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International Relations

Interested in International Relations?

As a student studying international relations you will explore global issues of politics, economics, conflict resolution, social development, security and environmental protection.

You will also have the 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.

Key features

Why UniSA?

You’ll be taught by industry professionals. Our academics have a very practical approach to learning, and you’ll work on real projects and get real experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.

1 2017 QS Stars Rankings

UniSA offers 5 International Relations degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

The world of international relations is a rapidly evolving concept and you will graduate with a strong understanding of global issues, which will open up additional and more diverse employment opportunities. You could expect to gain employment with:

  • aid organisations
  • research and education institutions
  • communications and media organisations
  • immigration
  • defence
  • security
  • international trade
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Projects Abroad
  • Antipodeans Abroad
  • Latitude Global Volunteering
  • Australian Refugee Association

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Study at UniSA

If you are curious about the world around you and have an interest in foreign affairs, both social and political, then delve into the international relations program at the University of South Australia.

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What others are saying

I like the amount of opportunities I have to do meaningful, extra-curricular activities internationally. I have participated in the Hawke Ambassador Program, giving me the opportunity to volunteer for six months with World Vision in Brazil, and I was selected as a Global Voices delegate, allowing me to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. 

Kyle Reeves 

Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Kyle Reeves

Kyle Reeves 

Bachelor of Social Work, 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)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017