Admissions Criteria

The application period for the 2024-25 Discover Year is still OPEN!

The final deadline to apply is August 15, 2024 at 11:59pm ET.

Space is limited! We encourage you to get your application in as soon as possible.

There’s a place for you at Discover Year

At Discover Year, we embrace diversity in all its forms and therefore seek to recruit participants of varied ages, perspectives, backgrounds and nationalities.

While we take an inclusive approach to admissions, we look for five key characteristics in all of our applicants:

Team Player

Demonstrates empathy, compassion, and respect toward others


Intrinsically motivated to learn new things and expand their skillset


Open to new ideas and experiences and willing to try new things


Demonstrates honesty and authenticity and upholds ethical standards

Positive Attitude

Expresses optimism, gratitude and determination to achieve their goals

Admission Criteria

We are looking for applicants who are:

1)  High school graduates (or currently on a victory lap)

2) 17 years old as of December 31, 2023

3) Motivated to be part of a great community and learn about themselves and the world around them

4) Demonstrate the five key characteristics above (Team Player, Curiosity, Open-Mindedness, Integrity, Positive Attitude)

Application Process

Interested in applying for Discover Year? Great! Here are the steps all applicants will need to take to apply:

1)  Complete the Discover Year Application Form

2)  Submit a personal statement (800-1,000 words) explaining your motivation for enrolling in Discover Year

3)  Provide the contact information for two references (one academic and one personal)

4) If selected by our Admissions Committee, you will be invited to participate in a brief interview to get to know you better and understand your motivation for applying for Discover Year

Once you complete the steps above, our Admissions Committee will assess your full application. If you receive a Letter of Offer and you choose to accept your offer, you will be asked to submit a $1,100 deposit to reserve your spot in the program.

Application Deadlines

First Round Applications:

  • Application Period Opens: November 24, 2023
  • Application Deadline: February 11, 2024
  • Interviews: February 2024
  • Offers of Admission: beginning in March 2024

Second Round Applications*

  • Application Period Opens: February 11, 2024
  • Application Deadline: June 2, 2024
  • Interviews: Conducted on an ongoing basis as required
  • Offers of Admission: Ongoing

*Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available in the program, and there is no guarantee that spaces will be available in the second round. Once an offer of admission has been received, a non-refundable deposit of $1,100 is required to hold your place in the program.

    International Student Admissions

    Are you living outside of Canada and interested in pursuing a Discover Year? Whether you want to move to Canada for the year or join us completely remotely, we have options for you!

    Our admissions criteria and application process are identical for all students, including those living outside of Canada. Financial aid is prioritized for Canadian citizens, but internships are available to international students, on a case-by-case basis.

    Program Fees

    For a breakdown of Discover Year tuition, fees, and financial aid opportunities, please visit our Program Fees page.

    Still have questions?

    Do you have questions about whether Discover Year is right for you? Our Program Manager, Julia, would be happy to meet with you!