Business Administration
International Studies
Dual Degree

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About Glendon

Glendon offers a unique university education in Canada – and beyond – for its combination of quality academic offerings, campus experience, and a commitment to bilingualism.

Academic Excellence

Graduates of the liberal arts — the social sciences and humanities — are in high demand for jobs in government, business, non-governmental organizations and more, in Canada and internationally. Our international Bachelor of Arts (iBA) adds a unique global dimension to our quality programs.

International flair

A Glendon education is set in a vibrantly international environment. Students, professors and staff hail from over 100 countries around the world and value the opportunity to study, live and work in English and French – and other languages. Students build their language skills while earning their degree; what an advantage this bilingual, international education proves to be when students join the workforce, meet people from different backgrounds and travel the world.

Small Campus

Since the beginning, we have believed that small classes and a strong sense of community are key factors in student success. True to this vision, today our campus is home to 2,700 students with an average class size of 26, and our student satisfaction ratings are exemplary.

Set on the historic Wood family estate, our campus is a lush parkland in the heart of Toronto – an inspiring setting for university studies and a great backdrop for relaxing outside of class. We are ideally situated only moments from the subway or a short drive to downtown.

About the Program

The Benefits of combining Business and Liberal Arts

The notion of pairing liberal arts education with business isn’t new: it’s been hailed as a key to success by business leaders such as the late Steve Jobs, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, and Peter Drucker, a global management and leadership expert.

Fast Company reports that 1/3 of all Fortune 500 CEOs have liberal arts degrees.

In fact, the New York Times published an article that, interestingly enough, found that the key skills gained in a liberal arts program align with what employers are looking for in new grads:

– Communication skills
– Collaboration and teamwork
– Problem solving & critical thinking
– Creative thinking with innovative ideas
– Leadership abilities

Resources of three campuses and two universities

You’ll not only have access to the resources of Canada’s 3rd largest university and Glendon’s trademark small campus experience, but will tap into the expertise of emlyon’s prestigious business program.


A distinct language advantage

As the Centre of Excellence for French-language and bilingual post-secondary education in southern Ontario, our campus is uniquely positioned to help you retain or perfect your French-language skills, offering a one-of-a kind bilingual iBA, with the option for a certificate of bilingual excellence.

An established network in Canada’s international business and finance capital

Between part-time jobs, internships, and other hands-on opportunities for career development, you’ll start building your career in Toronto. After taking advantage of the resources from career centres on both campuses, you can leverage your proximity to the city to begin building your career before you even graduate.


Hands-on Experience

While in France, you can take advantage of placements and internships in French companies affiliated with the France-Canada Chamber of Commerce, which will prepare you for employment and could lead to a paid position.

How does it work?

This dual degree program provides you with the opportunity for two years of study in our flagship International Studies program followed by two years at France’s #1 business incubator, the Emlyon business school.

iBA in International Studies: Building your foundational global perspectives in Canada

Your time in International Studies will equip you with a multidisciplinary understanding of how governments, law, politics, business, civil society, culture, science, and the environment relate on the international stage. Throughout your degree, you will examine the relations between countries, regions, international organizations, and transnational networks.

BBA at emlyon: Gaining hands-on business experience in France

After that, you’ll head to France to kick-start your BBA at the world-renowned emlyon business school, where you’ll get international hands-on experience and business training. You will be able to apply the business components learned in class in real-life experiences through business games, teamwork, corporate internships, and even business start-ups.

Both fields of study are combined in this brand new dual degree. You will study primarily in French, with the opportunity to take courses in English in both countries.

Curriculum Overview

Dual Degree iBA-BBA: 120 Credits

The dual degree program is a dual credential undergraduate program in International Studies and Business, allowing students to complete two years of study at Glendon and two years at emlyon where they will experience the expertise and rich curriculum in these two study areas at both universities. At the end of their fourth year, they will complete a joint Glendon ILST- emlyon seminar called Séminaire Envol/Capstone Seminar in which students will reflect upon their four years in the dual credential program, from the perspectives of both the iBA in ILST and the BBA programs.


In this direction, the 60 credits that students will complete in their first two years at York include 33 out of 42 major credits in International Studies required for the Honours iBA program at York that support the achievement of its program learning outcomes, as well as 27 credits of foundational courses in business related areas (economics, accounting, management, marketing, business law, and statistics) which will prepare students for BBA curriculum at emlyon. In order to support the learning outcomes, all 60 credits are required; there will be no electives.

