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Why study at UOW

The world is changing fast. Broaden your horizon with a course in International Studies from UOW.

At UOW, we analyse global issues like the rise of social media, unstable economies and changing climates to explore their impact on the world. The skills you’ll gain in international relations, global development, sustainability, and global media can take you to all corners of the globe.

Stay one step ahead in the changing international landscape - apply now to study at UOW in 2017.

The best in NSW/ACT
The federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in in 2017 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences.


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Why study International Studies


  • You'll learn about the big world issues affecting you and your future and develop the skills so you can make an impact.
  • You’ll learn how to apply creativity, critical thinking and effective communication to your work—valuable skills you can apply to any career or field.
  • Take part in an international exchange program, internship, or in-country language program through our global network of over 140 partner universities and organisations. 
  • Our Language Centre provides a world-class learning experience, using the latest learning techniques with teaching grounded in the relevant society and culture. 
  • At UOW you can study for a Diploma in Languages concurrently with any degree. You can choose from Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. Languages can be studied from beginners to advanced level. 
  • You’ll learn from academics who are passionate about what they do, actively engaged in their industry and enthusiastic about sharing what they know.


  • Think international and gain the skills to help you advocate on a global stage.

  • Learn about dynamic areas such as global technology, diplomacy, globalisation, the international economy, human rights, international relations, social change and international security.

  • The Master of International Studies will give you the skills to explain, debate, critically analyse and apply key concepts and ideas in international relations. It gives you a strong understanding of the dynamics of internationalisation, globalisation, development and social change – skills that are valued by employers.  

  • At UOW, you'll learn from experts in international relations. Our academic staff head international committees, edit global journals and research topics as diverse as the vibrancy of language and its origins, or the cultural impact of an electronic culture. They will impart their knowledge and experience, which will benefit your learning outcomes.

  • UOW has a strong research and teaching profile in the field of international relations, with close ties to Commonwealth government agencies, overseas institutions and research centres in Asia and the Pacific.

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Overview of careers

Many UOW International Studies graduates go on to have careers in foreign affairs and international organisations, and with other businesses that have a focus beyond Australia’s borders. Being bilingual or multilingual enhances employability prospects and opens up global career options.

  • Administration
  • Aid Work
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Government
  • Human Rights
  • International Business
  • Interpreter
  • Media
  • Policy Advisor
  • Politics
  • Translator
  • Travel and Tourism
  • United Nations

UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: For the ninth year in a row UOW was ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings Graduate Employers survey (QS World University Rankings 2015/2016).

Zoe Glasson MIS Testimonial

I have always been interested in how the world works and fascinated by different cultures and languages, and I had a strong passion for social justice and human rights. I wanted to understand how peace could be achieved around the world - I saw these interests converging in International Studies.

Zoe Glasson
Master of International Studies (2016)
Intern at the Australian Institute of International Affairs 

Montana Byers International Studies Testimonial

UOW Bachelor of International Studies student, Montana Byers, will head to the heart of US political system this January to experience the cut and thrust of Washington DC as part of a prestigious internship program. Read more about this amazing opportunity. 

Montana Byers
Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in International Relations


The flexibility of the international studies degree at UOW was one of its best aspects. It ensured the degree grew with me as I progressed through my studies and gained different interests and ideas. Doing a double degree gave me the opportunity to study overseas twice: once in the Czech Republic and once in Switzerland!

Darren Peterson
Bachelor of International Studies – Bachelor of Laws Honours
Graduate, Financial Services Enforcement, ASIC

Matthew Mechan MIS testimonial

My studies allowed me to understand better the way the world works and meet people from many different countries and exchange ideas with them. Most importantly I had great teachers from a range of international backgrounds, who taught me how to expand my horizons and open my mind to new things. 

Matthew Mechan
Master of International Studies
Desk Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 


Susan coordinates a Model United Nations (UN) subject, a new experiential learning program where students learn the UN system, policy writing, negotiation skills, and address global challenges as model diplomats. Before joining UOW, Susan worked in government, community and aid sectors and continues to play an active role in aid and development issues.

Dr Susan Engel
Head, Politics and International Studies Program, UOW