Skip to menu Skip to content Skip to footer

You're viewing this site as a domestic an international student

You're a domestic student if you are:

  • a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

You're an international student if you are:

  • intending to study on a student visa,
  • not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
  • not an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia.
You're viewing this site as a domestic an international student
Change
Contact us Contact us

 

Call us

We have the answers to your questions.

07 3346 9872

 Send an enquiry

Email us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact us Contact us

 

Call us

We have the answers to your questions.

07 3346 9872

 Send an enquiry

Email us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Book case of vintage books

Bachelor of International Studies

Overview

A global career with endless opportunities. Study the only program in Australia that includes language training, an international studies major and a semester abroad.

The Bachelor of International Studies is focused on developing language skills and knowledge of global issues from the perspective of relevant social science disciplines.

The program consists of three components: core studies, a language major and an international studies major. You'll complement these studies with a compulsory overseas exchange semester to enhance the development of your cross-cultural understanding and communication skills.

You can choose from a comprehensive range of courses, all of which provide grounding in the political, social and communicative aspects of international and global issues.

Your semester abroad gives you the opportunity to experience living, studying and maybe even travelling in another country. A great experience, but also something that demonstrates to future employers that you’re able to function well outside your comfort zone. Combining this semester abroad with your language also allows you to ‘bed down’ that language and move a step closer to fluency. Whether ordering fresh croissants from a boulangerie in Paris, a plate of empanadas from a café in Buenos Aires or a bowl of kimchi in Seoul, your exchange semester abroad will be an unforgettable experience.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
QTAC Code
707111
Program Code
2316
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$33056 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
707111
Program Code
2316
CRICOS Code
070284C
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Finish your degree fluent in a second language, with a sophisticated knowledge of things international and with the experience of living abroad.
  • Benefit from a truly international experience, with an overseas exchange semester at one of UQ’s many prestigious international partner institutions.
  • Choose from Queensland’s largest selection of language majors.
  • Select study options that provide context to transnational issues and global understanding.

1 in Queensland for politics and international studies

QS World University Rankings 2021

58 in the world for economics and business

U.S. News Best Global Universities 2021

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Chinese
  • Chinese Translation and Interpreting
  • Economics
  • French

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Culture and World Politics
  • Learning from the International Experience
  • Globalisation & Development in Post-Colonial Societies

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Travel consultant
  • Chinese translator/interpreter
  • Principal policy analyst
  • Foreign language analyst

Next steps after graduation

Our graduates find themselves in a genuine range of jobs. Plenty have had success cracking highly competitive jobs in the Commonwealth and state public service, from Foreign Affairs and Trade to Defence, Home Affairs and Prime Minister and Cabinet. Others find themselves working for international companies- in Australia and overseas- while still others take up jobs in translation, policy analysis or research for a wide range of public and private employers.

What does business analytics mean for the future and your career?
Ida Someh

Careers

What does business analytics mean for the future and your career?

4 minute read

4 minute read

What I love about my economics degree (that wasn’t in the curriculum)
Economics student

Uni life

What I love about my economics degree (that wasn’t in the curriculum)

4 minute read

4 minute read

What’s the best business master’s degree for me? (checklist)
Business master's degree

Study tips

What’s the best business master’s degree for me? (checklist)

3 minute read

3 minute read

Meet Cameron from the USA, studying Business in Australia
Man (left) and woman (right) walking together

UQ people

Meet Cameron from the USA, studying Business in Australia

3 minute read

3 minute read

What does business analytics mean for the future and your career?
Ida Someh

Careers

What does business analytics mean for the future and your career?

4 minute read

4 minute read

What I love about my economics degree (that wasn’t in the curriculum)
Economics student

Uni life

What I love about my economics degree (that wasn’t in the curriculum)

4 minute read

4 minute read

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
84.0030

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR (PDF, 1.38 MB) you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of International Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B International Studies for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest98.3599.95
Median90.792
Lowest81.484.4

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

2324.21%

(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 ATAR
5658.95%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

1010.53%

Total

95100%

"<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.

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life, and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many of students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology or politics, leading to careers in various fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese 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.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education or academia.

This major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Economics

Economics is central to understanding issues relating to business, markets, trade, governments, globalisation, health, development and the environment.

When you graduate, you could start a career as an analyst, adviser or economist in the public and private sectors, whether in business, finance, international development, management or research.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance their employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

The French major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of French. If you have completed substantial French study, the French Advanced major is for you.

View

French Advanced

The French language is one of the most widely spoken and fastest growing languages in the world today, with 76 million native speakers and 235 million who use it daily.

By studying French Advanced you will reach an 'Independent User' B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference, allowing you to communicate in detail on a broad range of subjects, express opinions and debate choices.

You will also acquire detailed knowledge of French-speaking cultures.

The French Advanced major is for students who have completed substantial French study. If you have no previous knowledge of French, the French major is for you.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German-speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can expand your career options in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture, society, and its official language, Bahasa Indonesia.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, Bahasa Indonesia has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

This major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

International History

This major equips students with a thorough understanding of the historical foundations of the modern world.

Introductory courses deal with the medieval and earlier modern periods, while later courses focus on the modern era from the 19th to the 20th century. You'll be able to choose from study options covering Europe, Britain, China, Japan and South-East Asia.

