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International and Global Studies


Equip yourself with the tools to understand the paradoxes and complex inter-connections of globalisation. 

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies) will allow you the opportunity to explore complex issues such as the rapid growth of wealth in some parts of the world accompanied by the impoverishment of others; the large-scale mobility of workers, migrants, and refugees; the rise of global civil society (NGOs); and the challenges and opportunities of online information.

This unique course equips you with the ability to work in a global society. Its core major, Global Studies, enables you to relate local and global trends, while your chosen specialisation and language training provide the regional expertise and linguistic competence to work in organisations with an international scope, and to communicate effectively across cultural and linguistic boundaries.

The distinction of the INGS stream lies in its unique structure. The core Global Studies major (eight units of study) lends intellectual coherence and analytical heft; a second major of your choice complements your Global Studies major; a compulsory modern language minor provides the linguistic competency to operate internationally; and an exchange abroad at one of the University of Sydney’s partner universities will enhance your language skills and cultural understanding.  You will also take a faculty-wide interdisciplinary unit, topped off by project work in your final year.

Working in our globalised environment requires specific analytical and transcultural competencies:

-        In-depth understanding of the causes and consequences of globalisation

-        Proficiency in a foreign language and trans-cultural communication skills

-        The ethical perspective to lead change and to improve peoples’ lives in a variety of contexts across cultures

-        An understanding of international affairs in a global age.

When you enrol in INGS you are preparing for work in an international arena: in business, diplomacy, policy development, and for advocacy in a global civil society.

About the INGS Exchange experience

You will have to opportunity to study abroad at one of our leading partner universities to diversify your study and provide first-hand international experience. You can study anything on exchange that will count towards your degree.  Before deciding on a partner institution to apply to, it is worthwhile researching the units that are on offer, and considering how those units will fit with your degree structure.  A good place to start is by attending the university exchange information sessions, and looking at these online resources

Details of the program structure and content including unit of study information, can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook and in our FAQ fact sheet.

This program is offered by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. For further information, please contact the degree director Prof James Curran


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

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Community development program manager
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign correspondent
  • International business consultant
  • Policy advisor    
Career pathways
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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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