University of Technology Sydney

Undergraduate course information

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Technological change, globalisation and increased mobility during the second half of the 20th century have dramatically increased the importance of having an international outlook. In all aspects of life and work, contemporary graduates need to be aware of the wider world. UTS aims to enhance its graduates' understanding of other cultures and societies through the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, which can be combined with most other bachelor's-level degrees at UTS.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies introduces students to languages and cultures of the non-English-speaking world and teaches them about contemporary societies in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The course provides unique opportunities for students to study overseas for an academic year at an institution of higher education in the country of their international studies major.

The key element in the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is a period of study overseas. In preparation for this, the study of the language and culture and contemporary society of the relevant country is necessary, as well as an introduction to major global themes. The course requires students to follow a single major, a specialisation in a particular country or region.

Students study one of the following countries or majors: Argentina, Canada (Québec), Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latino USA, Mexico, Spain or Switzerland.

Students are admitted to the combined degrees with international studies with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences. UTS: International Studies reserves the right to allocate places in majors according to its resources and arrangements with overseas universities.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies has no prior language requirements.

In exceptional circumstances students may, with the approval of the Head of School, vary the designated subjects in their international studies major. See the lists of approved alternative subjects for undergraduate students and for postgraduate students.

International students

International students may apply to undertake any of the combined degrees with international studies. International students follow the same program as local students, and may access any of the majors offered, provided the country they choose as their major is able to grant them a visa to study there. This needs to be determined prior to commencing subjects within the major. If a visa cannot be granted, it is not possible for the student to undertake the chosen major.

Bachelor of Global Studies

The Bachelor of Global Studies (C10264) focuses on learning about global political, economic and cultural processes, institutions and theories related to the many facets of globalisation. Students draw connections between these global phenomena and concrete local practices in work and life, seeing the different opportunities and constraints that exist for different groups of people.

Students complete 48 credit points of core subjects in global studies, 48 credit points in their professional major (communications, legal studies, business studies, management studies) and complete the final 48 credit points of their degree via a combination of sub-majors (such as a language other than English, LOTE), electives or an overseas exchange.

Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment

The Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment focuses on the big issue of our time. Sustainable development is challenging growth in every sector. Students study core subjects and choose electives from key streams that equip them with the knowledge to understand the interconnections between environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability and develop skills to address the complexity of achieving a sustainable future. Taken as a combined degree with Business, Management, Economics, Science or Health Science, students balance depth in their area of professional practice with multidisciplinary knowledge on sustainability needed to drive change. The Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment places a focus on student engagement with organisations, industry experts and local communities to build practical experience in tackling real-world problems and prepares students for careers in the ever expanding green economy across industry, science, government and NGO sectors, academia and business. Graduates are in demand in Australia and globally in sectors ranging from resources, consumer goods, agriculture, water and energy to eco-tourism, heritage conservation, public health and finance. The Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment is not available as a standalone degree.

Diploma in Languages

The Diploma in Languages (C20059) is designed to be taken concurrently with an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree program at UTS. It facilitates university students' learning about language and culture and thereby broadens the opportunities associated with their professional degree.

This course allows students to gain exposure to international perspectives and consolidate their linguistic capabilities in a language other than English. Language options include: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Language and culture subjects taken throughout the diploma draw on the UTS Model of Learning, which combines international and intercultural engagement with blended and research-inspired learning.

Australian Language and Culture Studies

The Australian Language and Culture Studies program provides English language development through the study of Australian society and culture. Subjects may be undertaken only by study abroad or exchange students who have an English language test score lower than the UTS entry requirement.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is IELTS: 5.0–6.0 overall with a writing score of 5.0; TOEFL: paper based: 417–549 overall with TWE of 3.0, internet based: 35–78 overall with a writing score of 17.

Students may study subjects in the program for one session then take an IELTS or TOEFL test. Students who then meet the UTS entry requirements can apply to enrol in UTS faculty subjects for the second session via UTS Exchange. The subjects available in the program are:

  • 59709 Australian Conversations
  • 59722 Neighbourhoods and Stories
  • 59711 Natural Australia
  • 59712 Australian Language Studies
  • 59713 Australian Media
  • 59714 Australians at Work

Further information is available from UTS International:

telephone + 61 2 9514 1798
fax + 61 2 9514 7843

Intensive international study

A suite of elective subjects provide students the opportunity to complete a 3–4 week intensive, in-country study program in either the July session or in the Summer sessions at one of UTS' partners internationally.

  • International Internship (97900: 8cp, or 97901: 6cp): This subject provides students with opportunities to complete internships, social entrepreneurships or practicum programs in international locations. Placement locations can include Asia, Central America and Europe.
  • In-country Contemporary Society Study (977912: 8cp, or 977917: 6cp): This subject develops students' understanding of specific aspects of a society or culture through a 3–4 week program delivered in-country and taught in English. Courses can include locations within Asia, Central America and Europe.
  • In-country Language and Culture Study (977913: 8cp, or 977918: 6cp): Students undertake an intensive 3–4 week language program in-country. The focus is on developing students' skills in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish.

In addition to completing the program abroad, students attend pre- and post-experience workshops held at UTS and complete a series of assessment tasks supervised and marked by academics from UTS: International Studies.

Grants are available for eligible students to assist with travel costs. There is also funding to assist students to cover the costs of an international experience subject through the Australian government's OS-HELP loans.


The majors available in the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies are listed below. Each major includes 32 credit points (four 8-credit-point subjects) of instruction in language and culture; 8 credit points of study of 976001 Foundations in International Studies; 8 credit points of study of contemporary society; and 48 credit points (two sessions) of study at a university or institution of higher education in the country of the major: