Become a catalyst for change. Help those who are less fortunate. Create new ways to assist other countries and people by learning to solve problems at the local level.
During an 8-month overseas field placement, you'll gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to create positive change in a developing area of Africa, Latin America, or Asia, where there are issues of economic inequality, social injustice, and environmental change.
As an alternative to the international placement, you can choose to stay at Waterloo and complete an in-depth project relating to international development. You'll complete a 3‐week community service experience in Canada or internationally.
By taking environmental studies, social sciences, business, and language courses, you'll strengthen your adaptability and thinking skills. These skills are essential when designing development projects that are ethical, environmentally sustainable, culturally responsible, and scientifically accountable.
About the program
- Available as a regular program only
- Starts in first year so apply directly to this program on your application
- Earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in International Development
- Offered by the Faculty of Environment
- Waterloo's Development Studies program is ranked in the top 100 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2016)
- Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (final grade of 70% is required)
- Recommended courses: at least one Grade 12 U Science or Mathematics course; at least one Grade 12 U course in a second language
- Admission average: Low 80s
September to December
January to April
What other courses will you take?
- About half of the classes you’ll take will be International Development courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
- You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
- View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
International Development graduates have found careers working for various non-profit organizations both domestic and international, education and research, policy development, and more
- Program Development Consultant, Oxfam Canada
- Officer, Institutional Partnerships, Right to Play
- Program and Grant Officer, World Vision International
- Assistant Farm Manager, Nith Valley Organics
- Financial Inclusion Outreach Worker, The Working Centre
- Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Raising the Village
- Teacher, Umulqura Learning Center
- Tour Manager, Free the Children
While the full range of further education depends on your individual interests, these are common areas our graduates pursue.
- Political science, public policy, global governance
- Business and international affairs
- Development practice, environment and resources studies
- Planning, environmental engineering, GIS