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Career outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • academics
  • human rights advocates
  • public servants
  • aid workers
  • interpreters
  • sustainability consultants
  • culture specialists
  • multinational coordinators
  • diplomats
  • national security advisers
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About global studies

Step out of the classroom and onto the world stage. When you study in the field of global studies, you’ll learn to see complex international issues, relations and a changing society through the lens of an informed global perspective. If you want to make a difference in a world of differences, a career in global studies or international development could be for you.

A double degree at ACU

Our Bachelor of Global Studies is offered as part of a double degree. You can choose to pair it with a degree in applied public health, arts, business administration, commerce, law or theology, giving you greater insight into sustainability, economic change, world politics and justice. All Bachelor of Global Studies students spend a semester abroad, either studying at a partner university or doing an internship to gain invaluable international experience.

Your compassion is key

Our mission includes a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good. Our international studies courses have our mission at their core. As the world gets smaller, we ensure that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage compassionately, ethically and professionally with communities around the world.

Global understanding

There is so much more to learn about international studies than can be taught in a classroom. That’s why many of our international studies degrees have overseas experiences built into them. Our global studies degrees include a semester studying abroad, while the Bachelor of International Development Studies includes an immersion program with an NGO in a developing country.

Learn another language

Pair an international studies degree with a Diploma in Languages to give yourself an edge in a competitive international job market. You can complete the diploma at the same time as your degree, taking classes part-time as intensives or outside of the standard semesters. We currently offer the diploma in Italian and Spanish.

Meet our students and staff

Erina Macdonald

Bachelor of International Development Studies student

“The immersion experience program is life changing. … You learn so much and it opens your eyes to global events, issues and cultures. I want to be able to make a difference in this world. What I’ve enjoyed the most about my course is learning about the world from an entirely new perspective.”

Dr Michelle Haron

Project Coordinator International Development Studies Immersion Experience Program, Global Studies Internships

Dr Michelle Haron is project coordinator of two international student programs in the Faculty of Education and Arts: the International Development Studies Immersion Experience Program and the Global Studies Internship Program. She also lectures in geography, specifically the field of physical geography.

Dr Haron was awarded her PhD in 2012 from the University of Sydney. Her thesis investigated the patterns and processes associated with dryland salinity in central west NSW. She has also previously worked for the NSW state government and consulted as an environmental scientist.

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