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Australian National University (ANU)

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Graduate Diploma of International Affairs

  • Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma of International Affairs (GDIA) is a flexible 1-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) postgraduate qualification designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for understanding emerging issues in international, political and strategic affairs, both globally and in Asia and the Pacific.
Through a wide range of Master degree course choices, students will learn how to critically analyse international affairs and foreign and defence policies. The GDIA will engage students in a diverse range of disciplines and explore how issues such as globalisation, development, democratisation, terrorism, human security, war and conflict drive political developments in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.
The program provides a pathway for entry into ANU Masters programs in Diplomacy, International Relations, Strategic Studies and Globalisation. Students who are considering proceeding from this qualification into an approved Master program should seek academic advice from the relevant program convenor in order to ensure that the courses taken during the Graduate Diploma are eligible for credit toward their chosen Master degree.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Code
DIAFF, 088970M
Study Mode
In person

About this course

This program provides students with an understanding of world politics and prepares them with the necessary skills to advance their career in a wide range of professions such as:

• Consultancies• Defence• Diplomatic / Foreign service• Foreign affairs• Government and public service• Intelligence• International security• Intergovernmental agencies• International trade and business• International development and aid• Journalism• Multinational corporations• Private not for profit• Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0.

Or at least 10 years of work experience in an ANZSCO Skill Level 1 role.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0. 

If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of applicants demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Indicative fees Domestic International

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students $45,864.00 Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences courses at Australian National University (ANU).
89.4%
Overall satisfaction
86.3%
Skill scale
82%
Teaching scale
87.3%
Employed full-time
$91.3k
Average salary