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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Got a passion? Ready to take it to the world? The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies adds an international element to your study program. Whatever you’re studying — from business and IT to communications and product design — you can internationalise your study experience with this unique combined degree.

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Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies has been designed to give you an international edge. As a student in this course, you’ll build your language and culture skills, intercultural competencies and international awareness alongside the professional skills you gain in your degree. But you won’t just be learning about the world from afar — you’ll also spend the fourth year of your program studying overseas.

Note: International Studies must be combined with another undergraduate degree. It is not a standalone program.

Course structure

There are 29 degrees that can be combined with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Study programs vary for each degree. A sample study program is shown below.

See all Bachelor of Arts in International Studies degree combinations.

Year 1: Start your degree

  • Professional degree subjects

Year 2: Combined study

  • Professional degree subjects
  • Language and Culture 1 & 2
  • Foundations in International Studies

Year 3: Combined study

  • Professional degree subjects
  • Language and Culture 3 & 4
  • Contemporary Society

Year 4: Study overseas

  • In-country study 1 & 2

Year 5 (and 6): Final subjects

  • Professional degree subjects

Overseas study

The In-country Study program gives you the chance to spend two sessions of study overseas as part of your course. You’ll study at a partner university or institution, immerse yourself in another language, and experience the culture of your host country like a local.

You’ll also continue your studies with a series of projects that are supervised by UTS. Your study program will depend on your level of language competence, and the subjects and other learning experiences that are available at your host institution.

Where will you go?

Where you go depends on the International Studies major you choose. In-country Study is offered in fourteen countries or regions:

China | Japan
France | Germany | Italy | Spain | Switzerland
Canada (Quebec) | Latino USA | Mexico
Argentina | Chile | Colombia | Costa Rica

See the full list of host universities

Careers

Career options are generally based on the professional component of your degree. View individual career information for your chosen Bachelor of Arts in International Studies degree.

What the students say

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Kevin Clemente, UTS Bachelor of Science Information Technology Bachelor of Arts in International StudiesKevin Clemente - Japan

Bachelor of Science Information Technology Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

“My immersion in the culture has given me a new insight into staying patient, tactful and quiet.”

Yu Yan Tran, UTS:Bachelor of Education Bachelor of Arts in International Studies studentYu Yan Tran - Germany

Bachelor of Education Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

“It was an opportunity to truly immerse myself in a completely different culture and understand it not simply from a tourist’s perspective.”

Tom Anlezark, UTS Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts and Production) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies studentTom Anlezark - Argentina

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts and Production) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

“The most rewarding part of the year was the first day I managed to navigate an entire day in Spanish, start to finish.”

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