Critically examine how the world is changing around you and explore contemporary global issues. Graduate are equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing global environment.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of International Studies
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

Overview

The Bachelor of International Studies is a four-year full-time degree that challenges you to examine how the world is changing around you. 

In this degree, you’ll explore contemporary global issues and international relations from a variety of different perspectives and develop critical thinking skills, which are essential for understanding the complexities of local and global environments. Our academics will not only teach you theories about how the international system works, but also teach you about how to solve problems through weekly crisis simulations where you work with small groups to create change.

Key features

Awaken your curiosity

Students of International Studies are often natural diplomats, some have a gift for languages, but all have a heightened curiosity about the world and foreign affairs.

You’ll master your presentation techniques, language proficiency, intellectual flexibility and communication skills as you analyse the shifting forces of sovereignty, globalisation, nationalism, conflict, humanitarian aid, human rights and movements of people across borders and the globe.

Learn a language

Learning a language is a key part of International Studies. You can choose from Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Overseas study

The Overseas Study Program is a unique way for you to experience new cultures, build new skills and networks, and form lasting friendships.

Gain a global perspective

Our diverse array of subjects brings a truly global perspective to your learning. Our subject offerings are continually updated and re-engineered to ensure you receive a contemporary and relevant education. 

Why study at UNSW?

  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community.
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
3447
CRICOS Code
053080A
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
422200
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192
Indicative Enrolments
118

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
85
2021 A levels
14
2021 IB Diploma
31
2021 Lowest ATAR
72.45*
    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide a seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Bachelor of International Studies consists of 24 courses and can be completed in four-years full-time.

The program includes:

  • 4 International Studies core courses
  • 4 Language courses
  • 4 Regional and specialist electives
  • 4 Courses from your minor
  • 8 Electives/ general education courses
  • Overseas study program

Study areas

    • International Business
    • Asian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Advanced Chinese Studies
    • Global Development
    • Environmental Humanities
    • European Studies
    • French Studies
    • Advanced French Studies
    • German Studies
    • International Business
    • Japanese Studies
    • Advanced Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Advanced Korean Studies
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Spanish and Latin American Studies

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period.

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard four-year, full-time study plan for the Bachelor of International Studies.

First year

  • 2 International Studies core courses
  • 2 Language core courses
  • 2 Courses from your minor
  • 1 Regional elective
  • 1 Free elective

Second year

  • 1 International Studies core course
  • 2 Language core courses
  • 2 Courses from your minor
  • 1 Prescribes faculty elective
  • 2 Free electives

Third year

  • Overseas study program

Fourth year

  • 1 International Studies core course
  • 1 Prescribed faculty elective
  • 2 Specialist electives
  • 1 Regional elective
  • 3 General education/free electives

The program may vary slightly depending on which language you choose. Explore your options through our  sample programs.  

For further information on full course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.

Future careers

You’ll graduate the Bachelor of International Studies highly skilled and well-informed about the world. Your language skills, critical thinking and understanding of global issues will equip you for a career that meets the challenges of our rapidly changing global environment.

Potential careers

  • International business consultant
  • Government agencies, including Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • United Nations
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Journalist
  • Tourism and trade adviser

Work Integrated Learning

As an International Studies student, you have the option to enrol in a degree credit work integrated learning course. We offer a range of internship and placement opportunities so you can put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.

Find Your Career Match

At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences we want you to love what you do - and that means choosing a degree that will help you secure a job you love.

Find out which careers suit your personality type best and how we can help you get there.

Learn more

Double degrees

UNSW offers a comprehensive suite of career-enhancing double degree options. The Bachelor of International Studies can be combined in the double degrees listed below.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$14,500*

Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 4

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$38,640*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$162,640*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

Our scholarships can help you achieve your potential and enhance the university experience. Scholarships reward academic achievements and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

"Among the highlights of my internship was the opportunity to learn more about the Australia EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and how this reflects the globalised and supportive network that is our global community."

Sophia Katsinas

International Studies student

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