International studies examines the origins, processes and contestations of globalisation in the contemporary world. Ordinary people’s experiences and responses to global integration are at the centre of our inquiry. You’ll examine how local communities around the world embrace and also challenge aspects of globalisation.
You’ll learn what it means to be a global citizen capable of actively engaging with a range of societies and cultures. The strength of studying international studies lies in the fact that it’s taught across multiple disciplines, allowing you to consider the most pressing issues facing the world today from different perspectives.
International studies brings to life the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world. Examples of units you can study include:
You will be ready for a range of careers, in fields including:
At Monash, international studies units are taught by dynamic and engaged staff members who specialise in a broad range of areas. Our staff have studied and worked around the world, at universities in Asia, Africa, Europe, America and, of course, Australia. They work on the history of medicine, gender and international development, the rise of the modern multi-national corporation,and legacies of war in the Asia-Pacific.
Short term programs:
Exchange programs include:
GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee
The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.
This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.
As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. You can take International Studies through a study abroad or exchange program at one of our many worldwide partner institutions.
"I owe a tremendous amount to Monash University for the numerous exchange and leadership opportunities provided."
- Nikki Vu, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce student, majoring in International studies