International Studies

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? 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.


The International Studies program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also offers a joint major with World Literature and a minor. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major program description >
Joint major with World Literature >
Minor program description >
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Admission requirements for International Studies

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: International Studies or (available only in Fall) Int'l Studies - 1st year Surrey


After you have been admitted to the university and have enrolled in courses, speak to a faculty advisor about the joint major.


You may add the minor program to any major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Rights Monitor
  • Humanitarian Aid Worker
  • Immigration Officer
  • International Business Consultant
  • International Development Worker
  • Journalist/Foreign Correspondent
  • Lawyer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Teacher/Professor