International studies is a multidisciplinary field that arms you with a deeper understanding of how governments, law, politics, business, civil society, culture, science, and the environment relate on the international stage. Throughout your degree, you will study the relations between countries, regions, international organizations, and transnational networks.

Interested in international development? You can also explore disparities between countries and regions. This program will teach you the methods that non-governmental and international organizations use to find solutions to international problems.

Our prestigious International Studies curriculum — the country’s first — has a strong reputation both in Canada and around the world. With 20 percent of the students from outside of Canada, Glendon’s multicultural and multilingual campus is an ideal setting for this programme. Students develop a strong understanding of international society. They also have the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme with global universities like Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and more than 50 other universities around the world. Our award-winning International Studies Symposium — a student-led project — offers the chance to take part in an in-depth study of a country or region, organize an international conference, and, in some instances, also visit the chosen country for a field study.

The Department’s programme is designed to develop a systematic understanding of the problems and potentialities of international society with special reference to its theoretical, strategic, legal, economic, and cultural dimensions. It takes an innovative three-pillar approach, giving students the option to concentrate on a specific aspect of international studies: culture and international civil society, resources and well-being, or order and society. When combined, they greatly strengthen the student’s capacity for a more genuine interdisciplinary and multicultural analysis of international relations and global issues. The capstone seminar plays a key role in this effort by linking theoretical and methodological issues with research activities and internship experiences.

Our programme of study thus equips students with appropriate analytical tools and also challenges them to think constructively on how to create a more peaceful, humane, and just world order. Due consideration is paid to the role Canada with its francophone and anglophone cultures can play in this process. Particularly significant, in this era of globalization, is the programme’s emphasis on a broad interdisciplinary and multicultural conception of international society. Students are also encouraged to acquire proficiency in foreign languages as well as relevant international experience through inter-university exchanges and professional internships.

To summarize, the main objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide a systematic and sophisticated understanding of the problems, paradoxes, and potentialities of international society.
  • To equip students professionally with the tools of analysis, competing methodologies, languages, and the burgeoning literature in the field of International Studies.
  • To challenge everyone to think and plan constructively towards the creation of a better, more secure, more peaceful, humane, and just world order.
  • To develop a thorough knowledge of Canadian concerns, both domestic and international, and to consider future roles for Canadian participation in international life.
  • To develop students’ perception of both francophone and anglophone cultures in their global context.

Careers and Alumni

Sarah Peek

With a degree in International Studies, Sarah Peek is now pursuing graduate studies in public administration and public policy.
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Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate-level studies, and to prominent positions in the Canadian Foreign Service, law, journalism, business, and international organizations such as the United Nations.

International Studies Alumna (BA ’01) Karen Foss was given a Bryden Award in 2013 for her accomplishments.



Professor Stanislav Kirschbaum is an expert in the politics of Central Europe with a particular interest in Slovakia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Kiera’s passion for big picture-thinking and world issues made an iBA in International Studies a great fit. A bilingual, multidisciplinary approach to understanding global systems has opened doors for her in research, tourism, nonprofits and media in Canada and abroad.  Read more about her travel-study balance on her blog ››


Sarah’s interests in culture, law, and history are what led her to Glendon’s International Studies. Pursuing these interests in a bilingual and multidisciplinary program has worked out well, and she has been able to take courses that also relate to her Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Sarah recently got back from her semester on exchange, which she has written about on her blog.   Follow her academic journey here››

Program Highlights

International Studies is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.

Our annual award-winning International Symposium attracts high-profile guests from around the world. This year the focus is on Argentina. More ››

Prepare for the reality of the work force and gain practical experience in the international environment through a professional internship. More ››

To stimulate research activities at the undergraduate level, the best student essays are selected each year and assembled as “The Glendon Journal of International Studies” More ››

The annual John Holmes Memorial Lecture at Glendon honours the late John W. Holmes, O.C., Canadian diplomat, writer, administrator, and professor of International Relations at Glendon. More ››

The Edward R. and Caroline Appathurai Scholarships in International Studies were established in memory of Professor Edward Appathurai. More ››

Get involved in one or more of our many student clubs to complement your in-class experience, including the International Studies Student Association and the United Nations Club.

The annual Jean-Gabriel Castel lecture was created in 2004 to honour Professor Jean-Gabriel Castel, an internationally acknowledged jurist. More ››

In the News

Open Your Mind: A Q&A With Refugee and Migration Researcher Christina Clark-Kazak

International Studies program featured by the NATO Association of Canada

Deconstruct the ‘Country of Contrasts’ at Glendon’s 21st International Studies Symposium on Iceland

France Honours Department Chair Professor Stanislav Kirschbaum

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iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)