ACU English Language Centres

Bachelor of International Development Studies

ACU English Language Centres

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

Studying international development at ACU will give you the knowledge, critical perspectives, and skills needed for compassionate and ethical engagement with communities in the developing world. With a strong focus on human rights and social justice, the course covers humanitarian work, working with refugees, working for peace, advocacy, environmental sustainability and global health, and managing international development projects. You will also gain valuable first-hand knowledge of humanitarian and development programs in action through our bespoke, overseas experience in a developing country.


240 credit points. Immersion ExperienceThe International Development Global Experience unit (20cp) is an essential part of the Bachelor of International Development Studies degree which gives students a community-based learning experience for a minimum of 3 weeks where they have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of everyday life in a developing country in their 3rd year of study. Participating in the International Development Global Experience unit (DVST307 ) is a compulsory component of the third year of the degree. Please note that there are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the Development Education Immersion Experience.


  • Economics
  • Geography
  • International development studies
  • Media
  • Media production
  • Politics and international relations
  • Youth work

Standard entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement. International students must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent: Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English. *Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements. 2. Additional ApprovalsRequirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they undertake DVST307 International Development Global Experience or DVST306 Working in Development). These are: Working with Children Check (if the placement involves working with children) and/or a National Police check. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $76,704 Yes
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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