101 – Glendon Campus, York University

Last updated: September 14, 2021

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About Glendon

Glendon is a leader in bilingual teaching and research in Toronto.

At Glendon, we speak the world. It is in our nature.

We are known for our highly personalized experience and innovative hands-on learning opportunities. Your journey at Glendon will provide you with the career skills for success in public service or various industries in Toronto and globally (finance, legal, education, mental health, digital media, human rights, entrepreneurship, etc.).

In this interconnected and rapidly changing world, there is an increased need for a multilingual workforce and the ability to conduct business in more than 1 language is becoming critical. Bilingual people often hold higher positions and earn more money than monolinguals in the same industry.

Glendon Quick Facts

  • 1959: Glendon is the founding campus of York University, Canada’s third largest university.
  • 26: Number of students per class on average.
  • 2,500: Our student population represents 100 countries and 30+ languages.
  • 50% of our campus is a forest with access to Toronto walking trails.
  • 35 minutes from downtown Toronto.
  • 24/7: Connect with us @GlendonCampus on social media platforms.

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Develop Your Language Advantage

We are known for offering authentic learning situations in bilingual and multilingual environments, and programs and professors that are highly supportive.

Knowledge of a second language is not an admission requirement for most of our programs. Our programs welcome students of various abilities and proficiency levels and are primarily focused on French and English, with Spanish and Anishinaabemowin language opportunities.

You will get 1 of 4 levels of bilingual and trilingual certification attainable at Glendon. We will place you in the most appropriate French classes based on your language assessment.

View this video for more information on bilingualism at Glendon.

Various resources are available to support your language-learning journey and get you career ready.

Improve your French (as a second language) with:

  • Salon francophone
  • Language Training Centre for Studies in French

Work on your English (as a second language) with:

  • ESL Open Learning Centre

Explore Spanish through the:

  • Spanish Resource Centre

Learn Anishinaabemowin.

Read more about language certification.

Glendon by Numbers

  • 2016: The Government of Ontario officially recognizes Glendon as a French-language service provider.
  • 100% of students graduate with a bilingual BA or BSc (English/French).

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Hands-on Learning Opportunities for Career Success

New Inquiry-Based Projects Incubator

Our Inquiry-Based Projects Incubator, also known as G21, is a series of activities designed to foster students who want to experiment and be prepared to solve some of the complex problems of tomorrow. Your ideas will be fueled by passion, aesthetics and ethics, and you will be challenged to think differently and bring new ideas to the table.

Read more about the G21.

Top Scholars

Our Top Scholars initiative celebrates incoming high school students of the highest calibre who reaffirm our long history of academic excellence. Select Top Scholars can participate in the Research Apprenticeship Program and can conduct hands-on research with a professor starting in first year.

View the Top Scholars video.

The Glendon Digital Media Lab

The Glendon Digital Media Lab provides you with access to technological and pedagogical resources. It supports hands-on work in Glendon courses and your extracurricular projects, allowing you to pursue your passion.

Read more about the Glendon Digital Media Lab.

Exclusive Degrees: Program Highlights

Looking to explore global opportunities, get hands-on workplace experiences, teach others, discover life around and within us or understand new cultures? We are one of Canada’s top campuses offering international exchanges. In fact, over 10% of our students spend up to a full year of study in another country. We offer unique International BAs and BScs that prepare you for the global workforce of 2030.

Glendon students graduate with a degree from York University, and have access to all Keele Campus courses, amenities, scholarships, services and faculty during their studies.

Dual Degree (International Studies and Business Administration)

Our Dual Degree (International Studies and Business Administration) brings together our expertise in human and social sciences with France’s number one business incubator, the emlyon business school. Study 2 years at the Glendon campus followed by 2 years at an emlyon campus in France. This program requires bilingualism in French and English.

View the Dual Degree profile video.

Honours BA in Drama and Creative Arts

Our new Honours BA in Drama and Creative Arts allows you to specialize in either Drama or Visual Arts, with a personalized blend of classroom study and studio/performance opportunities. You will work with histories and concepts in the visual and performing arts and build practical skills through hands-on projects in the Glendon Theatre and Visual Arts studios.

View the Honours BA in Drama and Creative Arts profile video.

Cognitive Neuropsychology Stream

We are proud to offer a new Cognitive Neuropsychology stream within the Glendon Psychology program that allows you to study the relationship between the brain and behaviour. This stream coordinates applied research opportunities between Glendon students and affiliated hospitals and health centres for valuable hands-on experience.

