First-year entry (4-year undergraduate degree with language upgrading)

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Innovation and Sustainability is a unique 4-year undergraduate degree that carefully considers your needs as an international student or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident that has not yet achieved English fluency. The first two years are a combination of foundational, preparatory and academic courses to help equip you for success at Royal Roads University and in Canada! Your final two years build on this foundation with further learning in core business subjects and best practices in sustainability. You’ll apply your learning and gain practical experience through a series of hands-on, client-based projects that provide meaningful business innovation and community benefits in real time.

Program Highlights:

  • Our cohort learning model will bring you together with inspired students from around the world where you will study together for the duration of your program, frequently forming a lifelong professional community.
  • Our classes are small, averaging 35 students per class, allowing you to know your fellow students and your instructors to know you by name!
  • Our instructors and project facilitators have industry experience and insight so your learning is not just about theory – it’s also about real-world application.

Program Structure

International Year 1

International Year 1 is a combination of English-language, academic preparation and academic courses to provide you with the support you need to succeed. No matter which program you are in, you will study a common curriculum during your first year. Throughout this three-semester foundational program, you will build competencies in the areas of global citizenship, critical thinking, independent and inquiry-based learning, intercultural relationships, communication and social justice in order to prepare you for your future years of academic and professional success.


  • Small classes and individual instructor attention
  • Fieldtrips and innovative learning opportunities
  • Active engagement with Canadian society through Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL 100)
  • Teaching and learning approaches that respond to the important requirements of graduates for 21st-century careers: teamwork, communication, inquiry-based learning, technology

International Year 2

During your second year, you will study introductory courses related to business that represent the foundational knowledge required to succeed in the third and fourth years.  

Years 3 and 4

Your 3rd and 4th years consist of four semesters and are completed in 16 months. You will further your understanding of the concepts and themes within business sustainability through client projects that allow you to hone your skills and develop relevant work experience – all while deepening your insight into how you can drive important change in the local and global community.