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Bachelor of International Studies

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 314961


The International Studies program at the University of Adelaide offers you an opportunity to explore the inter-relations between nations and peoples, and to examine global politics, problems and actors from a variety of perspectives. Our program has three important specialisations: Asia's Rising Powers, International Security, and Global Governance and Justice.

The Asia's Rising Powers specialisation explores the political and economic implications of the shift of wealth and power to new and rising powers in Asia. Courses within the stream have a particular (though not exclusive) focus on India and China. Students analyse the domestic and global politics of these emerging powers, the social and political impact of rising powers, as well as their impact on global and regional governance. In addition, the stream includes courses that explore Australia's engagement with the international order, and particularly examines the domestic political implications of Australia's engagement with the Indo-Pacific region.

International Security explores the nature of security, conflict and intervention in global politics. It investigates contending theoretical perspectives on international conflict, violence and war on human populations. Courses within the stream focus on the role of strategic culture in defining interests, intelligence, the impact of globilisation on changing forms of security and violence, and the increasing level of human insecurity. Other areas of focus include non-military, cross border issues that impact on human security including environmental degradation and change, migration and trade. 

Global Governance and Justice explores the role of international institutions and regimes in the governance of complex issues. It pays particular attention to how governance is now increasingly complex involving non state actors such as credit rating agencies and/or private security firms. It also focuses on new forms of governance at the national, regional and global levels dealing with cross border issues such as the environment, migration and finance.  

The comprehensive array of electives on offer will reinforce these different streams of our program.   

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?


  • Program Structure

    Students study core International Studies courses over the duration of their degree. They will also choose a discipline area from within Arts as their minor, for example French Studies or History. The remainder of the degree is made up of free choice electives from within the Faculty of Arts or another faculty.

    Studies in a foreign language are highly recommended and students are encouraged to spend one or two semesters at an overseas university to gain valuable international experience and cultural perspective.

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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314961
    2015 CSP ATAR 67
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2015 CSP IB 24
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,300
    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 2016. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2016 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2015 or 2014), 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 2014). 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.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314961

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $27,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 022493C
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    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?

    International ATAR 70
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $27,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
  • Areas of Specialisation


  • Study Plans

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

    Indicative study plan
    Level 1S1 POLIS 1104
    Comparative Politics of Rising Powers
    Two from:
    ASIA 1103
    Asia and the World
    DEVT 1001
    Introduction to Development Studies
    HIST 1108
    Empires in World History 
    HIST 1109
    Revolutions that Changed the World
    Arts Minor ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement
    S2 POLIS 1102
    Global Politics
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    Level 2/
    Advanced Level
    S1 International Studies
    Closed Elective
    International Studies
    Closed Elective
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    S2 POLIS 2124
    Global Justice and International Order
    POLIS 2129
    Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    Level 3/
    Advanced Level
    S1 POLIS 3101 
    Strategic Culture and International Security
    International Studies
    Closed Elective
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    S2 International Studies
    Closed Elective
    International Studies
    Closed Elective
    Arts Minor Open Elective
    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.

    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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Last updated: Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015


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