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.
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, 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.
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.
- 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.