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.
In Waterloo’s International Development program, 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.
Work overseas for 8 months
Gain a deeper understanding of global issues and human rights during an 8-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.
Create friendships for life
In International Development at Waterloo, 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.
About the International Development program
Available as a regular program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree
Available as a major and minor
Offered by the Faculty of Environment
Add a Global Experience Certificate to your degree
International Development admission requirements
- 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
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements
- The Admission Information Form is recommended as part of the admissions process
First-year International Development courses
September to December
January to April
After first year
About half of your classes will be International Development courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
View the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year International Development courses
Customize your International Development degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
Careers in International Development
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
- 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
- Global issues, policy, and human rights