BP048 - Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)

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Plan: BP048P6 - Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
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 Arts (International Studies)
Award abbreviation: BArts(IntlSt)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 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/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 090300
CRICOS code: 031941J

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Purpose of the Program

The program will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills relevant to current international professional practice, 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 career.

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

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 the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies):

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current 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 International Development, Juris Doctor, Master of Public Policy, and Master of International Business, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of Year 12/Foundation Studies or equivalent secondary school studies, or a recognised post-secondary diploma or certificate in the discipline. Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide(REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Non year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History 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.

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External accreditation and industry links

While in Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in International Studies, the program has strong, ongoing links with many organisations concerned with international affairs.

In particular, the program has very close associations with government, industry and professional associations in the fields of international relations, international development 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.

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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

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

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 www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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