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.

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. Information on the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) program requirements and study options can be found on Programs and Courses.

The Year in Asia Major comprises a 24 unit ‘umbrella’ courses – ASIA3551: Year in Asia in which students enrol for both semesters. The BAPS (YIA) can be taken as a single degree, or within the Flexible Double Degree structure. Direct admission to the BAPS (YIA) is not 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 or Book an Appointment 

Find out everything you need to know about Year in Asia at one of our information sessions or by booking an appointment with the CAP Student Centre.

You can book an appointment to see a member of the Global Learning team at the CAP Student Centre here.

The 2018 information session is TBA.

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 an ANU GPA of 5.0 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);
  • A minimum of 2 courses (12 units) of  study from completion of ASIA-coded courses.

Student are recommended to have at least 6 units study remaining in their degree after completing their Year in Asia.

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:

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 research the partner institutions that are available for you to apply to and decide on your top three preferences. Available partner institutions are listed on the Global Programs System. If you have trouble navigating the system, please contact:  Please note that you cannot apply to the partner institution until you have been selected for Year in Asia.

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 open 15 March 2018 and close on 31 May 2018.

Applications for Semester 2, 2019 open 15 September 2018 and close on 30 November 2018.

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 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 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 the Global Programs team 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:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team