ORK ST JOHN STUDY ABROAD


A view of York Minster from York's city wall

What is the York St John Study Abroad program?

YCP offers several sponsored Study Abroad programs, of which the one with York St John University in York, England is the longest standing. It is only offered during the fall semester, and students who are selected for the program by the selection committee will pay tuition directly to York St. John and only federal and state grants and loans will apply. A minimum 2.8 GPA is required for consideration in this program. Students who will be juniors during their foreign study are given preference.

Why study abroad at York St John University?

York St John University is conveniently placed about a block and a half from the center of York, England, with easy access to the city's cathedral (York Minster), the Shambles, the city's medieval walls and gates, and other historical and cultural highlights of this northern English city that boasts Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and later medieval roots. York has been a center of English politics, society and culture for thousands of years, and York St John University students are able to enjoy all that the city has to offer. York is also an easy train ride from most other British cities, including Manchester and London, and close to airports for excursions further afield. York St John is a state-of-the-art institution, ever-growing and improving, and has all the facilities and amenities that YCP students expect. If you're still wondering what York St John University can offer, here is what that institution says.

How do I apply for the York St John Study Abroad program?

The application and application process largely goes through YCP's Career Development Center. There is a generic application form for all YCP-sponsored study abroad programs available on their webpage, along with the Guide to Global Education, available as a pdf file. Once the application and supporting materials have been submitted by the deadline, applicants go through an interview process, which largely ensures that only students really committed to and capable of international study are accepted for the program.

I've been accepted...Now what?

Congratulations! You are on your way to one of the most significant and fulfilling experiences of your YCP career. I know you have a lot of questions about what to expect and what to do. I am here to ensure that you prepare for your study abroad semester, so please feel free to ask me anything or talk to me about any concerns you may have. Heading abroad for several months may seem an overwhelming and stressful idea, but if you have been accepted, then you are likely more excited than apprehensive about the prospect.

The Next Steps

As you prepare for your study abroad experience in the UK, there are many questions that will likely arise. York St John has some very helpful webpages with information for their international students. Please look through the following sites:

There are many other helpful resources online.

My time abroad, plus the experience of other students who have studied abroad, has provided a wealth of additional pieces of advice or things to consider.

  • Consider investing in a student identification card, such as an International Student Exchange card or International Student ID Card, which provide travel and other discounts to students traveling abroad, serve as internationally-recognized identification, and can even provide international insurance coverage.
  • Ensure that you bring a few passport-sized pictures of yourself for identification purposes; you may find them useful for documentation abroad.
  • Plan to fly into Manchester rather than London. York St John University offers a free, although limited, collection service that must be reserved in advance through their webpage. Even if this service is not practical or convenient, there is a direct train from Manchester Airport to York.
  • Be judicious about how much luggage you bring with you, especially if you plan to travel either before or after your semester at York St John. While British trains are generally equipped with storage compartments for large luggage, space is limited and not all rail stations are easily maneuverable (some have only stairs).
  • Keep in mind that England, on average, is more moderate of temperature than much of the US, but can be wetter. Ensure that you either bring or purchase on arrival a good umbrella and suitable footwear.
  • YCP students normally take only three courses while at York St John University. This is partly because of difference in credit counts and course rigor.