Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be open stating November 1st 2020

1. Round I : record a short video of yourself

Record a video of yourself answering the following questions :

1 – Where did you study? How did you acquire your language skills?

2 – Why do you want to train as an interpreter?

3 – We do not expect you to have interpreting experience but do you know anything about the different setting interpreters work in?  If so, could you mention some differences and similarities between Court, Healthcare and Conference interpreting settings?

4 – Do you believe you have the qualities to become a good interpreter in one or several of these fields? Have you thought about which field(s) you would hope to work in?

5 – Read the Year 1 description and tell us how you envision your first Year as a full time student.

Please answer:
– Questions 1, 4 and 5: in English
– Question 2: in your other language
– Question 3: in your other language again, or in your third language if you have one

The video should not exceed 10 minutes. Do not read a prepared statement; we want to hear you speak off the cuff. You can record this video using a smartphone, a video camera or a webcam. If you are using a smartphone, make sure to record the video horizontally.


2. Register for the aptitude test and submit your Round I video

  • Rename your video file to include your complete name
  • Your video should be less than 1.8 GB.
  • Fill the registration form here. Once you click submit, you will be brought to a page where you can submit your video.

If you have any questions or difficulties with this process, please contact us at:


3. Round II : live online Aptitude Test

If you pass Round I, you will be invited to Round II of the Aptitude Test. The MCI Aptitude Test Coordinator will contact you to arrange for an online meeting. Round II consists of an interview designed to test your general knowledge and memory skills. The performance is recorded and then evaluated by our admission jury.

Please note that an $75 administration fee will be charged for Round II, regardless of the outcome. To pay the fee for the Aptitude Test, click here.

Please note that you have to have the following technical requirements :

  • a WIRED high speed Internet connection is preferred
  • an up-to-date Internet browser — we get the best results from Firefox
  • a webcam
  • a USB headset with microphone

4. Submit an Application

Once you pass the Aptitude Test (Round I and II), you will have met our department’s entrance requirements, but this does not constitute an admissions offer by the university. All admissions decisions are handled by the York University Office of Admissions with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, with other criteria to be met. You will be asked to formally apply on York’s Faculty of Graduate studies website. DO NOT apply formally before passing the MCI Aptitude Test.


5. Have Your Supporting Documents Sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions

You will need to have official, sealed (and translated, when applicable) copies of your transcripts from your prior post-secondary studies sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions, in addition to uploading soft copies and other documentation online via MyFile. (If your transcript doesn’t indicate whether your degree was granted, you may also have to submit a copy of your degree certificate.) These documents should be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of Graduate Admissions. We know that this is not always the tradition in universities outside North America, so if you studied on another continent, you may need to explain York’s requirements clearly to the institution in question.

In terms of degree requirements, the MCI is a Master’s Degree. We would thus expect you to already hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent (typically a four-year, full-time program) from an accredited post-secondary institution with a minimum grade point average of B in the final two years of full-time study.


6. Provide Proof of English Proficiency

If you have completed at least one year of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction, then proof of proficiency may not be required. Otherwise, please visit the MCI page on the Graduate Admissions website. Your English Test results should be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions.


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