About Program Admission Requirements

The first of its kind in Canada, our International Studies program arms you with a deeper understanding of how governments, law, politics, business, culture, science and the environment relate on the international stage.

Learning from internationally renowned professors in small classes means you’re well-positioned to join the ranks of Glendon grads working in prominent positions at organizations such as the Canadian Foreign Service, Oxfam and the United Nations.

Prepare for a global career

Ranked third in Canada for international focus by the Globe & Mail’s University Report (2012), Glendon offers you a degree without borders – whether with our unique iBA degree, with an international exchange or internship, or by co-coordinating our award-winning International Studies Student Symposium.

Premier du genre à avoir été créé au Canada, notre programme d’études internationales vous permet d’acquérir une compréhension approfondie des rapports entre les gouvernements, le droit, la politique, les affaires, la culture, les sciences et l’environnement sur la scène internationale.

En étudiant avec des professeurs de renommée mondiale, dans de petites classes, vous serez bien préparés pour rejoindre les rangs des diplômés de Glendon qui occupent des postes de premier plan dans des organisations comme le Ministère des affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada, l’Oxfam ou l’ONU.

Préparez-vous à une carrière internationale

Classé 3e au Canada pour son orientation internationale (Rapport du Globe & Mail sur les universités, 2012), Glendon vous offre un diplôme sans frontières : vous pouvez obtenir notre diplôme unique d’i.B.A., participer à un échange ou à un stage à l’étranger, ou coordonner notre Symposium d’études internationales primé, organisé par des étudiants.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • International Society: History Philosophy and Theories
  • Global Geography: Physical and Human Aspects
  • a language course (depending on language level, you would take French as a second language course, an English as a second language course or a discipline course taught in your second language)
  • The History of Later Medieval Europe
  • Culture and Power in the Americas

Possible Career Path

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  • social policy analyst
  • international development officer
  • foreign relations specialist

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.