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International Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Burnaby, Canada
International Studies offered by Simon Fraser University looks at topics like inequality between nations, different countries’ forms of government, and recovering from natural disasters and civil wars. 
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The International Studies program offered by Simon Fraser University is primarily for students with a background or interest in political science, history, economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, and humanities, as well as other areas. Students can specialize in international issues through a curriculum which integrates training and experience concerning the complex and challenging issues that are central to global affairs. Public or private sector employees who wish to specialize in specific dimensions that are necessary to understand and address international issues may also be interested in this program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Institutions, Policies and Development
  • Political Economy of Development
  • State Failure and Reconstruction: Comparative Perspectives
  • Selected Topics - Economic and Social Development of Selected Regions
  • African Economic Development: Theory and Practice
  • Theories of Latin American Development
  • Social and Political Change in Latin America
  • Seminar on Global Problems in Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Seminar on Core Texts in International Studies
  • Introduction to International Studies: Studying Global Conflict and Co-operation
  • Research Methods in International Studies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

The school limits admission to its major program based on a competitive application process. Students are eligible to apply for entry after successfully completing 30 units, which includes

  •  Introduction to International Studies: Studying Global Conflict and Co-operation 

and two of

  • Historical Perspectives on Diplomatic Relations, International Security and Law 
  • Comparative World Politics: Trajectories, Regimes, Challenges 
  • Wealth and Poverty of Nations 
  •  Transnationalism and Society

Application for admission should be made in the first day of the term. Criteria for selection are the student's CGPA and performance in IS courses.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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