Bachelor of International Studies

The Bachelor of International Studies is a four-year full-time degree that challenges you to examine how the world is changing around you. You’ll develop lateral and critical thinking skills, which are essential for understanding the complexities of local and global environments.

In this degree, you’ll explore contemporary global issues from a variety of different perspectives. Our academics will not only teach you theories about how the international system works, but also teach you about how to solve problems through weekly crisis simulations where you work with small groups to create change.

Awaken Your Curiosity

Students of International Studies are often natural diplomats, some have a gift for languages, but all have a heightened curiosity about the world. By your third year, you’ll live and learn on exchange by plunging headfirst into local language and customs.

Studying a Bachelor of International Studies degree will allow you to master your presentation techniques, language proficiency, intellectual flexibility and interpersonal skills. It will give you an opportunity to enhance your global engagement as well as provide benefits in regards to careers, internships and professional networking events. This knowledge will enable you to analyse the shifting forces of sovereignty, nationalism, conflict, humanitarian aid and movements of people across borders and the globe.

Love What You Do

Your Career

Be challenged by 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 International Studies satisfies a growing demand for graduates who are highly skilled, well-informed about the world around them and equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing global environment.

Our graduates work in UN and intelligence agencies, international economic organisations such as the OECD, International environment and climate organisations, humanitarian aid, human rights, international development, foreign affairs, journalism, tourism and international trade. 

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What Our Students Say



"From the work and communications I have witnessed during my internship at the Greek Consulate General in Sydney, I have been enlightened by the mutual respect with which diplomats and commissioners view trade negotiations and their genuine desire to achieve an outcome that benefits both sides. Among the highlights of my internship was the opportunity to learn more about the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) And how this reflects the globalised and supportive network that is our global community."

Sophia Katsinas, Bachelor of International Studies student

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You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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