The Flinders University School of International Studies offers exciting opportunities to its students and is at the cutting edge of international affairs studies in Australia. The School of International Studies is committed to the Flinders reputation for excellence in teaching and student-focused learning. All degree candidates have ready access to academic staff and to the range of Flinders’ resources.
The School of International Studies offers excellent undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral studies programs. The Flinders community is a diverse one, and welcomes students from around the world to be part of this dynamic academic experience. The international teaching staff represent unique backgrounds, and hail from North America, South America, Europe, East Asia and Australia.
The post-graduate programs at the School of International Studies offer a number of attractive incentives to students. There is an excellent teacher-student ratio at the post-graduate level, as well as a credit recognition system in place for prior educational and industry experience. This is available for all degrees offered by the School of International Studies.
Advanced degree students are guaranteed 24-hour access to dedicated computer facilities, and there are staff members specifically focused on assisting international post-graduate students academically. There is also a full-time student program advisor who assists students with planning their studies, including coordinating overseas exchange opportunities.
The Master of Arts in International Development emphasizes the concepts of practical focus and flexible delivery. The degree is offered by the Flinders Centre for Development Studies, which has more than 30 years of post-graduate teaching credibility and practical engagement experience with development. The Centre’s international, award-winning teaching staff have a wealth of collective experience in international development theory, demography, migration and refugees, gender and development, development consulting and the government.
The Master of Arts in International Development is a practical, skill-based degree and is fully integrated with the Flinders Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis, as well as the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in International Development, thereby offering many entry and exit points. All of these options can be taken fully or partially online or on-campus, making the degree programs more widely available than ever and allowing students from all over the world to benefit from the Flinders academic experience. Online and on-campus students are taught together and interact in the learning program as one group, so online students will not lose any of the benefits of the degree course.
The MA program is highly accommodating to students, and gives them many opportunities to advance their studies, and their careers. If full credit recognition is granted, the degree can be completed in 12 months. Courses taught in these post-graduate qualifications feed into the Flinders Masters of Health and International Development program, which focuses on the provision of primary health care in developing countries.
Additionally, work-integrated learning and overseas study opportunities are fully-integrated into this degree program, with a particular focus on a professional practicum in Indonesia.
The degree programs at Flinders School of International Studies have become increasingly diverse in recent years. More than 50 percent of students who enrolled in the last five years have been from outside Australia.
The Master of Arts in International Relations is a student-centered degree with a global focus. This degree is offered by the Discipline of International Relations, which boasts an international teaching staff with internationally-recognized expertise in human rights, security and stabilization, civil society-government-business relations, African politics, Southeast Asia and religion and politics. Most international students in this program come from East Asia. This degree can also be completed in 12 months, provided full credit recognition has been granted.
A research-based, contemporary degree, the MA in International Relations is fully integrated with the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in International Relations. There are many overseas study opportunities integrated into this degree as well, with a particular focus on the International Network of Universities’ Summer School in Global Citizenship offered at Hiroshima University.
Other overseas study opportunities at Flinders include exchange programs at 80 partner universities, including five in China, three in Hong Kong, three in Japan, three in Indonesia and two in Malaysia.
International students will find that they enjoy a high quality of life while studying at the Flinders campus in Adelaide, Australia. Campus facilities include a selection of cafes and restaurants, retail outlets, a pharmacy, bookshop, hairdresser, bank, travel agent, fitness center, and medical and childcare facilities, among others. There is also an International Student Services Unit (ISSU) that helps foreign degree candidates acclimate to life in their new surroundings. These services include securing financial assistance, finding accommodation, on-campus help, and airport pick-up.
Because of its student-centric, flexible learning options, the Flinders University School of International Studies makes an attractive option for foreign students looking to work toward an advanced degree and rewarding career in international affairs.