The Bachelor of International Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary core of courses which provide grounding in the cultural and communicative aspects of globalisation and the world system. Each student completes a major in a language other than English from the wide range of languages taught at UQ and another major with strong international relevance.

First year plans

In order to complete the BIntSt program you must successfully complete 24 courses, which equates to 48 units. To meet the requirements for the BIntSt you must complete:

  • 6 units of core courses
  • 4 units of flexible core courses
  • 16 units of a language major
  • 16 units of an international studies major
  • 6 units of general electives

See further information on the BIntSt program.


The standard full-time workload at UQ is 16 units (8 courses) over the year. So this breaks down to 8 units (4 courses) each semester. You don’t have to decide what courses you want to do for your whole program at the start of first semester; we only ask you to choose courses one year at a time. So all you need to worry about at this stage is choosing four courses for semester one and four courses for semester two. However, at the start of your BIntSt you will need to choose which language you wish to study and which other major from Part C you wish to study. By doing this you can start to formulate a rough plan of what your three years of study might look like. It might look something like this:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course 1 - COMU1002*  (Part A) - 2 units Course 1 - 2 units from Part A
Course 2 - Introductory Language major (Part B) - 2 units Course 2 - Introductory Language major (Part B) - 2 units
Course 3 - Introductory Part C major - 2 units Course 3 - Introductory Part C major - 2 units
Course 4 - 2 units from Part A Course 4 - Part C major - 2 units

*This course is offered in both Semesters in 2020.

Please keep in mind that Semester One of your third year is when you should expect to undertake the compulsory exchange component of your program, so it may be helpful to keep in reserve those courses or parts of the majors that offer the most flexibility.

What courses do I need to do?

To ensure that students are familiar with their program rules and requirements we ask that all students complete a self-progression check in the first instance. Then if you still have questions or concerns about your outstanding program requirements the Faculty would be happy to review your progression check and provide advice. To complete a progression check please use the following steps:

Step 1 – Print out your studies report from mySI-net using the following steps:

  • Log into mySI-net
  • From the top left-hand side menu select the option for ‘Studies Report’
  • Follow the prompts

Step 2 – Select your program from the list:

Step 3 – Select your year of commencement from the top right hand side and click ‘Change’.

Step 4 – Go to ‘Program Rules and Requirements’ and ensure that you have understanding of your program requirements, for example, do you need to select a major; is there an advanced level requirement etc. Once you understand your program requirements you can move to the next step.  

Step 5 - Select the green course list button on the left hand menu.

Step 6 – Compare your studies report to the course list and tick off the courses you have completed, and note the courses you are planning to complete in the future. Ensuring that you have completed all of your compulsory courses, and courses towards your major(s).

Step 7 – Once you have gone through and ticked off all of your completed courses, view your program rules and requirements again to ensure that you are meeting all requirements (e.g. overall structural requirements, advanced level requirements etc). Ensure you can tick off that you have completed (or are planning to complete) all of the requirements.

Please Note
•    To have your progression check verified by a Student Administration Officer, or if you have questions or concerns, please upload your completed check by signing in here using your UQ username and password.  Please ensure that you upload your studies report, course list(s) (ensuring you have indicated all completed courses and future enrolments), and program rules with your notes.

•    A course may only count once toward the program (including dual programs).