Bachelor of International Development
Be a change maker
Why is there global inequality? Why are some countries poor, or struggling with conflict, while others forge ahead?
Our Bachelor of International Development equips you to tackle these and other big questions surrounding the world’s greatest political, economic, cultural and ecological challenges.
What will you do?
We’ll support you in developing the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to make a real and positive difference in the lives of others. You will:
- examine how government, business, non-governmental organisations and individuals influence development
- learn how development groups function and make money
- explore the major contributing factors leading to issues such as extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability
- analyse possible solutions to issues in the developing world
- practise a range of skills required in the field.
You can also get in-country experience by studying abroad. The University partners the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. We offer programs with Scope Global in Vietnam, Indonesia, Africa and Asia.
Where could it take you?
Graduates go on to all sorts of rewarding careers that focus on strengthening the wellbeing of communities in developing countries. You could be an international aid agency employee or humanitarian aid worker. You might provide hands-on support in disaster zones. Perhaps you’ll be a project officer or conduct research for a non-governmental organisation.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324391 2019 CSP ATAR 70.65 2019 CSP IB 25 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 59.75 Median ATAR to receive an offer 84.65 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.15 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 70.65 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 87.15 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95 Minimum eligibility score 65 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 324391
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A International students N/A N/A All students 20 100.0%
CRICOS 088343E Intake February and July
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 C1 Advanced 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
Academic Entry Requirements
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70 International Baccalaureate (IB) 25 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74 ISC & CBSE [India] 60% ISBE [India] 70% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1120 AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 6 Abitur 3.7 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70 Eynesbury Foundation Program 339 ANU Foundation Studies 64 Monash Foundation Year 67.5 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70 UNSW Foundation Year 6.5 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70 SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $6,770
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
The Bachelor of International Development will provide a critical entry point for gaining employment in:
- Government (such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
- Private sector consultancy firms (Official Development Assistance management contractors)
- Non-government organisations
- Development research agencies
- United Nations agencies (UNESCO)
- Foreign aid agencies
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
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.
Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Public Servant, Development Officer, Foreign Affairs, Diplomat, Community Development Officer, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, International Aid Agency Employee, International Development Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Corporate Policy Advisor, Diplomatic corps, Social Inclusion Officer, UN Human Rights Officer, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, Workplace Relations Officer, Foreign Aid Worker, Non Government Organisation Worker
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
Study Abroad and ExchangeIt 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 email@example.com to receive further information and advice.
There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for International Development students:
> Lund University (Sweden)
> Nagoya University (Japan)
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Areas of SpecialisationIn addition to core courses and closed electives in International Development, students complete a minor and broadening electives.
The minor can be chosen from:
- Chinese Studies
- French Studies
- Gender Studies
- Geography, Environment and Population
- Indigenous Knowledges and Society
- Indonesian Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Politics and International Relations
- Spanish Studies
The broadening electives cannot be from the following subject areas:
- Asian Studies
- International Development
- Geography, Environment and Population
- Politics and International Relations
- Courses with the subject area of your minor discipline.
Example Study PlanStudy plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020