Bachelor of International Development Studies

Australian Catholic University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 074604D

Level of study: Undergraduate


Studying international development at ACU will give you the knowledge, critical perspectives, understanding and skills needed for competent, compassionate, ethical and professional engagement with communities in the developing world. The course covers humanitarian work, working with refugees, working for peace, advocacy, environmental sustainability and global health, and managing international development projects. You will also gain valuable first-hand knowledge of humanitarian and development programs in action through our bespoke, overseas experience in a developing country.

Professional experience

At least three weeks with a development or humanitarian program in a developing country.

Work placement

The Development Education Immersion Experience is an essential part of the Bachelor of International Development Studies degree which gives students a community-based learning experience for a minimum of three weeks. You’ll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of everyday life in a developing country in your third year of study. Participating in the Development Education Immersion Experience (DVST304) is a compulsory component of your degree.

Please note that there are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the Development Education Immersion Experience.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • working with non-governmental organisations locally or abroad
  • government service
  • the United Nations
  • international organisations such as The World Bank
  • human rights and advocacy
  • social entrepreneurship
  • fair trade business sector
  • eco and responsible tourism
  • charity and humanitarian organisations
  • private aid distribution

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
24,824 Per Year
Read moreEstimate total cost: 74,472; Unit fee: 3,103
Feb 2023 3 years
Full time
Melbourne Campus
115 Victoria Parade
Melbourne Victoria 3065

Entry criteria

The equivalent of Australian Year 12 Certificate

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall score: 6.0; Individual score of: 6.0 in writing and speaking; 5.5 in listening and reading

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 50 with a minimum of 50 in writing and speaking and a minimum of 42 in reading and listening

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 60: minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 8 in reading and 7 in listening

ACU English Language Test: C (60-64%)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE score: 169 Minimum score of 169 in writing and speaking and 162 in listening and reading.


Australian Catholic University
North Sydney Campus
40 Edward Street
Sydney New South Wales 2060
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