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Bachelor of International Studies

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

This Bachelor of International Studies course from the University of New England (UNE) allows you to gain an understanding of key international issues in order to develop your transferable skills and meet your career goals.

Topical issues you'll explore include cross-cultural communication, global security, Islamic studies, trade, the European Union, earth in crisis, Australia's relations with the US, Asia and the Pacific and global economies. In your first year, you can elect to study a language and its culture; language and non-language students will also have the chance to do one overseas exchange trimester for a fully immersive educational experience.

The flexible course, offered online or on campus, will offer you numerous exciting career opportunities in Australia and abroad.

Honours program

This course allows you to undertake an optional Honours year for students who would like to extend the depth and breadth of their undergraduate studies. Completing Honours studies helps improve your problem-solving and research skills, and demonstrates a more wide-ranging understanding of your chosen discipline to prospective employers.

High-achieving students with a GPA that meets the eligibility criteria for this course may be able to complete an additional one-year degree program, and graduate with a Bachelor of International Studies with Honours.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of International Studies, you could still be eligible to receive a qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Diploma in Arts.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or partially completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this international studies course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Communicating in culturally diverse contexts
  • The international economy
  • Earth in crisis?
  • International relations: an Australian perspective
  • Power, conflict and the making of modern Asia
  • Introduction to peace studies
  • World religions today

Plus one of the following introductory language units:

  • Chinese language 1A
  • French language 1A
  • German language 1A
  • Indonesian language 1A
  • Italian language 1A
  • Japanese language 1A
  • Introductory Spanish 1

Listed units:

  • Modern Europe in war and peace: 1918 to yesterday
  • Australia and the world: an international history
  • 21st century international relations
  • Contemporary challenges in global security
  • Politics in the developing world
  • Building peace in post-conflict situations
  • Globalisation as if people and ecosystems matter
  • Globalisation, development and social change
  • Migration, society and diversity

Approved majors (choose two):

  • Global politics and peace
  • Languages
  • Societies
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New England.

Graduate career opportunities are wide-ranging - possible areas of work include the following:

Government, inter-government and non-government organisations; Defence forces; Environmental advocacy; Human rights advocacy; Intelligence agencies; International diplomacy; International commerce; Journalism; Overseas development assistance; Postgraduate studies and academic; Public policy-making and advice or Public relations

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in international studies could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Community Worker
  • Community Development Officer
  • Interpreter
  • Public Servant
  • Export Manager
  • Import Manager
  • Aboriginal Affairs Administrator

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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