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Undergraduate subject

International Affairs

04 October 2023
Combine language with social sciences to understand complex international relations.


International Affairs


This specialisation combines foreign language with social sciences to understand international relations and political systems.

Study in International Affairs opens up your experiences beyond Aotearoa while also examining our bicultural society.

International Affairs

What will my study involve?

  • A combination of language, political, and cultural studies.
  • A choice in courses based on your individual and industry interests – history, politics, Māori culture, media and communications, and more.
  • Opportunity to participate in a range of exchanges with UC’s international exchange partners.

International Affairs


International Affairs specialisation

UC offers a specialisation in International Affairs within the Bachelor of Arts.

Specialisations group courses from different subjects into a central theme.

Within your first and second year, you will be required to complete language courses selected from:

You can choose to continue to advanced language courses in your final year, and/or courses in international policies, global tensions, and historical and current affairs.

The following courses are required throughout your degree:


  • Two language courses from your chosen language
  • One course chosen from these options


  • 30 points of language courses from your chosen language
  • Four courses chosen from these options, with no more than two courses in the same subject


  • 90 points of courses chosen from these options, which may include 300-level courses from your language subject. A maximum of 60 points can be from the same subject.

MAOR317 Takahi: Colonisation is highly recommended.

International Affairs

Career opportunities

This degree will build career pathways in foreign affairs and international relations in government and non-government organisations. Skills such as multicultural awareness and communication will make you employable in Aotearoa and overseas.

Career pathways could include:

  • media and communications
  • diplomatic and international relations
  • public sector
  • foreign policy.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

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International Prospectus

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