Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies has been designed to build your language skills, intercultural competencies and international awareness alongside the professional skills you gain in your degree.
Combine International Studies with your professional degree at UTS and spend a whole year studying overseas at one of our partner universities. With 14 country majors on offer - Argentina, Canada (Quebec), Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latino USA, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland - you can study and travel to a part of the world that you're passionate about.
Note: International Studies is not a standalone program.
The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is something you can only do as a combined degree, so you have to combine it with one of 29 other degree offerings across the university.
Generally it adds two years to your course. One of those years is one where you'll be spending it overseas at one of our partner universities, so at a host university in one of our different locations across the world.
So I was super lucky to be one of the first two students that went to Berlin to study which is such a vibrant and liberal city. It was just like the most rewarding experience.
I really liked the way my core degree and the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies work together because the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science is quite full on as a science degree and being able to go into my International Studies classes was a really good break and it kept me really interested and motivated at university. Knowing also that I had a year abroad coming up that was also a really big motivation.
The sorts of skills that our students will develop whilst doing that immersive in country studies year, they will really set them up for leadership and management type roles within all sorts of professions all sorts of careers.
I moved to Ghana as a skilled volunteer. It was really closely aligned with the skills I learnt at UTS.
While I was there I wanted to do more in the development sector so I decided to start up a business. I founded a ethical streetwear label called Idey Koko. It's all made by a collective of seamstresses and tailors based in Accra which is the capital and it's a way for them to generate more income than they otherwise would.
My advice to future students that are looking at studying the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies would be if you love travel, its a great degree to be able to do. I spent my in country in Buenos Aires in Argentina. I see it as a point of difference because I can speak another language and also I now have a different skillset than just having a sports science skillset skills such as resilience and adaptability, flexibility, independence, which I developed overseas, and that was all part of my university studies which I think is fantastic.
Why choose International Studies?
Celebrating 25 years
UTS was the first university in Australia to offer International Studies as part of a combined degree. In 2019, we're celebrating 25 years!
- Develop desirable skills
With a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, you'll develop skills and attributes such as resilience, adaptability, independence, time and project management and critical thinking. These skills are highly sought after by employers, which will help you stand out in your first interview.
- Gain a global perspective
By studying the language and culture of another country, you'll gain the communication and interpersonal skills required for a career overseas or in a multinational organisation. You'll also build a network of global connections that you can draw upon throughout your personal and professional life.
- 100+ partnerships
We have more than 100 partner universities in 14 countries, where you'll spend a whole year living, studying and learning about another culture. Read the blogs of students completing their In-Country Study.
- An international edge
You can combine the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with one of 29 course offerings across UTS, which will give your professional qualification an international edge.
- Financial support
When it's time for you to set off on your year abroad, for students enrolled before 2021, we'll cover the cost of your airfare, visa and insurance so all you have to worry about are your living and travel expenses. For additional financial assistance, you can apply for one of our scholarships or an OS-HELP Loan. Please note that for students enrolling in 2021, UTS will contribute generously to your international travel costs.
There are 29 degrees that can be combined with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Study programs vary for each degree.
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. Read the blogs of students completing their In-Country Study.
Students also continue their 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.
As part of the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, you'll select one of 14 country majors. This will determine where you spend your In-Country Study (ICS).
Asia: China, Japan
Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland
The Americas: Canada (Quebec), Latino USA, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica
We offer six languages, which are determined by your country major. Classes cater for a range of proficiencies, from beginner to advanced.
Career options are generally determined by the professional component of your degree. View individual career information for your chosen Bachelor of Arts in International Studies degree.
Internal transfer to a combined International Studies degree
If you’re in the first year of your degree at UTS, it’s not too late to add the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies to your study plan.
What the students say
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Japan)
Both my language and intercultural skills improved a great deal while I have been in Japan. Being totally immersed pushed me to quickly pick up new vocabulary and become more fluent in grammar out of necessity to make my daily life run more smoothly. Outside of the classroom, the experience of adapting to life in Japan was a great way for me to enhance my flexibility, communication skills, confidence, and ability to solve problems.
James recently completed his In-Country Study at Yokohama National University in Japan. To find out more, read his monthly blog.
Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Argentina)
One of the major skills I developed was adaptability. Nothing in Argentina happens the way it is meant to; sometimes it seems like the rules are rewritten everyday, especially when it came to things like getting our student visas or ordering money from abroad. Over the year, I learned to be more adaptable to these sort of situations, and see the humour in them.
Alana recently completed her In-Country Study at Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To find out more, read Alana's monthly blog.
Hi, my name is Sarah Loewy, and I studied a Bachelor of Laws combined with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies majoring in France.
When I was doing my research for degrees, I realised that UTS was the only university that offered a mandatory study abroad year, and for me this really appealed to me because it means your study abroad year is already built into your study plan, and it really takes the stress out of exchange.
So my exchange experience was that I was living in a French city called Ren.
So I lived in a rickety old 3-story mansion with 6 other French roommates, on the canal in the centre of town, which was a really unforgettable experience.
I’m still in the final year of my degree, however I have been able to undertake some significant work experience since coming back.
When I was on exchange I actually interviewed for the law firm at which I currently work via video link from their Paris office, and I’ll continue to work there after I graduate, which I’m very excited about.
So I think that an International Studies degree really is only limited by your imagination.
There are so many different things you can do with it.
- UTS Student Centre: 1300 275 887
- UTS Handbook entry: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- UTS Future Students course information: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- Read more about the In-country Study program.