Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Business

Approved Abbreviation: BIntlSt/BBus

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1820.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089212G

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Commencement Year 2015 - 1688.5 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

This double degree program is designed for students who want to combine their interest and expertise in international studies with an Asian language and a high level of knowledge in one of eight specific Business majors. Graduates will have a solid grounding in the relationships of societies, cultures, languages and systems of government within the international system. International Studies develops students’ capacity to appreciate the historical development of relations among nation states and to analyse contemporary political, commercial, diplomatic and strategic links and developments. The Business major prepares students for professional employment in the specialisation of their choice. Students complete a major in International Relations and Asian Studies; a sub-major in Arabic, Japanese, Indonesian or Chinese language; and a Business major in one of: Applied Finance, Economics, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing or Sport Management.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Di Dickenson

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Major MT2021 - Applied Finance satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). Major MT2024 Human Resource Management is accredited with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Major MT2025 International Business satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Export. Major MT2027 Marketing satisfies the educational requirements for recognition as a Certified Practising Marketer and eligibility for membership of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).


The following Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies apply:

For Bachelor of International Studies:

Assumed knowledge: two units of Band 4 HSC English

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

For Bachelor of Business:

Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics and any two units of HSC English.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points as prescribed in the structure below. Students who complete this award will graduate with a Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) and a Bachelor of Business (BBus), with the Major from the Bachelor of Business component of the course noted on their testamur.

Students will complete 160 credit points of Bachelor of International Studies units and 160 credit points of Bachelor of Business units in the specialisations outlined below.

International Studies component

BIS Core 40 credit points (four units)

100846Analytical Reading and Writing
100958Australia and the World
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions


BIS Major 80 credit points (eight units):

M1055International Relations and Asian Studies


BIS Language Sub-major 40 credit points (four units) from one of the following specialisations:

SM1128Immersion Language

• Optional semester abroad as available through the International Office

Business component

Core units (compulsory 40 credit points)

The four compulsory core units that provide students with essential business knowledge are

200909Enterprise Law
200910Financing Enterprises
200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
200912Enterprise Leadership

Professional units (choose 40 credit points)

The professional core provides a focus on careers. Students are required to complete one unit from each of the four key focus areas: numeracy, career planning, innovation, and enterprise engagement, a total of 40 credit points. Students are advised to choose units that will support careers in one of three areas: Money (for majors in Applied Finance, Economics), Markets (for majors in Hospitality Management, International Business, Marketing, and Sport Management), Management (for majors in Human Resource Management, and Management). The professional units that are recommended for each of the Bachelor of Business testamur majors are specified in the majors.

Majors (choose 80 credit points from one primary Business major)

Majors for Careers in Money

MT2021Applied Finance

Majors for Careers in Markets

MT2023Hospitality Management
MT2025International Business
MT2029Sport Management

Majors for Careers in Management

MT2024Human Resource Management

Recommended sequence

Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Business (any Major)

Note: This progression pattern is highly recommended. Students progress through both degrees at the same pace, completing two units in each degree in each semester. Graduation after three years with either degree will be possible only if a student makes this decision at or before the end of year 2 and amends their progression pattern as prescribed by an Academic Course Advisor.

Year 1

Autumn session

100846Analytical Reading and Writing

Choose one of (depending on home campus)

100960Contemporary Society
100958Australia and the World
100968Texts and Traditions

BBus Core unit 1

BBus Core unit 2

Spring session

Choose two of (depending on campus of registration)

100958Australia and the World
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions

BBus Core unit 3

BBus Core unit 4

Year 2

Autumn session

101442Asia in the World

Choose one of (depending on home campus)

100056Chinese 101
100085Japanese 101
100041Arabic 101
102316Indonesian 101

BBus Professional unit 1

BBus Major unit 1

Spring session

101956Introduction to International Relations

Choose one of (depending on home campus)

100057Chinese 102
100086Japanese 102
100042Arabic 102
102326Indonesian 102

BBus Professional unit 2

BBus Major unit 2

Year 3

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Choose one of (depending on home campus)

102024Chinese 201
102028Japanese 201
102019Arabic 201
102319Indonesian 201

BBus Major unit 3

BBus Major unit 4

Spring session

Choose one of (depending on home campus)

102026Chinese 203
102030Japanese 203
102021Arabic 203

One IRAS Major pool Level 2 or 3 unit

BBus Major unit 5

BBus Major unit 6

Year 4

Autumn session

One IRAS Major pool Level 2 or 3 unit

One IRAS Major pool Level 3 unit

BBus Major unit 7

BBus Professional unit 3

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

One IRAS Major pool Level 3 unit

BBus Professional unit 4

BBus Major unit 8

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