Bachelor of International Development Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324391
CRICOS 088343E
Why is there global inequality? Why are some countries poor, or struggling with conflict, while others forge ahead? The Bachelor of International Development equips you to tackle these and other big questions surrounding the world’s greatest political, economic, cultural and ecological challenges.

You will examine how governments, non-governmental organisations and civil society influence international development. You will come to understand how they function and are funded, and the consequences of this. You will explore the major contributing factors leading to issues such as extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality, and environmental vulnerability.

Take a study abroad elective to get practical in-country experience in the developing world with partners such as the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), Scope Global in Vietnam, Indonesia, Africa and Asia, and through programs offered by our own Faculty of Arts.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324391
    2018 CSP ATAR 65.7
    2018 CSP IB 24
    2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 70
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (such as bonus points)).

    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 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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: 324391

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 088343E
    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
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 24
    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 [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
    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
    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 Pathway Programs
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,650

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $32,000

    Scholarships

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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    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.

    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

    Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Public Servant, Development Officer, Foreign Affairs, 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

  • Study Overseas

    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 Study Overseas 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 exchanges are available for International Development students:
    > Lund University (Sweden)  
    > Nagoya University (Japan)


  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    In addition to core courses and closed electives in International Development, students complete a minor and broadening electives.

    The minor can be chosen from:
    • Anthropology
    • Asian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • French Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Geography, Environment and Population
    • History
    • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
    • Indonesian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Spanish Studies
    Minor lists are available at the Faculty of Arts

    The broadening electives cannot be from the following subject areas:
    • Anthropology
    • Asian Studies
    • International Development
    • Geography, Environment and Population
    • History
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Courses with the subject area of your minor discipline.

    Example Study Plan


    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 DEVT 1001
    Introduction to International Development
    GEOG 1103
    Economy, Environment and Place
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind
    (semester 1 or 2)
    Minor Level I          
    ANTH 1105
    Introduction to Social Anthropology: Identity and Difference
    International Development Closed Elective Level I Arts Elective Level I Minor Level I
    Year 2 DEVT 2100
    Poverty and Social Development
    Changed to Semester 1 for 2018
    International Development Closed Elective Level II Arts Elective Level II Minor Level II
    DEVT 2200
    International Development
    in Practice II 
    International Development Closed Elective Level II Arts Elective Level II Minor Level II
    Year 3 International Development Closed Elective Level III International Development Closed Elective Level III International Development Closed Elective Level II or III Minor Level III
    DEVT 3200
    International Development in Practice III (6 units)
    International Development Closed Elective Level II or III Minor Level III
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018