program is a two-step process:

1. International applicants can apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) (if they are interested in applying to other Ontario Universities)
they can use the York online application (if they are interested in applying to York only).

When submitting the OUAC application, you will choose your FIRST major. See the program list above for choices and use the Program Search (http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program-search) to learn more about your program.

2. After submitting the OUAC application, we require two statements of interest.
a). A statement of 400 words describing the double major combination you have chosen and why.
b). A statement of 200 words explaining who you envision yourself to be in the next five years.

Submit these statements to yws@yorku.ca in pdf format.

The OUAC application and both statements are due no later than April 20, 2016

Be sure to submit all required documents so that your application is processed efficiently. You will be informed by May 20, 2016 whether you have been admitted to the YWS program and whether you qualify for a scholarship.

YWS is hosted by York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, which is home to a vast array of world-class programs in the humanities, the social sciences, languages and professional fields.

Advantages of a double major for YOU:
  • It will open a world of opportunities you may not have thought of.
  • You can pursue post-graduate work in either field.
  • It will differentiate you from your peers and help you stay competitive in the workforce.
  • It will lead you to new discoveries and new connections between disciplines.
  • It will immerse you in a rich intellectual dialogue that will expand your world view and the view of others around you.
  • A double major can help you become a more flexible, adaptable and creative problem solver.

Application Deadline: 20 April 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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