Bachelor of  International Studies

Program code: 2316
QTAC code: 707111
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold

OP

8
/

Rank

84
/

IB

30
Minimum selection threshold

Location

St Lucia

Duration

3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Develop language skills and international awareness in the political, social and communicative aspects of global issues.

  • The Bachelor of International Studies is a three-year program that provides you with a sound foundation of knowledge in international issues from the perspective of relevant social science disciplines.
  • Tailor your studies to suit your personal and professional aspirations. You can choose one of five international studies majors and one of 10 language majors – see the Majors tab for more information.
  • Complete core courses in language studies and other interdisciplinary fields to develop your knowledge in the cultural and communicative aspects of globalisation.
  • Undertake a compulsory overseas exchange, choosing from over 150 partner universities to enhance your international experience and cross-cultural understanding.

Develop the practical skills and knowledge to succeed in a global career. This program will give you a competitive edge in a range of international, government, not-for-profit and private sector roles.

  • Why study

    Student experience

  • Professional experience

    Develop your professional skills

    Students have the option to undertake an internship to further develop their professional experience, with established internship partners including Australian federal parliamentarians, the Parliament of Queensland, and a number of other national and international, government and non-government agencies.

  • Alumni
    My exchange in France was the highlight of my program and the French courses I took at UQ prepared me for my time at a French-speaking university. Lucy Endicott, Bachelor of International Studies (2014)
  • Fast Facts

    Learn a new language

    UQ offers the largest selection of language majors in Queensland. Choose from Chinese, Chinese Translation and Interpreting, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Spanish.

Majors for this program

There are 15 majors available in the Bachelor of International Studies.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates are typically interested in pursuing careers with international agencies, government or nonprofit organisations, such as UNESCO, UNICEF or the World Health Organization.

Beyond a career in international relations, policy or humanitarian services, our graduates also keenly pursue careers in the global private sector, across industries such as:

  • banking and finance
  • legal affairs
  • advertising
  • media
  • journalism
  • market research
  • translation and interpretation services
  • international education services.

Many of our graduates also choose to further their research ambitions by enrolling in an honours year, or progress to postgraduate coursework programs including International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Practice, Governance and Public Policy, or Interpreting and Translation (Japanese or Chinese) at UQ.

Summary

  • Program code
    2316
  • QTAC code
    707111
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Year 12 English or equivalent.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of International Studies in 2018:

OPRankIB
8 84 30

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of International Studies:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median5 / 91 5 / 91
Lowest9 / 81 8 / 84

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of International Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of International Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of International Studies in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study23 17.97%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
80 62.5%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
5 3.91%
International students14 10.94%
Total128 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

Notes:
"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of International Studies have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of International Studies.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture and way of life. China is a multiethnic society made up of 56 ethnic groups and has a rich heritage of cultural diversity. Since 2008 especially, China has played an increasingly active and significant role in world culture, economy and politics, and the Chinese language is a key to understanding the redistribution of power in the Asia-Pacific region. There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects. You can also undertake specialist courses in literature, culture, translation, business and language teaching.

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

The Chinese Translation and Interpreting major will teach you the key issues in English to Chinese; Chinese to English; English to Mandarin; and Mandarin to English translation, based on standards set by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). As a student in this major, you'll learn about how culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting. You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics, and understand the essentials of intercultural communication.

Economics

Economics is the science of decision making. As a student in the Economics major, you'll understand how individuals, communities, companies and governments make choices every day, weighing up the costs and benefits of their decisions. You'll also understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies. Students in the Economics major are well-positioned to play a leading role in the future direction of business, government and society.

French

French is still one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today. In this major you'll study both French language and culture. Whether you're interested in the French language because it's one of the major diplomatic languages, or simply because you like how it sounds, you need to understand something about France and French-speaking people. Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, cultural, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

German

The German-speaking countries lie at the heart of Europe, and Germany has been a major economic and political powerhouse since the late 1950s. Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, Germany has also become increasingly important in international economic and security matters, including the mass migration of people from conflict regions in the Middle East and Africa, and the management of European debt crises. The German major offers study in German language, history and culture, including an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in contemporary German-speaking countries.