Among the 120 ECTS that students will complete at emlyon in their last two years, the equivalent of 9 credits will be recognized as International Studies credits given their international orientation and content (namely, International Business (5 ECTS), International Negotiation (5 ETCS), GRH à l’international (5 ECTS), and a joint Glendon–emlyon Séminaire Envol/Capstone Seminar(10 ECTS)). Students will have 5 ECTS of electives.

GL/ILST 2644 (6.00) - EN/FR - International Society: History, Philosophy and Theories

Course Description:

An introduction to the historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary international society and to the main theoretical models and research approaches to the study of international society, including the question of the level of analysis.

GL/ILST 2655 (6.00) - EN - Global Geography: Physical and Human Aspects

Course Description:

An introduction to the main geographical concepts of and approaches to the study of humans-nature relationship, notably humans and the biosphere, the spatial dimension of the development of societies, cultures and civilizations and the multilevel management of space (local, national, global). PRIOR TO FALL 2013: course credit exclusions: AP/WMST 2504 3.00, GL/WMST 2504 3.00, GL/SOSC 2600 3.00, AP/GEOG 1000 6.00.

GL/ECON 1000 (3.00) - EN/FR - Introduction to Economics: Microeconomics

Course Description:

An introduction to economic analysis covering the theory of consumer and household behaviour, and the theory of the firm in perfectly and imperfectly competitive industries. Course credit exclusions: AP/ECON 1000 3.00, GL/ECON 2500 3.00.

GL/ECON 1010 (3.00) - EN/FR - Introduction to Economics: Macroeconomics

Course Description:

An introduction to economic analysis covering national income determination and employment theory, money and banking, monetary and fiscal policy, economic growth. Course credit exclusions: AP/ECON 1010 3.00, GL/ECON 2510 3.00.

GL/MODR 1610 (3.00) - EN - Introduction to Statistical Methods I

Course Description:

This course covers the elements of probability theory and standard probability distributions, the measures and techniques used in descriptive statistics, principles of sampling and tests of significance. Prerequisite: OAC or Grade 12 mathematics. Course credit exclusions: SC/MATH 1131 3.00, SC/MATH 2560 3.00.

GL/MODR 1620 (3.00) - EN - Introduction to Statistical Methods II

Course Description:

This course covers the correlations and regression analysis, analysis of variance and parametric tests, and problem work emphasizing applications of statistics in the social sciences. Prerequisite: GL/MATH 1610 3.00 or permission of the Department. Course credit exclusion: SC/MATH 2570 3.00.

GL/ILST 1600 (3.00) - FR - Introduction à la Gestion

Course Description:

This course examines the principles of management, management types, managerial roles/functions and skills, and current challenges in management. Organizational theory, structure, culture, and behaviour are studied. Theoretical concepts are illustrated with practical applications to real-world management problems and scenarios.

GL/ILST 1205 (3.00) - FR - Introduction au Droit des Affaires

Course Description:

This course offers an introduction to the law and legal concepts most relevant to those working in business, including contracts, property, business organizations, government regulation of the economy and the legal framework of international trade.

GL/ILST 2622 (3.00) - EN/FR - Culture, Globalization and International Civil Society

Course Description:

A multicultural, interdisciplinary introduction to global civil society. The concept of globalization in a multicultural context, including debates over economic, social, political and cultural issues. Particular attention to transnational social processes, actors and organizations. PRIOR TO FALL 2014: Course credit exclusion: GL/ILST 2300 3.00.

GL/ILST 3250 (3.00) - EN/FR - International Economics and Development

Course Description:

Conceived mainly for students who are not specialized in economics. This course focuses on the interaction of national and international political economy, including the efficiency-equity relationship. It examines major international and development theories, factors, problems, policies and institutions.

GL/ILST 3505 (3.00) - EN/FR - Research in International Studies

Course Description:

This course consolidates students’ research and analysis skills in International Studies. It introduces key principles of academic research, as well as the ethical, methodological and epistemological issues. Prerequisite: GL/ILST 2200 6.00 (EN or FR) or GL/ILST 2644 6.00.

GL/ILST 3650 (3.00) - EN/FR - International Peace, Security and Human Rights

Course Description:

Interdisciplinary and multicultural introduction to the international peace, security and human rights dimension of international society. The course emphasizes the evolution of thought and practices in this area and stresses the interconnectedness of the international security and prosperity quests.

GL/ILST 4260 (3.00) - EN/FR - International Finance

Course Description:

This course examines the monetary aspect of international economic relations and familiarizes students with basic concepts related to international financial transactions. Studied are concepts like the balance of payments, foreign exchange markets, exchange rate systems, and the international monetary system. Prerequisite: GL/ILST 3250 3.00.

