Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 002080A

Level of study: Undergraduate


If you can't let, go of unanswered questions. If you love learning. If you're passionate about the world around you. Then it's time to start your journey at La Trobe.

With our flexible Bachelor of Arts, you can choose from an incredible array of majors and minors. You'll have access to over 50 majors and minors from humanities, social sciences, business, health and science, keeping your career options open. Pursue your passion and your profession.

Gain real-world experience and build valuable connections that will shape your career. Take on an industry placement at organisations like SBS Radio, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre or the United Nations Association of Australia or travel overseas for an international sustainability experience.1 Many of our exchange programs are financially supported. Your dedicated course advisor will help you to find your path and explore new opportunities.

The world is waiting for you. Step into it.

You'll learn:

Critical thinking

Emotional intelligence



The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7 - Bachelor Degree.

Major Description

The International Studies major allows you to make sense of the social, economic and political factors that contribute to how the world works. In this major, you’ll investigate the systems, structures and laws that shape international affairs from a range of perspectives. You’ll develop a keen sense of why the world faces the problems it does, how history has shaped the world we live in, and how policies to address the greatest global challenges are developed and can be improved. You’ll study subjects about security, economics, slavery, human trafficking, migration, development, international law, international organisations, foreign policy and modern Asia, and you will be strongly supported to study a language, experience the world through overseas study tours, and undertake internships.

The La Trobe International Studies is taught by world-leading academics who have extensive experience in the real world of policy-making, international development, international negotiations and more. Industry and community leaders will regularly present in your classes, giving you the opportunity to develop your networks. An International Studies major will provide you with the knowledge required to address major global challenges, including climate change, war, terrorism, poverty, and inequality. It will also help you understand cultural and political differences and similarities across the world, which is crucial to working effectively internationally. When you complete this major, you’ll have the skills and knowledge required to establish a career dealing with international issues or working internationally.

Career opportunities

International studies builds skills in critical thinking, problem solving and communication to prepare you for a range of careers.

Possible roles include:

Policy adviser
Humanitarian aid worker
Intelligence analyst
Political analyst
Human rights advocate

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
31,400 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 3 years
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
12,080 Per Year
Read moreThis is a domestic full fee-paying fees for international students intending to study 100% online.
27 Feb 2023 3 years
Self study / online (without attendance)
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0

TOEFL iBT: Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing

PTE Academic: Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50

C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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