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International Development and Globalization

Tackle environmental, economic and sociopolitical challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century.

In the International Development and Globalization program, you will study how and why some countries “develop” and others do not in an age of globalized markets, technological advances and innovative ideas. You will explore how humanity can find both fair and lasting solutions to problems such as global inequality, climate change and the education and health of marginalized populations.

Why choose the School of International Development and Global Studies

The School is Canada’s largest academic unit specializing in international development. Students and professors take advantage of the unique opportunities afforded by being located in the capital of a G7 country, where national organizations and policy makers converge.

Part of your learning experience

The Honours program in International Development and Globalization allows you to experience a combination of theory and practice within a rigorous academic program. It includes field experience through study and work terms in Canada and abroad. You can choose to gain experience working with local organizations on community development and social justice, or with partners in social impact organizations in more than 50 countries around the world.

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U mid 70s
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) mid 60s
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 82-84%
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School of International Development and Global Studies

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4 years120 units
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Honours in International Development and Globalization

4 years129 units
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Licentiate in Law (LLL) and Honours BSocSc in International Development and Globalization

Esther Kim
Student Voices

“I built memories locally and globally and gained professional experiences in academic, non-profit, and government workplaces through a variety of experiential learning opportunities.”

Min Ki (Ester) Kim

— Graduate

Nadia Abu-Zahra, professor

“If you care about social policy, social equality, foreign affairs, international development, Ottawa is the best place to be!”

Nadia Abu-Zahra

— Professor

What to expect

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French immersion

Located in the heart of Ottawa, which is the national capital and an officially bilingual city, the University of Ottawa has been a bilingual institution for more than 150 years. Immersion students have multiple opportunities to learn French in a wonderful cultural context and an innovative learning environment whose efficiency and successfulness has been proven.
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