International Development

Build a better world. We’ll give you the toolkit.

Learn to tackle issues of economic inequality, social injustice, and environmental change. Build capacity to solve problems at the local level. We’ll give you lots of tools to put in your toolkit, including business skills, problem solving, cultural understanding, economic development, social accounting, and more.

Meanwhile, adding some environmental studies, social sciences, and language courses will strengthen your adaptability and thinking skills. You’ll graduate knowing how to design development projects that are ethical, environmentally sustainable, culturally responsible, and scientifically accountable.

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Graduation CapEarn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in International Development


Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (final grade of 70% is required)

Admission average: Low 80s

We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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Carlee, a student in the international development degree program, holds a dog with a friend in Nepal.

Carlee spent her eight-month placement as an intern in Nepal where she worked toward developing a women's economic empowerment action plan as well as leadership, gender equality, and social inclusion training programs for dairy producers throughout the district.

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Ready to learn more?

Work overseas for eight months

Gain a deeper understanding of global issues and human rights during an eighth-month field placement in Africa, Latin America, or Asia, doing anything from creating an education program at a refugee camp to promoting sustainable buying habits in Vietnam.

Read about Rasha's international exchange experience on our Beyond Ideas website.

Create friendships for life

You’ll be part of a tight-knit community of people committed to creating a better world. You can even room and study with your classmates in the Environment Living-Learning Community.