- How do I find the BGInS office?
We are located on floor 2R of Richcraft Hall. We are a bit tricky to find. There are two entrances to Richcraft Hall, and the best one to access our floor is the entrance that is closest to the River. You will see a statue of Gandhi in front of the entrance and there is a Tim Horton’s on the main floor. Floor 2R only exists on this side of the building.
If you enter Richcraft Hall and there is a large staircase in front of you, we recommend exiting, then turn right and head towards a short crosswalk, once across the street, you will see the entrance to Richcraft Hall.
Once you are inside Richcraft Hall on the main floor, you can take the stairs or elevator to floor 2R (between floors one and two), turn right, go through one door, and our BGInS main office will be straight in front of you!
- Academic Advising for BGInS students: Who do I contact?
Academic advising for BGInS students is provided in-house by Jenelle Williams. Students may also consult the academic unit offering their stream or specialization for advice on stream and specialization requirements. The Academic Advising Centre on campus does not service BGInS students.
Services offered by BGInS include:
- Course selection advice
- Language requirement advice
- Support in selecting an International Experience Requirement
- Periodic check-ins to review students’ audits and academic progress
- Advice on Academic Performance Evaluation
- Referrals to support services on campus
- Review of students’ progress as they approach graduation
- And much more!
- Admissions to BGInS: What are the requirements and where do I start?
The best place to contact for information regarding Admissions to the BGInS program would be Undergraduate Admissions. We recommend consulting their website first, and if you have follow-up questions, you can e-mail: email@example.com or stop by in person at 315 Robertson Hall, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
- I am a prospective or current transfer student. How can I receive advising?
Prospective transfer students are encouraged to first contact Admissions to determine their eligibility to transfer in (https://admissions.carleton.ca/contactandgeneralinformation/). Students who are eligible to transfer in are strongly encouraged to receive academic advising from BGInS on course selection, IER eligibility and general timelines. Academic advising is provided by Jenelle Williams.
Current transfer students are encouraged to receive regular advising from BGInS so that students have the right tools to select courses and understand their requirements. Academic advising is provided by Jenelle Williams.
- Can I be exempted from the Language Requirement if I already communicate in another language?
Students who already have intermediate or higher second language skills upon entry may be exempted from the requirement to take language courses. Students who wish to be exempted from taking language courses in this way must apply for an exemption, using the form linked below. Each application will be treated on its merits, but the following general guidelines apply:
- Secondary school language of instruction: Students whose secondary school transcripts show that their primary language of instruction in secondary school was a language other than English may be exempted from taking language courses.
- French immersion: Students who have successfully completed Grade 12 French immersion or the equivalent at a Canadian high school may be exempted from taking language courses. Grade 12 core French is not sufficient for an exemption.
- Proficient speakers: Students who do not qualify under either of the first two categories, but who nonetheless consider themselves proficient speakers of a language other than English, may be exempted from taking language courses. More information can be found here. to completion of one of the designated language courses linked above.
- I want to switch Specializations or Streams, how do I do that?
We recommend that students receive advising on this topic so that they smooth the transition from one specialization or stream to another. Academic advising is provided by Jenelle Williams. Students may apply for changes to be made to their BGInS degree through the Change Program Element function in Carleton Central.
- What is an IER?
It is one thing to study a part of the world, and another to live there. For this reason, the BGInS program features an international experience requirement as an integral part of the program. Many students find studying abroad to be an enriching, even life-transforming experience. As well, current research shows that students who have studied abroad have a competitive advantage in the workplace. There are six ways to fulfill the BGInS International Experience Requirement (IER). Each option has
different timelines, costs, and academic requirements. Click here for more information to help you choose which IER option is right for you.
- Can I apply to/complete more than one IER option?
Yes. Students who participate in more than one IER will only receive the IER bursary once. Students interested in pursuing more than one IER option are encouraged to receive advising from BGInS staff.
- I applied for an IER Bursary. Who can I contact for an update?
The best place to contact is Awards and Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 202 Robertson Hall Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Can I do a Minor with my BGInS degree?
A Minor is a cohesive set of courses that offer a foundation in another area of study. A minor usually consists of 4.0 credits. It is possible to complete a minor in conjunction with a Bachelor in Global and International studies, we encourage students to consult the BGInS Program Administrator, Jenelle Williams for academic advising before adding a minor to their program.
A double Minor cannot be completed in conjunction with a Bachelor in Global and International studies.
- Can I do a Combined Honours (double Major) with my BGInS degree?
Students completing the Bachelor in Global and International studies degree cannot complete a Combined Honours (or double Major).