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 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.

Special Considerations

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.

Course Restrictions


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

Choosing Your Courses

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

  • Courses (“modules”) are listed by department, click on an individual department to see the modules, entry requirements, and more information.
  • Courses are organized by term (autumn/spring/full year) and year/stage (1st, 2nd and 3rd).
  • If a course or department is not located in the Visiting Student Course Catalog, it may not be open to study abroad students.


  • Year 3 courses are considered Honors courses, and students must be able to demonstrate an adequate academic background.
  • You can take courses in a total of 3 different departments at York.

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 need to indicate the module code for the courses that you choose.

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.

You will officially enroll in your courses at the beginning of the term in York, after meeting with your departmental advisor.

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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