discipline

International studies

Pursue an international career and the world will become your office. Get first-hand experience in other countries and societies while developing the inter-cultural and analytical skills to interpret global governments, business and community life.

Deakin's international academic partnerships: over 400

Politics and international studies at Deakin: ranked in the top 10% in the world*

Career Opportunities

Our graduates work in a wide range of fields, including local and national government, diplomacy and foreign affairs, international aid and development, the business sector (communications, human resources, analysts, marketing), law, international education, and social entrepreneurship.

*2016 QS World University Rankings

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Gain transferrable skills allowing your degree to take you anywhere.

By studying International Studies

The world is your classroom

Gain hands-on international experience to help develop the skills to build an international career.

Your degree can take you anywhere

Gain in-country knowledge and have the opportunity to contextualise and apply your international knowledge, and impress potential employers with inter-cultural skills and experiences.

Experience flexibility

Tailor your degree to suit your interests with 9 majors, 27 minors and 7 types of international experiences on offer.

I have travelled to 27 countries, across four continents and completed four international work placements in Argentina, India, Malawi and Kenya.

Shani Cain - Master of humanitarian assistance

Bachelor of International studies / Bachelor of Commerce graduate

Industry Connections

At Deakin, students have the opportunity to gain valuable skills, make lifelong international connections and add value to their degree through one of our many international experiences.

Global experiences include in-country language programs, a trimester of study at an overseas university exchange partner, an international internship or an approved short term study abroad program or study tour.

Onshore opportunities also exist for students who wish to undertake international experience locally. Students can learn a language or participate in an approved onshore internship with an international organisation.

Relevant and Rewarding Research

Undertaking a study in International Studies also provides vast opportunities in research including:

  • Research in politics
  • IR
  • ADI
  • Research on experiential learning

What do our staff and students say?

‘The international experience I undertook at Deakin has been so beneficial for me professionally, socially and personally. I lived in a rural village in South India for a month as part of my internship, building social enterprises with Australian organisation 40K.’

Alex suwitra

Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate

Alex is currently based in Sri Lanka assisting with coordination and communication between the UN Mission in Sri Lanka and the GoSL in response to the country's current drought.

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