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Bachelor of International Studies

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314961

2016
ATAR
TBC

The Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Adelaide examines global politics and major social and economic issues from a variety of perspectives. Students can choose to specialise in three major areas: International Security; Global Governance and Justice; and Asia's Rising Powers. There is also a particular focus on Global Citizenship.

International Security explores the nature of security, conflict and intervention in global politics. It investigates the theories behind international conflict, violence and war on human populations.

Global Governance and Justice examines the role of international institutions and regimes in the governance of complex issues. It focuses on how governance is increasingly complex, involving non-state actors such as credit rating agencies and private security firms. It also focuses on new forms of governance dealing with cross border issues such as the environment, migration and finance.

Asia's Rising Powers explores the political and economic implications of the shift of wealth and power to new and rising powers in Asia with a particular (though not exclusive) focus on India and China. Students analyse the domestic and global politics of these emerging powers, and explore Australia's engagement with the Indo-Pacific region.

Global Citizenship explores a wide range of human rights and citizenship issues. These include the tension between national and global citizenship, the impact of digital technology, human trafficking and global migration trends. The courses also explore the impact of these issues on the meaning and practice of Australian citizenship.  

  • Program Structure

    Students complete a major (36 units) in International Studies, which includes 12 units of core courses in international politics and 24 units of closed electives from a wide range of disciplines. Students also choose a minor (18 units) in one of the following areas: Asian Studies; History; International Development; International Business; and Geography, Environment and Population. In addition, students who are not exempt from language studies complete a minimum of nine units of languages. The remaining nine units are made up of free choice electives from within the University of Adelaide. Alternatively, students can use these remaining nine units to complete a minor (18 units) in the language of their choice. The program incorporates a range of international experiences, including study tours and an International Studies Internship, and students are encouraged to spend at least one semester at an overseas university to gain valuable international experience and cultural perspectives.

    Study Abroad and Exchange Opportunities


    The University has student exchange links with over 100 overseas institutions. You can study overseas for one or two semesters which counts as credit towards your degree program at the University of Adelaide. In addition there are no extra tuition fees for this study. What better way to test out newly developed language skills or experience another culture as you learn?
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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314961
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314961

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 022493C
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    IB 25
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6
    5.5
    5.5
    6
    6
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1540
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] [1] 70%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
  • Areas of Specialisation

    The Bachelor of International Studies has specialisations in three areas: Asia's Rising Powers, International Security, and Global Governance and Justice. The International Studies closed electives have been grouped into these three streams to enable students to focus their elective studies in a particular specialisation if they choose.

  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.


    Indicative study plan for commencing students
    Level 1S1 POLIS 1104
    Comparative Politics of Rising Powers
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media (semester 1 or 2)
    Arts Minor Level I Language Level I or International Studies Closed Elective Level I (if exempt from Language Studies)
    S2 POLIS 1102
    Global Politics
    International Studies Closed Elective Level I (selected from any stream) Arts Minor Level I Language Level I or International Studies Closed Elective Level I (if exempt from Language Studies)
    Level 2S1 POLIS 2124
    Global Justice and International Order
    International Studies
    Closed Elective Level II
    Arts Minor Level II Culture Level II or International Studies Closed Elective Level II (if exempt from Language Studies)
    S2 International Studies Closed Elective Level II International Studies Closed Elective Level II Arts Minor Level II Open Elective Level II (or continue language studies to achieve a second minor)
    Level 3S1

    POLIS 3107
    International Studies Internship, or

    POLIS 3108
    International Studies Capstone course
    (not available in 2016) - 6 units

    Arts Minor Level III Open Elective Level II or III (or continue language studies to achieve a second minor)
    S2 International Studies
    Closed Elective Level III
    International Studies
    Closed Elective Level III
    Arts Minor Level III Open Elective Level II or III (or continue language studies to achieve a second minor)
    Note: Core courses may not be double counted towards your minor.
    The Bachelor of International Studies has specialisations in three areas:
    Asia's Rising Powers, International Security, and Global Governance and Justice. The International Studies closed electives have been grouped into these three streams to enable students to focus their elective studies in a particular specialisation if they choose.
  • Career Opportunities

    Graduates find successful careers in numerous roles. Potential Careers are listed below and include: civil servant, security adviser, political analyst, political reporter, foreign affairs reporter, intelligence analyst.

    Potential careers

    Foreign Affairs, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, Non Government Organisation Worker, Ministerial Adviser, Parliamentary Adviser, Political Adviser

  • Work Placement

    If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career.

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