Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of International Studies

With many international opportunities, the Bachelor of International Studies is the perfect course for those seeking international orientation. Apply now.

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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

The Bachelor of International Studies is a course for students seeking an international orientation, with a commitment to a period of study at an overseas university, internship at an international organisation or participation in an in-country language program.

You will learn a range of skills in analysis and interpretation of the international forces shaping government, business and community life in contemporary Australia. You will also develop a systematic understanding of other countries and societies, as well as cross-cultural competencies, through an internationally oriented curriculum.

You can study major sequences in Anthropology, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, International Relations, Language and Culture Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics and Policy Studies or Spanish.

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Course structure

Student must successfully complete 24 credit points of study including:

  • 6 core units
  • a major selected from the major sequences listed below
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • at least 2 credit points of approved international experience such as: 

- trimester of study at an overseas university exchange partner

- international internship (AIS330) or (AIS331)

- 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

Notes:

(i) Students enrolled in D338 or D323 are not able to accommodate AIS331 International Internship B (4 credit points) within the 16 credit points allocated to the Bachelor of International Studies. However, AIS330 International Internship A (2 credit point) placements can be for up to 12 weeks if desired. Please contact the Unit Chair for further information. 

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

Core units

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

    All students must complete at least 2 credit points of international experience, selected from one or more of the following:  

    • trimester of study at an overseas university exchange partner
    • international internship (AIS330 or AIS331)
    • in-country language program (in Chinese, Indonesian or Arabic)
    • approved study abroad program or approved study tour (AIS203 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
  • Immersion Program: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture AIS203
  • Further information on the international student experience and on previous students' overseas internships is available at: www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/internships/bis/map

    Students seeking to undertake an internship will enrol in the appropriate unit (either AIS330 or AIS331) once the Unit Chair has approved their planned placement.

  • International Internship A AIS330 (2 credit points)
  • or

  • International Internship B AIS331 (4 credit points)
  • AIS330, AIS331 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should contact Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.

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

    Major Sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of International Studies
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400314033 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514033 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A326
    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).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    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.

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    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 interpret international forces shaping government, business and community life in Australia and in other countries pertaining to cross-cultural communication and interactions; knowledge and skills transferability; the principles of personal and professional development and their application; and working in diverse organisational contexts, and respond to these issues in a theoretically-informed and contextually-appropriate manner drawing upon both scholarship and practice.  

    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 theoretical approaches to issues in International Studies pertaining to cross-cultural communication, knowledge transferability, personal and professional development and working in diverse organisational contexts and demonstrate the appropriate application of theoretical knowledge in different cultural and organisational settings.  

    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 May 2014

     

    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.

    Entry 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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    Disclaimers:
    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.

    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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