University of Technology Sydney

C09158v1 Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) (BIntSt(Hon))

CRICOS code: 111249G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. See the Course transfer page for further details.

Course aims
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Other information


Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) is an exit-point for students who have completed the International Honours pathway within the Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (C10123)

In the fourth year of the combined degree, International Honours students spend an academic year studying in the local language at a university in the country of their major and also complete an honours level research project under the supervision of a relevant UTS academic.

Entry to the International Honours pathway is dependent on students maintaining a credit average (or higher) in both their International Studies and professional degree in their first three years of study, and on the availability of placements in particular majors.

The School of Nursing & Midwifery at UTS is ranked number 1 in Australia and seventh in the world. (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). We shape the future of healthcare through clinically relevant and research-inspired teaching and learning. The Bachelor of Nursing course is taught by high profile award-winning educators and researchers as well as experienced practicing clinicians. We use a blend of e-learning and face-to-face approaches to engage, inspire and challenge students and our clinical simulation facilities and the diverse clinical placements experiences provided ensure that students develop high level clinical and critical thinking skills. A wide choice of elective third year subjects allows students to sample different nursing specialties including emergency nursing, theatre, paediatrics, community and primary healthcare, aged care and mental health.

Course aims

Graduates from the Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Honours) course are employed in metropolitan, rural and remote settings in a diverse range clinical specialty areas such as general practice, community health, critical care, intensive care, aged care, mental health, operating theatres and paediatrics. Our graduates are also employed as researchers, educators and in leadership roles in government and industry. Advanced career opportunities include working as clinical nurse consultants, clinical nurse specialists, nurse educators, nurse managers or nurse practitioners.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Embody a professional disposition committed to excellence, equity and sustainability
1.1 Demonstrates an ability to provide holistic and compassionate care that takes into account peoplesí lived experience, views and feelings.
1.2 Works in partnership with patients including them in decisions related to their care.
1.3 Advocates for people, if required, to ensure that their cultural values and needs are respected.
2.0 Engage in person-centred care that is appropriately sensitive to the needs of individuals, families and communities
2.1 Demonstrates accountability and responsibility while working within professional codes and standards.
2.2 Demonstrates a commitment to social justice, valuing diversity and seeking to address disadvantage and inequity in healthcare.
2.3 Demonstrates leadership and the moral courage needed to improve patient outcomes, staff well-being and organisational cultures.
3.0 Communicate and collaborate effectively and respectfully with diverse groups
3.1 Demonstrates the ability to develop therapeutic relationships while maintaining professional boundaries.
3.2 Communicates and educates patients in ways that are appropriate to their level of health literacy.
3.3 Works in partnership with healthcare providers and other stakeholders toward common goals that prioritise patientsí values, needs and preferences.
4.0 Inquire critically to assess a body of evidence to inform practice
4.1 Uses information and communication technologies to access valid sources of evidence.
4.2 Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence and transfers knowledge to practice.
4.3 Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence and transfers knowledge to practice.
5.0 Competently apply knowledge and skills to ensure safe and effective nursing practice
5.1 Discusses how colonisation and racism impacts the current health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
5.2 Adapts practice to accommodate Indigenous Australiansí cultural needs and values.
5.3 Avoids generalisations and stereotypes when discussing the diversity of Indigenous Australians.
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Uses creative and rigorous thinking skills to identify and address novel and emergent healthcare problems.
6.2 Uses clinical reasoning skills to accurately assess, interpret and respond to patient data in a systematic and timely manner.
6.3 Critically reflects on and learns from previous experiences to improve future practice.
7.0 The knowledge and skills required for safe and effective patient care
7.1 Demonstrates technical and non-technical skills in the provision of safe effective, legal and ethical nursing care.
7.2 Recognises and responds to human and systems factors that have the potential to jeopardise patient safety.
7.3 Maintains capability to practice taking responsibility for personal factors that have the potential to negatively impact patient safety.
INT.1.0 Professional readiness
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.2.0 Critical and creative inquiry
INT.2.1 Conduct a major independent applied research project using advanced theoretical and specialised knowledge into international aspects of contemporary societies and cultures.
INT.2.2 Evaluate critically research findings and creatively use applied research methods to understand complex problems.
INT.3.0 International and intercultural engagement
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and internationally.
INT.4.0 Indigenous competencies
INT.4.1 Acquire knowledge and skills of Indigenous Australian communication, engagement, research ethics and practices to work effectively with and for Indigenous Australians across a professional context.
INT.5.0 Active citizenship
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.0 Effective communication
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.

Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students will complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is five years of full-time study. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

(96 credit points)

  • Intercultural Communication (8 credit points)
  • International Research Methods (8 credit points)
  • Contemporary Society subject (8 credit points)
  • Language and Culture subjects (32 credit points)
  • International Honours (40 credit points)

Students select one of the following languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) at the time of enrolment. The language choice guides the country major specialisation. For example, students who choose Italian will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year International Honours to be completed at a host university in Italy. The first core subject 99218 Intercultural Communication must be completed before the second year of study. Entry to this International Honours pathway is dependent on students maintaining a credit average (or higher) in both their International Studies and professional degree in their first three years of study, and on the availability of placements in particular majors. All students who are admitted into the International Honours will receive a contribution of up to $1500 towards their travel expenses.

Students are required to meet living costs while overseas for all options. Living costs in some countries are higher than in Sydney.

Course completion requirements

STM91471 Standard Program 144cp
CBK92058 Country and Language choice (Honours) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and is undertaking the course with the German Language and Culture major, and the International Honours pathway.

Levels of award

The Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) may be awarded with first class honours, second class honours division 1, second class honours division 2, and Pass level.

The calculation of the Honours level will be based upon the 48 credit points of study completed in the UTS subjects 999781 International Research Methods, In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1 and In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2. These subjects are completed while students are overseas on In-country Study.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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