Bachelor of International Relations
Go beyond theory by identifying solutions to global challenges in this degree. A La Trobe Bachelor of International Relations encourages critical thinking while building your knowledge of law, politics and social science.
You'll develop an understanding of global issues, get skills and experience through overseas exchange, language studies and internships.
This degree explores power in political, social and cultural contexts. By analysing multinational corporations, non-government and government organisations, you'll build an understanding of international affairs. Your subjects will cover areas like culture and globalisation, democracies and dictatorships, and Australia as a global nation.
By examining power, sovereignty, security and political science through real-world examples, you'll gain knowledge of international trade, foreign affairs, diplomacy and conflict. You'll also study the historical contexts and social theories behind these areas, with an emphasis on 21st century law, economics and the state.
Along with developing your critical thinking, research and communication skills, you'll also have the chance to put these skills into practice. You'll be encouraged to study overseas at one of our overseas partner universities, which can help you decide on your major area of study and build your career network. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake an internship in Australia or overseas that's tailored to your career aspirations.
We encourage language studies and work placements throughout your degree. These can also contribute to your major and give you a deeper understanding of a geographical region or topic area.
You can apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program.
Meet our staff
Senior Lecturer and Director Jasmine-Kim Westendorf on what sets our Bachelor of International Relations apart from other international relations degrees.
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
English language requirement
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).
TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.
English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.
or approved international equivalent.
Your studies may lead you to career opportunities in government - in foreign affairs, trade or defence; inter-governmental agencies like the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, or international organisations like Oxfam and Amnesty International.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
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