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Victoria University is committed to the belief that our students should have a robust and diverse undergraduate experience.

This program does just that. Ideas for the World blends social interaction, academic reflection, and community awareness (locally and globally). The program is transformative and engaging for all who participate.

Each offering of the program consists of 5-10 weekly, seminar-style discussions. Discussions are led by selected U of T faculty and guest speakers.

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Current Programs

Questions about these programs can be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students at 416-585-4528 or by e-mail at


The Ideas for the World certificate recognizes students who demonstrate sustained involvement in the program during their undergraduate degree.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be  a Victoria College student and complete 4 Ideas for the World "credits."

"Credits" are earned for each program in which you attend at least 75% of the sessions. (For example, in an 8-week program, attendance is require for at least 6 sessions.)

The "credits" awarded are based on the number of hours involved in each program. Our community outreach programs are worth 2 "credits" each, and our discussion series are worth 1 "credit" each.

Note: Ideas for the World "credits" do not count towards your academic degree requirements, and do not appear on your transcript.

Receiving Your Certificate

Certificates are awarded at the year-end banquet in April. All eligible students will be sent an invitation by the Ideas for the World Program Coordinator.

Media Coverage

Humanities for Humanity-John Duncan

Mark Kingwell praised H4H in the midst of thought-provoking article about university education published in Academic Matters.

Louise Brown of the Toronto Star writes, "University Should Leave Students Stirred and Shaken".

Victoria College Dean of Students, Kelley Castle, writes about "The value of being porous" in Academic Matters.

"The Ivory Tower," created by Victoria College's Daniela Rupolo, features our Humanities for Humanity program.


You can email us at Just keep in mind we only reply to emails during business hours, and may need a couple days to get back to you at busy times of the year.

Drop by the front desk of the Office of the Dean of Students (main floor, Goldring Student Centre, 150 Charles Street West). We're open from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

You can reach us at (416) 585-4528 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm).