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.
- 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 and International Relations
- Sociology and Anthropology
- Spanish and Latin American Studies
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.
Double degree options
Dual Mode (144 UOC) made up of:
- International Studies core (24 UOC)
- Regional Electives (12 UOC)
- Specialist Electives (12 UOC)
- Language Study core (24 UOC )
- A minor stream (24 UOC)
- 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
- International business consultant
- Government agencies, including Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- United Nations
- Non-governmental organisations
- Tourism and trade adviser
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.