BP332 - Bachelor of International Studies

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Plan: BP332DEV - Bachelor of International Studies (Development)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of International Studies (Development)
Award abbreviation: B IntlSt (DEV)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/global-urban-and-social-studies
ASCED code: 090300
CRICOS code: 0100992

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Purpose of the Program

The program will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills relevant to international professional practice in the development and humanitarian sectors, broadly defined to encompass knowledge of international systems and global processes, cross-cultural negotiation and management, and strategic and ethical leadership. Working with the challenges of culturally diverse contexts will be integral to your preparation for an international development career. 

You will work with leading global studies scholars to prepare for international and cross-cultural careers in development and humanitarian practice, government, business and community organisations. You will be trained in cross-cultural workplace practices, offered international study exchange opportunities, and be able to design, source and undertake an international internship oriented towards your career interests in international development. You will study your courses on campus in RMIT's city campus, located in Melbourne. 

The capstone experience of this program is HUSO2314 Global Internship. In this course you will undertake a professional industry internship in an organisation of relevance to your career aspirations. You will draw upon the knowledge and skills developed throughout the degree and apply them in an industry setting, enabling you to gain workplace experience and to begin your transition to a professional career and/or further study.

On completion of the program you will be a versatile, articulate and imaginative thinker, oriented to begin an internationally orientated career. You will be knowledgeable about global intercultural, social, linguistic and political issues and processes, and possess initiative, independence, and entrepreneurial skills. 

You will have opportunities throughout the program to gain a sense of professional direction and consider possible employment futures. As a graduate of this program you can expect to work in professional roles in a range of organisations with international orientations, including government, businesses, non-government organisations and community organisations both in Australia and overseas. Our graduates have gone on to work as policy advisers, researchers, diplomatic staff, business managers, entrepreneurs, aid and development workers, community sector staff and in many other roles in Australia and internationally. 

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in this program:

  • Diploma of Youth Work
  • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
  • Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Diploma of Financial Counselling
  • Diploma of Languages
  • Advanced Diploma of Justice
  • Advanced Diploma of Translating
  • Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours), Master of Global Studies, Juris Doctor, Master of Public Policy, and Master of International Business, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country Equivalency web page on the RMIT website.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of International Studies (Development) maintains strong, ongoing links with many organisations concerned with international development. While in Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in International Studies, industry connections ensure that courses and skills taught are relevant to the needs of development practitioners.  

In particular, the program has very close associations with government, industry and professional associations in the fields of overseas aid, social enterprise, international development policy and international education. Program staff and students are regularly involved in collaboration with government, industry and civil society groups through joint projects, research links, internships, advisory boards and management committees. 

There is regular consultation with an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the IAC’s brief is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.    
Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.  

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.  Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. 

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at https://www.rmit.edu.au/students

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