International bachelor of arts

Campuses: St. John's; Online (partially) Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Honours available: Yes (varies by major) Length: Four years + a study abroad internship semester
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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 a minimum 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.


Single discipline majors

Interdisciplinary majors

Interdisciplinary programs are those that include views and perspectives from more than one academic discipline at Memorial.

An interdisciplinary major must be combined with a second major from a single discipline offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Other available majors

These additional major programs are not housed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. A student completing one of these major programs must complete an additional major program from a single discipline offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Single discipline minors 

Interdisciplinary minors

An interdisciplinary minor must be combined with a major from a single discipline offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Other available minors

A student completing one of these minor programs must complete a major from a single discipline offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Business administration
  • Faculty of Science subject areas
  • Music and culture
  • Music history

Admission requirements

Fall, winter or spring semesters
Application deadline:
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:
 - March 1 for fall admission
 - October 1 for winter admission
 - February 1 for spring admission

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.

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Current Memorial students

You can declare your intent to complete the iBA  by emailing, normally in your first or second year. You should also consult with a Humanities and Social Sciences academic advisor before declaring iBA, as it may not be possible to complete the requirements for the degree in the normal time.

Humanities and Social Sciences academic advisor advisor will connect you with the Go Abroad Coordinator or a Co-Op academic staff member, depending on the international component the student intends to complete.