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Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

Program code: 2317
CRICOS code: 074243B

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

1 Year full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

Why study the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

The Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) degree develops core skills and knowledge in theory and research in the cultural and communicative aspects of globalisation and the world system. The program is based on a combination of coursework and a research project in the chosen field of study. Its objective is to produce graduates who will be able to think clearly, flexibly and critically, and be able to weigh up evidence and arguments and make rational choices. Graduates should be able to express themselves effectively, both orally and in writing; be able to work cooperatively in a team; and be able to demonstrate a depth of understanding in one or more fields of knowledge. The Honours Program also prepares students for further study at the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level.

Summary

  • Program code
    2317
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    074243B

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor of International Studies with a GPA of 5.0 for an approved combination of courses.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) 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 (Honours). 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.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Programs and Courses

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

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Chinese

Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world, and the focus at undergraduate level is the development of communicative competency. By studying Chinese at undergraduate level, students will gain valuable insight into the rich cultural traditions and contemporary socio-cultural aspects of China.
The main aims of the Honours year are:
To enable students with an adequate background in Chinese Studies to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree
To enhance students' capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation.
To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

French

French, with English and Spanish, is one of the three languages used most widely across the globe. It is the first or second language in about forty countries, including some of Australia s nearest neighbours in the Pacific. A knowledge of French will give students access to rich cultural traditions in art, philosophy, architecture, music, literature, film, fashion and cuisine. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in French to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

German

German-speaking countries have a long and rich cultural history encompassing many aspects of literature, art, architecture and music. Undergraduate level study in German covers the history, literature and culture of Germany. An Honours year in German focuses on developing and consolidating the knowledge and skills acquired during undergraduate study, with particular emphasis on utilising those skills in a sustained and purposeful way by conducting independent research. Apart from content knowledge, employers and professionals value both the reliability and capacity for independent work, and the skill at writing substantial reports which are demonstrated by successful completion of Honours. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in German to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

History

The Honours program in History prepares students to undertake advanced research in history, and introduces the techniques, methodologies, writing and communication skills required of the professional researcher. Students write a thesis of 15,000-20,000 words on a topic of their choice under the direction of a thesis adviser. In addition to the thesis component, students are required to complete four specialist research courses, including one compulsory course in historical theory and/or historiography, and selected courses in the fields of Australian, Asian, American, European, cultural, applied, and community history. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in History to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students' capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

Indonesian

Indonesian is the language of Australia's closest neighbour, and is spoken by over 200 million people thorughout the world. The focus of the Indonesian program at undergraduate level is the development of spoken and written language skills through the study of a wide range of authentic sources from print and electronic media. Contemporary Indonesian society and culture is also studied in depth. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in Indonesian to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

International Inequality and Development

This major introduces students to the relationship between global development and inequality. The courses in this major cover key issues, concepts and approaches to global development and poverty. Students are introduced to the historical as well as contemporary contexts of struggles over development and questions of inequality as well as to a range of important issues including the roles of different actors and agencies in development, ranging from international institutions to community levels groups. The major is designed to offer a solid account of how global and local development processes interact in development as well as the experiences they engender. Overall, students specializing in this major will gain a fairly comprehensive account of the complex and interdisciplinary nature of global development and inequality. At the same time, they will be able to assess and evaluate the various challenges and opportunities in development in an age of globalisation.

International Relations

Undergraduate level study in International Relations covers the study of political, security, economic, and cultural issues between nations in the local region and beyond, and introduces students to the major trends shaping the world around them and thus affecting their own lives. Students are trained in how to conceptualise and apply key approaches to those norms and policies that drive contemporary international politics, and to incorporate such training into the development of tangible professional opportunities. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in International Relations to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students' capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

Japanese

Japanese is the most widely-learned foreign language in Australia, and the focus at undergraduate level is the development of communicative competency. By studying Japanese at undergraduate level, students will gain valuable insight into the rich cultural traditions and contemporary socio-cultural aspects of Japan. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in Japanese to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

Korean

The Honours year focuses on developing and consolidating the knowledge and skills acquired during undergraduate study, with particular emphasis on utilising those skills in a sustained and purposeful way by conducting independent research. Students will develop an enhanced capacity for independent research and will acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation; they will also train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career.

Peace and Conflict Studies

Undergraduate level study in Peace and Conflict Studies trains students in the understanding of the causes of political conflict and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions to them. This requires development of diagnostic tools for the analysis of social and political situations, an understanding of the evaluation of alternative courses of action and a capacity to incorporate and understand values within political analysis. Examples in question range from recent conflicts in East Timor to aboriginal reconciliation. The importance of peace and conflict studies is growing both internationally and within nations as governments and non-government organisations struggle to find ways of resolving conflicts without recourse to violence. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in Peace and Conflict Studies to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree; to enhance students' capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation; to train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career.

Russian

Russian is one of the world s major languages, with almost two hundred million native speakers in Europe and Asia. The acquisition of practical language skills at undergraduate level is emphasized through a variety of teaching approaches and interactive learning situations. Courses in Russian cultural history, literature, and film are also available in English. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in Russian to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

Spanish

Spanish is the language of over 350 million people and is the official language of 21 countries in three continents. It is an important community language in Australia, and it has been identified as one of the nine Key National Languages by the Australian National Policy on Languages. Students at undergraduate level study Spanish language courses, as well Spanish history, literature, and film. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in Spanish to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $29,216
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) is 2317. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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