2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) | 2020 

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar)



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 / 753131


If you are a high-achieving and motivated student, the International Studies (Dean's Scholar) program will give you an enriched educational experience and empower you to analyse and appreciate the diversity of the global community. The Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) will teach you a diverse skill set to facilitate analysis of national and global issues, focusing on the way global forces and interactions that increasingly influence domestic politics. This degree will equip you with a theoretical background to understand the international political and social world, proficiency in a language and the ability to analyse real case studies. 

The Dean’s Scholar program includes a member of academic staff to assist you on matters concerned with your degree, as well as an annual text book or resource allowance, and designated study space. You will produce a major self-directed research project as a capstone to your degree in the final year of study.

You will examine the relationships between politics, society, culture, language, and history on a global scale. Core subjects include Introduction to International Studies, Methods in International Studies and Politics, and Senior Seminar in International Studies. In second year, you will choose between one of two majors: International Relations and Global Sustainable Development

As part of the degree, you will also study a language minor, and you can choose from Mandarin, French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. 

Dean's Scholar Degrees

Dean's Scholars have the opportunity to attempt subjects not normally available to first-year students. They may be granted exemption from certain first-year subjects and may be permitted extended subject loads, enabling them to complete the degree in less than the normal time and enter Honours in their third year.

Dean's Scholar students benefit from:

  • Access to shared study and workspace;
  • Yearly text book or resource allowance for full time students;
  • Limited printing privileges;
  • Specialised subject LHA 102 Dean's Scholars Seminar;
  • Opportunities to attend academic and higher degree research workshops and seminars.
  • On successful completion of this degree, students will be guaranteed admission to Honours.

Dean's Scholars are able to use the University's student exchange program to undertake a period of study overseas. Several Dean's Scholars have competed successfully for places in the Australian National Internship Program or the University Capitol Washington Internship Program, which places students in political offices in Canberra or Washington D.C. respectively.

To remain in the program, students must maintain an average of 75% in each year of study. If the student's average falls below 75%, the student will be transferred into the Bachelor of International Studies degree.

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.
6 Independently plan and execute a research or professional based project that demonstrates an understanding and critical analysis of the area of study.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of this degree, a student must complete a total of at least 144 credit points from subjects listed in the Course Structure below:

  1. LHA 102 Dean’s Scholars Seminar (6 credit points);
  2. The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of International Studies degree, excluding LHA101 (18 credit points);
  3. At least one of the two Majors listed in this degree: Global Sustainable Development or International Relations.
  4. At least one minor in a language other than English (minimum of 24 credit points);
  5. 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 offered from the Bachelor of Arts or other degree. Students may not cross count more than one subject from a nominated minor into any other minor or major;
  6. Not more than 60 credit points in 100-level subjects; and
  7. Dean's Scholars are also required to maintain an average mark of 75% or better.

During the Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) degree, students are strongly encouraged to undertake a semester of overseas study. However, it is not a degree requirement.

Majors and Minors 

For a list of the major and minor options available in this degree, please see the Bachelor of International Studies Course Handbook 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

To remain in the program, students must maintain an average of 75% in each year of study. If the student's average falls below 75%, the student will be transferred into the Bachelor of International Studies degree.

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

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020