Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs & Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts

This dual-degree program will give you a unique opportunity to understand the transnational forces and contemporary challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region, and will deepen your understanding of this region’s history, culture and society and its role in the global context - leading to an innovative international career path in a variety of fields.

Our program

The Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs & Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts provides students the unique opportunity to study in Australia and Japan and graduate with two degrees - from ANU and Ritsumeikan University.

The Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs will be taught by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs within ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. The Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts will be taught by the College of Global Liberal Arts at Ritsumeikan University. The program brings together leading expertise at both universities. As part of the ANU program, students will be provided an in-depth understanding of Asia-Pacific regional affairs including politics and government, international relations and security, conflict and peacebuilding, history and cultural identity. As part of the RU program, students will further develop skills to identify and solve problems related to the region through an innovative curriculum of liberal arts, which includes cultural studies, historical studies, science and technology studies, and business administration. The dual approach will help to develop a competitive foundation for your career.

Students can enrol to start studying in either Australia or Japan. Over the course of their study, all students will spend time learning on-campus in both Australia and Japan. Students commencing at Ritsumeikan* will spend their third year of study at ANU, while students commencing at ANU will study at Ristumeikan in their second and third years. The Bachelor of PacificAffairs & Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts program will commence in Semester 1 2019. It will be taught in English and will take four years to complete as a full- time student.

*International students are encouraged to start at Ritsumeikan University.

Learn more about the program structure and courses.



Our students

Students at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific are trained to be ethical, informed and skilled future leaders. All students are expected to participate actively in classes, which are designed to be interactive and engaging. Students are also encouraged to be deeply connected with the Asia Pacific and the College offers a range of internships, exchanges and study tours throughout the region.

Career pathways

This dual-degree program will prepare you for work in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world. You will leave equipped with the skills you need for a career in:

  • Government agencies
  • Consultancy firms
  • Business and trade organisations
  • Development and aid organisations
  • Media agencies
  • Universities
  • Research organisations

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQs pdf contains answers to many of the frequently asked questions asked by students commencing their dual degree program at the Australian National University.

For students commencing their dual degree progam at Ritsumeikan University, please see the RU website.


Programs of study

Graduate profile

Meet Joshua Griffiths

Meet Joshua Griffiths

For Josh Griffiths, the Year in Asia program was always an attractive drawcard for studying at ANU.

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Aditi Razdan

Meet Aditi Razdan

“ANU is one of the only universities in Australia that teaches Hindi.

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Rosalind Moran

Meet Rosalind Moran

Growing up bilingual, Diploma of Languages student Rosalind Moran was always able to appreciate the world around her from different cultural perspectives.

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Peter Gravestock

Meet Peter Gravestock

“I moved down to Canberra to study Asian Studies together with Engineering at ANU. The Flexible Double Degree program has allowed me to combine two of my passions.

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Harriet Roberts

Meet Harriet Roberts

"I was always interested in the law, and having studied Indonesian language throughout high school I was looking for a way to combine these two interests.

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Oliver Friedmann

Meet Oliver Friedmann

"My study path has been tumultuous to say the least. I have changed my degree four times and been to two different universities.

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