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Year in Asia

Year in Asia

Year in Asia is the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s flagship program for overseas study. It is your opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the language and culture of your chosen country for up to 12 months.

The Year in Asia program is open to students enrolled in one of seven degrees from across ANU: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Asian Studies, Bachelor of Development Studies, Bachelor of International Relations, Bachelor of International Security Studies, Bachelor of Languages and Bachelor of Science.

The Year in Asia program adds a year onto your base degree. This year will be spent at one of the University's partner institutions in the region. While at your host institution, you will take at least 50 per cent of your courses in your host country's language and a combination of other language or disciplinary courses to help meet your own Year in Asia goals. You might choose to take courses that complement your degrees, help you better understand your new home, reach your desired career path, that wouldn't be available to you at ANU or any combination of these. Upon graduation the time you have spent and your expertise in the region will be recognised with a Year in Asia major.

Your Year in Asia can be taken in China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand or Vietnam. You can add the Year in Asia onto your eligible base degree as a single degree or within the Flexible Double Degree structure. Direct admission to Year in Asia is not available - existing students must be selected and accept a place in the Year in Asia program before they are transferred into the Year in Asia version of their degree. For example; if you are a Bachelor of International Security Studies student undertaking Year in Asia you will be transferred into the Bachelor of International Security Studies (Year in Asia).

Information on the requirements for Year in Asia can be found by searching Programs and Courses.

How Do I Apply?

Step 1 – Assess Your Eligibility

To be eligible for Year in Asia you must be in one of the seven eligible base degrees listed below:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Development Studies
  • Bachelor of International Relations
  • Bachelor of International Security Studies
  • Bachelor of Languages
  • Bachelor of Science

You must also:

  • Have completed 48 units of study (8 courses);
  • Have a minimum GPA of 5.0 or above;
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 units from completion of non-language courses listed on the Bachelor of Asian Studies;
  • Have completed 24 units (4 courses) of language courses in your chosen language and;
  • Have an intermediate language proficiency (as defined below) in your chosen language.

Intermediate language ability is defined as the successful completion of the following ANU courses for Year in Asia:

You can only undertake Year in Asia in a destination that speaks the language you are learning.

We recommended that you have at least 6 units of study remaining in your degree after completing Year in Asia but this is not a requirement.

Please note that admission to the Year in Asia program is on a competitive basis. Where places are limited, students will be selected on academic merit.

Step 2 – Do Your Research

Find out everything you need to know about Year in Asia. What would you like to get out of your experience? Where would you like to go? Which partner universities will you include in your preferences and do they offer the types of courses that will help you meet your goals?

Got questions? Come into speak to the CAP Student Centre, we’re here to help!

You can book an appointment to see a member of the global learning team at the CAP Student Centre here. Can’t get an appointment? Drop by our office! Where possible we want to answer any questions you have.

Step 3 – Assess Your Readiness

Are you ready to spend a year living and studying overseas? Year in Asia will challenge you in unexpected ways. It is really important that you talk to staff and other students about the program to find out more about the demands of living and studying overseas.

Step 4 – Apply Online

Students apply for the Year in Asia program via the ANU Global Programs System.

You will need to decide on your top three host institution preferences and tell us why you want to go to those institutions. Available partner institutions are listed on the Global Programs System. You will also need to tell us about your academic interests and what you want out of your Year in Asia Please note that you cannot apply to the partner institution until you have been selected for Year in Asia.

Applications for Semester 1, 2022 open 26 February 2021 and close on 24 June 2021

Applications for Semester 2, 2022 open 30 August 2021 and close on 28 November 2021

Step 5 – ANU Outcome

You will be notified of the outcome of your application following the release of results of the semester when your application was submitted, which is typically in mid July for Semester 1 or early December for Semester 2. Once you are endorsed by ANU you will be sent an information pack to provide information to ANU for approval to travel and insurance coverage.

Step 6 – Apply To Your Partner Institution

Endorsed students will need to fill out a number of forms, including a formal application to the partner institution, which may include a visa and a health check application. Application deadlines for partner institutions vary from country to country and institution to institution. You will be provided with support and guidance from the Global Programs team or the CAP Student Centre.

Step 7 – Start Your Journey

Once you have been formally offered a place at the partner institution we will be in touch with you about what you should do next.



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