Bachelor of International Studies

The University of Adelaide

The Bachelor of International Studies is a multidisciplinary degree that examines global politics from a variety of competing perspectives. It allows students to specialise in one of four areas of expertise: International Security; Global Governance and Justice; Rising Powers and Global Citizenship. Students also study a foreign language to enhance their professional opportunities in a globalising world. International Studies prepares students for fulfilling careers in diplomatic service, intelligence and security, intergovernmental organisations, political advocacy, international business and consultancy. The International Security stream explores contemporary global security concerns, including military conflicts, inter-state disputes, terrorism, cyber warfare and environmental crises. The Global Governance and Justice stream examines traditional and emerging forms of governance at the national, regional and international levels, focusing on state and non-state actors and the ways in which they interact and shape responses to governance challenges across a vast range of global concerns. The Rising Powers stream investigates the challenges emerging Indo-Pacific powers pose to the United States' global leadership, international trade and finance, and Australia's foreign policy. The Global Citizenship stream studies a wide range of human rights and citizenship issues, including the tension between national and global citizenship, the impact of digital technology, human trafficking and migration trends.

Course Fee:

International: $96,000

Entry Requirements:

SACE with four Stage 2 subjects including at least three 20 credit Tertiary Admissions Subjects and a further 20 credit points from recognised studies (or Yr 12 equivalent); Selection via ATAR.


Students complete a major (36 units) in International Studies, which includes 12 units of core courses in international politics and 24 units of closed electives from a wide range of disciplines. Students also choose a minor (18 units) in one of the following areas: Asian Studies; History; International Development; International Business; and Geography, Environment and Population. In addition, students who are not exempt from language studies complete a minimum of nine units of languages. The remaining nine units are made up of free choice electives from within the University of Adelaide. Alternatively, students can use these remaining nine units to complete a minor (18 units) in the language of their choice. The program incorporates a range of international experiences, including study tours and an International Studies Internship, and students are encouraged to spend at least one semester at an overseas university to gain valuable international experience and cultural perspectives.

Subjects you can Study:

International Studies

Study Pathways:

Students may apply for credit on account of studies at bachelor degree level in any area of study. All applications for credit are considered individually and on their merits by the Faculty of Arts Office.

Further information:

A double degree is available with Law, Arts, Media or Economics.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00123M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace 66.2 Yes Part time 6 years
North Terrace 66.2 Yes Full time 3 years

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