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UFV's India-Canada Studies certificate is designed to introduce you to the rich social, cultural, and political heritage and contribution of the Indian community in Canada. Whether you come from a South Asian heritage or have a deep interest in this fascinating culture, you will develop a solid understanding of the issues surrounding the Indian sub-continent and its widespread Diaspora to complement your major field of study.
The curriculum is multi-disciplinary and structured to help you explore a specialized area of cultural knowledge relevant to local and global communities.
The 30-credit, multi-disciplinary certificate is divided into two streams: a social stream, and a cultural, literature, and language stream. In addition to two core courses in South Asian history and geography, you are expected to take at least two courses from each stream. To earn the rest of your credits, you can choose four electives from either stream.
The India-Canada Studies certificate can also be a great starting point for graduate studies in South Asian studies or other related disciplines such as anthropology, cultural studies, economics, global development studies, history, and sociology, to name a few.
UFV is an ideal location to undertake South Asian studies, because the university is located in a major South Asian population centre and has a campus in Chandigarh, India, as well as partnerships with other Indian universities. UFV also houses the South Asian Studies Institute (SASI, formerly known as the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies).
SASI provides you with unparalleled hands-on opportunities to complement your learning:
According to the Canada 2011 Census, the second largest ethnic group in Abbotsford is South Asian, comprising 22.4% of the population. In fact, the Abbotsford metropolitan area has Canada's highest proportion of ethnically Indian citizens. Wikipedia reports that as of 2006-2009 the Punjabi language was spoken by 39.3% of Abbotsford households, making it the second most-commonly spoken language at home after English.
In today's global economy, B.C. and Canada have major economic and cultural ties to India. India has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies with a growing population, rising per capita income, and rapid expansion in many industries. The Canadian government is working with the Indian government to develop opportunities for exporters, investors, and innovators from both nations.
That’s why having an in-depth understanding of Indian culture, history, and economics adds value to your résumé. If you plan to launch a career in the Fraser Valley, complementing your major field of study with an India-Canada Studies certificate can open doors of opportunity in practically any field, including education, business, social work, agriculture, public administration, arts and culture, and more.
View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar
Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.
Book an appointment with the Upgrading and University Preparation department to discuss your upgrading needs.
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