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Explore world politics and policies

The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

The Bachelor International Relations (3 Year Program) is designed for international students who wish to study via a two-semester model, this three-year program means students will study during the January and September semesters of each year only and will complete the degree over three years rather than the usual two.

If you are a domestic student please see the Bachelor of International Relations.

Participate in simulation-based learning exercises

Active learning exercises are vital for the development of employability skills. Replicating real world situations enhances communication, presentation, negotiation, and research skills by dealing with historical and ongoing political issues around the world.

At Bond University, students participating in these exercises work towards bridging the gap between theory and practice ensuring they are equipped with knowledge and dynamic skills, transferrable to a range of career paths.
Students learn from nationally and internationally recognised academics in a collaborative environment. Bond’s small class size optimises their educational experience.

Outside of the classroom, Bachelor of International Relations students have multiple opportunities to gain practical experience. From for-credit internships in Australia and overseas, to being invited to attend and participate in Model UN programs throughout the world.

Key features

  • Undertake for-credit internships or work experience nationally or internationally
  • Participate in technologically enhanced simulation based learning
  • Faculty supported international Model United Nations experiences

About the program

The Bachelor of International Relations (3 Year Program) prepares you for fascinating careers in a globalising world. Global and regional interdependence means that no state is unaffected by developments beyond its borders. Prosperity and security are based on international orientations. Businesses, governments, and organisations need people equipped with relevant professional skills and competencies in International Relations. Show more

The Bachelor of International Relations (3 Year Program) prepares you for fascinating careers in a globalising world. Global and regional interdependence means that no state is unaffected by developments beyond its borders. Prosperity and security are based on international orientations. Businesses, governments, and organisations need people equipped with relevant professional skills and competencies in International Relations. You will explore a rich variety of interconnected issues in International Relations and the factors which shape them, including war and peace on our planet, human security, diplomacy, governance and the influence of climate change on the future world. You will gain insight into politics, economy and diplomacy both in Australia and other world geographic regions. An in-depth understanding of the world around us and the skills needed for its interpretation equip you for future employment in International Relations and many other areas where such capacities are required.

The three-year program is designed for international students who wish to study via a two-semester a year model, allowing them to complete the program over three year period instead of the standard two. Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world. 
Duration6 semesters (3 years)
Starting semesters
  • January 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • September 2024
Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities
Program codeHS-20045
CRICOS code094543B
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Bachelor of International Relations (3 Year Program) - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Bachelor of International Relations program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:

University core subjects (3)

Plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement

Majors (12)

Students must choose two (2) of the following majors:

International Relations (6)

The major comprises six (6) subjects drawn from the list of INTR subjects:

*Faculty approval required for Internship subject

International Diplomacy (6)

The major comprises six (6) subjects and must include:

plus three (3) of the following:

OR two (2) subjects drawn from the list above plus one Foreign Language subject.

Global Governance and Regional Politics (6)

The major comprises of six (6) subjects and must include:

and either

Plus four (4) subjects drawn from the following:

Electives (9)

Students can choose 9 subjects (90CP) from the list of available subjects from across the University, provided they meet the subject requisites, enrolment restrictions and any other faculty requirements.  

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $15,800* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $16,200* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $94,800
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $97,200

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

Academic requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Entry score for 2021 entry

Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at the Faculty in the January semester 2020.

Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.

International Secondary School students

For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.

Alternative entry pathways

For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:

  • Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
  • Bond University Diploma programs
  • Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
  • Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
  • Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
  • Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.

For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to how to apply.

Future outcomes

Graduates of this program will have a global perspective which will suit their areas of interest and professional goals whilst having developed the skill base necessary to operate in a global environment. Graduates could expect to find employment in Defence, Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs, International Business, Media, Trade.

WIMUN 2018 - Highlights

As I found myself coming towards the end of my Bachelor of International Relations, I was itching to put the skills I had learnt in the classroom to use in an international setting. Being a part of the 2018 Bond WIMUN Team allowed me to do just this. Not only was I able to apply the diplomatic skills learnt at Bond to a United Nations simulation, I was also able to apply academic knowledge learnt across a variety of courses. 

