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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.


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.


International Studies welcome new faculty member

Célia Romulus

Célia Romulus joined Glendon’s Department of International Studies as an assistant professor in July. She completed her PhD in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, where her research focused on: the normalization of gendered state repression under the Duvalier dictatorship; how these systematized forms of violence shaped movements of population out of Haiti; and the notion of citizenship as experienced by multiple generations of migrants.

Her research and teaching draws from anti-oppression and anti-racist education, Afro and decolonial feminisms, and explores questions related to the gender and the politics of memory, migrations, citizenship, political violence and interdisciplinary methods.

Prior to completing her PhD, Romulus worked as a program director in the areas of gender-based violence in public spaces and in security sector reform for UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. She continues to work as a consultant and trainer on questions related to anti-oppression, anti-racism, Black femininities/masculinities, gender mainstreaming in public policies and in development.


Professor Kirschbaum

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.

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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.

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International Studies Alumna (BA 95)
Canada’s new Chief Trade Commissioner – Sara Wilshaw 

Sarah Peek

With a degree in International Studies, Sarah Peek is now pursuing graduate studies in public administration and public policy. 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.

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.  Sarah recently got back from her semester on exchange, which she has written about on her blog.   Follow her academic journey here››


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


Prepare for the reality of the work force and gain practical experience in the international environment through a professional internship. Philip-G Simard describes here his internship experience. More about internship requirements ››


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

International Studies Symposium

Our Annual International Studies Symposium attracts high-profile guests from around the world. This year the focus is on European Union. 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 ››

Click on the image below to view the 2021 edition of the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture with Celina Caesar-Chavannes.

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


September 2, 2021 Glendon introduces three new faculty members this fall

July 4, 2021 President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards 2021: Professor Hossam Ali-Hassan

July 1, 2021 Professors Andrea Davis and Elaine Coburn named co-editors of the Journal of Canadian Studies

April 9, 2021 Principal’s Research Excellence Award (Contract Faculty) 2021: Sabine Dreher

March 3, 2021 Professor Aymen Karoui nominated as an outstanding reviewer for the Journal of Business Ethics (JBE)

September 1, 2020 Professor Chapdelaine-Feliciati awarded SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her legal study on Girl Performers in Canada 

July 1, 2020 Professor Elaine Coburn named Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, York University

August 22, 2019 Professor Aymen Karoui winner of the Emerald Literati Awards, best paper in the Managerial Finance

April 16, 2019 Professor Angelo Dossou-Yovo awarded a SSHRC grant

March 3, 2019 New book by Glendon Professor Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati examines topic of feminicide

February 1, 2019 Professors Christo El Morr and Hossam Ali-Hassan author new book on analytics in health care

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About two-thirds of the course offerings in International Studies are taught in English with the other third in French. Written assignments and examinations may, on the other hand, be submitted in either official language in all International Studies courses.

The curriculum in International Studies offers an in-depth and balanced approach.


Access detailed programme requirements below:

International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2021-2022
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2020-2021
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2019-2020
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2018-2019
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2017-2018
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2016-2017

International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2015-2016
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2014-2015
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2013-2014

International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2012-2013
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2011-2012

Some courses are cross-listed or offered through other departments.

The 1000-level courses

The 1000-level courses are core courses for the bachelor’s and specialized degrees and are open to incoming first-year students.  Those with a course number in the 1000’s are normally open to first-year students.  These “introductory courses” are ordinarily offered every year, with most available in both English and French.

GL/ILST 1205 3.00 Introduction au droit des affaires 

GL/ILST 1600 3.00 Introduction à la gestion

The 3000-level courses

The 3000-level courses (those with a course-number in the 3000’s) are normally open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students.  Most of these courses are offered in alternating years, and alternate in the language of instruction.  This enables students to plan an individual programme of studies that extends for two or even three years ahead.

GL/ILST 3250 3.00 Économie internationale et développement

GL/ILST 3250 3.00 International Economics and Development 

GL/ILST 3505 3.00 Recherche en Études internationales 

GL/ILST 3505 3.00 Research in International Studies

GL/ILST 3650 3.00 Paix, sécurité et droits humains internationaux

GL/ILST 3650 3.00 International Peace, Security and Human Rights 

The upper-level 4000 courses

The upper-level 4000 courses are limited to students in their third or fourth year.  Many require specific courses in International Studies as a prerequisite.  The honours thesis (ILST 4000) and Individualized Studies (ILST 4100) are available only to fourth-year International Studies majors who have a strong academic record and can find an instructor willing to supervise their project. The Internship (ILST 4300) and Annual International Studies Symposium (ILST 4510) require a separate application through the department to enrol as spaces are limited.

