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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Collaborate to Learn... and Teach

The first of its kind in Canada, our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Education Studies program is your pathway to teach in international schools or pursue education-related work in international development.

In this collaborate program, you'll take courses from the Faculty of Education and the Department of Global Studies in the Faculty of Arts. In your Faculty of Education courses, you'll learn teaching approaches and philosophies specific to international settings. In your Global Studies courses, you'll gain global awareness and intercultural competencies.

Put Learning into Practice

This program offers extensive experiential learning opportunities, including placements in locally and internationally-oriented settings (does not require international travel).

A local placement in your second year, involving two hours a week in a school or community organization, will give you a chance to connect classroom and hands-on learning. You'll also experience an intensive 8 to 12 week experiential learning placement with an international focus, completed in the spring/summer at the end of your third year. This placement does not require international travel due to opportunities to work with Canadian organizations that support international education.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Option

As part of the program, you can choose to complete a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate from Conestoga College, which will provide you with the training and first credential required to teach English as a second/foreign language in Canada or abroad.

You'll earn both a bachelor's degree from Laurier and a certificate from Conestoga College in only four years!

The Conestoga TEFL certificate program is recognized by TESL Canada, Standard 1.

Designed with the End in Mind

You'll graduate with the skills and competencies sought by international schools, and you'll be ready to work in education-oriented international, non-governmental, and community-based organizations, whether in Canada or abroad.

Sample careers include:

  • international school teacher
  • education program officer
  • international development program officer
  • English-as-a-second-language instructor

Pathway to the Laurier Bachelor of Education

Interested in a Bachelor of Education degree? The Laurier Faculty of Education gives High Priority Consideration Admission to graduates of the International Education Studies program. In your fourth year, you will have the opportunity to apply to the Laurier Bachelor of Education program. Your application will receive high priority consideration if you have achieved an average GPA of at least 75% in your most recent ten credits and you had successful IES placements.


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