Dual degree will offer York University’s Glendon College students the best of Canada and France


TORONTO, July 14, 2016 – A new partnership between York University’s Glendon College and the emlyon business school  in France will offer students the opportunity to combine liberal arts with business education, earn two university degrees, and benefit from internships in France, Canada, or other countries where French is an official language.

The agreement, which will be signed at Glendon College later today, will create a dual degree undergraduate program starting this fall: students will earn an International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) in International Studies at Glendon and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from emlyon business school. In their first two years, Glendon students will complete a liberal arts education in International Studies and take introductory business courses to prepare them for their third and fourth years at emlyon business school. Students from emlyon business school will come to Glendon for their third and fourth years to earn an iBA in International Studies.

The program will also offer students the opportunity to work in French and explore cross-cultural business issues during two mandatory internships, including at a number of French companies affiliated with the France-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

A Canadian leader in the delivery of bilingual education, Glendon was recognized by the Ontario government as the Centre of Excellence for French-language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education in Southern Ontario in 2008. Earlier this year, it was granted partial designation under the French Language Services Act, recognizing the university’s commitment to French-language and bilingual education.

emlyon  business school, founded in 1872 in Lyon, France, is part of France’s Grandes Écoles network of higher education institutions outside the framework of France’s public university system. Emlyon business school regularly ranks among the top five business schools in France and top 15 in Europe.

“This unique partnership will enable students in Glendon’s International Studies program to marry their liberal arts education to business education, with the internationally-respected emlyon business school.  It will not only respond to Ontario’s need for bilingual business education, but will also offer students, through internships, wonderful opportunities to explore cross-cultural business issues.”
Donald Ipperciel, Principal of Glendon College

"Through this agreement, York University Glendon campus and emlyon business school prepare their students to become players of globalization. This next generation of managers, executives and entrepreneurs will learn how to operate in international, multicultural and digital environments. The collaboration between the two schools will be carried out both on campuses and in a digital environment."
Bernard Belletante, Dean and CEO, emlyon business school.

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 52,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world's most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.
With its small class size and its advantageous location in the heart of Toronto, the Glendon Campus  of York University offers its 2,700 students the best of both worlds: 20  Bachelor of Arts programs; two new Bachelor of Science programs (psychology and biology); two professional programs (education and translation); seven certificates; four master's programs (in French studies, translation, conference interpreting and public and international affairs) and a doctorate program in francophone studies.

Since its creation, emlyon business school has been driven by entrepreneurship, innovation and humanism. These are strongly present in its current mission, beliefs and values, captured in a core belief : the power to take action. Its mission is to prepare early makers, i.e. individuals capable of taking control of their destiny, actors and entrepreneurs of their own existence. To do this the school’s new plan is based on three pillars: globalization, digitalization and performance. Emylon has 4,100 students from 80 countries, as well as 5,500 company managers in continuous professional development programs, and holds the triple accreditations Equis, AACSB and AMBA. 

Media Contact:
Janice Walls, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22101 / wallsj@yorku.ca