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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 (24 Feb, 2020)
QTAC Code
707111
Program Code
2316
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$32352 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
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 2020

36 in the world for sociology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

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.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 English or equivalent.

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
88430

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

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.

Learn more about 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

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, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median6 / 896 / 91
Lowest9 / 828 / 84

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

1720.24%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
5970.24%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

78.33%

Total

84100%

"<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.

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

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.

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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.

Please note that 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.

You'll undertake research in your chosen area of interest and study advanced-level coursework in theoretical and applied microeconomics and macroeconomics, including econometrics.

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.

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, the Middle East, 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

This major equips you with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse events and issues in world politics, and evaluate how they can be understood both domestically and internationally.

It will introduce you to the forces shaping the world around you and help you make sense of current events in their proper analytical, historical and global contexts.

Graduates can consider roles as policy and trade advisers, diplomats, consular attachés or humanitarian affairs advisers.

View

Italian

This major delves into the culture, art, music, architecture and literature of Italy.

Study language courses from beginner to advanced levels, as well as courses exploring contemporary society, culture and politics (mostly delivered in Italian).

Graduates can find work in education, translation and interpreting, hospitality and tourism, international politics and diplomacy.

Italian is available cross-institutionally at Griffith University. Details of courses are available on the Griffith University website. To study an Italian course, visit the Brisbane Universities Languages Alliance to submit your application.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

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

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

Russian

Gain an insight into the world of 200 million Russian speakers in Europe and Asia.

Going beyond the stereotypes, you'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries and develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film.

You'll develop competence in skills that can translate to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

View

Spanish

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

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and 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.

Please note that 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.

You'll undertake research in your chosen area of interest and study advanced-level coursework in theoretical and applied microeconomics and macroeconomics, including econometrics.

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.

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, the Middle East, 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

This major equips you with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse events and issues in world politics, and evaluate how they can be understood both domestically and internationally.

It will introduce you to the forces shaping the world around you and help you make sense of current events in their proper analytical, historical and global contexts.

Graduates can consider roles as policy and trade advisers, diplomats, consular attachés or humanitarian affairs advisers.

View

Italian

This major delves into the culture, art, music, architecture and literature of Italy.

Study language courses from beginner to advanced levels, as well as courses exploring contemporary society, culture and politics (mostly delivered in Italian).

Graduates can find work in education, translation and interpreting, hospitality and tourism, international politics and diplomacy.

Italian is available cross-institutionally at Griffith University. Details of courses are available on the Griffith University website. To study an Italian course, visit the Brisbane Universities Languages Alliance to submit your application.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

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

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

Russian

Gain an insight into the world of 200 million Russian speakers in Europe and Asia.

Going beyond the stereotypes, you'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries and develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film.

You'll develop competence in skills that can translate to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

View

Spanish

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

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and 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

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

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,352

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of International Studies for the 2020 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

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

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,875

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of International Studies for the 2020 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

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

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

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. 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

Apply now to UQ

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