You'll develop skills in the handling and interpretation of primary and secondary sources, and 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 historical products to a broad audience.

View

International Inequality and Development

This major introduces you to the relationship between global development and inequality.

You'll study key issues, concepts and approaches to global development and poverty in historical and contemporary contexts.

You'll be introduced to a variety of important issues, including the roles of different actors and agencies in development, ranging from international institutions to community groups.

View

International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics; the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia's role in global affairs; the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics; and a diverse range of state and non-state actors.

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture.

Learn how Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction. Discover the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to expand their career opportunities in these fields.

The Japanese major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of Japanese. If you have completed substantial Japanese study, then the Japanese Advanced major is for you.

View

Japanese Advanced

Study a key world language used in social, cultural and economic pursuits, research, and diplomacy in the world.

Graduates with Japanese linguistic skills and cultural knowledge have been engaged in diverse sectors, including business, international relations, law, education, media, engineering and interpreting/translation.

The Japanese Advanced major is for students who have completed substantial Japanese study. If you have no previous knowledge of Japanese, the Japanese major is for you.

View

Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural traditions.

You'll complete Korean language speaking and writing courses, and learn about Korean culture, including  films, TV, internet culture and music.

Many students also study courses in fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

View

Peace and Conflict Studies

Develop a well-informed understanding of what causes political conflict, and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

Issues you'll examine include peacekeeping, ethics and justice, Indigenous politics and development politics.

You'll find many career pathways before you in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development, and humanitarian and community services.

View

Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Study courses in Latin American thinking and cultures, and imaginations of Latin America in the 20th century.

Learn how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance your future career opportunities if you're also studying other fields, including business, education or engineering.

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life, and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many of students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology or politics, leading to careers in various fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese 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.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education or academia.

This major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Economics

Economics is central to understanding issues relating to business, markets, trade, governments, globalisation, health, development and the environment.

When you graduate, you could start a career as an analyst, adviser or economist in the public and private sectors, whether in business, finance, international development, management or research.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance their employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

The French major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of French. If you have completed substantial French study, the French Advanced major is for you.

View

French Advanced

The French language is one of the most widely spoken and fastest growing languages in the world today, with 76 million native speakers and 235 million who use it daily.

By studying French Advanced you will reach an 'Independent User' B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference, allowing you to communicate in detail on a broad range of subjects, express opinions and debate choices.

You will also acquire detailed knowledge of French-speaking cultures.

The French Advanced major is for students who have completed substantial French study. If you have no previous knowledge of French, the French major is for you.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German-speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can expand your career options in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture, society, and its official language, Bahasa Indonesia.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, Bahasa Indonesia has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

This major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

International History

This major equips students with a thorough understanding of the historical foundations of the modern world.

Introductory courses deal with the medieval and earlier modern periods, while later courses focus on the modern era from the 19th to the 20th century. You'll be able to choose from study options covering Europe, Britain, China, Japan and South-East Asia.

You'll develop skills in the handling and interpretation of primary and secondary sources, and 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 historical products to a broad audience.

View

International Inequality and Development

This major introduces you to the relationship between global development and inequality.

You'll study key issues, concepts and approaches to global development and poverty in historical and contemporary contexts.

You'll be introduced to a variety of important issues, including the roles of different actors and agencies in development, ranging from international institutions to community groups.

View

International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics; the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia's role in global affairs; the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics; and a diverse range of state and non-state actors.

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture.

Learn how Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction. Discover the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to expand their career opportunities in these fields.

The Japanese major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of Japanese. If you have completed substantial Japanese study, then the Japanese Advanced major is for you.

View

Japanese Advanced

Study a key world language used in social, cultural and economic pursuits, research, and diplomacy in the world.

Graduates with Japanese linguistic skills and cultural knowledge have been engaged in diverse sectors, including business, international relations, law, education, media, engineering and interpreting/translation.

The Japanese Advanced major is for students who have completed substantial Japanese study. If you have no previous knowledge of Japanese, the Japanese major is for you.

View

Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural traditions.

You'll complete Korean language speaking and writing courses, and learn about Korean culture, including  films, TV, internet culture and music.

Many students also study courses in fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

View

Peace and Conflict Studies

Develop a well-informed understanding of what causes political conflict, and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

Issues you'll examine include peacekeeping, ethics and justice, Indigenous politics and development politics.

You'll find many career pathways before you in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development, and humanitarian and community services.

View

Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Study courses in Latin American thinking and cultures, and imaginations of Latin America in the 20th century.

Learn how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance your future career opportunities if you're also studying other fields, including business, education or engineering.

View

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $33,056

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of International Studies for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $11,407

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of International Studies for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of International Studies is 2316.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of International Studies is 707111.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

Explore other programs

Arts

Bachelor ofArts

St Lucia
3 Years full-time3 Years full-time
(or part time equivalent)
Business Management

Bachelor ofBusiness Management

St Lucia
3 Years full-time3 Years full-time
(or part time equivalent)
Science

Bachelor ofScience

St Lucia, Herston
3 Years full-time3 Years full-time
(or part time equivalent)
Economics

Bachelor ofEconomics

St Lucia
3 Years full-time3 Years full-time
(or part time equivalent)

Keep up to date

Sign up to get information about applying and studying at UQ.