GL/ILST 4000 6.00 Mémoire de spécialisation

GL/ILST 4000 6.00 Honours Thesis

GL/ILST 4100 3.00 Individual Studies

GL/ILST 4100 6.00 Individual Studies

GL/ILST 4260 3.00 Finance internationale

GL/ILST 4275 3.0 Global Environmental Challenges & Local Solutions 

GL/ILST 4300 6.00 Stage pratique professionnel

GL/ILST 4300 6.00 Professional Internship

GL/ILST 4501 3.00 Séminaire avancé

GL/ILST 4501 3.00 Capstone Seminar

GL/ILST 4510 6.00 Annual International Studies Symposium

GL/ILST 4520 3.00 Social Enterprise Design: Creating Innovative Solutions and Blended Value to Solve Global Issues

GL/ILST 4601 3.00 Issues in International Law

GL/ILST 4618 3.00 La diplomatie

GL/ILST 4635 3.00 Corporate Governance in an International Context

GL/ILST 4651 3.00 International Refugee Protection/Protection internationale des réfugiés


Cross-listed courses

Many International Studies courses are “cross-listed” either as courses in the programme of another department (e.g. Political Science or Sociology) or as courses in the multidisciplinary programme in General Education (namely Humanities or Social Science). A student may take such courses either as courses in International Studies or as courses in the other subject.

Approved Courses at Glendon

Approved Courses at Keele

AS/POLS 3280 3.0 Canada and world affairs
AS/POLS 3515 3.0 China and the world
AS/POLS 4255 6.0 Issues in international human rights
AS/POLS 4280 3.0 Soviet and Post-Soviet Foreign Policies
AS/POLS 4440 3.0 Global Governance and Politics

AS/SOSC 3480 6.0 Culture, democracy and development in Africa

AK/ADMS 3960 3.0 International business

SC/STS 2411 3.0 Introduction to science and technology studies
SC/STS 2010 3.0 History of modern science

ENVS 2200 3.0 Foundations of human settlements and population
ENVS 3000 3.0 Environmental ethics
ENVS 3120 3.0 Environmental history
ENVS 3310 3.0 Environment and development
ENVS 3340 3.0 Global environment politics
ENVS 4311 3.0 Global justice and the environment

Some courses not listed may be recognized by the Department of International Studies with departmental approval only.

For course descriptions and most recent course offerings, please see refer to the respective Departments or Faculties.

Some courses are cross-listed or offered through other departments. Click to view a full list of all courses offered at Glendon for the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 or the Lecture schedule


2020-2021 Courses


Ali-Hassan, Hossam
Chapdelaine-Feliciati, Clara
Coburn, Elaine
Dossou-Yovo, Angelo
Karoui, Aymen
Kirschbaum, Stanislav
Celia Romulus

Course Directors

Apedome, Koumani Seli 
Anderson, Tyrenny
Bargain, Alban
Belhaj, Hanene
Cawfield, Scott
Dreher, Sabine
Fonseca, Marco
Ntoubandi, Faustin
Perreault, Normand
Rezaei, Farhad
Shadwick, Martin
Smolnikov, Sergey




Hossam Ali-Hassan 

Office : York Hall, 359
Telephone: (416)736-2100 x 88599 


Administrative Secretary

Doreen Lo Choy
Office: York Hall 328
Telephone: 416-487-6704

Adrienne Arzaga , 4th year student, ILST program

“As an individual who is interested in social justice, law and policy, International Studies offers the best approach to encompassing it all in one program. ILST teaches a well-rounded comprehension of how the world works and the deeper complexities intertwined with the international system. Through critical-thinking and an exposure to various perspectives, ILST has shaped the way I perceive the world and the way different cultures, businesses, governments and races interact with one another.”

Francesca Bray, 4th year student, ILST program

“Having studied abroad previously, I developed a passion for exploring the greater systemic challenges of global society. In particular, I became curious regarding the functions of United Nations Security Council with regards to the preservation of traditional understandings of sovereignty. I found this especially interesting in the cases of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Rwanda at the pinnacle of American interventionism (1970’s-2000’s). The ILST program at Glendon College attracted my interest through its bilingualism, and small class sizes. In addition, I felt that it would offer me the best platform to greater extend my studies to higher academic levels.

Currently, I am completing my final year at Glendon in the International Studies Specialized Hons. (i)BA, in addition to writing my fourth-year thesis. I have chosen to research the geopolitical challenges facing the circumpolar north, specifically regarding Canadian Arctic sovereignty and the North West Passage. Throughout my degree, I have tailored my studies to focus on sovereignty challenges in the high-north. In my third year, I pursued an international exchange in Copenhagen, Denmark to greater research this subject.”  

April Havreluck, 4th year student, ILST program

“I never knew what I wanted to study or do while I was in highschool, but I saw a flyer promoting the iBA degree and the trilingual degree at Glendon. I already knew I wanted to do something with languages, so I was instantly interested.  Fast forward 5 years, I am now about to graduate with an honours iBA in ILST, with 2 certificates in Law, Social Thought and German.

When I first started I thought ILST was so broad, but I’m glad I stuck it out because the broad or interdisciplinary perspective has really made me a more well rounded and knowledgeable person. One of my highlights was going on a York student exchange to Germany! Right now I am the executive assistant for the ILST student’s association, a member of Glendon Model UN, a volunteer for other MUN simulations and I am currently writing the foreign service exam for a position within the Canadian government.”