I was part of a 4-person team that travelled to New York for the WFUNA International Model United Nations Conference (WIMUN). Prior to the WIMUN conference we had the opportunity to meet with four different Permanent Missions to the United Nations, these included; Lao, United Arab Emirates, Estonia and Australia. As I was selected to represent Estonia for the conference, meeting with their permanent mission provided a great insight into their diplomatic nuances. Not only were we able to ask questions about their domestic situation but also dig deeper into their bid for the Security Council and their role as a young country at the United Nations. Meetings such as these enabled the team to get a feel for diplomacy in practice whilst also allowing us to create some incredible connections and networks.  

As part of WIMUN, fellow Bondy Shinae and I were also fortunate enough to be chosen to speak at the Opening Plenary for the Conference, which was held at the UNHQ in the General Assembly Hall. Speaking here was an incredible honour particularly considering the calibre of esteemed individuals who have spoken there before us. As nerve-racking as the idea first seemed, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for both Shinae and myself and one I am sure neither of us will forget any time soon.  

For me, the best part of attending the conference was that my itch to experience the real world only grew bigger. The program gave us a taste of what doors an International Relations degree can open and left us all wanting more. Whilst I hope that is definitely not the last time I will sit in the UNHQ General Assembly Hall, for the time being, the 2018 WIMUN conference was an incredible reminder that new opportunities are always just around the corner, so make sure you always keep a look out.


2017 WorldMUN - Montréal Highlights

How did I get into BondMUNS? I have been participating in Model UN since I started at Bond. I then went on to be on BUUNSA, have been to two AMUNCs and participated and chaired the MUNC Revolution with Professor Mark Dinnen. Professor Dinnen has championed the BondMUNS initiative to strengthen the skill set of international relations students through practical simulation and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunities he has presented.

The World Model United Nations Conference (WorldMUN) schedule was packed into five days including the official opening and closing ceremonies in which we heard keynote speeches from prominent international affairs experts, four days of committee sessions debating out allocated issues and still finding the time for social and networking events.

Bond University was asked to represent the country of South Sudan across three committees. I was representing South Sudan with Martin Campbell on the First General Assembly, that has the mandate of Disarmament and International Security. We debated the incredibly complex and nuanced issue of the security challenges presented by women's roles in armed conflict. A unique feature of WorldMUN is that the committees seek to represent as many Member States as possible, putting Martin and I on a committee with 150 other delegations. Committee sessions were challenging due to the many delegations present but also because of the vast array of foreign policies that needed to be reconciled in the drafting of resolutions. Despite sometimes missing the opportunity to speak, Martin and I found other opportunities to engage, such as through informal discussions with other delegates and worked hard in amending resolutions to match the state interests of developing countries. We had the invaluable opportunity to meet students from around the world from France to Venezuela, and Japan to Iran and many more in between. The intercultural skill to create rapport with people from across the world is becoming increasingly important and WorldMUN provides an incredible platform to develop that skill.

Visiting New York City in the first place was a dream come true. However, having a tour of the United Nations, sitting in on an expert panel for the Commission of Status of Women, meeting the former Assistant Secretary General Elizabeth Lindenmayer and the Australian Ambassador to the UN was surreal. In just a few busy days we had dined and held meetings with some of the most brilliant minds in International Relations, many which were facilitated by incredible Bond Uni Alumni.

There is an overwhelming feeling of standing in the UN Security Council, knowing the discussions that had been had inside those walls and the decisions that have been made. We travelled onto Washington DC for meetings at the Australian Embassy to the USA, a tour of Congress, the many Smithsonian museums and memorials along the National Mall. There was certainly a buzz in Washington on our arrival as we toured Congress the day President Trump was attempting to pass his controversial health care bill. This provided such a unique insight into USA politics and helped us gain an appreciation for the nuances of their political system. 