GL/ECON 2710 (3.00) - EN/FR - Financial Accounting

Course Description:

The intent of this course is to furnish the students with an understanding of financial accounting principles and concepts through an examination of current accounting procedures. Corequisite: GL/ECON 1000 3.00. Course credit exclusions: AP/ADMS 2500 3.00.

GL/ECON 2720 (3.00) - EN/FR - Managerial Accounting

Course Description:

Accounting information and understanding is necessary for those engaged in the planning and controlling of business activities. This course seeks to identify the accounting problems of management and to examine the accounting techniques available for consideration of those problems. Prerequisites: GL/ECON 1000 3.00 and GL/ECON 2710 3.00. Corequisite: GL/ECON 1010 3.00. Course credit exclusions: AP/ADMS 2510 3.00, AP/ECON 3590 3.00.

GL/ILST 2610 (3.00) - FR - Introduction à la Gestion des Ressources Humaines

Course Description:

This course analyzes the role of human resource management and administration of the personnel function with a focus on major components: job analysis, human resource planning, recruitment and selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation, labour relations, and health and safety.

GL/ILST 2100 (3.00) - FR - Introduction à la Gestion de Projets

Course Description:

This course covers project roles in public and private organizations, project management methodology, project portfolio, project cycle, project management structures, leadership and intercultural skills and techniques. Experiential activities (cases, projects, Microsoft project software) illustrate theoretical concepts and develop technical skills. Prerequisite: GL/ILST 1200 3.00.

GL/ILST 2612 (3.00) - FR - Introduction au Marketing

Course Description:

This course familiarizes students with marketing’s mode of inquiry – the way marketers look at the world. Students can ask the right questions about markets, organize data into relevant information, create a marketing plan, and implement a marketing program.


In Year 3 and Year 4, students complete the additional BBA requirements at emLyon Business courses (Total 120 ECTS combined courses taken in French and English, including the iBA ILST approved courses)

Major: International Business

This major enables students to :
• Work in international and intercultural teams
• Contribute to international projects, using remote methodology
• Adapt to different legal, economic and financial contexts and be quickly proactive in such different business systems
• Understand different ways of organizing international groups depending on the level of integration
• Negotiate in complex international contexts

  • Example list of courses:
    • Artificial Intelligence for Business
    • Business challenge
    • Business game international business development
    • Competitive & Business Intelligence
    • Data Mangement
    • Human Resources Management
    • Information & Digital Systems
    • International Accounting & taxation for Multinational companies
    • International Business
    • International Business Law
    • International Marketing
    • Introduction week: Intercultural Managment
    • Langauage & Data: VBA & Introduction to Python
    • Legal and economic perspectives of digital ecosystems
    • Organizational behavior
    • Prototyping with fab
    • Performance measurement
    • Relevant cost
    • REQUIRED INTERNSHIP: 6 months internship in France, Europe or elsewhere
  • Example list of courses:
    • Business Game
    • Corporate governance (On the job learning activity)
    • Digital transformation & new management practices
    • Economic and legal dimensions of international business
    • International development strategy
    • International negotiation
    • Managing innovation
    • Managing a competitive advantage
    • Operational excellence
    • Projet fil rouge analyse d’une industrie
    • Strategic access to market
    • Strategic and change management (on the job activity)
    • Team management and HRM in an international context
    • REQUIRED INTERNSHIP: 6 months internship in France, Europe, or elsewhere

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Students at Glendon Campus now have an incubator at their disposal to help them develop and grow their entrepreneurial project from an idea to developing their start-up.

Located on Glendon Campus, the Business Incubator is one of the resources and services offered by the G-EN-I-AL* Initiative to enable students to experiment entrepreneurship and start their entrepreneurial ideas in the best conditions, and in the language of their choice.

The G-EN-I-AL* initiative offers students:

– A 15-week bilingual program called the Entrepreneurial Skills Passport

– Workshops and conferences

– Mentoring and coaching

– Resources and practical tools for starting a business

– Spaces and equipment dedicated to the creation of products or services

– The opportunity to get involved in entrepreneurship and social innovation research projects

For more information, please contact the G-EN-I-A-L Lead, Professor Angelo Dossou-Yovo by email, or telephone (416) 736-2100, Ext. 88150

* Glendon ENtrepreneuriat et Innovation A l’International

Application Process

You’ll need:

  • to meet Glendon’s minimum admission requirements
  • strong written and oral language abilities in French and English; and
  • a strong supplementary application that includes:
    1. two videos (maximum 2 minutes each) in French; and
    2. two 250-word written short answers, one in French, the other in English

Once you have applied to the program, you will receive an email from us with more about your next steps in the process (including the questions that are to be answered in the supplementary application), as well as a reminder of the deadlines.

