Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of International Studies (Global Scholar)

The Bachelor of International Studies (Global Scholar) provides students with real world experience and exposure to international environments.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Campuses

Course information

This interdisciplinary course is designed for high achieving students who want to combine study and travel and proactively build a global career from the very start of their studies. Students will develop intercultural competencies, transversal skills and gain important skills of analysis, critical thinking and reflection, all of which are essential for effective personal and professional operation in international environments. 

The course follows the same unit structure as the existing Bachelor of International Studies (A326) of 6 core units, a choice of a major sequence, second major, minor or elective study options, but requires a higher level of international activity and engagement: students must complete at least 4 credit points of international experience, which is supported through the award of a $3000 scholarship*. Students must maintain a Distinction average and have Course Director approval for the proposed international experience. The extended 4 credit point minimum for the international experience requirement and mandatory completion of an internship and Global Citizenship Program will significantly enhance students’ study experience and help ensure that they are in the strongest possible position to pursue their chosen career path after graduation 

*quotas apply per intake

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Course structure

Student must successfully complete 24 credit points of study including:

  • 6 core units
  • An approved major sequence of at least 8 credit points selected from Anthropology, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, International Relations, Language and Culture Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics and Policy Studies or Spanish
  • A second approved Arts major sequence of at least 8 credit points, or approved Arts minor sequence of at least 4 credit points
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • No more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3
  • At least 4 credit points of international experience, which must include either AIS331 International Internship B (4 credit points) or AIS330 International Internship A (2 credit points), with additional credit points selected from the list of approved international experiences below:

- trimester of study at an overseas university exchange partner
- in-country language program (in Chinese, Indonesian or Arabic)
- approved study abroad program or approved study tour (AIS203), (AIR292) or other
- approved onshore internship with an international organisation (available for (AIS330) only)
- 2 credit points of consecutive language units other than an in-country language program (AIB151 & AIB152; AIB251 & AIB252; AIC181 & AIC182; AIC281 & AIC282; AIC283 & AIC284; AIF146 & AIF142; AIF241 & AIF242; AIF341 & AIF342; AIF145; ALS100 & ALS150; ALS200 & ALS250) can be taken to achieve one credit point of the international experience requirement

International Experience

All students must complete at least 4 credit points of international experience, which must include either AIS331 International Internship B (4 credit points) or AIS330 International Internship A (2 credit points) with additional credit points selected from the list of approved international experiences below:

  • trimester of study at an overseas university exchange partner
  • in-country language program (in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Spanish)
  • approved study abroad program or approved study tour (AIS203, AIR292, AIE365 or other)
  • approved onshore internship with an international organisation (available for AIS330 only). 
  • 2 credit points of consecutive language units other than an in-country language program can be taken to achieve one credit point of the international experience requirement

Further information on international experience options and previous students' experiences is available at: Work Integrated Learning

Further information about AIS330 International Internship A and AIS331 International Internship B, including application and approval process and funding is available at: Work Integrated Learning

For further information regarding the in-country language programs, refer to the major sequences in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, and Spanish. 

Core units

  • Intercultural Communication AIS101
  • Professional Writing for Work AIX117
  • International Studies @ Work AIS201
  • Global Capitalism and Power AIR200
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development AIS204
  • International Studies Capstone Portfolio AIS303
  • Major Sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of International Studies (Global Scholar)
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A306
    CRICOS code
    092876G
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Review, analyse and apply key concepts in International Studies relating to international politics and society, globalization and development, intercultural competency, global citizenship, and professional development with reference to one or more Social Science disciplinary perspectives and appropriate theories and technical knowledge.

    Communication

    Effectively communicate ideas, arguments and analyses of cross-cultural communication, knowledge and skill transferability, personal and professional development and diverse organisational contexts in a selection of written, digital and oral formats to a range of audiences including practitioners working in the area of International Studies.

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of digital technologies and platforms appropriately to conduct research, engage in discussion and debate, document personal and professional skills and attributes, communicate effectively with and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences within and outside the field of International Studies.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and critically evaluate conceptual and theoretical approaches to issues of international politics and society, intercultural competency, global citizenship, and professional development in the context of an increasingly complex globalized world that requires appreciation of local, national, regional and international dynamics and their interactions.

    Problem solving

    Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with appropriate Social Science methods of research and analysis including self-reflection to systematically investigate and generate context-sensitive and pragmatic solutions to complex real-world problems pertaining to cross-cultural communication, knowledge transferability, personal and professional development and diverse organisational contexts.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a sustained and ongoing commitment to learning and skill development as a reflective practitioner in the area of International Studies and its communities of practice and scholarship.

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with others in the field of International Studies and from other disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning.

    Global citizenship

    Analyse and respond appropriately to issues of cross-cultural communication and the transferability of knowledge and skills in different geographic, knowledge and organisational contexts as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and adherence to professional and academic ethical standards.

    Approved by Faculty Board June 2016

     

    Application information

    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

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

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