Indonesian

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous and largest Muslim majority country in the world. In the Federal Government's 2012 White Paper on "Australia in the Asian Century", Indonesian was also identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth, prosperity and regional development. The Indonesian major covers Indonesian history, politics, culture and society. Language courses are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.

International History

The aim of the Major in International History is to equip students with a thorough understanding of the historical foundations of the modern world. Geographically courses in the Major cover Europe, Britain, the Middle East, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Introductory courses deal with the medieval and earlier modern periods while the majority of courses focus on the modern era from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. Students will develop skills in the handling and intepretation of primary and secondary sources as well as gain a grasp of the main theoretical and methodological debates in modern historiography. In upper-level courses students are trained as professional historians with the ability to deliver an historical product to a broad audience

International Inequality and Development

The International Inequality and Development major introduces students to the relationship between global development and inequality. Courses cover key issues, concepts and approaches to global development and poverty. As a student in this major, you'll understand development and inequality in historical as well as contemporary contexts, and be introduced to a range of important issues including the roles of different actors and agencies in development, ranging from international institutions to community groups.

International Relations

The International Relations major equips you with the necessary theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics and how they can be understood both domestically and internationally. Courses are designed to introduce you to the forces shaping the world around you and to help you make sense of current events in their proper analytical, historical and global contexts. In an era of unprecedented social and political upheaval, the International Relations major has never been more relevant.

Italian

Italian is one of Australia's major languages after English and is the language of an important member state of the European Union. As a student in the Italian major, you'll learn about a culture that has strongly influenced the art, music, architecture and literature of Europe and Australia. The major includes language courses from beginner to advanced levels as well as content-based courses (mostly delivered in Italian) exploring contemporary society, cinema, media, music, literature, politics, popular culture and food culture. Italian is available in a cross-institutional arrangement at Griffith University.

Japanese

Japanese is a key world language and is used to facilitate business, research and government activity. As a student in the Japanese major, you'll broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture. The major includes speaking and writing courses from beginner to advanced levels, and courses that teach students about Japanese culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions that are used in Japanese language and society. More than 20 exchange programs with Japanese universities are available.

Korean

As a student in the Korean major, you'll understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural traditions. The major includes speaking and writing courses from beginner to advanced levels, and courses that teach students about Korean culture, including contemporary Korean films, TV dramas, Internet culture and pop songs. Courses also look at honorifics in Korean language and variations in South and North Korean expressions.

Peace and Conflict Studies

The Peace and Conflict Studies major examines issues including international conflict, peacekeeping, Indigenous politics, ethics and justice, and development politics. The aim of this major is to provide you with an understanding of the causes of political conflict and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions to them. Courses will develop your capacity to analyse social and political situations, and to engage in, and evaluate of, alternative courses of action.

Russian

With almost 200 million native speakers in Europe and Asia, Russian is truly an international language and a gateway to one of the world's great cultures. The Russian major combines a comprehensive language acquisition program with studies in many other aspects of the Russian world. You'll learn about how Russian society has changed over centuries and develop an appreciation of Russian culture, including literature, drama and film. This will not only give you insight into the broader Russian world, but also encourage you to look beyond the stereotypes that often characterise our ideas of other nations.

Spanish

Spanish is the first language of more than 400 million people worldwide, and the second language of millions more in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Asia and North Africa. Spanish is also an official language in major international bodies such as the United Nations and World Bank. The Spanish major includes language courses from beginner to advanced levels, as well as courses about Latin American thinking, European film, and the broader Spanish-speaking world. Being fluent in a world language like Spanish will give you highly employable communication skills.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of International Studies are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,753
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of International Studies for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of International Studies need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of International Studies is 707111. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

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