By participating in this certificate program, students from various academic backgrounds have the opportunity to come together with a common focus—a commitment to developing an understanding of various facets of the global village, gaining international experience, and becoming more aware and active as global citizens.

Quick facts
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will study political, economic and social dimensions of globalization and specific contemporary global issues. You will examine various aspects of global citizenship, cultural globalization, cultural plurality and coexistence.

This certificate program:

  • Encourages you to participate in study abroad experiences, provides you with opportunities to engage in international experiential learning, and supports you bringing what is learned abroad to your classrooms in Canada upon your return.
  • Encourages you to learn actively, think broadly, act ethically, and engage respectfully.
  • Provides you with official documentation that you have demonstrated an above average commitment and dedication to becoming aware and active as global citizens.

IS 110: Global Issues

Today, the lives of individuals and communities are increasingly shaped by political, social and economic forces that are of global scope. This course examines the complex relationship between the "local" and the "global" by exploring the processes of globalization and the manner in which these affect the prospects of diverse societies around the world. It explores these dynamics in issues such as international law, global governance institutions, non-governmental organizations, terrorism and security, global public health, environmental policy, international trade, foreign aid and development, and the experiences of Indigenous peoples, migrants, and refugees.

IS 201: Global Citizenship Cultures and Coexistence

The objective of this course is to introduce students to various aspects of global citizenship, global cultures and coexistence. Special emphasis is devoted to two important and interrelated questions. First, what are or what should be the roles, rights and responsibilities of individual and groups in an increasingly globalized world? Second, what are the implications of cultural plurality for a globalized world, and vice versa? Third, what forms and degrees of coexistence have emerged to date and will likely emerge in the future? This course will facilitate efforts of students to answer such questions.

IS 202: Global Experiential and Cultural Learning

This zero credit unit course is designed to recognize global experiential learning acquired by students through various means deemed valid by the Program Director or Coordinator/Administrator, including: (a) studying abroad; (b) completing an internship abroad with a bona fide international, regional or local organization; or (c) working or serving abroad with any governmental or non-governmental agency or corporate entity. An alternative means of meeting the global experiential learning requirements of this course is to serve as an intern or a volunteer for at least sixty hours with any agency or company that deals with international issues, relations, immigrants, or international students, or any other organization that provides students with learning opportunities that provide them with valuable insights on global issues deemed valid by the program Director or Coordinator/Administrator. In addition to experiential learning, this course will also provide students with materials and assignments related to cultural learning designed to develop what is commonly referred to as cultural competency.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

For current students

The certificate can be taken before, during, or after your program of study. It will help you stand out from others in the field

For exchange students

Complete a university certificate within one year and be able to participate in graduation ceremonies.

For the wider Saskatchewan community

Demonstrate international competency to open new career opportunities.

For hands-on experience

Encourages you to participate in study abroad experiences and provides you with opportunities to study and engage in experiential learning outside of Canada, and to bring what you have learned outside of Canada to where you work/study.


Career opportunities available as a result of students taking this certificate will vary widely based on the degree program chosen by the student.

Possibilities include:

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs advisor
  • Foreign services officer
  • International trade officer
  • Legislative aide
  • Consultant
  • English as a second language teacher
  • Consular assistant
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International volunteer

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $746 per 3 credit unit class $3,611 per 3 credit unit class
Student fees $1,121 per year $1,121 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2024-2025 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 for this program.

Program options

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The Certificate in Global Studies is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science. You may earn the certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or after having already received a degree from here or another institution.

If you are already enrolled at USask, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2024
Dec 1, 2023
Documents due: Dec 15, 2023
Sep 1, 2023
Documents due: Oct 1, 2023
May 2024
Apr 1, 2024
Documents due: May 1, 2024
Feb 1, 2024
Documents due: Mar 1, 2024
July 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
Mar 1, 2024
Documents due: Apr 1, 2024
September 2024
Aug 15, 2024
Documents due: Aug 15, 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
January 2025
Dec 1, 2024
Documents due: Dec 15, 2024
Sep 1, 2024
Documents due: Oct 1, 2024

Ready to apply?

If you are a current USask student, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

To apply to this program as a new student, please apply for admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Science and after you are admitted, declare your plans to the college.

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