University of York Courses

A typical course load for one term or semester is usually four courses, but this can vary depending upon credit weightings. You’ll earn 10-15  credits for fall; 20 credits for spring.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Teaching Calendar

  • York has a three-term calendar
  • Each term is approximately 10-weeks long
  • Students may enroll for the autumn term, the spring and summer terms (referred to by Arcadia as the spring semester), or the full academic year

Credit System

  • modules/courses carry different credit weightings, depending upon the amount of teaching time involved and the level of the module.
  • pay attention to prerequisites when choosing courses
Program Duration York Credits Arcadia Credits

Autumn Term



Spring Semester



Full Year



Special Considerations


  • must currently be an English major at your home institution
  • must have a significant background on the subject
  • required to submit an essay of about 1,500 words
  • essay should be a literary analysis that has already been assessed (grades and comments should be on the paper).


  • assessment method(s) for a class will be indicated on the syllabus
  • methods may vary between essay, examination, class work, or a combination
  • examinations may be set at the end of the course or at the end of the year
  • you are responsible for finding out how each of your courses is assessed
  • you must take examinations attached to your classes whenever the exam is scheduled
  • autumn students who leave before exams may be assessed by coursework or by any other additional requirements set by York


  • year 3 courses are considered Honors courses, and students must be able to demonstrate an adequate academic background.
  • you can apply to up to three departments at York, subject to timetable.

Choosing Your Courses

York courses available to study abroad students are described on the University’s website:

  • this is the International Office’s website for Incoming Students

  • click on “identify which modules”

  • click on the department to see the link to the modules, entry requirements, and more information

  • courses are organized by term and level (year)

  • if a course or department is not located in the Visiting Student Course Catalog, it may not be open to study abroad students.

Credits in the UK (including SCQF and SCOTCAT) are divided by 4 to equal the U.S. credit value. They go from UK to ECTS to U.S. credits.

UK Credits ECTS Credits U.S. Credits













Enrollment Process

On your online course form (submitted through your Arcadia Passport), you will also need to indicate the course reference numbers for the courses that you choose.

If you mandate certain courses that might be unavailable or inappropriate, you may limit your chances of admission, even though you meet the program’s overall academic requirements. We suggest that you secure approval for at least 6-10 courses per semester. Make sure to list alternate courses. List your choices and alternates in order of interest. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility are extremely important.

Student Registration & Module Enrollment Procedures

  • you will be asked to fill out personal information forms for the Registry and you will receive an ID card.
  • enrollment in classes normally takes place in the first two weeks of term.
  • students proceed to their individual departments to complete formalities, and will be advised how to enroll in courses by departmental advisers.
  • students registering in more than one department should visit both departments to register.
  • courses may be dropped or added in the first two weeks by informing departmental secretaries.
  • final enrollment information must be confirmed with the International Office.

The online course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses.

Grade Scale for the United Kingdom - AACRAO EDGE

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Description U.S. Equivalent
70 – 100% First Class  A
60 – 69% Second Class Upper B+
50 – 59% Second Class Lower B
40 – 49% Third Class/Pass C
0 – 39% Fail F
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