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Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: August-2021
IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute
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The Bachelor of Contemporary international Studies (BCIS) is a fully NZQA-accredited three-year degree.

The programme provides students with opportunities to explore key areas and within them to specialise in a number of fields: International Relations, International Business, TESOL, Language Studies and Japanese Studies. Graduates from the degree will have the tools to succeed as global citizens in the modern world.

You will be skilled professionals able to think critically and solve problems in creative ways. You will be able to use more than one language accurately and communicate cross-culturally and inter-culturally.


The Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies is a fully accredited interdisciplinary degree programme taken over three years of full-time study. Students may elect to obtain a major in a specialist area of study (International Relations, International Business, Language Studies and Japanese Studies). The course also includes eight compulsory interdisciplinary papers and six language and culture papers. Also, in their final year, students undertake an original, independent research project on an interdisciplinary topic.


You can elect to do an internship as part of the course of study. You will be placed in a study-related internship with a local, national or international provider. Your internship gives you 100 hours of practical on-the-job experience in ‘real world’ professional settings. It provides you with informed, regular supervision which helps you integrate theory with practice.


360 credits, three years, full time
24 papers, internship options available
8 compulsory interdisciplinary and research papers
6 language and culture papers
Students can choose to major or take a general course.



Graduates may apply for postgraduate study.


Graduates of the Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies programme may be able to work in a wide variety of fields in administrative and management capacities. They will have the language skills and intercultural communication understanding required to function at a high level in today’s global arena of commerce and international relations.

Entry criteria

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) or

Graduation from high school in home country

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5 or equivalent score on an acceptable international English proficiency test


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