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Why study at UOW

The world is changing fast. Broaden your horizon and stay one step ahead 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.

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, 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.


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.

CF Testimonial - Intl Studies Aug 2017

I love traveling and meeting people from all kinds of places. I’m also really passionate about social justice issues, the environment and women’s rights. I have fit a fair bit of travel into my degree which has really allowed me to combine all my interests and put what I study in to practical use, seeing real-world problems and solutions.

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

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