2020 Undergraduate Courses
  • Students are to follow the requirements of the Handbook for the year they commenced the course.

    However, the subject links below do not contain the subject information for the current year. You can view current subject information through the new Course Handbook.

Bachelor of International Studies | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of International Studies



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 753121


A degree in International Studies at UOW helps you step onto a world stage of global opportunities including the chance to study abroad as part of your degree. You'll benefit from our expertise in international relations, our involvement in issues of global development and sustainability, and our focus on global media and communications. 

At UOW, you will engage, interact and most importantly, be taught by experts in their fields. UOW staff are high-quality and passionate teachers and academics who are research leaders in security studies, international relations, political economy, settler colonialism, aid and development. 

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate a sound understanding of key components of global society and key global challenges through insights and knowledge gained from multiple perspectives and disciplines.
2 Communicate effectively and ethically across a wide range of contexts.
3 Apply qualitative and quantitative analytical and problem-solving skills necessary for international studies careers and global citizenship.
4 Critically review interconnections between local and global issues and events as well as the historical and contemporary processes that have transformed the globe.
5 Display in-depth knowledge in one of the offered major areas of study.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the Bachelor of International Studies, a student must complete a total of at least 144 credit points comprised of:

  1. Core subjects outlined in the schedule below (24 credit points);
  2. A minimum of a minor in a language other than English (24 credit points);
  3. At least one of the two Majors listed in this degree (48 credit points): Global Sustainable Development or International Relations;
  4. Electives to bring the total number of credit points to 144. To complete the credit points required for the degree, students can choose from the following options:
    1. taking additional elective subjects;
    2. turn their language minor into a major;
    3. take an additional major from the Bachelor of International Studies; or
    4. take an additional minor or major from the Bachelor of Arts. Students may not cross count more than one subject in any minor or major;


  • Not more than 60 credit points in 100-level subjects.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to undertake a semester of overseas study. However, it is not a degree requirement. 
Subject CodeSubject NameCredit Points
LHA 101Introduction to Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences6
INTS100Introduction to International Studies6
INTS206Methods in International Studies and Politics6
INTS301Senior Seminar in International Studies6

*LHA 101 Introduction to Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is undertaken in the first session and is designed to provide students with the academic skills necessary to succeed at University. LHA 101 assists students to understand the structure of their degree, plan their study pathway and plan for post-university careers. It introduces students to key concepts including critical thinking, digital literacy, academic integrity, effective communication and degree and career planning.

Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject. To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.


Students must complete at least one of the 48 credit point Majors below:

As part of their electives, students may wish to take a second major from those listed above, a major from the Bachelor of Arts, or chosen from another degree.


Students must complete the subjects for a minor in one of the languages listed below:

Students may also use their electives to take other 24 credit point minors. Minors are also available in Global Sustainable Development and International Relations. Information regarding minors is available on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 'Career Ready Learning and Practice' (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network. 

INDS208 Working with Indigenous Communities is an elective subject available to all students. INDS208 fosters work skills, cultural competency and develops student awareness of Indigenous knowledges and community practices.


Honours is a fourth year of study that provides training in independent research. Students who complete the single degree with the required academic standard are encouraged to proceed to the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours). Please refer to the Honours handbook page for further information about the degree and entry requirements.

Other Information

Further information is available via email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020