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3 year(s) full-time


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2018: AUD$ 25,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

  • The Bachelor of Arts enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at the same time. 
  • Graduate with a unique international and cultural perspective and get a competitive edge.
  • Gain international experience as part of the Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program.



This degree is flexible and opens up a diverse range of career possibilities. As a student studying the international relations major you will explore global issues of politics, economics, conflict resolution, social development, security and environmental protection.

You will:

  • understand the complexities of contemporary global, political and social developments that influence key national and international relationships.
  • have the knowledge and high level analytical skills to contribute to the work of government and non government, national and international organisations.
  • be equipped as lifelong learners with strong transdisciplinary research skills, informed by their understanding of the history of the past and future.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to select another major from the following areas:

  • History and Cultural Studies
  • English and Creative Writing
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Performing Arts
  • Sociology

Whichever combination of majors you choose it will give you unique skills and understanding that combines the two academic areas.

Studying a double major increases your employment prospects. You will graduate with writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem solving skills that will transfer across a range of professions. These skills are also highly regarded by prospective employers. If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Why Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest.

There is also an opportunity to study a portion of your degree overseas as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program. As part of this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination.

Real-world connections

The Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program is a great way to build global awareness, broaden your global and societal understanding, and build important industry networks and relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.  

Your career

This highly regarded major is for those who want a rewarding career in international affairs, politics or social development. You can expect to gain employment with aid organisations, research and education institutions and in the communications and media sector. Careers to consider:

  • policy advisor: review, develop and implement policies and strategies
  • political analyst: study political systems and predict political, social and economic trends
  • community development worker: initiate social change and make improvements within communities; work with individuals, families and communities to identify needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities
  • consular officer: issue visas, and offer advice and consular assistance
  • humanitarian worker: facilitate the distribution of aid to people who have been affected by human or natural disasters
  • ministerial advisor: ensure that decisions made by the minister are implemented by agencies

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates may apply for membership, at an appropriate level, of the Australasian Political Studies Association.

Graduates may apply for membership, at an appropriate level, of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Graduates may apply for membership, at an appropriate level, of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

What others are saying

As a result of the combined degree of Social Work and International Relations, I was able to undertake the Hawke Ambassador Program and intern at the Baha'i International Community United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Here, I sat in on sessions of the Human Rights Council and got a taste of what work in the International Relations field looks like firsthand. Combining International Relations with Social Work was really interesting for me as it allowed me to consider the relationship that the international sphere has on institutions, communities and individuals.

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

I have really enjoyed using the practical facilities at UniSA,  the TV and radio studios, and the opportunity to do an industry internship as part of my studies. 

Isobel Scott

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Isobel Scott

Isobel Scott

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will explore Australia’s relationship with Asia and Europe; you will also develop research and project development and management skills. Under the guidance of highly experienced academics you will cover specialisations such as politics, human rights, conflict resolution, human rights, social development, security and international risk. 

This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with a broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from the following:

  • History and Cultural Studies
  • English and Creative Writing
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Performing Arts
  • Sociology

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports
  • presentations
  • research papers
  • online presentations
  • essays

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
The Social World SOCU 1003 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Major course 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Minor 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Major course 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Minor 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Global Society and Movements SOCU 2017 4.5 Note(s): 5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5 Note(s): 5
Relevant Intermediate Level Course Note(s): 5
Second Major course 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Minor 3 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Australia in the Asian Century POLI 2003 4.5 Note(s): 5
International Political Economy and Human Development POLI 2026 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Major course 4 4.5 Note(s): 2
Minor 4 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Global Power in the Asian Century POLI 3018 4.5 Note(s): 5
Internship or Project COMM 3063 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Major course 5 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Major course 6 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Free Elective Note(s): 5
International Management Ethics and Values BUSS 3053 4.5 Note(s): 5
Relevant Advanced Level Course Note(s): 5
Advanced Level Cross Institutional Course Note(s): 5
Second Major course 7 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Major course 8 4.5 Note(s): 2

I am a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics, program director of the Bachelor of Arts, and member of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

My background is in philosophy and linguistics. My interests include how language matters as a form of expertise in professions and organisations, particularly in health settings. I’m involved in projects in psychiatry, mental health and aged care that aim to improve how language is used and understood at important times in people's lives.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.


Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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