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Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce

Undergraduate degree

Take your business ideas to the world stage. Develop your understanding of the international forces shaping government, business and communities.

Domestic International

Domestic student information

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
81.15
Waterfront:
73.65
Online:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2024 close 25 February 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

By studying international studies and commerce in tandem, you will gain a competitive business foundation with global application. Through Deakin's Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce, you'll develop your understanding of the international forces shaping government, business and communities, and gain skills to analyse and interpret these forces.

The skills and knowledge you gain enables you to take your business ideas to the world stage. You'll develop knowledge and capabilities and gain insights through valuable international experiences.

You’ll commit to an exciting international learning program, either as a student at one of our university exchange partners or in an approved internship. Additionally, you will get the exposure necessary to develop your understanding of foreign governments, businesses and communities on the ground, and immerse yourself in the culture while you’re there.

Want to take your business ideas global??

This course will equip you with a solid foundation in business, and the international context you need to live and work anywhere in the world.

Choose a major commerce sequence that reflects your specialised passion:

  • accounting
  • economics
  • finance
  • financial planning
  • human resources management
  • management
  • management information systems
  • marketing.

This combined course is led by academics who are experts in their field, so you will always be learning the latest concepts, ideas and approaches from inside the industry. Plus, you will benefit from networking with and learning from their real-world connections.

Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Commerce
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400414471 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514471 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614471 - Online, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D338
CRICOS code?
075376C Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce, students must attain a total of 32 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of International Studies and 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Commerce, which must include the following:

Bachelor of International Studies

Students must complete 16 credit points from the Bachelor of International Studies, including:

  • 6 credit points of core units - AIR200, AIS101, AIS102, AIS204, AIS303, AIS304
  • an 8-credit-point approved major sequence
  • an approved international experience (2 credit points minimum)
    Note: It is envisaged that students will complete the international experience in the third or fourth year of their course.
  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Bachelor of Commerce

Students must complete 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Commerce, including:

  • 8 credit points of core units - MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MIS171, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132 and MWL101.
  • One prescribed Commerce major sequence of 8 credit points
    Note: The Food and Agribusiness major will no longer be offered. It is only offered to students who commenced prior to 2023
  • 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. 8 of these will be core Commerce, 2 core International Studies and 2 may be used for the Arts major.

16

Bachelor of international studies credit points

16

Bachelor of commerce credit points

32

Total credit points

Intakes by location

The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Online

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Online

Trimester 3 - November

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Online

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).

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

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

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

Work experience

This course includes completion of 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

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Entry requirements

Current or recent Year 12

Academic requirements

If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

Year 12 prerequisite subjects

  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL

ATAR

  • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

English language proficiency requirements

To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
  • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

Admission criteria

Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

Higher education study

Academic requirements

If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

  • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

English language proficiency requirements

To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
  • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

Admission criteria

Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

VET study

Academic requirements

If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

  • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
  • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
  • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

English language proficiency requirements

To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
  • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

Admission criteria

Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

Work and life experience

Academic requirements

If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven't undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter - it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

English language proficiency requirements

To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
  • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

Admission criteria

Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

Selection adjustments

Subject adjustment

A study score of 30 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study.

A study score of 30 in any Business, English other than EAL, any History, any Information Technology, any LOTE, Maths: Further Mathematics, Australian Politics or Global Politics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Access and equity

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

Admissions information

Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354.0KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

Recognition of prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$15,941 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of 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 on our Current students fees website.

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

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Entry pathways

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Contact information

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Careers

Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

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Career outcomes

As a Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce graduate, your skills will be in demand in a range of careers, including:

  • diplomat
  • foreign affairs officer
  • foreign exchange analyst
  • import/export manager
  • international management consultant
  • NGO policy officer
  • politician
  • trade delegate.

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Professional recognition

Students who complete the accounting major sequence are eligible to apply for:

Students who complete the marketing major sequence are eligible for a one-year credit reduction from the five years needed to become a Certified Practicing Marketer and Chartered Marketer by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

Students who complete the financial planning major sequence will satisfy the education standards prescribed by the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) to be able to provide financial advice in Australia and be eligible for entry into the certification programs of the professional financial planning associations – the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certification Program offered by the Financial Advice Association of Australia (FAAA) and the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation offered by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).

Commerce graduates may also be eligible to apply for membership to these key professional bodies (depending on units taken):

Students should consult with a course adviser to identify any additional requirements for membership for each professional body, and also consult with the professional body.

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.

Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.

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