This specialisation combines foreign language with social sciences to understand complex international relations and political systems, and to use your language skills in many fields. You'll also be examining where our bicultural society of Aotearoa stands in the world.
You'll be able to develop multicultural awareness and communication skills, making you extremely employable in Aotearoa and overseas.
A good accompaniment to this specialisation is participating in UC's international exchange programmes to gain life experience outside of Aotearoa.
- This specialisation is a unique opportunity, and the only specialisation of its kind in Aotearoa, for you to focus your studies on International Affairs in an area that interests you.
- UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Politics and International Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
- UC is ranked first in Aotearoa for research in Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy (Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua | Tertiary Education Commission 2018 PBRF assessment).
- You will benefit from UC's range of international exchange partners.
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:
- At least two language courses from your chosen language
- At least one course chosen from the optional course list
- At least 30 points of language courses from your chosen language
- At least four courses chosen from the optional course list, with no more than two courses in the same subject
- At least three courses chosen from the optional course list (plus any 300-level courses from your language subject and any 300-level MAOR course), with no more than two courses in the same subject
MAOR 317 Takahi: Colonisation is highly recommended.
You can build career paths in foreign affairs, international relations, and communications in government and non-government organisations in Aotearoa and abroad.
This specialisation also prepares students for entry into a range of postgraduate programmes with an international focus, such as:
- Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting
- Master of European Union Studies
- Master of International Relations and Diplomacy
- Master of Strategic Communication
- plus advanced research in languages, Political Science and International Relations, Cultural Studies, or other related fields.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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