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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

Develop the skills and expertise to understand the complex inter-connections of globalisation and work within the international community.

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies) uniquely positions you to explore some of the world’s most pressing problems while preparing for a career with an international focus: in business, diplomacy, policy development, and for advocacy in a global civil society.

The core major, Global Studies, will teach you how to relate local and international trends, while the combination of your chosen specialisation and language training will provide you with the specific regional knowledge and linguistic competence to work in organisations that operate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.

You’ll cross these international boundaries during the course with an opportunity to study abroad at one of our leading partner universities, exercising your language skills and gaining a first-hand, cultural experience before graduation.

Throughout the course, you will investigate the rapid growth of wealth in some parts of the world in relation to the impoverishment of others; consider the impacts of unprecedented large-scale worker, migrant, and refugee mobility; understand the rise and increasingly prominent role of global civil society (NGOs); as well as the challenges and opportunities of online information.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake an authentic, complex problem-based project, developed in tandem with our industry partners, and work within a bespoke, interdisciplinary team.

When you enrol in International and Global Studies you are preparing for work in the international arena. Think big, go global.

In the final year of your degree, you have two options, Advanced Coursework OR Honours:

  • Advanced Coursework: Enhance your leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and increase your employment prospects. You will undertake challenging coursework and experience work outside the classroom by collaborating with other students on a substantial real-world project.
  • Honours: Develop deep analytical skills and prepare yourself for further research opportunities, such as pursuing a PhD. You will undertake a supervised but independent research project as well as connected discipline-based and/or research-focused coursework. Admission to the honours pathway is subject to meeting the specified WAM and additional entry requirements. Check with your faculty for details.

Our majors include:

American Studies History
Ancient Greek Indigenous Studies
Ancient History Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) International Relations
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Archaeology Italian Studies (Introductory)
Art History Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Asian Studies Italian Studies (Advanced)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies (Introductory)
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)
Chinese studies (Advanced) Japanese Studies (Advanced)
Criminology Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Introductory)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Econometrics Korean Studies (Advanced)
Economic Policy Korean Studies (Heritage Speaker)
Economics Latin
English Linguistics
Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics Modern Greek Studies (Introductory)
European Studies Modern Greek Studies (Intermediate)
Film Studies Modern Greek Studies (Advanced)
Financial Economics Music
French and Francophone Studies (Introductory) Philosophy
French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate) Political Economy
French and Francophone Studies (Advanced) Politics
Gender Studies Socio-Legal Studies
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Sociology
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)
Global Studies Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory) Studies in Religion
Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate) Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced) Visual Arts

Subject areas

Minors can be completed in any of the below areas, as well as standalone minors in Celtic Studies, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

Honours subject areas: Only available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the honours pathway. Minimum WAM and additional entry requirements apply.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

You will:

  • complete a core program in International and Global Studies, including advanced coursework and a substantial final-year project 
  • undertake a modern language minor 
  • complete a second major from Table S (which may be an extension of the language minor) 
  • study abroad at one of our leading partner universities to diversify your study and provide first-hand international experience 
  • have the opportunity to undertake an interdisciplinary project unit where you will work in teams on authentic, complex problem-based projects developed with project partners.

For full course details see our Handbook.

View the International and Global Studies Unit timetable.
Please note this timetable is indicative only.

Please note, the following is an example of a pathway through the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies) for students commencing in Semester 1.

Students commencing Semester 2 will generally follow an alternative progression pattern and may have fewer language study options depending on the level of entry. There may also be restrictions on when exchange/study abroad can be completed. Please contact the University of Sydney for further advice.

Students are free to choose any of the languages offered in the School of Languages and Cultures to fulfil the language minor requirement, and any units from Table S to fulfil the elective requirements. A minimum of 12 credit points must be taken on a study abroad or exchange program.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Global Studies Major: Introduction to International and Global Studies Language Minor: Introductory Arabic 1A and 1B Elective: Introduction to Cultural Studies Elective: Introduction to Sociology 1
  2 Global Studies Major: The Making of the Global Order Elective: Introduction to Diversity Studies* Elective: Introduction to Sociology 2  
2 1 Global Studies Major: Transnational Actors and Networks Global Studies Major: The Dynamics of Global Capitalism Elective: Sociological Theory  
  2 Global Studies Major: The End of Empire and New States Language Minor: Intermediate Arabic 2A and 2B, Gender and Politics in the Arab World Open Learning Environment: Enhancing Cultural Competence*  
3 1 Global Studies Major: Social Movements in the Global South Global Studies Major: Conflict and its Consequences Elective: Social Inequality in Australia Elective: Sociology, Power and Violence
  2 Global Studies Major: Global Studies in Interdisciplinary Contexts Language Minor: Advanced Arabic 3A Elective: Contemporary Sociological Theory Open Learning Environment: The Design of Social Media Campaigns*
4 1 Global Studies Major: Global Mobilities Global Studies Major: International and Global Studies Elective: Nature and Society  
  2 Global Studies Major: Identity Politics and Globalisation Language Major: Advanced Arabic 3B and Arab Cities: Texts and Contexts Elective: Sociology of Culture  

*OLE units are indicative only. Units can be selected from Table O of units.

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

You will be required to study a language relevant to the areas of international and global studies that you are pursuing in your degree. This will include an opportunity to study overseas to enhance your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Community development program manager
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign aid worker
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Human rights advocate
  • International business consultant
  • Policy adviser 
  • Trade negotiator
Future study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas to opportunities for independent research projects that prepare students for higher degrees by research.

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