Bachelor of Arts - Global and International Studies

4 years
22,460 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
University of Northern British Columbia

Program description

This program is ideal for those concerned about our planet's future. You will learn about critical concepts that promote healthy, just, peaceful, prosperous, and long-term societies for all.

Our program is organized around four major themes:

  • Global sustainability and the environment 
  • Diversity and global cultures 
  • Globalization and social justice 
  • Global economic and political development

Program structure

Lower Division

100 and 200 Level

  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Globalizations
  • Global environment and sustainability theme
  • Global Environmental Challenge: Sustainability
  • Global cultures and diversity theme
  • Peoples and Cultures
  • Global governance and social justice theme
  • Canada in Comparative Perspective
  • Global political economy and development theme
  • Macroeconomics
  • Global Economic Shifts

Language and Regional Studies Requirement

International Languages

Note on Languages: Language courses offered by the Department of Global and International Studies are not designed for native speakers. A native speaker is defined as a person who is able to read and carry on conversations related to simple, daily topics or whose language ability is equivalent to a middle school graduate in that language. Students who have prior knowledge of the language for a given course must consult with the instructor, must complete a language skill evaluation, and must receive the permission of the instructor before being allowed to register for the course.


  • Beginning French I
  • Beginning French II
  • Intermediate French I
  • Intermediate French II


  • Beginning Japanese I
  • Beginning Japanese II
  • Intermediate Japanese I
  • Intermediate Japanese II
  • Japanese Conversation and Composition I
  • Japanese Conversation and Composition II


  • Beginning Spanish I
  • Beginning Spanish II
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intermediate Spanish II


  • Beginning International Language I
  • Beginning International Language II

Upper Division

300 and 400 Level

  • Origins and Evolution of Our Globalizing World
  • Global Capstone


  • Tuition* 22,460 CAD
  • Student Fees* 1,690 CAD
  • Books* 1,600 CAD

*Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.


Requirements for applicants

  • Meet UNBC's English language requirements
  • Meet the international admission requirements by country or meet the admission with a General Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • Complete the required high school course equivalencies outlined in the Domestic tab prior.

About the university

One of Canada's top universities, UNBC is situated in the breathtaking scenery of northern British Columbia.

Excellent undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities are offered by UNBC in the areas of cultures, economics, health, sciences, and the environment. We share the exhilaration of new knowledge with our students and the results of our teaching and research with the world as one of British Columbia's research-intensive institutions. UNBC is a welcome place with a warm, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in addition to cultivating and celebrating academic excellence.

The University of the North by and for the North is UNBC. Our students, alumni, teachers, staff, and the communities we serve all feel a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure as a result of our goal. We are also Canada's Green UniversityTM, paving the road for everyone's future to be more sustainable.


To affect people's lives and communities in the North and around the world while being Canada's top destination university in terms of personal character.


To have an impact on the world today and inspire future leaders.

UNBC's Academic Structure

  1. Faculty of Environment
  2. Faculty of Business and Economics
  3. Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
  4. Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering
  6. Division of Medical Sciences

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