Shaping the globe for 25 years
Since the 1990s, the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BAIS) has been producing graduates who are ready to shape the world beyond our borders. This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of this flagship degree – and we’re looking back to where it all began.
We’re redefining international studies
At the School of International Studies, our focus lies in both the traditional and contemporary humanities and social sciences, including language studies and education, linguistics, literary studies, geography, history, cultural studies, art history and more.
We’ve recently expanded our areas of enquiry to encompass what we call ‘transcultural realities’. This emerging field examines what happens in the contact zone between cultures and languages, and when we encounter cultural difference. What happens when culture crosses or surmounts divides?
Since the BAIS was established in 1995, the global landscape has continued to shift – and our degree has shapeshifted alongside it.
Our people are part of something bigger
Our work blends contemporary as well as traditional practices, and it’s shaped by our internationally recognised teaching and research team. Our staff are the lifeblood of what we do, producing work that’s aligned with the UTS vision of being practice-oriented, research inspired, technology linked and driven by creativity.
Our global networks define us – what we are, who we know and where we go to seek knowledge are the driving forces that shape our school. Our connections with local and international scholars and experts offer extensive opportunities for academic collaboration, and for scholarly discussion of the increasingly complex societies we inhabit.
25 years, 25 stories: The Bachelor of International Studies at UTS
Read the first-hand experiences of some of our Bachelor of Arts in International Studies graduates and stakeholders.
Ninah is one of our most recent ICS students in Argentina. She attended University in Buenos Aires, completed her studies at UTS in 2017, and is set to graduate in our 25th anniversary year.
Bernadette went to Universite Laval in 2009 and subsequently graduated with a B Biotechnology/BA International Studies degree. After graduation, she returned to Quebec City, where she lived for a year or two, and welcomed new cohorts of In Country Studies students.
Adam Brieger, a combined degree student with Law, went to the University of Texas at Austin for his ICS year in the Latino USA major in 2014. After completing his ICS year Adam opted to stay in-country and undertake a 6-month internship for a US NGO.
Tony Moon is both an emeritus professor at UTS, and the father of Rebecca Dominguez, a BAIS student who undertook her In Country Studies in Spain in 2002.
Tom undertook ICS in Argentina, and in addition to the suite of host university subjects and self-directed research he undertook, he made videos for his professional portfolio in the process.
Costa Rica is our youngest Major, having been established in 2014. Alicia is currently on ICS, and will be undertaking a supplementary exchange semester in Uruguay in 2019.
Professor emerita Barbara Leigh is currently an associate of the School of International Studies. She was responsible for the South-East Asia and Indonesian Majors, which were an important part of the In Country Studies programme until they were phased out.
Sarah Yahya undertook her ICS year in Colombia. Having been born outside Australia and migrating as a young person, she brought her own prior experiences into In-Country Studies.
Steve was a Bachelor of International Studies student in Chile. Since graduating he has held various administrative and managing roles in logistics, not for profit, entertainment, banking and services marketing to Tertiary Education.
Taylor first completed a Communications degree at UTS, and then returned for a double degree in Sound and Music design and International studies. He has composed music for film and made radio documentaries.
Flora undertook her ICS year at the University of Konstanz. After graduating, she returned to Germany and has been living in Berlin for some years, where she has worked as a public historian.
Harrison studied a Bachelor of Design in Integrated Product Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. He has a passion for automotive design and innovation, and was able to study during his In Country Studies year at one of Germany’s leading universities.
Maike completed degrees in Architecture and International Studies at UTS, and lived in Berlin for one year’s In Country Studies. She is pursuing a higher degree in Europe and maintains an art practice.
Mr Koike is a Japanese cultural diplomat, formerly stationed in Sydney, and now returned to Japan. Students in the BAIS have often benefited from the links that School of International Studies staff have forged with organisations like Mr Koike’s.
Upon graduation from the Bachelor of International Studies, Jill joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has worked in the Australian High Commissions in Nauru and Ghana, and previously worked in the NGO sector.
The Université Lumière Lyon2 is one of the School of International Studies’ oldest In-Country Studies partner universities in the Francophone Majors. It is the most popular destination for BAIS students going to France.
International Studies 25 Year Anniversary events
Welcome back ICS 2018 students and 25th Anniversary launch
In March 2019, we launched our 25th Anniversary activities and celebrated the return of our most recent In-Country Study cohort. 200 people were in attendance including students, current and former UTS staff, graduates, and special guests from the consular and cultural sector. Access our event gallery.
25th Anniversary Symposium
The 25th anniversary symposium brings together local and international scholars working in the field of international studies. As details are confirmed, we will post them here. This event will be held from Tuesday 10 to Wednesday 11 September 2019.
25th Anniversary cookbook
Academic staff in the School of International Studies will launch an anniversary cookbook in September. It includes not only iconic recipes for dishes, including many that have travelled the globe, but also reflections on the respective dish, and its cultural and personal significance.