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

We offer a popular BEd program, the only one of its kind, as a response to the shortage of French teachers in the province. Students pursue a BA for their first 4 years while studying how to learn and teach another language effectively.

Read more about the BEd.

New Pathways

We have partnered with York University’s Schulich School of Business to offer a Pathway to Master of Management (MMgt). High-achieving students can acquire 4 years of specialized knowledge in their undergraduate program of interest, then apply to a 1-year MMgt degree.

Finally, if you pursue an Honours BA or BSc at Glendon, you may jointly pursue an Honours Minor program offered at the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, and the School of Environmental Studies, except where a similar minor is offered at Glendon.

New Certificates

You can work towards the completion of a certificate while studying in your undergraduate program. We currently offer 2 new certificates:

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish for Business and Professional Communication
  • Creative Writing Certificate
  • Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Public History

Experiential Education (EE)

EE is the application of theory to real-life situations, such as workplace placements, lab research, community-based learning, field trips, role playing and more. These experiences are designed to help you use the theories learned in class and apply them in practice. EE opportunities at Glendon include part-time, summer, and on- and off-campus roles that you can apply for and work placements. Last year, more than 9,500 EE positions were posted across both the Keele and Glendon campuses.

Glendon students develop key career skills and prepare for the workforce, whether through volunteer and work opportunities on campus, workshops or by joining 1 of over 35 student-run clubs and organizations.

Read more about Experiential Education at Glendon.

Did You Know?

  • 3X: Our students participate in exchanges abroad, 3 times the national average.
  • 1: First campus in Canada to offer International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) degrees.
  • 88% of employers are satisfied and very satisfied with Glendon students.

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Personalized Experience: Small Campus, Big Heart

Helping and supporting each other is what makes Glendon so special. We offer a personalized experience where you really matter – small classes, many support programs and student services dedicated to your success. You will meet other students, staff and faculty members who will provide you with the safe and nurturing environment you need to succeed, both academically and professionally. It is in our nature.

As a new Glendon student, you will receive personalized support from our Academic Advising team to chart an academic path that is right for you. Once you accept your offer of admission, you can book an enrollment appointment where you will get your first glimpse of life as a Glendon student. We will also pair you with a student mentor who can offer support and tips as you navigate your first year. This commitment to student service excellence continues past first year and beyond graduation.

Tailor-made Scholarships

There are awards you can win automatically if you choose Glendon, and there are even more available if you take the time to apply. Are you coming from a French-language or French as a second language high school? There is a scholarship for you. Do you have an average above 80%? Look into Glendon-specific scholarships that fit your profile. We offer up to $20,000 in scholarships, on top of York University bursaries.

Check your scholarship eligibility now.


We have 2 residence buildings. More than 90% of our rooms are singles and we guarantee first-year students a room if they apply by the deadline. Our residences are a 2-minute walk to classes and to the cafeteria, and include built-in support services led by your Don, a live-in senior student assigned to help you settle in. There is a year-round roster of activities in residence. Space is also available in residence for upper-year students.

Support for Transition to University

  • Start Your Quest: April to August – Learn about student life, residence life, academic support services, fall orientation and more.
  • GL Zone – A first-year mentorship program that supports your transition through peer support.
  • YU Start – Online student content that highlights the support available and provides relevant information that is helpful to all first-year students.
  • JumpStart: Successful Transition to University – Program in August that helps you successfully transition to university, both academically and personally.
  • Orientation Week – Includes Social Orientation and Glendon Orientation Day in September, a mandatory program introducing you to key services, resources and people in the Glendon community. Other student and parent orientation programs take place from August to September.

First-year Course Selection Process

Personalized enrollment appointments guide you through selecting and enrolling in courses that match your program requirements, personal goals and interests. Distance advising is also available via email if you require it. Enrollment appointments begin in May.

Book an appointment online through MyFile.

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Campus Visits

Join us for our key events:

  • Fall Campus Day: Open House – November 21, 2021
  • March Break U – 2022
  • Experience Glendon: Spring Open House – 2022

We also offer virtual campus tours and will return to in-person tours when permitted to do so.

With our new initiative, the Glendon Virtual Network, you will be able to chat with a current student from your program of interest to learn more about what being a student at Glendon is really like.

Find more details and book your campus visit.

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Contact Us

Glendon Recruitment, Admissions & Applicant Relations
B108 York Hall, Glendon Campus
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto ON  M4N 3M6

Telephone: 416-487-6710
Email: liaison@glendon.yorku.ca

Website: www.glendon.yorku.ca/futurestudents
Instagram: @GlendonCampus
Twitter: @GlendonCampus
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlendonCampus

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