International studies & languages

Develop a systematic understanding of the international forces shaping government business and community life in the world today.

"My course helped my career by providing me with overseas experience in the form of the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme internship, which really helped boost my CV." - Madelene Fox, Bachelor of International Studies graduate

What can I study?

Get a genuine international study experience and the opportunity to gain cross-cultural experience by studying in Australia and taking part in study and/or internships in another country. International studies covers a variety of disciplines.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of International StudiesCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of LawsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of International Studies/CommerceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Arts - Chinese/CommerceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Diploma of LanguageCourse information for:Local Students
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Arts (International Relations)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Humanitarian AssistanceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of International and Community DevelopmentCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of International and Community DevelopmentCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of International RelationsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of Professional Political PracticeCourse information for:Local Students
Graduate Certificate of International and Community DevelopmentCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Doctor of PhilosophyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Master of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Bachelor of International Studies

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 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.

More details from the Course Director

Anthropology

Anthropology focuses on the ways human society creates its communities in diverse cultural settings. Studies in anthropology prepare you to understand and work with people in diverse and international settings. Topics studied include poverty and development, crime and violence, belief systems, health and illness and human ecology.

Politics and Policy Studies

In Politics and Policy Studies, students examine issues of power and authority through studies of policy, institutions and political movements. Students will also be introduced to the political values, ideas and ideologies that orient political action. (Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are available in this area.)

International Relations

Studies in International relations will provide you with a better understanding of conflict and cooperation, and war and peace, in contemporary international politics. (Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are available in this area.)

Middle East Studies

A major in Middle East Studies will give students a comprehensive understanding of the events and issues shaping the region.

Arabic

The Arabic major sequence provides development of communication skills in modern standard Arabic and language fluency.

Chinese

Study Chinese at Deakin and diversify your employment opportunities with a world-power language.

Indonesian

A major in Indonesian is a desirable asset in many fields. Indonesia is Australia's nearest Asian neighbour and the fourth most populous country in the world. There are more than 220 million people who speak Bahasa, Indonesia, the national language.

Spanish

After Chinese, Spanish is the largest world language in terms of the number of native speakers.

Diploma of Language

The Diploma of Language will be of interest to students for whom a systematic study of language is a desirable addition to their primary course of study. It can also be undertaken concurrently with your principal degree, commencing in the first or second year of study. Our courses are suitable for students with no language experience, as well as those who have previously studied the language, and native speakers. Students study different units depending on their prior knowledge. The Diploma of Language is available only part time.

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Postgraduate areas of study

Humanitarian Assistance

The Master of Humanitarian Assistance provides the opportunity for those working in or wishing to work in the humanitarian sector to gain an industry-relevant, formal qualification.
Combining theory and practice, the course is delivered using both Deakin's interactive online education (cloud learning) and intensive, on-campus practice-based units. This, combined with action-based research in the field, will enable you to be an effective and highly skilled worker in the sector, both in Australia and internationally.

International and Community Development

Courses in International and Community Development will introduce you to issues in International and Community Development (ICD), particularly in the period since 1950. The perspectives taken in this course are cross-disciplinary. The unifying theme is the meaning of development and its relationship to poverty alleviation and social empowerment. Current events are considered in the historical context of long term trends in ICD.

International Relations

Deakin’s international relations courses are professional development programs providing relevant and respected postgraduate qualifications for those who work, or aspire to work, in the public service, private business organisations, humanitarian organisations and non-government organisations. Develop a systematic understanding of the international forces that shape our environment, as well as the skills to analyse and interpret international events.

You may also be interested in Politics and Policy Studies at postgraduate level, or Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies.

Why study International Studies and Languages at Deakin?

Industry learning in international studies

International studies has a variety of work placements available to students which give you the opportunity to apply your skills and get a taste for the workplace, including: 

  • International internships
  • Field education
  • In-country study programs
  • Industry connections

Teaching and learning excellence

Deakin's lecturers are active within their profession, which means you'll be taught by specialists who know, understand and have connections within industry and undertake outstanding research in diverse fields.

Overseas study opportunities

The Faculty of Arts and Education has a genuine commitment to offering students valuable experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities may take the form of internships, in-country language programs or other forms of learning outside of the classroom.

Read about overseas student experiences.

Staff within the Faculty of Arts and Education work closely with students to make their experiences valuable, as well as working closely with our industry partners to ensure the programs are beneficial for all parties involved.


Career opportunities for graduates

Career opportunities for graduates include but are not limited to:

  • Education
  • Local and federal government agencies
  • Research consultancies
  • Economic consultancies
  • Media organisations
  • Public service
  • Financial institutions
  • Management consultancies
  • Tourism organisations
  • Research and Universities
  • Foreign affairs departments
  • Communications industry
  • Community health organisations

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