Gavin Kierulf, 3rd year student, ILST program

“Gavin’s passion for problem-solving in international politics led him to Glendon’s incredible ILST BA program. It has offered him flexible avenues for research into meaningful and contemporary issues. Gavin has also been able to workshop his papers with his professors and get to know them well because of Glendon’s smaller, more intimate class sizes. Gavin is on his way to the University of Malmö for a semester exchange to study the functions of the UN.”

Awards – “Gavin was the recipient of the W.J. Garner Award for Scholastic Achievement and Citizenship, for exhibiting excellence in areas of leadership, citizenship, scholastic achievement and community service. Gavin was also the recipient of the Ethel Harris and Lester B. Pearson Scholarships at Glendon College.”

Azure Lefebre, 4th year student, ILST program

“Having always been interested in current affairs and world politics, when I stumbled onto Glendon’s ILST program description, I knew it would be a perfect fit. My studies have allowed me to develop the theoretical and practical skills required to succeed in this field. The small class sizes have also allowed me to get a more personalized approach to my education which has been invaluable.

Being a student at Glendon has allowed me to benefit from both the small campus and community Glendon has to offer as well as the extensive resources of a big university such as York. Throughout my degree, I’ve had the chance to partake in a three-month internship in Nicaragua and an academic exchange at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. I’ve also grown as a leader and held various roles within student organizations on campus which have all contributed to my personal and professional development.”

Andrea Sanchez, 4th year student, ILST program

“My name is Andrea Sanchez, I am from Ecuador and I am an international student with interest in languages, cultures, awareness of the world’s inequalities and the issues that our youth is facing nowadays.

The ILST Bilingual programme in International Studies has not only helped me to understand the international context and global geography but encourages me in pursuing the goal of contributing to the wellbeing of individuals, their legal status and livelihoods. After completing my degree, I would like to contribute to the resolution of conflicts and fight against inequality. “

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Louis Vigneault-Dubois, BA’04 International Studies

Development success stories usually focus on economic growth. What they often leave out is the plight of some of the world’s most vulnerable citizens: children. For Louis Vigneault-Dubois, Chief of Communication for UNICEF in Vietnam, keeping the needs of children in the spotlight is at the centre of his work.

This career combination of communications and international development is no accident. It goes all the way back to the early days of Vigneault-Dubois’ academic career. Before entering the International Studies program at Glendon College, Vigneault-Dubois worked part time in a radio station. Upon graduation, he pursued a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).

Thanks to his extensive experience within the United Nations’ various agencies, Vigneault-Dubois has an understanding of how the various divisions work together to meet the shared Sustainable Development Goals. He is confident that he has found the division most suited for his skill set.

Will Paterson, BA’01 International Studies

When Will Paterson responds to his interview questions, he does so with an apology. His internet connection in Maputo, Mozambique isn’t so great, and he keeps getting kicked offline while trying to email his answers.

Navigating tricky internet connections while travelling the world is nothing new for Paterson. At the World Bank Group, where he works as a Financial Sector Specialist, Paterson does a significant amount of work in Africa. This jet-setting life Paterson lives is due in large part to the education he received while at Glendon.

“The education Glendon provided me, gave me the confidence and strong academic base to pursue graduate studies and then a varied and international career.”

Alexandre Côté, BA 1995, International Studies

Alexandre Côté has dreamt of travelling the world since he graduated from high school. But like many high school students, his parents urged him to get a degree first. Alexandre chose Glendon’s International Studies program for its’ global focus and internationally-oriented courses, which still allowed him to mentally “travel” during study sessions in the Frost Library. His travelling dreams became a reality after convocation when he lived in Haiti for two years as a volunteer English teacher. Since then, Alexandre has visited and worked in over 35 countries, mostly in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Today, Alexandre is the Senior Regional Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. He connects Canadian businesses with nine major West African markets and advises ambassadors on economic and commercial relations. He points to Glendon as the essential learning environment which helped to prepare him for his world adventures.

Heather Scoffield, BA’92 International Studies

If Heather Scoffield could will one piece of technology into existence, it would be a nifty, multi-purpose gadget for journalists that could simultaneously record video from a distance, record broadcast-quality audio, and transcribe comments.

“In my dreams, this gadget would likely be attached to our heads, recording information on every media platform, leaving our hands and minds free to ask tough questions and engage more meaningfully with the people we are covering,” Scoffield explains. “As it stands now, we carry a video camera, tape recorder, note pad, pen, and tripod.”

Juggling equipment – and coats and boots in winter! – hasn’t slowed Scoffield down. She has spent over twenty years asking tough questions as a journalist focusing on economic and social policy issues. Today, Scoffield is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Canadian Press which provides content to over 600 media agencies. Nevertheless, a career in journalism wasn’t always in the cards for Scoffield.

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

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