The City of York
The city of York is one of Britain's jewels. Historic city by day, buzzing hotspot by night, the city is varied, colorful and vibrant. York was voted Europe's top international tourist destination in 2007, and its historic streets bustle with visitors from all around the world. There's plenty to impress: the famously soaring Gothic Minster, the winding medieval streets, the specialist stores and boutiques. But the city is a busy cultural centre for its 175,000 residents as well as a tourist magnet. Recognized as one of Britain's six Science Cities it is designated as a centre for Research and Development in science and technology, and the city hosts a year-round program of events, including Science week, comedy festivals, a Viking festival, St Nicholas Fayre, the famous festival of food and drink, and a continental Christmas market.
Beyond York lies some of Britain's most attractive and impressive countryside. Within easy reach are the Pennine Dales and the North Yorks Moors, the fishing villages and resorts of the east coast and a wealth of fine houses and picturesque abbey ruins. And for students wanting to travel further afield, York is ideally situated half way between London and Edinburgh and is less than two hours from London by train. Heathrow airport can be reached in three and a half hours, and the continent of Europe is within easy reach from the nearby port of Hull.
The University of York?
At York, one of Britain's most attractive university campuses lies alongside one of its most attractive cities.?Founded in the early 1960s, York has built a national and international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.?With nearly 11,000 students, the University is large enough to provide a stimulating academic environment while remaining a friendly and welcoming community.?York offers courses in the arts, sciences and social sciences which, at undergraduate level, are open to visiting students.?The University of York is one of Britain's most popular universities and is not only currently ranked 8th in the well-respected Sunday Times league table of UK universities, but also is ranked 6th out of 172 Higher Education institutions for research.
The campus lies on the outskirts of the city in the charming village of Heslington.?In a beautifully landscaped park, seven colleges grouped around a large lake provide both residential and teaching accommodation.?Each college, made up of around 900 students, forms a small community where students from different disciplines and years live and work together.?The Colleges and other buildings are linked together by covered walks, and no building is very far from another, thereby adding to the feeling of a close-knit community.
The Academic Program
All departments open their undergraduate courses to visiting students, who normally take courses in one or two departments.?Visiting students are integrated into normal undergraduate classes and are never taught in special groups.?Teaching is carried out in tutorials (small groups of up to six students), seminars (larger groups of 7-15) and through lecture programs.?Visiting students are each assigned to an academic adviser who is concerned with their academic progress and personal welfare.?Study abroad students take all required assessments.?
Cornell Abroad participants must maintain a full course load during their period of study abroad. The standard course load at York is 40 to 45 credits per term, or three to four courses each term (equivalent to three credits at Penn). However, courses in some departments such as English and History of Art are taught intensively so that a student would take only one course each term in these departments as the standard load. It is the responsibility of prospective participants to arrange with their major advisor at Cornell before departure that an appropriate amount of Cornell credit will be awarded as equivalent to the work done at York.
As on all Cornell Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Cornell transcript but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average. Pass/fail is not an option.? York provides the following recommended equivalencies: 70 and higher = A, 64-69 = A-, 60-63 = B+, 54-59 = B, 50-53 = B-, 46-49 = C+, 44-45 = C, 40-43 = C-, 38-39 = D+, 36-37 = D, 35 = D-, 0-34 = F.
Fall Semester: mid-October ? mid-December
Spring Semester: mid-January ? late June
**Students attend the Sussex in September Programme during the month of September
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.?Visiting students are provided with accommodation for the full duration of their course, normally in single study bedrooms in one of the seven colleges or in University-controlled accommodation within walking distance of campus.?The campus is situated about a mile from the center of the city.?Each college is home to about 300 students, and also houses departmental and academic staff offices.?Study bedroom accommodation is fully furnished and cleaned. Students provide and launder their own bed linen, pillows, duvet sets, sheets and towels and their own crockery and cooking utensils.
College catering services provide varied menus including international and vegetarian dishes.?Students also have the use of small kitchens in the residential areas which are suitable for preparing light meals.?There is a wide variation in the amenities provided in halls of residence and students are advised that it is unlikely that all of the services to which they are accustomed at Cornell will be available (i.e. phones in rooms, ethernet connections).
There is a wide range of student-organized societies, covering cultural, academic, political, religious and recreational interests. Over fifty sports are represented, and facilities provided on campus include a sports center, a 400-meter athletics track, playing fields and tennis courts. The rowing and sailing clubs have their boathouse on the River Ouse, while York's newest three-pool swimming complex is within half a mile of the University. Each term there is a busy program of concerts, films, plays, and open lectures on subjects of general interest. The university has its own choir and orchestra made up of students and staff.
Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.
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