WorldMUN’s motto is ‘Where Worlds Meet and Cultures Unite’. This motto truly manifested in my experience on this trip. We had many occasions to meet new people and gain a stronger appreciation for other countries. We formed connections with students from across the world, making our collective experience more valuable. I had the pleasure of meeting up with a student I met at the JUEMUN Conference last year in Kyoto. Kanako is a student from Kindai University who then introduced us to the rest of her delegation and we spent much of our time off sharing experiences from our very different backgrounds. While the significance of visiting the UN, Washington DC and meeting remarkable experts was incredible, it was these smaller moments, creating friendships, that made this trip so memorable.


2016 JUEMUN - Japan Highlights

Japan is a high context culture that places deep emphasis on relationships and the closeness of human connection. While this may be taught by academics or read in books, it can only truly be understood though face-to-face interaction. Last week I was in Kyoto as a part of Bond University’s inaugural delegation to the Japan University Model United Nations (JUEMUN) where I was able to appreciate the importance of international educational exchange in building relationships. Bond University’s participation in JUEMUN is premised on engagement with Japanese students. I was partnered with Kindi University student Yuuki to participate in the Model UN forum. Yuuki and I quickly became friends despite the academic nature of JUEMUN and the cultural differences we faced. Our relationship is just one of the millions that can be formed through educational exchange opportunities.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Japan and Australia. Our countries have since remained steadfast regional partners through trade, cooperation and aligned ideologies. However, our cultures could not be more distinct. Despite Australia’s regional positioning, surrounded by predominately Eastern and high context cultures, we have firmly adopted a Western, low context culture. Japan is often considered the highest on the high context culture index. Its culture is rooted in the past, people are influenced by hierarchies and communication is indirect, ambiguous, reserved and understated. All these features just so happen to be the inverse of my assertive, blunt and forward-thinking personality. Within merely four days, I managed to repeatedly demonstrate my cultural ignorance, stepping on the Tatami mat with shoes on, accepting items with one hand, and forgetting every Japanese word I was taught in grade 9. However, instead of being offended, my JUEMUN partner and other Japanese participants found my faux pas endearing. Through poorly concealed giggles, they leapt at the opportunity to introduce me to the wonders of Japanese culture. Without the human element to this cultural immersion, in the forgiving nature of the Japanese and the self-depreciating humour of the Australian, such cultural differences may have built a divide and not a connection between us.

This is where our countries have missed the incredible opportunity presented by strong educational exchange. The idea of educational exchange as a form of diplomacy has existed for decades as it is fundamentally premised on the notion of sharing information, values and creating relationships. My generation of university students is the first to study in a globalised world and it has never been an easier time to explore cultures. In 1961, Dr Charles Malik, Lebanese academic and diplomat, observed that: international cultural relations depends on how much one stands firm on the good of himself; how much one appreciates the good in others; and how much one has the humility, the grace and the self-confidence to enter into creative intercourses with others.

His words were as timely then as they are now; in fact, they may be even timelier. The globalised world has a generation of young people fascinated with exploring the globe, its cultures and its people. This is the perfect climate for Australia to leverage a public diplomacy and soft power approach to international educational exchange to engage and inform individuals in other countries to shape the perceptions of Australia, its policies and its goals.

Behind the scenes of a Bond Model UN conference

You might have heard the term ‘Model UN’ name-dropped in movies or talked about around campus, but what exactly is it? Also known as Model United Nations, and often abbreviated to ‘MUN’, it refers to a simulated United Nations conference where delegates (AKA students) debate for the best interests of their nominated country.

To give us some insight into MUNs, we’ve enlisted the help of experienced MUNer Crystal – keep reading as she delves into this exciting and fast-paced world.

Read more here.


Meet Our Academics

Dr. Rosita Dellios has been at Bond University since it opened in 1989. She is also a founding member of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies. She lectures and writes on the themes of Chinese defence policy and philosophy, geopolitics, concepts for world order and future trends in global politics. 

Her research interests are: China's defence policy, foreign policy and philosophy; the history of imperial China's relations with Southeast Asian kingdoms and early concepts of region. As of 2013, Rosita has published one book on China's defence strategy; co-edited a book on Confucian humanism; co-authored a book on China's quest for global order, published more than 30 book chapters and journal articles (some co-authored); and presented numerous conference papers.

