Do you see yourself in a world that extends beyond the lower mainland, working and having an impact in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, or the Middle East? International Studies may be perfect for you. We are scholars and teachers who work on real world issues, who seek to bridge the gap between what goes on in the university and what goes on in the places we study. Mostly, we work on regions facing significant challenges, whether it be long-standing conflicts, a lack of stable institutions that can protect and enforce Human Rights, or institutions that maintain or deepen economic inequality and poverty. We believe that Canadians have a role to play in resolving these issues, not as members of the so-called “developed” world, but as partners with individuals, grass-roots organizations, and communities across the planet in undertaking the work of peacebuilding and Human Development.

Pending approval from Senate, the practicum/semester abroad component of the IS Major, Honours and Joint Major programs will be removed in Spring 2018.  In the interim, the School for International Studies waives this requirement.



Claudia Arrieta speaks on the key to her success which has also been her her biggest challenge: getting and staying organized to establish and maintain balance in her home-life, work-life, school-life.

Aleks Besan speaks on her interest in social justice issues and how the interdisciplinary approach in International Studies provided her with tools to explore and form critical perspectives on complex issues.  

Raied Haj Yahya speaks on promoting cross-cultural understanding as a means towards social justice.