How to Obtain Academic Credits

You can earn academic credits for your participation in CWY’s programs. There are two ways to go about it:

  1. Ask your institution to get credits for CWY programs

    Please refer to the educational institution that you are attending for the requirements and documentation needed to apply for academic credits, as every institution has a different process. CWY has produced a guide called “The CWY Experience: Worth its Weight in Gold!” that can help your build a case in asking for academic credits for your CWY program.

  2. Register for a program with one of our existing academic partners

    CWY collaborates with three academic institutions that offer academic credits to young people who complete our Youth Leaders in Action program:

    CWY also collaborates with the University of Ottawa that offers academic credits to young people who complete our Global Learner internships through the Faculty of Social Sciences’ International Internship program. To find out more, consult the website of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences International Office.

Cégep Marie-Victorin

Cégep Marie-Victorin (Montreal, Quebec) offers participants the option of earning an “Attestation of Collegial Studies” in community development and intercultural relations.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • promote the advancement of knowledge, skills, attitudes and necessary values to participate actively in development;
  • maximize experiential learning by observing, understanding and analyzing community issues at both local and international levels;
  • establish partnerships with communities, groups and individuals based on integrity and respect for differences;
  • develop respectful and open attitudes and behaviors towards other cultures;
  • gain the necessary skills for one’s personal and professional development.

During the program, seven skills will be evaluated through a learning document called the “Portfolio”:

  • Learning about yourself and understand the way you learn;
  • Understanding dynamics of a local community;
  • Applying communication skills adapted to the cross-cultural context;
  • Applying the necessary skills for group facilitation and team work;
  • Participating in a work project;
  • Acquiring basic understanding of development issues;
  • Communicating in another language.

A unique opportunity!

  • The certification is offered for no extra charge;
  • The international experience will add value to your résumé. Furthermore, you will have the diploma to attest that you participated in the project;
  • You will come out of the project with a document (the Portfolio) summarizing your personal experience;
  • The main difference from CWY’s other projects is that you will need to take the necessary time to work on your portfolio.

Registration and additional information

If you are a student at Cégep Marie-Victorin and would like to take part, contact Jean-Pierre Miron, Director of the International Development Office, Cégep Marie-Victorin at 514-328-3832 or

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, allows participants to earn credits through its “International Development Studies through Canada World Youth” course (INTD 1201x/y, 2201x/y, 3201 x/y). This two-semester course is designed to combine academic recognition with experience in the field.

Eligibility criteria

  • Be accepted as a student at Dalhousie University, or
  • Be accepted as a student at another Canadian university, in which case you will have to arrange a transfer of credits with the registrar of your university. This should be done before you begin your CWY program. Please include a copy of your permission letter from your registrar with your application and registration fee to Dalhousie University.


Application and tuition fees to obtain the credits from Dalhousie University are about $1000.


All students who are not already registered at Dalhousie University should fill out an application form at Please mail your application form with a cheque covering all of the above fees made payable to Dalhousie University. On the application form, indicate which level you are applying for (1201=1st year; 2201=2nd year; 3201=3rd year).

Additional information

For more information and to discuss the course content, please contact: Dr. Rowland Apentiik at 902-494-2110 or

Capilano University

Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia, offers three academic credits to all graduates of the Canada World Youth program wishing to register for its Global Stewardship program. This two-year program is designed for students wishing to pursue an international career with non-governmental organizations. The university will give you credit for two courses – Global Stewardship 101 (1.5 credits) and Global Stewardship 201 (1.5 credits) – for what you learn during the CWY program.

Eligibility criteria

  • Have successfully completed the Canada World Youth program
  • Register for the Global Stewardship program at Capilano University and meet the requirements for that program


The registration fee for Capilano University is $25.


You must provide the registrar’s office at Capilano University with a letter confirming that you have successfully completed the Canada World Youth program. The university will return the original to you.

Additional Information

For more information, visit the website of Capilano University’s Global Stewardship program.

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