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Bachelor of Asian Studies
Bachelor of Asian Studies

Bachelor of Asian Studies

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements


International Baccalaureate:29

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application.

English requirements

  • Academic IELTS and IELTS Indicator:  An overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of the test.

  • TOEFL - internet based test : An overall score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening.

  • PTE Academic:  An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 55 in each of the communicative skills.

  • TOEFL - paper based test: A score of 570 with a TWE* score of 4.5.

  • Cambridge CAE Advanced (Post 2015):  An overall score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in all sub-skills.

Course Information

Australia is increasingly looking to Asia - strategically, economically, politically, and culturally - and all eyes are on the graduates of tomorrow to take us there. Watch our video to find out how this degree will prepare you for a successful career in the Asian Century.

With a Bachelor of Asian Studies you will master an Asian language, acquire in-depth contextual and regional knowledge, and graduate with the kind of Asian literacy that gets you noticed by employers.

And if you love adventure, we offer you a variety of study opportunities in the region so you can experience Asia first hand. Plus we’ll provide you with funding to help get you there.

Our community of scholars, policymakers, researchers and students is proudly interdisciplinary and interregional. Our teaching and research drives Australia’s engagement and understanding of its neighbouring regions. Majors and minors in the Bachelor of Asian Studies can be based on a language, a region or a discipline – for example, Modern Chinese Language, Asia-Pacific Politics, Japanese Studies and many others. We encourage students who begin the study of an Asian language at university to complete a full language major in order to graduate with the proficiency required to function as an Asia specialist in the increasingly competitive job market. Placement testing allows students with existing expertise in a language to enter at their current proficiency level.


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Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Asian Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must consist of:

  • 12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

  • ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change

  • ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion

12 units from the following list:

  • ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific

  • ASIA2018 Maps and Mapping in Asia and the Pacific

  • ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes

  • ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia

  • ASIA2120 Colonialism and the Rule of Law

  • ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific

  • ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives

  • ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives

  • ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia

  • ASIA2311 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific

  • INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

  • STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific

24 units from completion of language courses from one of the following lists :

  • Burmese Language

  • BURM1002 Burmese 1

  • BURM1003 Burmese 2

  • BURM2001 Burmese 3

  • BURM2002 Burmese 4

Chinese Language

  • ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

  • CHIN1012 Modern Chinese 1: Spoken

  • CHIN1013 Modern Chinese 1: Written

  • CHIN2022 Modern Chinese 2: Spoken 

  • CHIN2023 Modern Chinese 2: Written 

  • CHIN2014 Modern Chinese 3

  • CHIN2017 Modern Chinese 4

  • CHIN3022 Modern Chinese 5

  • CHIN3023 Modern Chinese 6

  • CHIN2525 Learning Language Locally: China

  • CHIN3024 Advanced Modern Chinese A

  • CHIN3025 Advanced Modern Chinese B

  • CHIN3041 Chinese-English Translation 

  • CHIN3216 Chinese-English Interpreting

Hindi Language

  • ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

  • ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L)

  • HIND1100 Hindi 1

  • HIND1200 Hindi 2

  • HIND2300 Hindi 3

  • HIND2400 Hindi 4

  • HIND3500 Hindi 5

  • HIND3600 Hindi 6

  • HIND2525 Learning Language Locally: India

Indonesian Language

  • ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

  • ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L)

  • INDN1002 Indonesian 1

  • INDN1003 Indonesian 2

  • INDN2002 Indonesian 3

  • INDN2003 Indonesian 4

  • INDN3002 Indonesian 5

  • INDN3003 Indonesian 6

  • INDN2525 Learning Language Locally: Indonesia

  • INDN3015 Advanced Indonesian: Translation into English

  • LING3104 Indonesian and Interdisciplinary Linguistics (L)

Japanese Language

  • ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

  • JPNS1012 Japanese 1: Spoken

  • JPNS1014 Japanese 1: Written

  • JPNS2003 Japanese 2: Spoken

  • JPNS2005 Japanese 2: Written

  • JPNS2012 Japanese 3

  • JPNS2013 Japanese 4

  • JPNS3001 Japanese 5

  • JPNS3002 Japanese 6

  • JPNS2024 Japanese Grammar and Expressions 

  • JPNS2525 Learning Language Locally: Japan

  • JPNS3005 Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan

  • JPNS3006 Advanced Japanese: Language in Context

  • JPNS3007 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society

  • JPNS3008 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature

  • JPNS3012 Teaching Japanese: Content

  • JPNS3013 Japanese - English Translation

  • JPNS3014 Teaching Japanese: Method

  • JPNS3023 Research Topics in Japanese: History & Society

  • JPNS3024 Research Topics in Japanese: International Relations & Politics

  • JPNS3102 Debating Japan: Contemporary Intellectual Debates

Korean Language

  • ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

  • KORE1020 Korean 1

  • KORE1021 Korean 2

  • KORE2521 Korean 3

  • KORE2522 Korean 4

  • KORE3012 Korean 5

  • KORE3013 Korean 6

  • KORE3015 Advanced Korean: Film and Society

  • KORE3018 Advanced Korean: Culture and History

Literary Chinese Language

  • CHIN2019 Literary Chinese 1

  • CHIN2021 Literary Chinese 2

  • CHIN3015 Advanced Literary Chinese*

Mongolian Language

  • MNGL1002 Mongolian 1

  • MNGL1003 Mongolian 2

  • MNGL2002 Mongolian 3

  • MNGL2003 Mongolian 4

Sanskrit Language

  • ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

  • ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L)

  • SKRT1002 Sanskrit 1

  • SKRT1003 Sanskrit 2

  • SKRT2103 Sanskrit 3

  • SKRT2104 Sanskrit 4

  • SKRT3004 Sanskrit 5

  • SKRT3005 Sanskrit 6

  • SKRT3002 Sanskrit 7

  • SKRT3003 Sanskrit 8

Tetum Language

  • TETM1002 Tetum 1

  • TETM1003 Tetum 2

  • TETM2004 Tetum 3

  • TETM2005 Tetum 4

 Thai Language

  • ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

  • ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L)

  • THAI1002 Thai 1

  • THAI1003 Thai 2

  • THAI2002 Thai 3

  • THAI2003 Thai 4

  • THAI3002 Thai 5

  • THAI3008 Thai 6

Vietnamese Language

  • ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

  • ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L)

  • VIET1002 Vietnamese 1

  • VIET1003 Vietnamese 2

  • VIET2002 Vietnamese 3

  • VIET2003 Vietnamese 4

  • VIET3002 Vietnamese 5

  • VIET3003 Vietnamese 6 

  • VIET3015 Vietnamese–English Translation

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Career Opportunity

In today's globalised world success for business, government and international organisations depends heavily on strong relationships with Asia. This means that employers across the globe now actively recruit graduates who can demonstrate a deep understanding of the region.

From the Kitchen Ninja on TV to Human Rights Lawyer, the global skills our students develop mean our graduates are found all over the world in exciting and challenging jobs across many fields including international relations or trade, development, government and policy, banking and finance, tourism, media, education, information technology, communications, journalism, aid, marketing and many other fields.

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OSHC: 609 $ per year

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