About this Program

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BAIS) is an interdisciplinary program that offers students a chance to explore the interrelations among nations and peoples and to study world affairs from a variety of perspectives. Students have considerable flexibility to structure their academic programs to meet their particular needs and interests or to focus in a variety of geographical or topical fields. Courses can be chosen from a large number of disciplines including history, geography, political science, anthropology, economics, philosophy, languages, communication and women's studies.

Program Highlights

  • Interdisciplinary and Flexible: Students may take courses in a variety of disciplines on various international topics.

  • Study Abroad: Students are encouraged to study abroad. 300-400 level courses taken abroad may count toward the major.

  • Model United Nations: Students may take the ODU Model United Nations classes for credit toward the major.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
Delivery Modes


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Alumni Careers

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What are the requirements to apply for International Studies at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in International Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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