University of Technology Sydney

Undergraduate course information

Bachelor in International Studies

Globalisation has dramatically increased the importance of having an international outlook. Leading employers value people with strong communication skills and those who can work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The Bachelor of International Studies, which can be combined with most other bachelor's-level degrees at UTS, is designed to give students those much sought-after skills.

The Bachelor of International Studies introduces students to languages and cultures of the non-English-speaking world and teaches them about contemporary societies in Asia and Europe.

In the International Studies component of the combined degree, students select one of six language majors (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish) and one of the following three pathways:

1. Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.

2. Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.

3. International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.

Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

In-country study (ICS) is an embedded key component of the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) degree, subject to availability. In preparation for this, the study of the language and culture and contemporary society of the relevant language major is necessary. The course requires students to follow a single language major.

Students study one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. The Bachelor of International Studies has no prior language requirements. 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. Students undertake this 'embedded' International Honours in the same number of semesters as students in the other streams, i.e. it does not include any extra time at university.

There is no direct admission to this exit-only course. 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 host countries.

Students can graduate with a Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) if they complete the subjects in the International Honours pathway. The degree is embedded in students’ study plans, it does not require an additional honours year. 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 rules concerning the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information.

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 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.

Bachelor of Criminology

The Bachelor of Criminology is offered for the first time in 2022. The course focuses on applied Criminology and has been co-designed with extensive input from Industry and other stakeholders. The degree prepares students to respond to the changing nature of crime in the 21st century by addressing the realities of crime in an increasingly digital and transnational age. Students specialise in digital forensics & security, data analytics & research, justice & legal studies, or forensics and combine studies in these focus areas with practical social science knowledge and skills needed for professions focused on crime prevention, detection, enforcement or the broader social implications and challenges of crime. Course-long industry engagement prepares graduates to pursue careers at all levels of government, in law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections, border protection, the financial or insurance sectors, or within community organisations concerned with crime prevention and rehabilitation. Please note that the Bachelor of Criminology is also offered in combination with both the Bachelor of Forensic Science, or the Bachelor of International Studies.

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. Students who complete one of these subjects may be eligible to complete 977000 In-country Language and Culture Study 2.

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 language majors available in the Bachelor of 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 99218 Intercultural Communication; 8 credit points of study of contemporary society and 8 credit points of study of 999781 International Research Methods. The pathway you choose will determine the remaining 40 credit points of subjects you complete

  • Chinese (MAJ09453)
  • French (MAJ09454)
  • German (MAJ09455)
  • Italian (MAJ09456)
  • Japanese (MAJ09457)
  • Spanish (MAJ09458)