Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)


  • Program code: BP048
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:


  • Campus: City campus

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Engage with the challenges, opportunities and diversity brought about by a rapidly changing global environment.

From policy making in China to community development in South America, graduates of International Studies at RMIT land upon a range of dynamic careers across the globe.

You will gain knowledge of global intercultural, social, linguistic and political issues and processes. Offering specialist studies in such topics as global interconnectedness, international relations and languages other than English, this program lets you choose your own adventure.

As part of your studies you will undertake a professional internship with an international organisation either in Australia or overseas. You will also have access to overseas exchange programs and study tours as part of a close-knit and vibrant student community.

Our graduates possess the initiative, independence, language and entrepreneurial skills to face the challenges of working and managing within and across culturally diverse environments.

If you have a passion for international affairs and cultural diversity, this program will prepare you for a highly versatile, articulate and imaginative future.


3 years full-time or 6 years part-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

This program includes a variety of learning experiences to communicate knowledge and ideas about culture, language, technology and globalisation in historical and contemporary contexts, including:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • fieldwork
  • work placements
  • rich online study environments
  • study tours
  • real-world projects.

You will be assessed on a wide range of tasks including:

  • essay writing
  • report and project writing
  • class presentations
  • group work
  • online discussion and other online activities
  • case studies
  • problem solving and analysis
  • industry-based assessment
  • examinations.

Academic staff have close connections with government, industry and professional associations in the fields of international relations, international development and international education.

Staff and students regularly collaborate with government, industry and civil society groups through:

  • joint projects
  • research links
  • internships
  • advisory boards
  • management committees.

All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Program structure

International studies sequence

You will explore global-local interconnections through innovative, problem-based learning experiences including:

  • global history
  • global political processes
  • international political economy
  • human mobility
  • global political and social theory
  • risk and global governance
  • international human rights and law.
  • International work practice sequence.

You will explore the intercultural and cross-cultural dimensions of international management, social research, public policy and project management.

You will also undertake an international internship for a minimum of 2 months and conduct an independent research project.

Language sequence

You will specialise in languages other than English, choosing from a selection of languages offered through cross-institutional enrolment.

You'll also study global language issues and professional communication.

Elective sequence

You will choose specialised courses in areas including:

  • diplomacy and security
  • international aid and development
  • justice
  • business
  • media, culture and communications
  • public policy
  • environmental sustainability
  • community service
  • indigenous studies.


An Honours year is available.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

You will undertake a professional internship with an international organisation in Australia or overseas as part of your studies.

Previous students have completed their internships in organisations and locations such as:

  • United Nations, Geneva
  • Australian overseas missions in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Paris and New York
  • UN Development Programme offices in Lebanon and the Philippines
  • UN refugee agencies in Turkey and Washington
  • International Organisation for Migration in Vietnam, Egypt and Colombia
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing
  • Plan International in the UK and Australia
  • NGOs and project management companies in Melbourne.

Student interns have engaged in activities such as supporting diplomatic staff, providing services to refugee youth and strengthening business ties between international firms.

This program also includes research training that culminates in the international research project, which you many complete while on your international internship.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


This program prepares you for professional employment in a range of local and overseas organisations with international orientations including government, business, non-government organisations and community organisations.

You will have knowledge of international systems and global processes, cross-cultural negotiation and management, and strategic and ethical leadership.

Graduate destinations include:

  • OXFAM (Asia Pacific)
  • UNDP (Sudan)
  • UNICEF (Indonesia)
  • QANTAS (Global)
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Beijing)
  • Sky News (UK)
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (Melbourne).


  • international business manager
  • international educator
  • international aid worker
  • international development worker
  • international policy adviser
  • foreign affairs officer
  • social researcher
  • international political analyst
  • journalist.

Global opportunities

This program prepares you to apply your knowledge of globalisation, language and culture in international workplace settings.

You will undertake a professional internship with an international organisation in Australia or overseas. You will also have the opportunity to participate in overseas exchange programs and study tours as part of a close-knit and vibrant student community.

Watch the video of a recent study tour that explored the final year in Timor-Leste's war for independence (1999), with a particular focus on the socio-political crisis across 2006 to 2008. Students learnt of the circumstances around how the conflict unfolded and gained a sense of its consequences, in particular the possibilities for peace and security in the aftermath.

Students are encouraged to take 1 semester of the program at a partner university. RMIT University has exchange partners all over the world including Mexico, China, Chile and more. By combining international exchange, professional internship and international research projects, you may be away for an entire year. Financial support is available through scholarships, RMIT travel grants and government loans.

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements


Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4—a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

Selection tasks

Semester 1, 2015

Non-year 12 applicants only: Non-year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online if they wish other information to be considered. Applicants should explain their reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

Students will be required to undertake field trips and placements. You will be required to pay for travel and accommodation expenses and any academic fees for the international internship, international field work and any overseas study component of the program.

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates of the following RMIT programs with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are guaranteed entry (subject to certain criteria) into this program:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria):

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Global, Urban & Social Studies

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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International Studies Administration
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
Tel. +61 3 9925 2328

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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.