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Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies University of the Fraser Valley




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The Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies (GDS) is a broadly interdisciplinary program designed to equip students with the critical academic knowledge, skills and experience required to function effectively as development professionals in Canada or abroad or to continue on to graduate or other professional studies.

In addition to learning history and theory of development processes, and analyzing current global practices, international or domestic internships provide opportunities to make contacts and build skills.

The program:

  • Equips you with strong advocacy, problem-solving, research, and writing skills.
  • Promotes intercultural dialogue locally and abroad by drawing on topics in economics, political science, anthropology, sociology and communications.
  • Presents unique internship opportunities with development organizations in Canada and internationally so you can apply what you learn in a global context.
  • Develops focused disciplinary knowledge and skills by fulfilling requirements for a minor or an interdisciplinary concentration.
  • Grounds you in the history and theory of global development processes and examines current debates in development practice.


Global development is a well-funded industry: 2013 saw a new world record of USD 134.8 billion in official development assistance (ODA). And ODA is only 28% of all official and private flows from the 29 member countries of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

International development offers a diverse range of career opportunities in administration, research, fundraising, training, advocacy, and relief work. You could find yourself working for government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, private companies, or research institutes.

Adding specialized qualifications, such as logistics, urban planning, accounting, nursing, agriculture, or IT, to your Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies can boost your employment opportunities in international development. With substantial field experience, you may find freelance work as a trainer, consultant, or advisor.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

CAD$17,850.00 (9,57,745) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Campus,

33844 King Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2S 7M8, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of Canadian Grade 12 (Form Six or five O-levels plus at least two A-levels) and specific program entrance requirements for admission into any career, technical, or academic program.

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS (Academic) - score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • TOEFL - score of 88 or higher (iBT) with no section below 20
  • CAEL - score of 70
  • PTE - score of 61 with 60 in writing
  • MELAB - score of 85

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