University of Technology Sydney

C10123v7 Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609150 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 026198M
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


Students admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts in International Studies before 2010 should refer to the course description in the 2009 handbook.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
External articulation
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Professional recognition
Other information


The Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts in International Studies combines preparation for the role of the registered nurse with immersion in another language and culture, enhancing professional education and career options.

The course offers all the benefits of the UTS Bachelor of Nursing, including clinical placements every session, use of state-of-the-art facilities, selection of a clinical elective in the final year and development of an e-portfolio. In addition, students gain specific skills in their chosen language and culture and become more aware of the need for intercultural sensitivities, not only through studying another language and culture, but also by living in another country in the fourth year of the course.

Career options

Career options for registered nurses include working in diverse specialty areas such as community health, critical care, intensive care, aged care, mental health, operating theatres and paediatrics. Career progression opportunities include working as a clinical nurse consultant, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, nurse manager, nurse practitioner or rural and remote practice nurse. Career options are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Embody a professional disposition committed to excellence, equity and sustainability
1.1 Demonstrate a professional identity which acknowledges the value of the nurse as a therapeutic agent
1.2 Demonstrate the characteristics and skills required for professional engagement and effective lifelong learning
1.3 Assume a leadership role, self-initiate and evaluate, manage change and take responsibility within scope of practice
1.4 Accept professional accountability and responsibility for quality and safe care concomitant with scope of practice
1.5 Exhibit moral, ethical and honourable professional practice and promote health equity by recognising and seeking to address disadvantage and injustice
2.0 Engage in person-centred care that is appropriately sensitive to the needs of individuals, families and communities
2.1 Practise person-centred, holistic care in which all aspects of the patient's wellbeing are considered
2.2 Respond equitably and appropriately within diverse settings to the needs and interests of people from diverse backgrounds
2.3 Advocate for the rights of the individual patient, family or patient group
2.4 Promote the use of preventative health strategies to reduce the risk of disease and/or ameliorate severity of illness
3.0 Communicate and collaborate effectively and respectfully with diverse groups
3.1 Communicate fluently and effectively for safe therapeutic and collaborative practice
3.2 Appreciate the value of communication to negotiate and create shared understandings as well as to develop and sustain professional relationships
3.3 Speak, read, write and listen effectively and with sensitivity to different audiences and contexts
3.4 Communicate in a culturally safe and appropriate way
4.0 Inquire critically to assess a body of evidence to inform practice
4.1 Demonstrate information literacy and technology skills and effectively apply these in the exercise of clinical judgement
4.2 Evaluate and apply effective and creative solutions to the improvement of nursing practice and patient care
4.3 Inquire critically to apply knowledge for the purposes of patient and professional education
4.4 Comply with intellectual academic writing practices and use information ethically, legally and respectfully
5.0 Competently apply knowledge and skills to ensure safe and effective nursing practice
5.1 Demonstrate competence in clinical judgment, technical abilities and the skills expected of a new graduate nurse and meet or exceed the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for registration as a nurse
5.2 Practise effectively within the regulatory frameworks, standards and codes of practice
5.3 Use contemporary clinical information technologies to manage patient information and optimise the provision of safe and high-quality care
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 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice
INT.1.1 Employ effective cultural strategies to operate within professional settings in Australia and internationally.
INT.2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures.
INT.2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods in International Studies.
INT.3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures.
INT.3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language.
INT.4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges and sovereignty in Australian and international settings.
INT.5.1 Develop capacity to engage with current issues and to act ethically in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English.


INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Admission to the combined degree is on merit according to the admissions policy for the Bachelor of Nursing (C10122).

There is a range of entry levels to the various language and culture programs. Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English (nursing component). There are no prior language requirements for the international studies component.

Any two units of science and any two units of mathematics are recommended (nursing component).

External articulation

UTS offers an accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program to students who have completed the TAFE Certificate IV/Diploma in Enrolled Nursing, and to students who have completed a bachelor degree in another discipline within the past eight years. The focus of the previous bachelor's degree should have a human physical/behavioural science base and should reflect the student's attainment of communication and academic writing skills. Applicants are assessed on an individual basis. Enrolled nurses receive 48 credit points of exemption and graduates receive 24 credit points of exemption. Applicants must have completed their qualification by December of the previous year to be eligible for the accelerated program. Spaces are limited in these accelerated programs and offers are based on competition.

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

Students are required to complete 240 credit points of study comprising 144 credit points in nursing and 96 credit points in international studies. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies requires undergraduates to study a region or country major over a minimum of three years.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.

Industrial training/professional practice

This course includes extensive clinical practice, which is a compulsory component of the course, commencing in the first session. Students may be required to complete clinical practice during the session break period.

Course completion requirements

CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
Select 144 credit points of options: 144cp
STM90331 Accelerated entry (BN)144cp 
STM91040 Standard program144cp 
Total 240cp

Course program

The example programs shown are for a standard-entry student who has chosen Germany as the International Studies major; and for an accelerated program graduate-entry student who has chosen Spain as the International Studies major. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors in CBK90005; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

Standard, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92430 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 1   6cp
92431 Human Life Course Development   6cp
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1   6cp
92432 Health and Society   6cp
Spring session
92433 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 2   6cp
92435 Communication and Diversity   6cp
92434 Professional Identity   6cp
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92437 Nursing Care of the Older Person   6cp
92440 Evidence for Nursing   6cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
Spring session
92441 Contemporary Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
92439 Family and Children's Nursing   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing   6cp
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Spring session
92438 Medical Surgical Nursing   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
92442 Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical   6cp
92443 Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions   6cp
92444 Professional Accountability   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91093 Electives 6cp  
Spring session
92445 Integrated Nursing Practice   6cp
92446 Complex Nursing Care: Mental Health   6cp
92447 Navigating Transition   6cp
92448 Leadership for Beginning Practice   6cp

Rules and regulations

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes. There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Nursing. Some domains have a number of sub-domains. The domains are:

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Sensory ability
  • Strength and mobility
  • Sustainable performance.

It is a requirement of this course to complete a number of clinical placements. Clinical placements involve a nursing student going into a clinical setting to undertake the practical components of the course required for registration. If a student has a condition or disability that prevents them from completing a placement, completion of the degree may be hindered. Students should consult the full inherent requirements.


The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (C09018) is available to eligible students with an additional year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. See the faculty rules for more information.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
or +61 2 9514 5021
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