Students of international studies – whether they are aspiring diplomats or gifted linguists – have a natural curiosity about the world. This degree challenges you to examine the dynamics of global and regional change, explore developments in international politics and economics, and evaluate the ways in which the world is changing.

This knowledge will enable you to analyse the shifting forces of sovereignty, nationalism, conflict, humanitarian aid and movements of people across borders and across the globe.

UNSW has more than 200 partner universities in over 38 countries. Learn through experience as you live and study in another country on a one-year exchange program, plunging headfirst into local language and customs. And no need to worry – your overseas classes can be taken in English.

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Indicative Enrolments



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

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Double degree options

Dual Mode (144 UOC) made up of: 1. International Studies core (24 UOC) 2. Regional Electives (12 UOC) 3. Specialist Electives (12 UOC) 4. Language Study core (24 UOC ) 5. A minor stream (24 UOC) 6. Overseas Study Program (48 UOC) Dual mode is available only in 3475 International Studies/Media (Communication & Journalism), 3476 International Studies/Media (PR and Advertising), 3477 International Studies/Media (Screen & Sound Production), 4788 International Studies/Law

Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents 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.

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