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

The Bachelor of International Studies is a rigorous four-year degree during which students will complete

  • A dedicated International Studies core, which provides a thorough grounding in world events, specialist regional knowledge and professional electives aimed at enhancing your chosen career.
  • A year-long Overseas Study Program (OSP) component in the third year, which allows you to spend your entire fourth year at UNSW to prepare for graduation.
  • A minor stream with options from: Asian Studies; Chinese Studies; Development Studies; Environmental Humanities; European Studies; French Studies; German Studies; International Business; Japanese Studies; Korean Studies; Politics & International Relations; Sociology and Anthropology and; Spanish and Latin American Studies.
  • A stream of language study (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Spanish

Studying a Bachelor of International Studies will give you an opportunity to enhance your global engagement as well as offer a greater emphasis on careers, internships and professional networking events.

You may also have the opportunity to complete additional electives from Arts & Social Sciences and other faculties as part of your International Studies degree.

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

Vocational placements

As a student in Arts & Social Sciences you have the option to enrol in a degree credit internship course.

Our internship program provides an exciting opportunity for International Studies students to put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.

Entry requirements

2019 Lowest ATAR 1


2019 Lowest Selection Rank 2


2020 Guaranteed Entry 3


2019 A levels 4


2019 IB Diploma 5


2019 QLD OP 6


1. 2019 Lowest ATAR

The 2019 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.

2. 2019 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2019 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019.

3. 2020 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

4. 2019 A levels

Information on how A levels are calculated can be found here.

5. 2019 IB Diploma

The 2019 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019. It is to be used as a guide only.

6. 2019 QLD OP

QLD OP is an indication of the OP you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019. It is to be used as a guide only.

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.

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Indicative First Year Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 1

*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.

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