International Studies/Media (Communications & Journalism)


Want to take your communication and journalism career overseas?

This dual degree will give you the knowledge and experience to explore global issues and make your impact through news and international relations know-how.

The Bachelor of International Studies will challenge you to examine the dynamics of global and regional change, explore key developments in international politics and economics, and evaluate why the world is changing around us.

The Bachelor of Media in Communication & Journalism will equip you to become an effective communicator within today’s media industry. Our students learn multiplatform storytelling techniques, developing diverse professional skills, from creating digital communication strategies to producing audio-visual news stories. In this program you are not simply skilled up as a writer, you are also encouraged to become an influential and strategic communicator able to tackle complex issues by drawing on your integrated practical and theoretical expertise.

This degree will provide students with the opportunity to pursue two diverse career paths and have an international career in a communication focused profession.

Overseas exchange

You will learn through experience as you live and study in another country on a one year exchange program, plunging headfirst into local language and customs. UNSW has over 200 partner universities in over 38 countries and no need to worry, your overseas classes can be taken in English.


What you will study

The Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Media (Communications & Journalism) is a rigorous five-year degree which includes studies in the area of:

  1. International Studies
  2. Media, Communication and Journalism studies
  3. Language Studies
  4. Overseas Study Program


This dual degree prepares graduates for international careers in communication and journalism and our graduates can be found in industries worldwide including digital, broadcast and print journalism (e.g. foreign correspondent), advocacy, corporate and organisational communication, public sector communication, public relations, international business, government agencies, including foreign affairs, non-government organisations (e.g. those affiliated with the United Nations in development work, tourism and trade).


International Studies

Vocational placements

As a student in Arts & Social Sciences you have the option to enrol in a degree credit internship course.

Our internship program provides an exciting opportunity for International Studies students to put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.

Getting involved

Our students have further opportunities to gain ‘real world’ experience through a variety of options both locally and globally, including:

  • projects in coursework
  • volunteer and paid roles (find out more on the UNSW Careers and Employment website)
  • leadership in student organisations

Media (Communication & Journalism)

Practical experience

Students in the Bachelor of Media in Communication and Journalism can gain relevant practical experience in a number of ways.

Opportunities include:

  • third year portfolio project or media internship
  • elective internship through the Arts & Social Sciences Vocational Placement (Internship) course
  • elective production courses from a wide range of faculties across UNSW, including Art & Design, Built Environment, Computing Science, and Engineering
  • use of advanced multimedia labs, digital video production, post production facilities, animation and audio studios for relevant courses


A year-long honours program is available for high achieving students in the Bachelor of Media in Communication and Journalism. Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised research, to further develop analytical skills and expand your graduate options.


Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.