International Studies

International Studies explores the past, present and future contours of the globalised world that we live in today. We investigate ideas and events that shaped the 20th century, as well as survey a range of issues that we face in the current millennium.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

As an International Studies student, you’ll come to understand what it means to be a global citizen capable of actively engaging with a range of societies and cultures. One of our most popular areas of study, its strength lies in the fact that it is taught across multiple disciplines in the Faculty of Arts, allowing you to consider the most pressing issues facing the world today from a range of perspectives.

Engage in units taught by philosophers, historians, linguists, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and geographers.

Our students learn that the problems facing human societies today can be understood through a variety of approaches, and that each of these approaches offers its own potential solution.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


Choice of streams

In International Studies you can choose a global approach, or you can tailor your interests through choosing elective units in one of the following streams of study:

  • American studies;
  • Asian studies;
  • Commerce, commodities and consumption;
  • Conflict and justice;
  • Cultures and identities; or
  • European studies.

Study overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. You can take International Studies through a study abroad or exchange program at one of our many worldwide partner institutions. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

One option is studying at a Monash campus abroad, and you’ll have Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a Partner University, or, Study Abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

Exciting career prospects

International Studies equips you to work in a range of dynamic careers. Our graduates have gone on to work in:

  • the Australian government
  • international non-government organisations
  • newspapers and other media
  • research, and academic (with additional qualifications)
  • global trading firms
  • a range of other organisations