International studies


International studies at Deakin is experience-rich and designed to give you a deep understanding of the international forces that shape the world today. Immerse yourself in other cultures and societies while developing the inter-cultural and analytical skills to interpret global governments, business and community life.

Choose a course that will get you 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

You'll graduate equipped with the professional, social and personal experiences for employment 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 chose to combine law and international studies as it was geared towards my interests of politics and international relations. The international experience component of this course has been a highlight as it allowed me to interact with students from all other countries.

Arlena Barton

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies

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.

Study a Bachelor of International Studies

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.

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

Relevant and rewarding research

In this deeply connected age, understanding how countries relate to one another is more important than ever. Deakin’s world-class researchers are well-versed in contemporary global issues and will help you better understand the context of your studies. Your degree also provides vast opportunities for further research, including research in politics, international relations, and research on experiential learning.

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*Offshore international experiences are subject to travel restrictions and may not be available at the commencement of your studies.