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Professionals working in trade, customs, border management and other related sectors are faced with rapidly evolving politics and policies and must operate within multiple complex systems. The program curriculum covers current issues of key importance to these sectors.

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Program description

Trade and customs facilitation and enforcement is influenced by politics, policies and multiple complex systems. This program will deepen your knowledge about the regulatory environment of trading networks, the practical trade applications and concerns related to artificial intelligence and machine learning and the challenges and opportunities in managing cross border regions. The courses in the program are facilitated by professionals from the Canada Border Services Agency, the Pacific North West Economic Region, and the World Customs Organization, as well as leading academics in the field of border studies. 

Program features

  • Flexible learning format: you can choose to attend the courses online from anywhere in the world, or in person on campus at the University of Victoria.  
  • Learn from industry professionals and leading academics.
  • Opportunity to put theory into practice.
  • Practicum sessions and facilitated discussions

Program outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the political and policy issues affecting cross border regions and transboundary people
  • Describe trade flows in a globalizing world
  • Assess artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in the trade and customs context

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 an opportunity to engage with specialists on current issues pertaining to trade and customs. The program will appeal to professionals working in related sectors and to students and academics interested in border studies; trade and customs; and public policy. Interested community members are also welcome in the program.

Program partner

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Borders in Globalization

Courses and fees

In order to receive the micro-certificate you must complete all three courses. You can complete the courses in any order, however we encourage you to take Trade and Customs Borders before Artificial Intelligence in Border Management

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Estimated fees

Description Fee
Cross Border Management in Comparative Perspective $1,000.00
Trade and Customs Borders in the 21st Century $1,000.00
Artificial Intelligence in Border Management $600.00
Estimated Total $2,600.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Program sponsors

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
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Application information

Admission requirements

The program content is equivalent to advanced undergraduate level work. We recommend that learners who participate in the program or who take individual courses have either:

  • successfully completed at least two years of post-secondary study, or
  • have professional experience working in a related sector

How to apply

There is no application necessary for this program. Simply register for the individual courses. If you successfully complete the three required courses, we will issue a micro-certificate.