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This program structure applies to students commencing prior to 2019. If you are commencing from 2019 please refer to program 3582 International Studies/Media (Comms & Journalism).

The Bachelor of International Studies Bachelor of Media (Communication & Journalism) [UNSW BInSt BMedia(C&J)] is a five-year Dual degree. The BInSt BMedia(C&J) provides an opportunity for students to undertake the courses required for the Bachelor of International Studies program, including an approved minor stream, as well as courses from the Bachelor of Media (Communication & Journalism) program.


Study Level


Typical duration

5 Years

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit



Bachelor of International Studies - BlnSt

Bachelor of Media - BMedia



Stand Alone Programs

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Double Degree Structure

Students must complete 240 UOC.

Bachelor of International Studies (144 UOC)

  1. International Studies core (24 UOC)
  2. Regional Electives (12 UOC)
  3. Specialist Elective (6 UOC)
  4. Language Study core (24 UOC)
  5. A Minor (24 UOC)
  6. General Education (6 UOC)
  7. Overseas Study Program (48 UOC)

Bachelor of Media (Communication and Journalism) (96 UOC)

  1. Media Core (12 UOC)
  2. Communication and Journalism Core (36 UOC)
  3. Prescribed Media Electives (24 UOC)
  4. Prescribed Communication and Journalism Electives (18 UOC)
  5. General Education (6 UOC)

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Specialisation Requirement

3447 - International Studies

Specialisation Requirement description.

You must complete a 24 UOC minor.

NOTE 1: If you are undertaking the Asian Studies minor you must complete a sequence of 24 UOC in an Asian language. If you are undertaking the European Studies minor you must complete a sequence of 24 UOC in a European language.

NOTE 2: If you are enrolled in a BInSt/Media double degree, you have the option of undertaking a major in International Business by completing three International Business approved electives (18UOC or equivalent) as part of their Overseas Study Program (OSP).

NOTE 3: Courses that form part of your minor may not be double counted towards the Regional and Specialist components of the program.

NOTE 4: If you complete a minor in a language you must complete that study in a Language other than that which you choose for the Language Study Core requirement.

NOTE 5: If you are undertaking a minor in International Business you will complete 12 UOC in Regional and 6 UOC in Specialist rather than 24 UOC

Specialist Electives

3447 - International Studies

Specialist Electives description.

You must complete 12 UOC of the following courses:

General Education

3429 - Media (Comm & Journalism)

General Education Requirement

3475 - International Studies / Media (Comm & Journalism)

You complete 12 UOC in Regional and 6 UOC Specialist rather than 24 UOC. The 6 UOC is then made available to meet the General Education requirement. If you are completing a minor in International Business you are deemed to have met the General Education requirement.

You also complete one less Prescribed Communication & Journalism Elective in your Media program.

The 12 UOC made available is then used to meet the General Education requirement for this double degree program.

Maturity Requirements

3447 - International Studies

You must have completed 24 UOC of Level 1 courses before taking any Level 2 courses.

You must have completed 48 UOC (including 6 UOC at Level 1 and 6 UOC at Level 2 in their minor) before taking any Level 3 courses.

Specialisation Declaration

3447 - International Studies

You must specify your minor (or major) at the time of enrolment into the program.

Maturity Requirements

3429 - Media (Comm & Journalism)

You must complete at least 24 UOC before enrolling in any Level 2 courses.

You must complete at least 66 UOC before enrolling in any Level 3 courses.

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Program Fees

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Additional Information

Bachelor of International Studies - Language Minor

Completion of 24 UOC in Language Study courses will automatically confer a minor at the time of graduation.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Services

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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