Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce


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


4 years full time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$26,000 AUD
CRICOS course code075376C
IELTS Requirement

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

VTAC Codes1400314473 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514473 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin course code D338
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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).

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

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

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

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.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

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 rules

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 -

Students who commenced from 2014 must complete:

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

Students who commenced between 2012 and 2013 must complete:

  • 4 credit points of core units
  • an 8-credit-point major sequence
  • an approved international experience (2 to 4 credit points)*

*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, MWL101 and MCA010 (0 credit points)
  • 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.

Note: This Commerce course structure applies to students who commenced in 2016.
Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to the Handbook Archive for their course structure and consult with their enrolment officer.


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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

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).


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

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Commerce (M300)
Bachelor of International Studies (A326)