University of York

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact internationalprograms@noctrl.edu or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

Under two hours by express train from London and Edinburgh, the University of York is located in one of Britain’s most historic cities, recently designated as one of the U.K.’s six Science Cities, and voted Safest City and County in the U.K. by Lonely Planet.

The university is on two adjoining landscaped campuses: campus west is set in a mature parkland, and campus east boasts a state-of-the-art sports village. The university offers a wide variety of courses in the arts, social sciences, natural and applied sciences, and is consistently ranked among the top 10 U.K. universities. York is particularly strong in English literature, biology and biochemistry, computer science, history, history of art, music, social policy, sociology, theatre, film and TV, politics and management.

  • 14,000 students
  • It is the nearest equivalent to the U.S. Ivy League but is a public institution
  • Halfway between London and Edinburgh; 6 hours from Paris
  • University of York is officially recognized as the U.K.'s leading Department of English for Research
  • Award-winning student newspaper
  • 24/7 library facilities

£500 scholarships through BUTEX, a U.K. higher education membership organization, are available for students in all NCC England programs.

University of York website


Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall.

Students earn 12-15 credits depending on courses selected at the University of York. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

For additional module ("course") information, please visit the University of York 'Planning Your Studies' webpage.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad. To ensure that all courses count towards their degrees, students must get their department's approval.

Housing and Meals

All NCC students stay in on-campus residences. Rooms are single-study rooms a short walk to classes. Bathrooms are communal and there are kitchens and shared common areas on most floors. 

Students are required to provide and launder their own bed linen, pillows, duvet sets, sheets and towels. Students from outside the UK can purchase a set of University bedding and linen, which consists of a duvet and cover, pillow and pillow slip, two sheets, and a bath towel.

Meals: Students usually have a communal kitchen on their floor that they share with their other "flat mates". There are a variety of places nearby to shop for groceries and a convenient, frequent bus service to downtown York. There are also a wide variety of places to eat on campus, catering to all tastes and budgets.

Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Universidad Viña del Mar) pay North Central College tuition plus a $4,000 program fee. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. This program fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.