Bachelor of Arts in International Studies FAQ
What degrees can I combine International Studies with?
There are currently 29 degrees that can be combined with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. See all Bachelor of Arts in International Studies degree combinations.
If I don't get the necessary Selection Rank/ATAR for entry into a combined degree in International Studies, is there a way I can get in at a later date?
Yes, it is possible to add International Studies to a UTS degree, once a student has commenced.
To be eligible to add International Studies to your core degree, you need to:
- have successfully completed at least one year (48cp) of full-time study in your current degree
- maintain a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of Credit in all the subjects you’ve completed in your current degree (recommended).
Find out more about transferring to a combined degree.
What countries and languages does UTS offer?
UTS offers 14 majors: Argentina, Canada (Quebec), Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latino USA, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland. Students study the corresponding language, which includes French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Japanese.
Find out more about choosing a major.
What International Studies subjects will I study?
Student complete the following subjects:
- 4x Language & Culture subjects
- Foundations in International Studies
- Contemporary Society
- In-Country Study 1 & 2
Within these subjects, students learn a language, gain an in-depth insight into another culture and develop research and critical thinking skills. As part of their In-Country Study, students also work with an academic supervisor to design, research and complete a major project.
What subjects will I study during my In-Country Study (ICS)?
The subjects you take during your In-country Study placement will largely depend on your level of language proficiency:
- If you have basic language skills, you’ll continue your language and culture studies.
- If you have intermediate language skills, you’ll develop knowledge of the history, economics, politics, society and culture of your host country.
- If you have high-level language skills, you may be given more choice in the subjects you would like to study, provided you receive permission from the host university and the School of International Studies.
Find out more about In-Country Study.
Do you provide language classes for beginners who have never studied a language?
Yes, our language classes cater for a range of proficiencies as they are organised in levels. Students who have never studied a language are automatically placed in Level 1. Students who have prior experience must complete a language level assessment to determine the correct level for their proficiency.
What financial support does UTS provide for International Studies students?
For students completing their In-Country Study, UTS covers the cost of their return international airfares, insurance and visa processing. Whilst away, students are expected to pay for their own living costs such as accommodation, public transport and daily living. Students also continue to pay (or defer through HECS-HELP) their UTS tuition fees.
Financial support, including scholarships, overseas study loans and government payments, are available to eligible students.
Will my core degree be impacted by completing International Studies, e.g. less internship or elective opportunities?
No, students studying a combined degree in International Studies will not have their core degree impacted and will still have access to the same elective and internship opportunities. However, the order in which students complete these subjects may differ due to the nature of their study plan.
Can I learn more than one language or go to more than one country for ICS?
No, International Studies students can only select one major to specialise in. This ensures students have a high-level understanding of the culture and language of their chosen country and are adequately prepared for their In-Country Study.
Are there any ICS host universities that teach in English?
The aim of the In-Country Study (ICS) is to allow students to become immersed in a new culture and develop high-level language skills. Therefore, most ICS host universities teach in the local language. However, depending on the university and the subject, students may have the option to learn in English.