Humanities and Social Sciences

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. 

Students interested in the iBA should review the Calendar regulations for major/minor combinations and connect with an academic advisor for guidance.

^ Interdisciplinary programs are those that include views and perspectives from more than one academic department at Memorial. An interdisciplinary program (major or minor) must be combined with a major or a minor in a single discipline from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Other iBA Majors

These additional major programs are not housed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, but you can choose to complete an iBA in these subjects:

Admission requirements

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.

Graduation requirements for the iBA are slightly higher than those of the regular BA.

Current Memorial students

You can declare the iBA degree by emailing, 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.

Program Information

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

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
Supplementary Application:


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