Undergraduate Programmes

Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies (BCIS)

The Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies (BCIS) is a fully NZQA accredited, three-year degree.  In this interdisciplinary degree students can choose to major in the following areas: International Business, International Relations, Japanese Studies, TESOL and Language Studies and Environmental Studies.  While specialising in their chosen major, students also gain an understanding of current issues across all areas.  In the BCIS programme, students can enhance their learning and gain practical workforce skills through IPU New Zealand's internship programme.  Upon graduation, IPU New Zealand can offer assistance in job placement.

 

Course requirements
The Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies requires a total of 24 papers (360 credits) or three-full years of study, comprising:

 

  • 8 compulsory papers
  • 6 language and/or culture papers,
  • 2 elective papers and
  • 8 specialty papers for students who want to major in International Business, International Relations, Japanese Studies, TESOL and Language Studies or Environmental Studies

 


Compulsory papers

 

  • 30.501 Principles of Economics (15 credits)
  • 40.501 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability (15 credits)
  • 50.501 Introduction to International Relations (15 credits)
  • 90.602 Internationalism (15 credits)
  • 90.501/601 Research / Study Skills 1 and 2 (30 credits)
  • 90.701A/B Interdisciplinary Project 1 and 2 (30 credits)

Compulsory paper descriptions

  • 30.501 Principles of Economics
    This paper provides you with an introduction to both micro- and macro-economic theory and policy.
  • 40.501 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
    This paper introduces many of the basic concepts of environmental sustainability and discusses them with reference to the global environment.
  • 50.501 Introduction to International Relations
    This paper will give you an understanding of the key issues in foreign affairs and global issues. It will enable you to evaluate the relations between nations and conflicting messages from politicians, action groups, corporate businesses and the media.
  • 90.602 Internationalism
    This paper will enable you to explore the global challenges such as free trade vs. fair trade, south-south cooperation, sustainable environment, poverty reduction, third world/global development, democratic governance, the impact of globalisation on indigenous people, and universalising human rights. Examine changes to international politics and sweeping globalisation.
  • 90.501/601 Research and Study Skills 1 and 2
    These papers are designed to develop the skills needed to carry out primary research. They give an overview of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, along with critical thinking skills, ethical considerations, literature reviews, data collection and analysis and report writing.
  • 90.701A/B Interdisciplinary Project 1 and 2
    In these papers you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience by taking the skills learnt in the research papers and turning them into an independent research project.

 


Language and/or Culture papers
You can choose 6 language and/or culture papers from the areas of English, Japanese, and Mandarin language or culture papers.

 

 


Majors
Choose 8 papers from any one of the following areas: International Business, International Relations, Japanese Studies, TESOL and Language Studies and International Environmental Studies.

 

 


Entry requirements
All applicants must have completed a minimum of twelve years of primary and secondary education, or be able to demonstrate academic ability equal to that of a high school graduate, attain a specified level of English proficiency and complete any introductory studies specified for the undergraduate academic programme in which he or she proposes to enrol in.

 

NZ students must have gained University Entrance through NCEA Level 3. Other qualifications such as Cambridge International Exam and International Baccalaureate will also be considered. Adult Admission is granted to those at least 20 years of age at the start date of the programme.

 


Intakes
January / April / August

 


Majors