University of York at York, England

Mount Holyoke may nominate one or two students each year for our reciprocal exchange with the University of York.  Exchange students may apply for the full year or for the two-term program in the spring.  Only students receiving need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke are eligible; students selected for the exchange are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships. Students who are receiving little or no need-based financial aid are welcome to apply to York as study abroad students rather than exchange students.

University of York

  • Chartered in 1963, as part of a large-scale expansion of the higher education system in the 1960s
  • Approximately 15,000 students (12,000 undergraduate students, more than 20% international students)
  • Comprehensive university offering a wide range of courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences
  • Main campus at Heslington is a 200-acre landscaped park, a few miles from the town of York
  • Wide range of student activities, societies, and events

City of York

  • Located in the northeast of England
  • Population about 200,000
  • One of England’s most famous ancient cathedral cities
  • Compact, walled city known for its ancient and medieval history

Academic Program

  • Traditional British academic calendar, with three terms of approximately ten weeks each (late September to mid-December, mid-January to early April, and early May to mid-June)
  • Exchange students may study at York for the full year or spring two-term program.
  • Students enroll directly into courses offered by York to its degree-seeking students
  • Exchange students may enroll in courses in any discipline at York (except for health sciences and medicine); the Department of Psychology accepts full-year students only.

Living Arrangements

  • Guaranteed housing on campus in one of York’s undergraduate residential colleges or in a self-catering apartment

Exchange Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at York
  • Must be eligible for need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke

Financial Arrangements

  • Exchange student pays MHC tuition; York waives its tuition
  • Exchange student pays York directly for room fees, and is also responsible for meals
  • Laurel Fellowship guaranteed (though number of exchange slots is limited)
  • Financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC tuition, MHC administrative fee for study abroad, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare

Study at York for Study Abroad (Non-Exchange) Students

  • Students who are receiving little or no need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke should apply to York as study abroad students, either directly or through the IFSA/Butler or Arcadia University programs
  • Study abroad applicants should follow general procedures and deadlines for study abroad
  • Study abroad students will be billed directly by York or their program sponsor for the (lower) overseas or program tuition and fees, rather than MHC tuition

How to Apply for the Exchange

  • Submit Mount Holyoke’s Request to Study Abroad and Laurel Fellowship application in ISIS according to the instructions provided on the Deadlines page; applications are ordinarily due in December (for the year) or late March (for spring)
  • Students will be notified by early February whether they have been selected for the exchange for the year, by early May for spring
  • Exchange nominee will complete York’s on-line application for admission; students must also be accepted by York