Applicant Type Application Deadline Supplementary Application Deadline

Ontario high school applicants


January 15, 2021

For all categories of applicants, we encourage you to submit your supplementary application as soon as possible after applying. The selection committee will continue to review supplementary applications for admission consideration until the program has reached its enrolment capacity, or the Office of Admissions closes offers for the Fall-Winter term, whichever comes first.


Mature applicants


June 15, 2021

Canadian high school applicants outside of the province


January 15, 2021
International high school applicants

January 15, 2021 (early consideration)

March 15, 2021 (final deadline)


Apply to the program through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre


Current high school students studying in Ontario

101 Application

Current high school student studying outside of Ontario

Completed your high school diploma but haven’t attended a post-secondary institution

Completed your high school diploma and have attended another post-secondary institution

105 Application

Would you like to prepare your supplementary application advance? Here are a few prompts to consider while gathering your thoughts:

  • Why is this program an ideal fit for you? What makes you a great candidate?
  • Have you been involved in any leadership activities, achieved a big goal, or overcame some big obstacles to get to where you are today? Consider how you would like to frame that in your application.
  • What do you aspire to do after university?
  • What area of business would you like to go into, and what are you planning on doing over the next few years to prepare yourself?
  • What do you know about the challenges and opportunities faced by Canadian businesses today?

Remember—we are not assessing your video’s production quality, so a simple video shot on a webcam or cell phone is acceptable as long as we can clearly hear what you’re saying. To be sure that we can hear you, we’d recommend filming in a quiet space.


To be considered for the Dual Degree, students must have shadowed the program for a minimum of one year and have maintained both a cumulative and major GPA of at least 5.0 (C+).


Submit an application package directly to the International Studies Department via email:

This package must include:

  • A printout of enrolments and grades from “My Courses and Grades
  • A program change form (available at the Academic Services counter)
  • A supplementary application, including:
    1. two videos (2 minutes maximum for each), one in French, the other in English (YouTube links)
    2. two 250-word written short answers, one in French, the other in English

Your videos and your written answers must address the following questions:

  • Why is this program an ideal fit for you? What makes you a great candidate?
  • Have you been involved in any leadership activities, achieved a big goal, or overcame some big obstacles to get to where you are today? Consider how you would like to frame that in your application.
  • What do you aspire to do after university?
  • What area of business would you like to go into, and what are you planning on doing over the next few years to prepare yourself?
  • What do you know about the challenges and opportunities faced by Canadian businesses today?

Remember—we are not assessing your video’s production quality, so a simple video shot on a webcam or cell phone is acceptable as long as we can clearly hear what you’re saying. To be sure that we can hear you, we’d recommend filming in a quiet space.


Applications will be reviewed by the Program coordinator and Dual Degree committee, and students will be notified of their status by the beginning of June.


Here are some testimonials from students both from the emLyon and York University Glendon campuses:




“The experience is unparalleled for me and allows me to combine two of my passions. The combination of the business world and the international approach, which are becoming more and more inseparable, the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new environment and finally have the chance to integrate and benefit from the teaching of prestigious schools were an unparalleled opportunity for me.”

Assita Christelle Ouattara – Glendon Campus, York University





“I chose this dual degree because I believe that combining an education in business administration and international studies will allow me to better understand the challenges of today but especially to be an actor of those of tomorrow. “

Pauline Ciroux – emlyon business school




“I chose the dual degree program mainly because of its uniqueness, but also because of what it offers as a career options. With two years in Toronto, the economic capital of Canada, two semesters in France, and two semesters abroad, I couldn’t find anything else that offered me such a diverse and unique journey. Being able to meet all kinds of people and the ‘open house’ opportunities really motivated me to choose this bilingual program.”

Alexandre Meunier-Geoffroy – Glendon Campus, York University




“I chose this program for four reasons. The first is its innovative side to combine two areas which à priori are not complementary. Then, I decided to focus on finance, hence the BBA. However, to be honest, I lacked that intellectual challenge that I find in international studies. In addition, I come from two cultures. As a result, the dual degree allows me on a personal level, to reflect and think better not only my two cultures but also the world as a whole. Finally, the dual degree allows me to complete my career by equipping myself with additional adequate weapons to apprehend the constantly changing world.”

Darlene Nouemsi – emlyon business school


Contact Us

Student Recruitment & Applicant Relations

Phone: 416-487-6710
Office: York Hall, B108

Professor Rémi Vivès

Program Coordinator

Phone: (416)736-2100 x 88150 (Voicemail)
Office: York Hall, 341


Professor Angelo Dossou-Yovo (on Sabbatical Leave)

Eileen Wong

Program Support Coordinator, International Student Mobility