global studies

Bachelor of Global Studies

Bachelors Degree BGS
global studies

Discover a world of opportunities with our Bachelor of Global Studies – your ticket to an exciting international career that bridges the realms of arts, human rights, international relations, and business.

360 points, 3 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

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Why study a BGS?

In today's world, nations, economies, cultures, and societies are more interconnected than ever before. Understanding and navigating these global connections is crucial.

Waikato's brand-new Bachelor of Global Studies (BGS) degree will set you up to play a pivotal role in addressing pressing global issues, fostering cooperation on a global scale, and contributing to innovative solutions for global businesses. From exploring diverse cultures, influencing global diplomacy, or making a meaningful impact through organisations – the possibilities are endless.

Within this specialised three-year degree you'll develop core knowledge and skills in intercultural communication, business strategy and global relations allowing you to effectively negotiate and navigate diversity, particularly in organisations that span the globe. You will also study a language to help you thrive in different countries & cultures.

This core is enhanced by one of five specialised majors, each with its own unique focus and global perspective, to equip you to become a world-class expert in your chosen area.  The five majors are:

  • Global Arts
  • Global Markets
  • Human Rights
  • International Languages and Cultures
  • International Relations

You’ll also have the option to take a second major and/or a minor from any part of the university.

For the International Languages and Cultures major, there are 5 languages available - French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese and these can be studied from beginners to advanced.

360 points, 3 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

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Practical experience

Hands-on learning

At the heart of the BGS is work-integrated learning, where, through an internship you will apply your skills in a real organisation, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By engaging directly with industry, you'll form vital connections and gain insights that will prepare you for the global challenges of tomorrow.

Career opportunities

  • Diplomat or Foreign Service Officer: Representing one's country abroad, negotiating treaties, and promoting diplomatic relations
  • Analyst in a Global Business: Helping solve problems and support businesses in the exciting world of international markets.
  • Development Project Manager: Overseeing international development projects for NGOs, government agencies, or international organisations.
  • Human Rights Advocate: Advocating for human rights and social justice, working with NGOs or advocacy groups.
  • Policy Analyst: Researching and analysing international policies and their impact, often for government agencies or think tanks.
  • International Correspondent: Reporting on global events and issues for international media outlets.
  • Global Policy Specialist: Working on global initiatives, managing programs, and addressing disparities worldwide.
  • English Language Instructor Abroad: Teaching English as a second language overseas or as part of international education programs.
  • Tourism Manager: Coordinates activities within the tourism industry to enhance customer experiences.

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