Program Title: Direct Student Exchange
Location Abroad: York, England
Host Institution: York St. John University
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description: SUNY Potsdam has a direct exchange agreement with the York St John University in York, England. The campus is located beside York's famed medieval wall and a few minutes away from the thirteenth Century cathedral. The Office of Overseas Programmes provides a friendly "home base" for overseas students. It organizes orientation programs and arranges social and cultural events, including visits to sites such as Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Lake District, Bath, Hadrian's Wall and Bronte Country.
York St John University in York, England is affiliated with the University of Leeds and has a combined student population on its two campuses at Ripon and York of about 2000 with a faculty of 145.
York is a beautiful cathedral city of about 105,000 people. The city has interesting architecture, a rich history, and a wealth of cultural and recreational resources including many museums such as the Yorvik Viking Museum. By train, York is within two hours of London to the South and Edinburgh to the North.
Admission Criteria: Students who are juniors or seniors with a GPA of 2.75 and above may apply. The number of students accepted to the program depends on the number of York students coming to Potsdam.
Fields of Study: York St John University has programs in English and related American Studies, Business, Creative Writing, Dance, Film & Television, Fine Arts, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Sport Sciences, Theatre, and Tourism. For a complete list of available courses please visit the YSJ Module List.
Term Dates: The program is normally for the Fall semester only: mid-September to mid-December
Housing and Meals: Students are typically housed in Lord Mayor’s Walk located on campus. Students enjoy a single room with a wash basin and bathrooms are shared as well as a small kitchen area. While there is no set meal plan option available to students living in Lord Mayor’s Walk, students are given a declining campus debit account/card that provides for approximately 12-14 meals per week and the added flexibility of eating in one of the five catering outlets available on campus.
Costs: This is a direct-exchange program in which the outgoing student pays most expenses to SUNY Potsdam, and the exchange partner covers most costs in York, England. SUNY students pay tuition and fees to their home campus; non-SUNY students pay tuition directly to SUNY Potsdam. Room and board and insurance costs are paid directly to SUNY Potsdam. Students interested in participating during a spring semester should contact International Education & Programs to determine if a spring placement can be made.
Academic Transcript: Credits earned abroad will be issued on an official SUNY Transcript Supplement listing specific courses and grades.
How to Apply: Students should follow the Study Abroad Application Instructions and submit all completed SUNY OAP application forms as well as completed YSJ Study Abroad Application and module selection forms directly to SUNY Potsdam’s International Education & Programs (IE&P) office. Do not send any application forms or other documents directly to YSJ; ALL SUNY OAP and YSJ application and course selection forms, official transcripts, etc. should be sent directly to SUNY Potsdam IE&P.
Application Deadline: March 15
Completed applications materials should be sent to:
International Education & Programs Coordinator
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676-2294
Passports: Students are responsible for obtaining their own passports. Since passports take some time to receive, you should begin this process early. If you have any questions about this program or for more information, please contact International Education & Programs at SUNY Potsdam.