Bachelor of International Studies

Why study the Bachelor of International Studies at UNE?

The Bachelor of International Studies is a three year degree. The degree comprises units with a global perspective from several disciplines. Topical issues include global security, earth in crisis, Islamic studies, cross-cultural communication, trade, the European Union, and Australia's relations with the US, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Students choose two from three majors to specialise in areas of their choice such as Global Politics and Peace; Societies (featuring sociology, development and religion); and Languages.

Language can be undertaken in the first year. If students elect to major in Languages they can do one language and its culture to an advanced level (Chinese, Classical Languages, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese or Spanish). Students who undertake the Languages major have the opportunity of transferring, after completion of 96 credit points, to the four-year Bachelor of International and Language Studies and studying abroad for a year. In-country experience and language skills are valued by prospective employers and students have found it immensely rewarding.

For both language and non-language students there is scope to do an overseas exchange trimester with one of UNE's partners in North America, Europe or Asia.

This degree can be studied both on campus and online. The teaching of linguistics and languages, in particular, at UNE is done with cutting edge technology.

Graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of International Studies may, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, continue to an honours year. The honours program comprises advanced coursework and a dissertation (thesis) on a topic of interest to the student.

Career Opportunities

To prepare students for further studies and/or employment in fields relating to international policy and advocacy which can include professions within government, inter-governmental and non-government organisations and the business sector such as: defence forces; environmental advocacy; human rights advocacy; immigration; intelligence agencies; international diplomacy; international commerce; journalism; overseas development assistance; postgraduate studies and academia; public policy making and advice; and public relations.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank

72.55

2019 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation BIntSt
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 049780G
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank 72.55
Fees CSP / International
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Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

White (BCC 1)

Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Bachelor of International Studies, 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

To prepare students for further studies and/or employment in fields relating to international policy and advocacy, which can include professions within government, inter-governmental and non-government organisations, and the business sector.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key themes in international studies in one or more of the following areas: diplomacy; economics; peace; development; security and the environment; and exhibit knowledge, undertake analysis and engage in critical thinking within a specialised area of international studies;
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key themes in international studies in one or more of the following areas: diverse societies; politics; religions and cross-cultural communication;
  3. communicate effectively and, in the case of those students undertaking a language major, read, write and speak another language with fluency and appreciate its cultural context;
  4. apply an independent scholarly approach to research presentation, writing and referencing in relation to concepts, actors, processes and impacts of globalisation;
  5. apply critical, analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts; and
  6. assess and appreciate international debates in specialised areas of study.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will obtain an in-depth knowledge of one or more cognate disciplines in their chosen majors. This will include an appreciation of the processes through which knowledge has evolved in these disciplines. They will also understand the need to adopt transnational and multicultural approaches to the understanding of various issues. This knowledge will be taught via lectures or podcasts, interactive discussion in class or online, set readings and assessments.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have developed good communication skills in their written work. They will have adopted a scholarly approach to research, presentation, writing and referencing. Assessment tasks foster these skills. On-campus students hone verbal skills in class.

Problem Solving

Many disciplines in this degree challenge students to apply their critical reasoning capacity to address real problems and dilemmas facing individuals, states, inter-governmental organisations and non-government actors. Having done so, graduates will have developed skills to compare, analyse and evaluate conflicting 'facts', arguments and perspectives with a view to finding solutions to problems.

Information Literacy

Graduates of international studies will have acquired skills in research and analysis, which in turn depend on the collection and evaluation of information from a range of sources. As many units are topical an ability to use up-to-date e-resources will have been mastered by graduates.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

International studies have an inherent ethical dimension as it concerns the politics of who decides who gets what on a global level. That issue is addressed in assessment tasks and in class or online discussion. After completing this course graduates will be equipped to apply a spirit of enquiry, critique, ethics and analysis to daily life and current affairs.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have honed life-long learning skills in research, analysis, interpretation and exposition. Graduates will be able to critique values, policies and processes. This includes an ability to mount arguments by developing ideas, seeking evidence, assessing alternatives and drawing independent conclusions. Graduates will have learned to engage in a flexible and open-minded pursuit of knowledge.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will develop skills in the independent study of international issues, in particular through autonomously researching and executing their assessment tasks. Teamwork is practised in interactive seminars and/or online discussion whereby students pose questions, communicate ideas and solve problems in cooperation with their peers and staff. Graduates will thus have learned to collaborate with others in a variety of contexts.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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