University of Technology Sydney

C10123v9 Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of International Studies

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

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 2021 should refer to the course description in the 2020 handbook.

For course specific information see the Nursing Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) 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. This course is comprised of a comprehensive range of theoretical and clinical nursing subjects that together provide the knowledge, skills and professional values graduates require to provide safe, effective and compassionate nursing care. Our graduates are well prepared for clinical practice and are highly sought after for employment in a wide range of healthcare settings across Australian and internationally.

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.

Career options

Graduates from the Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts in International Studies 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.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

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 Employ effective cultural strategies to operate within professional settings in Australia and internationally.
INT.2.0 Critical and Creative Inquiry
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.3.0 International and Intercultural Engagement
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.4.0 Indigenous Competencies
INT.4.1 Acquire knowledge and skills of Indigenous Australian communication, engagement, and critical inquiry to work effectively with and for Indigenous Australians across a professional context.
INT.5.0 Active Citizenship
INT.5.1 Develop capacity to engage with current issues and to act ethically in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.0 Effective Communication
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: 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in each subset; or TOEFL: internet based: 94 overall, reading 24, listening 24, speaking 23, writing 27; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a minimum score of 65 in each subset; or OET: minimum score of B in each of the 4 components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

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.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Nursing Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

For course specific information see the Bachelor of International Studies Diploma in Languages Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

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

CBK92057 Country and Language choice 96cp
STM91471 Standard Program 144cp
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
93201 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1 A   6cp
91562 Health and Homeostasis 1   6cp
93202 Preparation for Clinical Practice   6cp
93203 Healthcare Communication   6cp
Spring session
93204 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1B   6cp
91561 Health and Homeostasis 2   6cp
93205 Health and Society   6cp
93206 Introduction to Clinical Practice   6cp
December session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
93207 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A   6cp
93208 Clinical Practice 2A   6cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Spring session
93210 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B   6cp
93211 Clinical Practice 2B   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
93212 Indigenous Health and Well-Being   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1   6cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
93209 Nursing Care of the Older Person 6cp  
93213 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
93209 Nursing Care of the Older Person 6cp  
93213 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing 6cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
93214 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A   6cp
93216 Clinical Practice 3A   6cp
91530 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2   6cp
93220 Leading, Teaching and Mentoring   6cp
Spring session
93217 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3B   6cp
93218 Empathy and Compassion for Nursing Practice   6cp
93219 Transition to Professional 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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