The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) is home to a unique international bachelor’s degree which prepares you for success in the global workforce and provides international perspectives and experiences.
The International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) degree has been structured to make enrolment and completion clear and easy to understand. The Honours iBA degree is similar to the Honours BA degree, which also has 120 credits required for completion. Within these 120 credits, iBA students are required to complete internationally-oriented courses (12 credits), language courses (18 credits) and an international exchange with one of York University's 120+ global partners.
These additions to your BA will help distinguish you and your degree!
The iBA program reflects York's continuing commitment to providing you with the opportunities to gain international experience and skills. You will have the opportunity to learn a new language and complete a term abroad, providing you with the cross-cultural knowledge that is in demand in today's global workplace.
Choose among the Honours iBA, Honours Double Major or Honours Major/Minor in 12 specializations:
- Anthropology (iBA)
- Communication Studies (iBA)
- European Studies (iBA)
- French Studies (iBA)
- Geography (iBA)
- German Studies (iBA)
- History (iBA)
- Humanities (iBA)
- Italian Studies (iBA)
- Political Science (iBA)
- Sexuality Studies (iBA)
- Urban Studies (iBA)
International-Oriented Courses Requirement
AP/ANTH 2300 3.00 Intercultural Training Skills plus at least 9.00 credits of internationally-oriented courses to be completed form the list of pre-approved courses; these courses can be additional courses in your major.
AP/ANTH 2300 3.00: This course prepares students to negotiate their learning goals in a cross-cultural context while on university exchange. Topics covered may include culture, participant observation, culture shock, risk & safety, managing intercultural conflict, friendship, travel, politeness, cleanliness, gender & sexuality, gifts, poverty, religion and health. (This course should be completed before the term(s) abroad.)
Below is a list of pre-approved internationally-oriented courses. Students may choose courses that are not on this list by consulting with their iBA Coordinator.
Language credits: at least 18.00 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the advanced-level course in the chosen language.
A student may be exempted from some of the language requirement credits if he/she has a degree of fluency in a language. If an iBA student is fluent in a language, he/she may undergo an examination to test language proficiency by the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (or the French Studies Department for French language). Students exempted from one or more of the language courses may substitute the required credits with another language or cultural course. Please speak with your program iBA Coordinator for details.
Academic Exchange Requirement
International exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University’s 120+ exchange partners. Course credits earned on exchange will be transferred to the degree, and can be classified as fulfilling major, internationally-oriented, language, or free choice credit requirements.
Students are recommended to apply during second year in order to spend their third year abroad. By third year, students should have adapted to the demands of university life and have the skills required for study in a foreign teaching environment. Those in their final year have less flexibility in course selection and may have difficulties finding courses abroad.
All academic exchanges are organized through the Office of York International. For more information and how to apply for the exchange, please visit here.
What is the difference between an Honours BA and an Honours iBA? Click here for a detailed breakdown.
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
|iBA Major||iBA Coordinator||Department/Unit|
|Anthropology||Albert Schrauwersfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of Anthropology, room 2054 Vari Hall. email@example.com|
|Communication Studies||Susan Driverfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of Communication Studies, room 3004 Victor Philip Dahdaleh Building. email@example.com|
|European Studies||Avron Kulakfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of Humanities, room 262 Vanier College. email@example.com|
|French Studies||Dominique Scheffel-Dunandfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of French Studies, room N727 Ross Building. email@example.com|
|German Studies||Gabriele Muellerfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, room S561 Ross Building. email@example.com|
|History||Jonathan Edmondsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of History, room 2140 Vari Hall. email@example.com|
|Humanities||Avron Kulakfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of Humanities, room 262 Vanier College. email@example.com|
|Italian Studies||John Picchionefirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, room S561 Ross Building. email@example.com|
|Politics||David Mutimerfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of Politics, room S672 Ross Building. email@example.com|
|Sexuality Studies||Allyson Mitchellfirstname.lastname@example.org||School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, room 206 Founders College. email@example.com|
|Urban Studies||Lisa Drummondfirstname.lastname@example.org||Department of Social Science, room S737 Ross Building. email@example.com|