This micro-credential program will examine local and regional changes affecting the politics and policies of cross border regions and transboundary people.


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Program description

Join experts from around the world to examine local and regional changes affecting the politics and policies of cross border regions and transboundary people. Our own Pacific Coast Cascadian cross-border region is an excellent case-study of 21st century cross-border regional policies and politics. Professionals from the Mission Operationnelle Transfrontaliere, the Association of European Border Regions, the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, and the Border Policy Research Institute, as well as leading legal and policy experts will lead a curated syllabus of workshopped discussions, presentations, required readings, and practicum sessions. Learners will develop a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities in managing cross-border regions.

Program features

  • Flexible learning format: you can choose to attend the sessions online or in person.  
  • Learn from industry professionals and leading academics.
  • Opportunity to put theory into practice by developing a policy paper.

Program outcomes

Upon completion learners will be able to:

  • Evaluate the radically changing nature of borders, the forces driving such change, and the impact on traditional legal and regulatory regimes governing cross-border trade and travel.
  • Summarize the border origins in Europe in the 20th century and describe current governance, geopolitical processes, and operations of EU borders.
  • Identify current obstacles hampering border operational effectiveness.
  • Compare different regional and collaborative responses to COVID-19 border restrictions enacted by the US and Canada.
  • Describe Indigenous nations, governance systems, and social, economic and collaborative networks.

Program schedule

The full program schedule is currently in development and will be available here soon.

Who is this program for?

Recently, issues related to migration, border control, and trade have entered mainstream discourse due to increased focus on nationalism and the COVID-19 pandemic. This program provides a new opportunity to engage with specialists on current issues pertaining to cross-border management. The program will appeal to students and academics interested in border studies, border management, and public administration, as well as professionals working in related sectors and interested community members.

What else do I need to know?

You have the option of attending sessions either online via UVic’s Zoom platform or in person on campus at the University of Victoria. You will receive detailed information by email prior to the course start date. The instructions will include: how to access the online course components available through the Brightspace course site, how to join online sessions or where to go for in-person sessions if you are attending on campus.

Application and fees

How to apply

There is no application necessary for this program. Simply register for the one course below, and upon successful completion, you will receive a professional development certificate.

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