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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of International Relations

Your passport to success

In what ways is the world changing? What influence do we have? How can we reduce conflict?

International relations is about interactions across oceans and borders. It examines the political and societal forces of international change. To study it is to delve into history, politics, economics, anthropology and law.

What will you do?

In our Bachelor of International Relations you can specialise in international security, global justice, human rights, global governance, rising powers, or global citizenship. In core studies you’ll:

  • get to know key actors in global politics and the challenges they face
  • consider relationships that involve power, authority, influence, conflict, cooperation, selfishness and altruism
  • analyse political institutions and business-government relations
  • learn about the history of globalisation and foreign-policy formation.

You can also boost your employability and cross-cultural awareness by:

  • studying a language
  • going on study tours
  • enrolling in overseas exchange programs.

Where could it take you?

Our graduates emerge ready for exciting roles across Australia and around the world. You might find yourself at the United Nations as a human rights officer. You could work as a policy advisor or an intelligence analyst in a government agency or a non-governmental organisation. You might be a public relations expert or marketing consultant for an international business. Perhaps you’ll write political news. Or you could work in foreign affairs, strengthening partnerships and providing aid to developing countries.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Graduates of international relations build careers in Australia and internationally in both the public and private sectors, including:

Non-government organisations
Amnesty International
AusAid
Australian Red Cross
Australian Secret Intelligence Service
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
CARE Australia
Caritas Australia
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Migration Solutions
Multicultural Youth SA
World Vision Australia
Journalism and media
The United Nations
The World Bank, financial services, international businesses, investment banks
Tourism and trade
Humanitarian aid and human rights organisations

Potential careers
Member of Parliament, NGO Policy Officer, Community Development Officer, Community Outreach Worker, Policy Developer, Cultural Heritage Officer, Translator, UN Human Rights Officer, Journalist, Ministerial Adviser, News Presenter, Non Government Organisation Worker, Columnist, Communications Officer, Parliamentary Adviser, Parliamentary Member, Political Adviser, Diplomatic corps, Public Servant, Quarantine Officer, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Aid Worker

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 60%

ISBE [India] 70%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 6.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 6.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Reading and Listening 13

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 50

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 176 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 169