Bachelor of International Studies

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Bachelor of International Studies


Program summary

Dr Shannon Brincat
Program coordinator

Dr Shannon Brincat

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 Development Studies or International Business. Or if learning a language speaks to you, complete a major or minor in Japanese.


Development StudiesInternational BusinessJapanese

Career opportunities

Defence, intelligence, foreign affairs, foreign policy, international business, political advice, interpreting / translating (with further study).


The Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (3) 36 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
INT100 International Politics: An Australian Perspective
INT140 An Introduction to Australian and Comparative Politics 

Language courses (2) 24 units

Select 2 courses (24 units) from:

IND110 Indonesian A
IND111 Indonesian B
IND210 Indonesian C
IND211 Indonesian D
ITL110 Italian A
ITL111 Italian B
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:

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 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

Select 4 developing or graduate level (200/300 coded) elective courses (48 units) from the undergraduate elective course options.

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.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
 Program notes
  • 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.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

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
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

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).

Continuing students

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.

Need assistance?

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 dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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