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Bachelor of International Studies

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 314961

CRICOS 022493C

The Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Adelaide is a multidisciplinary degree that examines global politics from a variety of competing perspectives. It allows students to specialise in one of four areas of expertise: International Security; Global Governance and Justice; Rising Powers and Global Citizenship. Students also study a foreign language to enhance their professional opportunities in a globalising world. International Studies prepares students for fulfilling careers in diplomatic service, intelligence and security, intergovernmental organisations, political advocacy, international business and consultancy.

The International Security stream explores contemporary global security concerns, including military conflicts, inter-state disputes, terrorism, cyber warfare and environmental crises. 

The Global Governance and Justice stream examines traditional and emerging forms of governance at the national, regional and international levels, focusing on state and non-state actors and the ways in which they interact and shape responses to governance challenges across a vast range of global concerns.

The Rising Powers stream investigates the challenges posed by emerging Indo-Pacific powers to the United States' global leadership, international trade and finance, and Australia's foreign policy.

The Global Citizenship stream studies a wide range of human rights and citizenship issues, including the tension between national and global citizenship, the impact of digital technology, human trafficking and migration trends.

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 314961
    2017 CSP ATAR 67.55
    2017 CSP IB 24
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 70
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    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 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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

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    CRICOS 022493C
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    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.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry 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.

    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

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact arts@adelaide.edu.au to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exhanges are available for International Studies students:
    > Lund University (Sweden)
    > North Carolina State (US)
    > Sciences Po Remis (France)
    > University of Strasbourg (France)
    > University of Pittsburgh (US)
    > Chuo University (Japan)
    > University of Mannheim (Germany)
    > Newcastle University (UK)

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

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

    Example Study Plan


    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 these areas:
    International Security; Global Governance and Justice; Rising Powers and Global Citizenship. The International Studies closed electives have been grouped into these streams to enable students to focus their elective studies in a particular specialisation if they choose.

    A Global Learning experience may be included in your program. One option is to study a global stream within the program - in addition to studying POLIS 1102 and POLIS 2124, you are able to study an additional 6 units of either overseas study tours or exchange programs in your second year of study.
    Please email arts@adelaide.edu.au for more information.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017

 

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