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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.


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 four 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 eight-week program, attendance is require for at least six sessions.)

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

Current Programs

We offer Humanities for Humanity and Theatre for Thought courses during the fall and winter semesters respectively. See below for more details...

Theatre for Thought Winter 2020 

Join us Tuesday evenings this winter for the “Theatre for Thought” (T4T) section of the Ideas for the World program. As a mentor with T4T, you will have the opportunity to read plays, perform excerpts and flex your acting skills, if you’d like—and partake in compelling discussions on the plays’ themes and messages. The plays discussed range from Greek tragedies to contemporary Canadian drama. Hosted over dinner, the event provides a great space to break bread (literally and figuratively) with fellow students and non-student members of the community. There are no tests and assignments: just free food and a chance to foster meaningful connections! T4T participants come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of interesting lived experiences to the discussions that take place in the program.

The program registration is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2020.

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