Global Studies - A2001

Global Studies

Bachelor degree

How can we conceptualise the most important challenges confronting our global communities, devise new and innovative solutions to these challenges, and communicate the solutions effectively? This course has been designed for students who seek to lead in applying their knowledge to these global challenges.

You will be able to apply your learning in practical and professional contexts in one of three specialisations:

  • Cultural competence
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Human rights

Integral to the course is overseas study part of which can be completed by accessing the Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee. The remainder of the overseas component can be completed via a range of study abroad options such as offerings at a Monash international location, one of our many study tours, or by studying at one of our prestigious partner universities.

The course will cultivate a rich understanding of the interplay of local, regional and global forces. It will equip you with sharp analytical abilities and flexible, imaginative and well-informed disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. These together will enhance your capacity to lead social change.

Through studies in leadership, culture and globalisation, you will consider responses to current and emerging global challenges, across a variety of cultures. This knowledge will be strengthened through in-depth studies in your chosen specialisation. Students in the Cultural competence specialisation will deepen their cross-cultural competence by intensive language study choosing from one of eight international important languages: Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. However, students in the other specialisations are also encouraged to use some of their electives for language study, either as a minor or a full major.

There's also the opportunity to take an internship in a professional working environment. The blend of academic and applied learning the course offers will equip you with skills demanded in the rapidly shifting global environment, including the following: creativity, communication, cross-cultural collaboration, critical thinking and teamwork.

Along the way you will benefit from accessing the Global Immersion Guarantee – a guaranteed* funded overseas field experience to India, Italy, Indonesia, China or Malaysia. A new benchmark in globally-focused education, you will have the opportunity to spend two weeks studying overseas, with airfares and accommodation all covered as part of the degree.

On completion, you'll be deeply informed on current challenges facing the global community and have developed outstanding skills as a leader and communicator. This will place you in an exceptional position to pursue a career in fields such as politics and government, the environmental sector, international development, foreign affairs, international relations, trade, defence or with non-government organisations (NGOs).

*Eligibility requirements apply: First year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Global Studies students (and relevant double degrees) in good academic standing, who have undertaken 24 points of credit (including a minimum of 12 points Arts) and have passed all their Arts units.

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At a glance


90.05 Note Lowest Selection Rank to which an offer was made
81.3 Note Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • 3 years (full time)
  • 6 years (part time)
Start date First semester (February)
Qualification Bachelor of Global Studies
Course Handbook

Extend your studies of leadership, culture and globalisation by focusing on communication across cultural borders. By studying one of eight  internationally important languages – Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Spanish – you’ll deepen your cross-cultural  skills and knowledge. All languages are available for beginners through to those with proficiency. You’ll also study topics such as managing  intercultural communication, and the skills you build will enable you to  apply your knowledge in real-world contexts.

High achieving students in the Bachelor of Global Studies may have the opportunity to transition into one of our Masters degrees in the third year  of study. Learn more about Bachelor/Masters degrees.

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

Take advantage of the most extensive bachelor’s/master’s program offering in Australia. Monash Arts offers you the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree in just four years – instead of five.

Innovative new course

Global Studies offers core units focusing on leadership development, as well as a broad range of multidisciplinary electives, an overseas study component, and the option of taking a double degree.

Study overseas

There is no better way to learn about a country than to experience the culture and lifestyle. From second year, students can study overseas. Students can also go on intercampus exchange to our Monash Malaysia campus or to one of our teaching centres in South Africa and Prato, Ital…

Travel scholarships

Opportunities for receiving financial support for the international travel aspect of the course, and to develop your mentoring and leadership skills, are available through the 'Global Scholars Program'.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Equivalent Australian Year 12

Bachelor/Masters degrees
High achieving students can progress into the Master-level units at the completion of 96 credit points (end of 2nd year full time).

ATAR requirements


90.05 Note Lowest Selection Rank to which an offer was made
81.3 Note Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made

Subject prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

Australian VCE subjects

Units 3 & 4: at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL



IB subjects

At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL



All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites demonstrating the required level of performance in Year 12or equivalent in English

VET Diploma graduates: To be considered, applicants who have completed VCE or its equivalent and who are applying with a Humanities or Social Science based diploma will require an average result of at least 70%. Applicants who have not completed VCE but have completed a Humanities or  Social Science based diploma will require an average result of at least 80% Programs that involve competency-based assessment without grades or marks will not meet the admission requirements.

Entire academic record

This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

University: To be considered on the basis of tertiary study alone, applicants who have completed VCE or equivalent will be required to complete the equivalent of one year (48 credit points) of a recognised university degree and will require an average result of at least 70% (including  failed units). For applicants who have completed less than the equivalent of one year of study, both the senior secondary qualification results and the units completed will be considered.

For applicants who do not have any formal qualifications completion of two single units at an Australian higher education or equivalent overseas educational institution satisfy minimum entry requirements, but four units are recommended to be competitive for selection, especially in Humanities or Social  Science areas. Applicants should have at least a 70% average in their studies (including failed units). Studies must have been completed within five years of intended commencement.

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.
Entire academic record
This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Multiple pathways to this course

Applicants who have successfully completed Year 12 are eligible to apply for this course.

Applicants with no formal secondary or tertiary qualifications are not eligible to apply for this course. This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Current VCE or IB students studying in Victoria should apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2020 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


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Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

The course develops through two themes, which will provide you with interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the key challenges facing the global community and in-depth expertise in a specialised area of study to enable you to effect change.

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.