International studies Society, history and languages

International studies Society, history and languages

We are truly a global community of citizens, and so the ability to understand and evaluate world issues across the social, cultural, political and economic spectrum is a highly valued skill.

At Macquarie, open the door to a range of international careers with your expertise in languages and societies from countries across Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Careers in international studies 

  • advocacy officer
  • communications officer
  • community liaison officer
  • cultural events coordinator
  • editor
  • human rights officer
  • international aid worker
  • international business specialist
  • journalist
  • logistics coordinator
  • marketing communications consultant
  • policy adviser
  • program officer
  • social corporate responsibility officer
  • social media coordinator
  • teacher (with further study)
  • translator and interpreter (with further study)
  • travel and tourism consultant

Professional experience

Connect with your future career through PACE

At Macquarie, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. With PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) you can gain real-world experience and get ahead in the career queue.

PACE provides opportunities for undergraduate students at Macquarie University to gain practical experience by working with industry partners on mutually beneficial projects. No matter what you decide to study, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

International Studies: Languages and cultures

Ranked amongst the top 100 language departments in the world, Macquarie's Department of International Studies offers one of the largest ranges of European and Asian languages in NSW. Our students are encouraged to spend a session or two with our partner institutions in their language home country to further develop their language and cultural knowledge. The department also has a strong research focus, particularly on the nexus between language and culture.

The annual Professor Judyth Sachs PACE Prizes acknowledge and reward students for outstanding achievement in a Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) unit.

As part of the PACE unit INTS305 - International Studies Internship, Paul worked with the PUKAÑAWI Human Rights Film Festival and wrote and produced his own short human rights documentary which focused on waste management in Sucre. The film "La Basura" was featured by Macquarie University at the Latin American Human Rights Film Night.

Organised by Department of International Studies, the Human Rights and Filmmaking in Latin America is a pilot PACE project under the INTS305 PACE unit. The project runs in Spanish in Latin America and has a focus on Indigenous Human Rights. In this project, students work with Bolivian Indigenous communities to create short documentaries about human rights challenges.

Associate Professor Estela Valverde, Head of the Department of International Studies, says this initiative is one of the most innovative PACE projects presently run in Macquarie: "It blends our commitment to actively participate in the community with the unique experience of living in an exotic and very safe Latin American city, learning about cross cultural topics that will enrich their lives forever."

"This is a unique project for those students who have a good knowledge of Spanish, even if they are not formally studying Spanish with us, as it provides the opportunity to live in a college with Spanish speaking students, work with them and prepare meaningful videos about the lives of the Bolivians that can help them improve their condition and attract the attention of policy makers," Valverde added.

The PACE project is open to International Studies students and will soon be offered university-wide for students who are fluent in Spanish.

"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to make a small contribution to the promotion and understanding of ancient Chinese culture, which is still very influential in China and the rest of the Asian region in the global context of the twenty first century," said Mr Li.

Mr Li, President of a Chinese audiovisual company, first proposed the donation after he heard about Macquarie's research and teaching of Chinese Studies from the Honourable Dr Helen Sham Ho.

As an alumna, former University Council member and Macquarie University Foundation Patron, Dr Sham Ho attended an international symposium on campus last December, which explored the historical significance of the discovery of ancient Chinese texts.

"I am delighted to see that our conference made such an impact on those who attended," said Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton. "We are very pleased to receive this encouragement to continue on with our pioneering work and to further our international collaboration with Chinese scholars."

Mr and Mrs Li visited campus on 6 March to present the gift to the Vice-Chancellor, and met with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement) Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Jim Lee, Dr Helen Sham-Ho, Ms Hedda Paisley, Associate Director of Development, Asia, and Dr Shirley Chan, Head of Chinese Studies in the Department of International Studies. Consul Liu Jianbo and Vice Consul Liu Wenwu from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in Sydney also attended.

Deputy Consul General of PRC Tong Xuejun remarked, "Teaching and research plays an important role in disseminating knowledge and cultural understanding between China and Australia. I am very glad to see this donation from the Chinese community supporting this important part of activities at Macquarie University."

"The donation marks a milestone for Chinese Studies at Macquarie and I thank everyone, particularly Mr Li and Dr Sham Ho for their support," said Dr Chan.

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