Professional Admission and Memberships

  • International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
  • International Studies Association, USA

Dr. R. James Ferguson's teaching areas include international relations, regionalism, and globalisation. He is the Director of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies within the Faculty of Society and Design.

Dr. Ferguson conducts research and publishes in the areas of Asian, Eurasia, European and Australasian International Relations, Eurasian studies, Chinese cultural systems, human and comprehensive security, Islamic governance, and regional organisations. Research has included an emphasis on international regimes, China's view of regional and global order, and emerging patterns of governance for orbital space. Recently, Dr. Ferguson has co-authored the book, China's Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, forthcoming from Lexington Books (2012).

He is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the refereed International Institute for Strategic Studies (the IISS, London), the International Institute of Development Studies (IIDS) and for several years served as a Council member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (Queensland). He regularly presents at conferences in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, India, Europe and Australia. He has received grants and fellowships from a number of sources including the ARC, Ford-IDSS, Bond University, and the Visiting Researchers Program, run by the Institute of Liberal Arts, Walailak University (Thailand).

Professional Admission and Memberships

  • Editor, The Culture Mandala and the Research Papers of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies
  • Member, International Studies Association and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)
  • Member, International Institue for Strategic Studies (IISS, London)

Dr. Jonathan H. Ping is a scholar in the fields of global political economy, international relations and comparative politics. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and received his PhD from the University of Adelaide. He specialises in the study of statecraft. In this area he has developed the first unifying theory of the middle power concept --hybridisation theory-- as presented in his book Middle Power Statecraft. His most recent book Chinese Engagements focuses on the great power, China. His current research focus is on middle power statecraft theory, great power statecraft theory and a theory of the nature of hegemony in and from Asia. 

Dr. Ping has research affiliations with universities globally. He is a Director of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference held annually at the China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing. He has worked and undertaken research for government and non-government sectors. Dr. Ping teaches courses on Global Political Economy, Global Development and South Asia at Bond University. He engages regularly with the public through newspaper articles, television and radio commentary and presents at seminars and conferences. 

Dr. Stuart Murray is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Bond University where he teaches Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, Terrorism, Introduction to International Relations and Politically Motivated Violence. His main research interest is in the theory and practice of diplomacy. He has over fifty-five peer-to-peer publications in this area, is an Associate Editor of the journal Diplomacy & Foreign Policy (Brill Publishers), and is responsible for creating several new fields of research. Of these, Secret Diplomacy and Sports Diplomacy are perhaps the best known. In terms of the latter, he has advised several governments – most recently the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – and more than a few non-state actors, such as the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. As a result of these endeavours, Stuart was made a Fellow at Edinburgh University’s Academy of Sport, the world’s leading think tank concerning sport, international relations, diplomacy, society and culture. Stuart is a world leader in translating academic theory into practice, as well as in terms of inter-disciplinary research. The main driving force of his latest project – the anthropology of diplomacy – is to become the first Diplomatic Studies scholar to explore inter-group relations before the dawn of so-called civilisation

Dr Mark Dinnen is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bond University, Gold Coast. His teaching responsibilities include Introduction to International Relations, Introduction the Geopolitics, Australian Public & Foreign Policy, and The United Nations.  Dr Dinnen’s PhD “The Pandemic Threat: Re-establishing the Utility of Hans Morgenthau’s Classical Realism for 21st Century International Relations” focused on the national power implications of pandemics, past, present, and future for the nation state. After co-creating a simulation software platform, the Global Strategic Operation Centre, Mark was awarded a seed grant from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching. The grant allowed Dr Dinnen to lead a team of academics who investigated the role of Model UN Conferences in developing employability skills in learners, and the potential for technology to intensify that development. In 2016 the results of Dr Dinnen’s research were published by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Dr Dinnen is also the co-ordinator of the Bond University Model UN Team (BondMUNs). BondMUNs was created to provide Bond students with both the skills and support they require to participate in international Model United Nations Conferences.

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