Year in Asia

Year in Asia is the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s flagship program for overseas study, providing students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of their chosen country for up to 12 months. Students study a combination of language and disciplinary studies at a partner institution, and complete a final research project in the target language on return to ANU.

Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Year in Asia)

The Year in Asia program is offered through the four year Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) degree. The BAPS (YIA) incorporates a Year in Asia major, and students are provided with the flexibility to select one of the following study options:

Option 1

  • Year in Asia Major (48 units)
  • Asia Pacific Language Major (48 units)
  • Contextual Minor (24 units)
  • Free electives (72 units)

Option 2

  • Year in Asia Major (48 units)
  • Asia Pacific Language Minor (24 units)
  • Contextual Major (48 units)
  • Free electives (72 units)

Option 3

  • Year in Asia Major (48 units)
  • Asia Pacific Language Major (48 units)
  • Contextual Major (48 units)
  • Free electives (48 units)

The Year in Asia Major comprises two 24 unit ‘umbrella’ courses – ASIA 3351 (Year in Asia A) and ASIA 3552 (Year in Asia B).
The BAPS (YIA) will be offered as a single degree, or within the Flexible Double Degree structure. For 2015 direct admission to the BAPS (YIA) will not be available – existing students must be selected and accept a place in the Year in Asia program before they are transferred into the BAPS (YIA).

Application Process

Step 1 – Attend a Year in Asia Information Session

Find out everything you need to know about Year in Asia and the online application process.

CAP Overseas Experience Information Session

Thursday 30 April
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Music School, Lecture Theatre 3

Step 2 – Assess your eligibility

To be eligible for Year in Asia you must have already completed at least 8 courses (48 units) of study towards your ANU degree by the end of the semester when you submit your application, with a high credit average or above, including:

  • A minimum of 4 courses (24 units) from a relevant Asian language, with an intermediate level of language ability (see below for intermediate language definitions)
  • Applicants must also have at least 4 courses (24 units) of study remaining in their degree after completing the 48 unit Year in Asia component to be eligible to apply for the program.

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

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

Chinese: Modern Chinese 4

Indonesian: Indonesian 2A and 2B

Japanese: Spoken Japanese 3 & Written Japanese C

Korean: Modern Korean 3 and 4

Thai: Thai 2A and 2B

Vietnamese: Vietnamese 2A and 2B

Step 3 – Assess your readiness

It is really important that you talk to academic staff and other students about the program to find out more about the demands of living and studying overseas. Are you ready for this experience?

You will also need to research the partner institutions that are available for you to apply to and decide on your top three preferences (you will need to address this in your application). A list of partner institutions can be found on the ANU Global Programs System (Terra Dotta). If you have trouble navigating the system, please contact:  Please note that you cannot apply to the partner institution until you have been selected, or ‘endorsed’ by ANU.

Step 4 – Apply online

Students apply for the Year in Asia program starting in Semester two 2015 via an online application form.

  • Applications for Semester 1 2016 open March 2015
  • Applications for Semester 1 2016 close Thursday July 2nd, 2015
  • Applications for Semester 2 2016 open October 1st, 2015
  • Applications for Semester 2 2016 close on December 3rd, 2015

No applications will be accepted after the deadline, under any circumstances.

Step 5 – ANU endorsement

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 or early December. 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 the 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 your Country Convener and/or the CAP Student Centre.

Step 7 – Enrol in the YIA program

Once you have been formally offered a place at the partner institution and you accept it you will be transferred into the Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Year in Asia).

Advice on degree structure and requirements is available from


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Updated:  11 January, 2015/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team