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IAGE Exchange: BEP University of York
York, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Illinois Sponsor:
IAGE (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
The University of York
Program Description:

Program Overview

York is a cultural hub of art, music, historical sites, museums and cafes. Students who chose to study in York enjoy studying at the University of York, very close to the centre of the city. Whether visiting the Shambles in the city or getting involved in the various groups on campus, there are plenty of sights to explore and adventures to be had for students in York. Available spring and academic year terms.
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Academic Environment

What is a British Exchange Program (BEP)?

The British Exchange Program (BEP) is the largest and oldest exchange program at the University of Illinois. Each year approximately 70 students from every college on campus spend a year or semester at one of thirteen universities in England, Scotland and Wales. It offers University of Illinois students the best of all worlds: an affordable way to spend the academic year at one of thirteen universities, AND the chance to continue studying courses which will fulfill graduation requirements. As a participant in the BEP program, you enjoy the benefits of direct enrollment at a British university. You take all of your classes with British students, live in student housing with other British and international students, and have access to all the sports facilities and clubs of your host university. 

The BEST option for students is to spend the entire academic year in Britain. The benefits of the year program are numerous: much wider choice of classes, more integration in your British university and more opportunities to experience the regional differences of England, Scotland and Wales. In fact, many past participants feel that a single year is almost too short a time at their host university! 

Where you will study
The University of York is a research-intensive university that was established in 1963. Despite York's young age, it has distinguished itself as the top young university in the UK according to Times Higher Education

York Academic  York Academic-3

Student Life

The University of York offers numerous activities on campus that students can take advantage of including numerous clubs and societies from the arts to political groups. For active students, York offers a fully equipped sports centre, tennis and squash courts, and various sports teams. Scattered throughout campus are food stores, bookshops, a stationery store, student banking, travel agency, health centre, film theatres, concert halls and a second-hand book store that students can explore. The Students' Union offers many events throughout the semester such as Battle of the Bands and Drama Society shows.

Outside of campus, students can explore the city of York. York offers a large array of music, theatre and arts activities as wells as a vibrant nightlife, great shopping, abundant cafes and award-winning restaurants. Throughout the year, various festivals, including the comedy festival, Viking festival, food festival, and German Christmas market are held. For those into the arts, the art-house cinema which, with three screens and luxury seating, offers screenings of independent, mainstream and world cinema. To transport from campus to the city, students can take advantage of the free Student Union night bus. To travel outside of York, there are various trains that can take you throughout the UK - London is only a 2 hour train ride away.

Studying at the University of York offers full immersion into courses with York students. Students also have opportunities for conducting personal research projects for courses, which allows students to fully explore their interests.  The University of York has expanded from only 200 students to 11,000 over the course of 50 years. York now offers courses in a wide variety of subjects in over 30 academic departments and research centers. For University of York Course offerings, click here

For a full listing of courses offered and their Illinois equivalencies please click here.

Class size
While class sizes may vary, many lectures have 20-30 students, with seminars (discussion sections) breaking into smaller 10-15 students per group. Classes are taught in the British style of combining lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs, and fieldwork. A flexible approach to teaching methods tailors to the particular demands of individual students. Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester. 

All classes (called “modules” in the UK) in this program will be taught in English.

York Language York-Lang 3 York Lang 2

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Onsite Support

International Student Office
The University of York has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about University of York’s international student office by clicking here.

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University of York's 'College' system is a unique housing system whose goal is to foster a stronger sense of community with its residents. Each 'College' has a Provost, Dean and administrative staff to support students. Accommodations provide study areas, en-suite bedrooms or single bedrooms, shared bathrooms, shared kitchens, common rooms, a bar, and laundry facilities. Students can choose from two different meal plans: an optional catering service covering all meals available in dining rooms and snack bars on campus or a pay-as-you-eat system offering students flexibility as to when, where and what they eat.

York Accommodation York Accom 2

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Application Process


Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:
• Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.

Spring Semester Programs: September 15

Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: February 15

How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:

Step 1.) The Study Abroad Office Application which includes:
  • 1 letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Official transcript
  • Online questionnaires
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above. 

  • If you are nominated by the Study Abroad Office based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to York. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
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Resources and Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Study Abroad Office Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)

First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.

Program Contact Info
Mike Nelson
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

York Contact Signs York Contact Main Square

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 01/05/2018 06/22/2018
NOTE: The dates provided are tentative.
Fall Semester 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/24/2018 12/03/2018
NOTE: The dates provided are tentative.
Academic Year 2018-2019 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/24/2018 06/21/2019
NOTE: The dates provided are tentative.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed