To say that international higher education is a passion for me is an understatement. 


For over 20 years, I have been involved in international higher education in one form or another, be it through teaching, higher education management, public policy development, program implementation, or, now, research and publishing.

My name is Diane Barbarič. I am currently completing my PhD in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto where I am researching higher education public policies pertaining to outbound student mobility (study and work abroad) for university students. My research focus is on Canada and Europe, and is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) – Doctoral Scholarship. Prior to moving to Toronto, I headed the Higher Education and Youth Mobility Division of the Canadian Embassy in France.  I also have an academic background, having spent seven years teaching as well as co-founding and successfully running a study abroad program in Paris.

This website is meant to pull everything together in one place. On this page, you will find a short bio as well as information about my personal interests, the languages I speak, and the citizenships I hold. By clicking the tabs above, you can scroll through my CV to learn about my international educational background and my varied professional career, including my publications and conference presentations to date. You can also learn more about my research and research interests. I will eventually include a  blog as well, but we're not there yet. In the meantime, welcome and happy reading. Bienvenue et bonne lecture!

Short Bio

I am a PhD Candidate in Higher Education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) where I am also completing a specialization in Comparative, International, and Development Education. My research examines international higher education public policies at the jurisdictional level in Canada and Europe, notably as they pertain to outbound student mobility. Prior to returning to Canada to undertake my PhD studies, I was the Head of the Higher Education and Youth Mobility Division of the Canadian Embassy in France. I have an Honours BA from McGill University in French and Québécois literatures, an MA from New York University in French Literature, a DEA from the Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 in History and Semiology of the Text and Image, and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from SOAS, University of London. I have received a number of grants for my research, including a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.

Personal Interests

I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and terrible wanderlust, meaning I travel whenever I can. I am also a big believer in trying to maintain a healthy work-leisure balance and my interests include fitness, gardening, and all things culinary. In my off time, you'll often find me jogging, swimming, or faithfully practising yoga. You might also find me poking around in the dirt, as I've recently ventured into urban balcony gardening. I've mostly stuck to organic herbs and cherry tomatoes for now but we'll see for next year. Finally, I love getting together with friends over a good meal, coffee, or simply a great glass of wine (preferably on a sunny terrace).







At family gatherings.





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