Let your voice be heard in a global future.
Expand your knowledge with studies in international justice and human rights, public policy in a global era, and international security. Develop strong communication skills as you research and present arguments in international politics.
You’ll increase your understanding of political, cultural and economic systems of other countries and regions. Choose to take an internship of 10-12 days in a political setting giving you practical experience and industry connections. Our students have previously interned with state and federal politicians, Amnesty International, local councils and community organisations.
Immerse yourself in another culture and travel overseas to study a semester in another country. Broaden your career options and choose a major or minor in Comparative Studies, Development Studies or International Business. Or, if learning a language speaks to you, take your pick of either Indonesian, Italian or Japanese.
Defence, intelligence, foreign affairs, foreign policy, international business, political advice, interpreting / translating (with further study).
The Australian Institute of International Affairs.
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26 March 2017
Scholarship recipient studies for sustainable world
A former student leader at Sunshine Coast Grammar School who has returned from a year of overseas travel and charity work to enrol at USC has received a Chancellor’s Scholarship.
22 December 2016
Student embarks on Indonesian adventure
New Year’s Day will signal the start of an exciting adventure for University of the Sunshine Coast student Jordyn Archer of Buddina, who will spend the next six months studying in the bustling Indonesian city of Bandung.
6 November 2015
Para-cyclist champ wins Sports Award
Inspirational para-cycling world champion Kyle Bridgwood has been named the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2015.
22 September 2015
Students swim with whales in Tonga
An ex-Billabong surfer with a passion for sustainable tourism and a Young Australian of the Year finalist dedicated to humanitarian causes have enjoyed the study trip of a lifetime with the University of the Sunshine Coast.
14 May 2015
Booked-out breakfast to launch Diversity Week
A breakfast of 260 people celebrating equity initiatives for students and a twilight seminar by Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner will feature at USC's first annual Diversity Week from 25-29 May.
9 December 2014
Student on fast track to international career
International Studies student Abe Burford is on the fast track to international success after being awarded a prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarship.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (3) 36 units
Language courses (2) 24 units
Select 2 courses (24 units) from:
IND110 Indonesian A
IND111 Indonesian B
IND210 Indonesian C
IND211 Indonesian D
IND310 Indonesian E
IND311 Indonesian F
ITL110 Italian A
ITL111 Italian B
ITL210 Italian C
ITL211 Italian D
ITL310 Italian E
ITL311 Italian F
JPN110 Japanese A
JPN111 Japanese B
JPN210 Japanese C
JPN211 Japanese D
JPN310 Japanese E
JPN311 Japanese F
Developing and Graduate courses (7) 84 units
INT250 Forces of Change in International Politics
JST202 International Justice and Human Rights
PLUS select 5 developing and graduate courses (60 units) for the Politics and International Relations major chosen from:
IND212 Indonesia: Society, Culture and Politics
INT202 Industry Project 1: International Studies
INT230 Making Public Policy in a Global Era
INT235 International Relations: Theory and Practice
INT245 Politics of the USA
INT257 International Security
INT270 Politics and the Media
INT274 Politics and Security in East Asia
INT276 Internship in Human Security and Politics
Major or Minor courses (8) 96 units
Select 1 major or 2 minors from:
* Students commencing in Semester 2 and completing a major in Indonesian or Italian will need to complete In-Country studies or increase the duration to a minimum of 3.5 years.
^ Students undertaking the International Business minor are required to use elective courses from the School of Business to meet prerequisite requirements.
Elective courses (4) 48 units
Please note that the number of electives may vary depending on the combinations of major or minors chosen.
^ Students undertaking the International Business minor are required to use elective courses from the School of Business to meet pre-requisite requirements.
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Apply for your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.