Bachelor of International Studies

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of International Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$20,820* AUD
LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code075375D
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code A326
VTAC Codes1400314033 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514033 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Note: New course version from 2012.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 areas of Anthropology, Arabic, Chinese,  Indonesian, International Relations, Language and Culture Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics and Policy Studies, and Spanish.

As part of the course you are required to successfully 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 [Spanish from 2016])
  • approved study abroad program or approved study tour (AIS202, AIS203 or other)
  • approved onshore internship with an international organisation (available for AIS330 only).

Read more about student experiences on internship at www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/internships/bis/map/ and http://deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/courses/intstud.php

Cloud (online) 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.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you will have the skills and experience necessary for a range of positions in the public sector including areas of diplomacy, defence, immigration, education, finance, communications, trade and aid; large corporations and small or medium sized businesses with an international orientation; and non-government organisations with regional and global links.

Course rules

For students who commence from 2014:

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of International Studies, a student must successfully complete 24 credit points of study including:

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

Notes:

(i) A major is a group of related units amounting to eight credit points, from a recognised major sequence.

(ii) Students in a combined International Studies course (D338 BIS/B Commerce, or D323 B Laws/BIS) should note that within the 16 credit points required for the Bachelor of International Studies they must complete 6 credit points of core units, and at least 2 credit points of approved international experience. 

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. 

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

For students who commenced between 2012 and 2013:

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of International Studies, a student must complete 24 credit points of study including the four core units plus:

  • a major sequence of 8 credit points in international relations
  • a sub-major of 4 credit points selected from the major sequences listed; and
  • at least 2 credit points of international experience
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education

OR

  • a sub-major of 4 credit points in international relations
  • a major sequence of 8 credit points selected from the major sequences listed; and
  • at least 2 credit points of international experience
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education

Notes:

(i) A major is a group of related units amounting to eight credit points, from a recognised major sequence.

(ii) A sub-major is a group of related units taken over two levels, amounting to four credit points, from a recognised major sequence.

(iii) A sub-major in Language and Cultural Studies - students need to undertake two language units and two contextual units. Contact Student Services for further information.

(iv) Students in a combined International Studies course (D338 BIS/B Commerce, or D323 B Laws/BIS) should note that within the 16 credit points required for the Bachelor of International Studies they must complete 4 credit points of core units, an 8-credit-point major sequence and at least 2 credit points of international experience.

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

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Not all sequences are offered at all locations or Cloud (online) mode, so please check unit availability carefully.


Anthropology
Arabic
Chinese
Indonesian
International Relations
Language and Culture Studies
Middle East Studies
Politics and Policy Studies
Spanish

Course structure

For students who commence from 2014:

Core units (6 credit points)

Level 1

AIS101Intercultural Communication

ALW117Professional Writing for Work

Level 2

AIS201International Studies @ Work

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

At least one of –

AIP230Public Policy in Australia

ASC250Social Research: An Introduction

Level 3

AIS302Developed and Developing Worlds

For students who commenced between 2012 and 2013:

Core units

AIS101Intercultural Communication

ALW117Professional Writing for Work

AIS201International Studies @ Work

AIS302Developed and Developing Worlds

International Relations major sequence

(unit set code MJ-A000018)

Students are required to complete either a major (8 credit points) or a sub-major (4 credit points) in International Relations from the units listed below.

Level 1
Trimester 1

AIR108International Relations

Trimester 2

AIR120Australia and the World

All students must take AIR242 plus a further 5 credit points, ensuring at least 2 credit points are undertaken at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:

Level 2
Trimester 1

AIE255Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics

AIR205The Rise of China

AIR236Controversies in Global Capitalism *

Trimester 2

AIR242Theories of International Relations (Core unit)

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

AIR243International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

AIR244Conflict, Security and Terrorism

Level 3

Trimester 1

AIR345American Foreign Policy

AIR348Beyond Borders: Transnational Activism in World Politics

Trimester 2

AIR349Transnational Diplomacy and Policy

* AIR236 is offered via cloud (online) teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching and this unit is also offered in trimester 3.

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 (AIS202, AIS203 or other)
  • approved onshore internship with an international organisation (available for AIS330 only).

Trimester 2

AIS202Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 3

AIS203Study Tour: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

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.

Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIS330International Internship A (2 credit points)

or
AIS331International Internship B (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.


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent. Prerequisites are Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL. 

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php

 

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)

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au
 

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