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York University
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Toronto, Ontario
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Glendon’s New Bilingual iBA – Your Best Preparation for the Global Job Market


You are interested in a well-rounded liberal arts education which is the best foundation for a host of careers in Canada and abroad. But in today’s highly competitive job market, you want to have an “edge” – some special additional skills which will put your resume at the top of the pile for work or graduate studies.

Glendon’s new iBA program is clearly your choice, and your best preparation for an increasingly complex work environment, where issues cut across and transcend national borders. And a uniquely Glendon opportunity: you can do it bilingually (English/French) or trilingually (English/French/Spanish), enabling you to function in your chosen profession in two or three of the world’s most prominent languages. “The international BA complements Glendon’s mission as a liberal arts institution that prepares the future leaders of Canada and gives them first-hand experience in the international world”, says Françoise Boudreau, associate principal, academic & research (pictured left), and a driving force behind Glendon’s introduction of the iBA.

What do you benefit from an iBA degree?

  • Through internationally-oriented coursres, you get the opportunity to develop a Canadian and international perspective on the political, economic, social, and cultural challenges of our times. You will have the chance to reflect critically on international issues within and beyond your chosen discipline.
  • You will go on an international exchange of at least one academic term, providing you with practical experience in living and learning abroad; a wonderful, lifetime enrichment.
  • You will learn or improve your second and possibly third language, preparing you to work in almost any international setting.
The new iBA has the same general admission requirements as the regular Glendon BA. Students coming into first year can apply directly to the iBA bilingual. The iBA trilingual is available to students as of their second year. If you are already a Glendon student, you can choose to transfer into the iBA stream for any of the currently participating 7 academic programs. This year we have more than doubled the number of iBA programs, and there is the promise of new areas of study joining up in the very near future. You can find all the details of participating programs, and how to register or transfer into the iBA stream by visiting the iBA page on the Glendon website, or contacting the Academic Advising Office.

3rd-year Glendon sociology student Keleigh Jenkins (pictured left) has chosen to do an iBA in order to broaden her horizons, and benefit from the international experience, while earning a credit for it. She is already proficient in French, building on her French immersion elementary and high school experience, as well as a summer immersion in Montreal last year, which she loved. “I have been planning to become an elementary school teacher, but I also want to keep my options open for other career opportunities, some of which I have yet to discover”, says Jenkins. “I have really enjoyed the internationally oriented courses I've taken so far, and there are so many to choose from that everyone can find some that interest them. It has been fun looking into schools that I could go to on exchange. I am considering choosing either a location in Southern France, Brussels, or Luxembourg. I am very excited about where the iBA program will take me.”

“Our students are citizens of the world,” adds associate principal Françoise Boudreau. “They wish to understand and become active participants in the international landscape of their chosen field, whatever it may be. Now, with the new iBA, they can.”

Choice of Glendon academic departments participating in the iBA program:
Business Economics
Canadian Studies
Drama Studies *
English Studies *
French Studies *
Mathematics *
Philosophy *
Spanish (Hispanic Studies) *
Translation *
Women's Studies *
more disciplines available soon!

* Pending Senate approval

Published on March 17, 2008