International studies


Pursue an international career and the world will become your office. Get first-hand experience in other countries and societies while developing the inter-cultural and analytical skills to interpret global governments, business and community life.

Get work-ready

Take advantage of the flexibility at Deakin to tailor your international studies degree to suit your interests, choosing from 9 majors and 27 minors. You can also combine travel and study to broaden your experience and take part in one of the multiple international experiences on offer. On top of this, you'll have the opportunity to build a global network through internships, which will prepare you for a successful and rewarding career.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in a wide range of fields, including:

  • international aid and development
  • local and national government
  • diplomacy and foreign affairs
  • the business sector (communications, human resources, analysts, marketing)
  • law
  • international education
  • social entrepreneurship.

I have travelled to 27 countries, across four continents and completed four international work placements in Argentina, India, Malawi and Kenya.

Shani Cain

Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Study a Bachelor of International Studies

Develop a systematic understanding of the international forces shaping the world today. With Deakin’s Bachelor of International Studies, you can combine internationally focussed experiences with your studies in preparation for a global career.

A degree that can take you anywhere

With the Bachelor of International Studies, you can gain first-hand experiences in other countries and cultures that help you develop the practical and soft skills required to pursue a global career. You might see yourself studying at an overseas university, mastering a new language through an in-country language program or working in a rural village as part of an international internship.

Industry connections

At Deakin, students have the opportunity to gain valuable skills, make lifelong international connections and add value to their degree through one of our many international experiences.

Global experiences include in-country language programs, a trimester of study at an overseas university exchange partner, an international internship or an approved short-term study abroad program or study tour.

Onshore opportunities also exist for students who wish to undertake international experience locally. Students can learn a language or participate in an approved onshore internship with an international organisation.

Relevant and rewarding research

Undertaking a study in international studies provides vast opportunities in research including research in politics, international relations and research on experiential learning.

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The international experience I undertook at Deakin has been so beneficial for me professionally, socially and personally. I lived in a rural village in South India for a month as part of my internship, building social enterprises with Australian organisation 40K.

Alex Suwitra

Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate

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