Bachelor of Arts - International Studies

RMIT University

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 this course land upon a range of careers across the globe. Students gain knowledge of global intercultural, social, linguistic and political issues and processes. Offering specialist studies in topics such as global interconnectedness, international relations and languages other than English, this course lets students choose their own adventure. Students undertake a professional internship with an international organisation either in Australia or overseas and 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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $74,880
International: $80,640

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


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. 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Cross cultural studies, Cultural diversity, Globalisation, History, Human rights, International development, International economics, International law, International relations, International studies, Language and culture studies, Language and literacy, Politics and policy studies, Social research methods.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include international business manager, international educator, international aid worker, international development worker, international policy adviser, foreign affairs officer, civil service, communications officer, social researcher, international political analyst, journalist

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 65.35 No Part time 6 years
City 65.35 No Full time 3 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

Interest areas include:

The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

If you would like any further information, please complete an enquiry form for local or international students. 


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