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International Studies

Broaden Your Horizons

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies gives students the opportunity to build intercultural understandings and develop their knowledge of international issues. It investigates the interplay of cultural, political and economic forces in the global arena.

International Studies spans the local/global nexus, examining both the origins and nature of global processes, issues and events, as well as their impact at local, national and regional levels. Students can combine this study of the global context, with training in 'job-ready' professional skills with an internship program.

International Studies students graduate with the analytical skills required to understand current global political, social and economic challenges, and their impact upon cultures and communities around the globe.

Along the way students also develop an understanding of cultural diversity and an awareness of cultural dynamics in a workplace, and the ability to work across cultures and communities, making them highly employable in a range of jobs in Australia and across the globe.

Beyond giving students a broad understanding of global processes and essential workplace skills, the flexibility of the International Studies program means that it can accommodate and indeed be tailored to individual career goals.

The innovative international studies internships program not only allows students to gain professional work experience in an organization of their choice but also provide an opportunity for those who prefer to stay on campus to be able to gain these skills through simulated learning experience. Students not only develop critical and analytical skills but also a deeper understanding of interplay of diversity in a workplace environment.

The highly recommended Student Exchange Program also gives students the opportunity to study overseas for a semester, not only receiving full credit towards their degree, but gaining invaluable experience and fresh perspectives along the way. More information on UC's Study Abroad and Exchange program can be found here.

Course Information

Fast Track Option

Study during our Winter and/or Summer terms to complete this degree in just 2 years!

Email artsanddesign.enquiries@canberra.edu.au to obtain your own Fast Track Study Plan.

Open Majors and/or Minors

The following Majors and/or Minors are open to all UC students:

Your Creativity: Your Degree

Students are able to apply for admission into this degree by way of portfolios and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics.

Why Portfolio Entry?

Because your ATAR score is not always a true reflection of your creative potential. This pathway offers you the opportunity to show off your passion for International Studies. School leavers will use this pathway to secure an offer in the Early Round of admissions. Mature Age Students will benefit from not worrying about their ATAR score (or equivalent) and focus on showcasing their personal talent and/or professional achievements in this field.

What Should I Include in my International Studies Portfolio?

There is no application form as such, however you should aim to provide the following:

  1. A CV detailing your work history.
  2. A statement outlining your academic history to date, with supporting documentation. Your history can include but is not limited to the following: secondary schooling, leadership programs, sports coaching, umpiring accreditation, TAFE/Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualifications, Industry training/accreditation, workplace training etc.
  3. A personal statement in the form of an essay 800–1000 words in length. This should explain your interest in international studies and what you see as the key global issues that we face today.

How do I Apply?

For application details and procedures, as well as information on upcoming Portfolio Workshops, please check our Arts and Design Portfolio Entry page. Or email your enquiry to portfolio@canberra.edu.au.

You can also watch the following video presentation with Erin Hinton, Lecturer in Design & Architecture.

Career Options

International Studies Graduates are work-ready and fully employable in a range of areas:

  • Public Sector: Federal and State Government departments and agencies; AusAid; DFAT; Immigration & Citizenship; Defence & Intelligence; Linguistics; multicultural affairs and local councils.
  • International Agencies: United Nations; Amnesty International; World Vision; Human Rights Watch; International Non-governmental Organisations.
  • National Agencies: Care Australia; Plan Australia; National Offices of International Non-governmental Organisations; Non-governmental Organisations.
  • Community Organisations:  Local Organisations; Community Support Officers in Local Councils.

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Academic Staff