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Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

Overview

Pursue a career anywhere in the world with the Honours degree that elevates your already thorough knowledge of global issues from social science perspectives and your enhanced capacity for cross-cultural understanding.

The world is yours with this high-profile program, designed to prepare you for leading positions with international health and aid agencies, government departments or non-profit organisations.

During your study you'll develop core skills and knowledge in theory and research, immersing yourself in the cultural and communicative aspects of globalisation and the world system through coursework and a research project in your chosen field.

Along your journey to graduation you'll learn how to think clearly, flexibly and critically, know how to weigh up evidence and arguments, and make rational choices. You'll gain the skills to express yourself effectively, work cooperatively in a team, and demonstrate a depth of understanding in one or more areas of knowledge.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023)
Program Code
2317
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$33888 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
2317
CRICOS Code
074243B
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • The Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) degree develops core skills and knowledge in theory and research in the cultural and communicative aspects of globalisation and the world system.
  • The program is based on a combination of coursework and a research project in the chosen field of study.

1 in Queensland for politics

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for modern languages

QS World University Rankings 2022

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 2, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Honours Research Thesis

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Ministerial officer
  • Asia-Pacific international relations adviser
  • Interpreter
  • Foreign language analyst
  • International engagement manager
  • Policy adviser
  • Consular staff member
  • Humanitarian resourcing specialist
  • Development program coordinator

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor of International Studies from the University (or equivalent) in a relevant major, or the relevant Honours entry courses; and
  • have gained a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale (or higher set by the Head of School for specific fields of study); or

  • satisfy the executive dean that the person is qualified to undertake the program based on the person's academic records and subject to completion of additional work, if set.

Other Entry Requirements
  • The head of school may limit places depending on supervisor availability.
  • Once eligibility is established, entry is via a competitive selection process based on GPA.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor of International Studies from the University (or equivalent) in a relevant major, or the relevant Honours entry courses; and
  • have gained a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale (or higher set by the Head of School for specific fields of study); or

  • satisfy the executive dean that the person is qualified to undertake the program based on the person's academic records and subject to completion of additional work, if set.

Other Entry Requirements
  • The head of school may limit places depending on supervisor availability.
  • Once eligibility is established, entry is via a competitive selection process based on GPA.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Additional application information

Individual schools may have additional requirements and/or specific closing dates for applications. Please refer to the The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Honours website for administering school contact details.

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology or politics, leading to careers in various fields.

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Immerse yourself in French language and French culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can improve career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society.

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

This major introduces students to the relationship between global development and inequality, with courses covering key issues, concepts and approaches to global development and poverty.

As a student in this major you'll understand development and inequality in historical as well as contemporary contexts, and be introduced to a range of important issues including the roles of different actors and agencies in development, ranging from international institutions to community groups.

Graduates can consider roles in international development and humanitarian and community services.

View

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics; the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia's role in global affairs, the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics, and a diverse range of state and non-state actors

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

Choose from courses about foreign policy, terrorism and insurgency, human rights and foreign policies.

View

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

View

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse and rich history and culture.

There are speaking and writing courses, along with teachings about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students also undertake other courses in various fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

View

Develop a well-informed understanding of what causes political conflict, and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

Issues you'll examine include peacekeeping, ethics and justice, Indigenous politics and development politics.

You'll find many career pathways before you in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development and humanitarian and community services. 

View

Gain an incredible insight into the broader Russian world.

You'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries, develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

You'll develop competence in skills which can translate to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

View

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

View

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology or politics, leading to careers in various fields.

View

Immerse yourself in French language and French culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can improve career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society.

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

This major introduces students to the relationship between global development and inequality, with courses covering key issues, concepts and approaches to global development and poverty.

As a student in this major you'll understand development and inequality in historical as well as contemporary contexts, and be introduced to a range of important issues including the roles of different actors and agencies in development, ranging from international institutions to community groups.

Graduates can consider roles in international development and humanitarian and community services.

View

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics; the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia's role in global affairs, the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics, and a diverse range of state and non-state actors

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

Choose from courses about foreign policy, terrorism and insurgency, human rights and foreign policies.

View

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

View

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse and rich history and culture.

There are speaking and writing courses, along with teachings about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students also undertake other courses in various fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

View

Develop a well-informed understanding of what causes political conflict, and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

Issues you'll examine include peacekeeping, ethics and justice, Indigenous politics and development politics.

You'll find many career pathways before you in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development and humanitarian and community services. 

View

Gain an incredible insight into the broader Russian world.

You'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries, develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

You'll develop competence in skills which can translate to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

View

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

View

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$14,630

2022

Fee information for 2023 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2022.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $33,888

2023

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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