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Studying International and Global Studies

Answers to all your frequently asked questions
What will you learn when you study the BA/BAS (International and Global Studies)? Do you have to major in another language in the degree? And can you study overseas? Keep reading, we’ve got answers for you.

What will I learn?

Short answer: You’ll learn about the social and cultural connections between countries and people. You’ll also learn a new language and experience a different culture first-hand by studying overseas.

By studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies), you’ll gain a second language and an enhanced capacity for cultural competence.

You’ll also develop the analytical tools to put complex problems and global trends into international contexts, exploring the effects of globalisation to better understand how the world works.

Learn more about the degree.

Who should study International & Global Studies?

Short answer: Those who want to learn about other cultures and aspire to work overseas or for an international organisation.

Simply put, this versatile degree is designed for students who are fascinated by other countries and don’t want to be constrained by geographic location when it comes to their careers.

With more and more businesses operating across international boundaries, graduates who can not only speak a second language but demonstrate a high level of cultural competence, are especially sought-after. This degree will give you an edge.

Can I go on exchange?

Short answer: Of course! Its part of the degree.

In addition to studying overseas at one of our partner universities, you’ll be required to study a language relevant to the areas you’re pursuing in the degree.

Click here to find out more about our exchange program and partners

So I have to pick a language major in this degree?

Short answer: No. You don’t have to major in another language (although you can)… but you have to minor in one.

Your primary major will be in Global Studies and you’ll, at the least, minor in a language.

If you want, you can extend your language studies from a minor (36 credit points) into a major (48 credit points).

Click here to find out more about how majors and minors work

Are languages available for different skill levels?

Short answer: Yes – all of our language majors/minors have Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced pathways.

No matter how much or little language experience you have, you can study a language at a level suited to your current language proficiency**.

Introductory: You're starting afresh or as a beginner. You want to add a real language skill under your belt.

Intermediate: You have some experience or heritage background in the language, and you'd like to develop your skills. (eg. 70+ for HSC Beginners or <80 for HSC Continuers)

Advanced: You have native or near-native fluency. You're ready to continue mastering the language like a pro.  (eg. 80+ for HSC Continuers, or post-HSC Continuers, Extension or Background)

**See more information on proficiency levels

Can I study International and Global Studies in other degrees?

Short answer: Not really.

At the undergraduate level, you can only study International and Global Studies in the dedicated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies) degree or by choosing to take a major in Global Studies within the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

What are my career opportunities?

Short answer: Many and varied. You’ll graduate with the ability to understand, and work across, different cultures.

Graduates of the International and Global Studies stream can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including diplomat, foreign correspondent, journalist, human rights advocate, international business consultant, policy analyst, foreign aid worker, political advisor, trade negotiator, government relations manager, researcher, news/documentary producer.

Prospective students should refer to our course pages for the most up-to-date information.

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**Proficiency level descriptions are indicative only and should be used as a general guide. Please refer to our handbook for information on subject areas when planning for your degree.

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