What will I learn?

This course integrates a professional degree in information technology with the study of a language and culture other than English and the opportunity for students to study overseas for an academic year, pursuing a major research project in a field of their choice.

The information technology component provides a sound education in all aspects of computing and information technology for a career in the profession.

The international studies component offers an in-depth understanding of diverse cultures through academic learning at UTS and the host institution during the year abroad.

Students choose an IT major and are allocated to a country major as part of the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

The course adopts a practice-based approach to IT education and the course content is designed with a mix of theory and practice. As well as gaining strong technical skills in IT, students gain skills in business analysis, problem-solving, teamwork and communication. Employers look for graduates with industry experience and, in this course, students are exposed to real IT problems.

The international studies component of this course means that graduates have the added advantage of being well prepared to participate in a global workforce and a diverse range of IT careers and companies.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who are able to apply, in the context of any organisation, the knowledge and skills required of:

  • information systems professionals in business units who integrate packaged systems rather than develop systems from first principles
  • information technology professionals who develop systems from first principles
  • network specialists who build, maintain and administer complex network systems, or
  • computing specialists for technical research careers.

The course also aims to:

  • provide sufficient language skills to live and work in another culture, and
  • encourage understanding and appreciation of, and sensitivity towards, diverse cultural perspectives, practices, needs and values, in international and local contexts.

Course structure

Students are required to complete 240 credit points, comprising 96 credit points in information technology, 96 credit points in international studies and 48 credit points of electives. The information technology component consists of core (48 credit points) and major (48 credit points). The international studies component consists of foundation studies and contemporary society (16 credit points), language and culture (32 credit points) and in-country study (48 credit points). The 48 credit points of electives can be a combination of a second IT major, or two sub-majors, or one sub-major and four electives, or eight electives.


Depending on the major selected, career options include business analyst, network engineer, network specialist, software developer, software engineer or web developer. Graduates of this course are in high demand with technology companies and industries that use IT such as banking, construction, energy, finance, government, manufacturing, retail and transport. Options are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers, including multinational companies.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$42,700.00 (US$ 29,168) per year
Fee per session: AUD $21,350

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

9 March 2020


University of Technology Sydney - UTS

UTS Campus,

15 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of the US High School Diploma plus either successful completion of: SAT 1 (Total of Critical Reading, Mathematical and Writing scores) at competitive standard; OR an approved associateship at a Community/Junior College. Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based): 79 - 93 overall, writing 21; PTE: 58-64; CAE: 176-184; AE5/AE6 (PASS): AE5.

For international students

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

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