Program features

  • Flexible learning format: you can choose to attend the institutes 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.


This stream is composed of three institutes, which can be taken in any order. In order to fulfill the program requirements and receive a professional development certificate, you must successfully complete three required institutes.

Cross-Border Management in Comparative Perspective

Trade and Customs Borders

Artificial Intelligence in Border Management

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