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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) is a unique program to the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. If you don’t find an answer to your questions here, please contact Amanda Connolly, Program Co-ordinator.

Can I apply for the GBDA program after completing a year in another university program, or is this program specifically directed to high school students?

Yes, you can apply after completing a year in any general arts program. Please note that due to the structure of the GBDA program, you can be considered for a maximum of 2.5 transfer credits (5 courses).

If I’m not enrolled in the GBDA program, can I take GBDA courses?

No, you must be enrolled in the GBDA program.

What is the process to obtain the paid practicum after year three? Jobmine? University Assistance? Etc.

We will arrange job placements for the students.

Does the paid practicum consist of the entire four months from May-August?

Yes, the paid practicum runs from May to August.

What is the process of transferring credits from a college to the GBDA program?

Global Business and Digital Arts students in the classroom

You can apply after completing a year in any general arts program. Please note that due to the structure of the GBDA program, you can be considered for a maximum of 2.5 transfer credits (5 courses). University of Waterloo Stratford Campus is pleased to offer articulation agreements with Fanshawe College.

What are some possible employment opportunities after I graduate from the GBDA program?

With intensive relationship building throughout the program and deep integration with industry, you’ll be well prepared for careers in:

  • Digital marketing management
  • Social media development and management
  • Technology sales and marketing management
  • Government technology and policy development
  • Interactive development and management
  • New media development - taking traditional media to digital formats
  • Web development, management, sales and marketing
  • Mobile development, management, sales and marketing
  • New technology development, management, sales and marketing

A unique feature of the GBDA program that excites potential employers is that students will be versed in technology, creativity, and business - a truly multidisciplinary approach. You'll be able to speak, interact and manage across multidisciplinary teams where many of today's employees are 'unilingual' specialists and have difficulty interacting across varying teams. Gain experience in the latest technologies, business processes, and access to high-level industry mentors who will share invaluable career and industry insight.

What type of degree will I get when I graduate?

Graduates receive a Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts – a one-of-a-kind degree offered only at the University of Waterloo.

Are there any specific scholarships or bursaries I can apply to?

Find out more about the University of Waterloo Scholarships for incoming students on the Find Out More website.

When is the deadline to apply to the GBDA program?

Deadlines are posted on the Find Out More website.

Does the Stratford Campus provide housing for students who are enrolled in the GBDA program?

Currently there is no residence for the Waterloo Stratford Campus. There are rental opportunities in Stratford.

Will I be eligible for residence accommodation in Waterloo?

Yes, even in year 3 and 4 you are eligible for residence accommodation in Waterloo, but all courses take place at Waterloo Stratford Campus during the last two years of your program.