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Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2019 close 3 November 2019
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020
Late VTAC entry closes 1 November 2019 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates
Current Deakin Students
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Gain a competitive business foundation with global application. Through Deakin's Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce, you'll develop your understanding about the international forces shaping government, business and communities, and gain skills to analyse and interpret these forces. You'll learn about commerce focuses like accounting, marketing and law, and gain insights through valuable overseas study experiences.
Want to take your business ideas to the world stage?
Business is 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.
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. Develop your understanding of foreign governments, businesses and communities on the ground, and immerse yourself in the culture while you’re there.
Choose a major commerce sequence that reflects your specialised passion:
- financial planning
- food and agribusiness
- human resources management
- management information systems
This combined course is led by academics who are experts in their field, so you’ll always be learning the latest concepts, ideas and approaches from inside the industry. Plus, you’ll benefit from networking with and learning from their real-world connections.
Graduate with in-demand skills from one of Victoria’s only AACSB-accredited business schools and start a career on a global scale.Read More
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 -
- 6 credit points of core units
- an 8-credit-point major sequence
- an approved international experience (2 credit points minimum)*
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
*It is envisaged that students will 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 and MWL101.
- 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.
2020 course information
1400414471 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514471 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614471 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
- Cloud (online)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Cloud (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 - additional information
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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
- 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
Ask a question about studying a at Deakin
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
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).
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
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
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.
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
How to apply
Applications to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
View pathways into the Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce with our pathways finder.
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Frequently asked questions
What are the key study start dates?
Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.
How much does it cost to study at Deakin?
Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course.
Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.
Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?
Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.
Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
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.
As a Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce graduate, your skills will be in demand in a range of careers, including:
- foreign affairs officer
- foreign exchange analyst
- import/export manager
- international management consultant
- NGO policy officer
- trade delegate.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Students who complete the accounting major sequence are eligible to apply for:
- the CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
- Associate membership for the CPA Program
- IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
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 by the Australian Marketing Institute (AIM).
Students who complete the financial planning major sequence will satisfy the education standards prescribed by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) 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 Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation offered by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).
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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^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2018 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2018
#QS Stars University Rankings 2016–2017