Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce



This specialist degree is designed to provide students with the opportunity to combine complementary major sequences in international studies and commerce. The focus is on an international orientation and students will be expected to make a commitment to an internship with an overseas organisation, or a period of study at an overseas university, or to participate in an in-country language program.

This course is designed to enable students to:

  • develop their understanding of the international forces shaping government, business and community life in contemporary Australia
  • develop a range of skills in analysis and interpretation of these forces
  • have a grounding in business disciplines
  • develop cross-cultural competencies through an internationally oriented curriculum and through participation in international study or work experience.

Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: 65.59
Waurn Ponds: 60.25


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Note: Students enrolled at Geelong in this combined course will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Commerce


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$8,744 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400314471 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514471 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code






Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.  In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.  For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Commerce. VCE applicants must meet the prerequisite of Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Non Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Pi form (see page Pi in VTAC Guide).

Career outcomes

This combined course provides the skills and experience necessary to take up a wide range of employment opportunities in virtually every area of business and government, in Australia and overseas. Graduates can enter a wide range of roles in the public sector including diplomacy, defence, immigration, education, finance, communication, trade, development and aid. You can also work in private large corporations and small or medium sized businesses with an international orientation, and non-government organisations with regional and global links. Potential careers include professional accountant, economist, financial planner, human resources manager, social and economic policy developer, international trade officer and marketing assistant/manager.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce, students must complete 32 credit points as follows: 

16 credit points of International Studies units must be completed as follows -

  • 6 credit points of core units
  • an 8-credit-point major sequence
  • an approved international experience (2 credit points minimum)*

*It is envisaged that students would complete the international experience in the third or fourth year of their course. 

16 credit points of Commerce units must be completed as follows -

  • 8 credit points of core units - MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MIS171, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132 and MWL101.
  • one prescribed Commerce major sequence of 8 credit points
  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Commerce coded units

Within the total 32 credit points no more than 12 credit points of units may be taken at level 1.

Course requirements for both the Bachelor of International Studies (A326) and the Bachelor of Commerce (M300) must be satisfied.

Course map


International Studies


Commerce Studies


Total units

How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

However, you should apply directly to Deakin if you are not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or you're applying for a Deakin course which is not listed on the VTAC website.

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Apply direct to Deakin

If you're applying to start studying in Trimester 3 2016, you'll need to apply directly to Deakin.

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

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Course pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

Alternative exits

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359   


Faculty of Business and Law
Geelong Tel 03 5227 1277
Melbourne Tel 03 9244 6555

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses


Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

Geelong Waurn Ponds

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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