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Why study at UOW

The world is changing fast. Broaden your horizons and stay one step ahead with a course in International Studies from UOW.

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

Choose your specialisation by taking a major in one of the following areas of study:

The best in NSW/ACT
The federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for Humanities.

QILT 2018 also ranked the following subjects in the top 200 in the world

  • Communications and Media Studies
  • English Language and Literature


Find your why 

Tom Curran Grad

Thomas Curran was awarded the Chancellor Robert Hope Memorial Prize in 2017 when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar). He is now a graduate research officer for the Senate of Australia. 

Why study International Studies


  • Learn about the big world issues affecting you and your future and develop key skills so you can make an impact as a global citizen.
  • You will learn to apply creativity, critical thinking and effective communication to your work. Valuable skills you can apply to any career or field.
  • UOW academics are passionate about what they do and are actively engaged in their industry. You will learn from experts across fields of Global Sustainable Development and International Relations.
  • Speak the language of the modern world. You will choose from Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish to be studied as a minor**. Languages can be studied from beginners to advanced level. You will learn from native language speakers by using the latest learning techniques with teaching grounded in the relevant culture and society. Our Language Centre provides a world-class learning experience using the latest learning techniques. Learn about the future of learning languages and how it is an essential and desired skill that employers look for. 
  • Take part in an international exchange program, internship, or in-country language program through our global network of over 140 partner universities and organisations. 

Where can I study International Studies at UOW?

Students can study International Studies full-time or part-time. Our International Studies program is offered at the Wollongong campus and the South Western Sydney Campus in Liverpool.




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: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

Trang Bui (Grace)

I love international studies because it gives me the chance to view the world through a different lens. It helps me see the unknown side of various political spheres and understand how they operate. 

Trang Bui (Grace)
Bachelor of Communication and Media - Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations) (Dean's Scholar)

Montana Byers International Studies Testimonial

UOW Bachelor of International Studies student, Montana Byers, interned in the heart of the US political system 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 (International Relations) (Honours), 2018

CF Testimonial - Intl Studies Aug 2017

I love travelling and meeting people from all over the world. I am really passionate about immigrant rights and received the opportunity to study immigration and human rights in Mexico City. This inspired my Honours thesis on the migration from Central America to the US which is quite topical and controversial at the moment. I really care about making a change and I feel that International Studies has equipped me to do that. 

Adelaide Haynes
Bachelor of International Studies (French) - Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (Dean’s Scholar) (Honours), 2018 


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


Susan coordinates a Model United Nations (UN) subject, an 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
Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Studies 

Phil Orchard

I research how international actors can help protect and assist refugees, internally displaced persons, and war-affected civilians. A Bachelor of International Studies will give you a great understanding of the world around you, in all its complexities and messiness. It is perfect for those who are passionate about changing the world. 

Associate Professor Phil Orchard
Politics and International Studies