International Bachelor of Arts
The international bachelor of arts (iBA) is designed to prepare students for a future as global citizens.
The iBA program is designed for those who are interested in the study of global dynamics and worldwide issues from the perspective of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The program’s objectives are to provide knowledge and analytical skills essential for research and work on cultural, economic, political, religious and social processes on a global scale.
The iBA differs from the existing bachelor of arts (BA) in that it requires additional designated international studies courses and language study courses, although both the iBA and BA require completion of 120 credit hours.
You are also required to reside outside of Canada for a period of time during the program by either (1) participating in a Memorial field school or studying at a non-Canadian institution or (2) participating in an international work placement outside of Canada.
The iBA program is available exclusively to students who complete a major or honours program in one of the following Humanities and Social Sciences programs:
- Gender studies
- Law and society
- Medieval studies
- Political science
- Religious studies
A minor may also be chosen in:
- business administration
- Faculty of Science subject areas
- international business
- music and culture
- music history
New Memorial and transfer students
You may apply for admission into the iBA program directly from high school by indicating international bachelor of arts as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty from high school is subject to you meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.
You may choose your intended major at the time of application or you can explore your options and declare a major in a later semester.
Minimum grade thresholds are slightly higher than the regular BA for iBA honours, major and minor.
Current Memorial students
You can declare the iBA degree by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, normally in your first or second year. You should also consult with the academic program manager Renée Shute and the international exchange coordinator Natalie Spracklin before declaring iBA, as it may not be possible to complete the requirements for the degree in the normal time.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Fall, winter and spring semesters
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:
- March 1 for fall admission
- Oct. 1 for winter admission
- Feb. 1 for spring admission