Bachelor of Finance (International)

Extend your influence   

Are you interested in the interaction of economics and finance at an international level?

Our Bachelor of Finance (International) is a specialised stream for global thinkers. In an increasingly connected world, we need financial expertise in this area more than ever.

What will you do?

Our international finance stream emphasises adaptability and large-scale insights. You’ll build a lifelong skill set as you:

  • explore monetary and financial issues and developments across the world
  • understand in depth how foreign exchange, debt and equity markets function
  • study international money management and financial risk
  • apply statistical methods to economic data
  • learn best practice for working with multinational companies and government.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready for a range of careers in finance. You might advise government on international trade policy. You could work with merchant and retail banks across borders. Perhaps you’ll end up trading for multibillion-dollar hedge funds.


  • Top 100 in the world for Acounting and Finance^
  • AACSB accredited
  • Australia's #1 University for entrepreneurship education

^QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

2021 CSP ATAR 66.75
2021 CSP IB 24
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. 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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

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

Career opportunities include trading international financial instruments, providing financial and monetary advice to multinational companies and governments, or working in merchant or trading banks.

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

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Work placement can include:

Professional Accreditation

Some Bachelor of Finance courses provide opportunities for gaining affiliate membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. (FINSIA). They also cover material relevant for entry to the Chartered Financial Analysts and Financial Planning Association.

Additionally, specific courses enable graduates to obtain partial compliance with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission RG146 (tier I Compliance) in the areas of generic knowledge derivatives and securities.

Adelaide Business School is AACSB accredited, and as such our undergraduate programs have passed rigorous standards of quality. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and only the best schools in the world earn AACSB accreditation.

A wide number of courses have met the competence area requirement for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Potential careers

Banker, Finance Manager, Financial Adviser, Financial Services Officer, Financial Systems / Computer Analyst, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, International Trade or Business Analyst

Degree Structure

All students commence in the Bachelor of Finance program and after completing first year can choose to specialise in international finance. A common first year comprised of courses in finance, economics, mathematics, statistics and accounting is followed by the choice of pathway best suited to the interests of the student.

Students must complete core finance courses, which include:
  • International Financial Institutions and Markets at level 1
  • Business Finance and Financial Economics at level 2
  • Portfolio Theory and Management at level 3.
Some of the courses offered provide opportunities for gaining affiliate membership to the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA), as well as covering material relevant for entry to the Chartered Financial Analysts and Financial Planning Association.

The flexibility of the degree allows students to choose electives across all levels in a wide range of subject areas offered by other faculties. Applicants seeking entry into the Bachelor of Finance or the International specialisation use the SATAC code 314401.

Bachelor of Finance (International)

This specialisation is ideal for students wishing to focus on the interaction of economics and finance at an international level.

Finance courses include Money, Banking and Financial Markets, and International Finance which cover areas such as the mechanics and operation of foreign exchange, debt and equity markets, as well as providing coverage of important monetary and financial issues and developments in the world.

This finance pathway is for those interested in trading international financial instruments and providing financial and monetary advice to multinational companies and government, along with working in both merchant and retail banks.

Academic Program Rules

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

You can find the academic program rules for the Bachelor of Finance under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Areas of Specialisation

All Finance students are admitted to the Bachelor of Finance program but may choose to follow the Finance (International) stream.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan
Year Level 1
Core courses ACCTING 1002: Introductory Accounting 
ECON 1012: Principles of Economics 
CORPFIN 1002: Business Finance 
ECON 1009: International Financial Institutions and Markets  
ECON 1008: Business and Economic Statistics  or
STATS 1000: Statistical Practice 

and

One approved Maths combination from:

MATHS 1009: Introduction to Financial Mathematics I and MATHS 1010: Applications of Quantitative Methods in Finance I

or

MATHS 1011: Mathematics IA and MATHS 1012: Mathematics IB
Electives One level I elective
Year Level 2
Core courses ECON 2504: Intermediate Econometrics
ECON 2506: Intermediate Microeconomics A 
ECON 2507: Intermediate Macroeconomics A 
ECON 2508: Financial Economics  
CORPFIN 2502: Business Valuation 
ECON 2500: International Trade and Investment Policy 
or
CORPFIN 2501: Financial Institutions Management 
Electives Two level II electives
Year Level 3
Core courses CORPFIN 3501: Portfolio Theory and Management 
CORPFIN 3502: Options, Futures and Risk Management 
ECON 3511: Money, Banking and Financial Markets 
ECON 3510: International Finance 
Electives Four level III electives

CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit this link for your study plan templates: www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/current-students/study-plans

Assessment

Assessment may include, but not limited to: examinations, group assignments, individual assignments, consulting projects, presentations, quizzes, tests, tutorial work as prescribed within each course.

Testimonial

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021