Pacific studies

Australia’s understanding of Oceania is more important than ever thanks to a new, revitalised engagement with the region and an increasing number of Pacific Islanders settling in Australia. ANU is the only place in Australia where you can develop an in-depth understanding of the cultural, social, geographic, linguistic and political contexts of this diverse region with a specialised undergraduate degree.

Enquire now to find out about the Bachelor of Pacific Studies, an interdisciplinary program offered by the University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia’s foremost centre for teaching and research on Oceania. The College houses the largest concentration of Pacific scholars in Australia, and teaches the largest number of Pacific languages. As a student of Pacific Studies, you will also have the opportunity to undertake internship and immersion programs in Oceania, boosting your language skills and understanding of the region.

If your interests lie in anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, politics, gender or cultural studies, you will benefit from the regionally relevant framework that Pacific Studies provides. The program is also particularly well-suited to students of Pacific descent looking to explore their heritage. Graduates from a Bachelor of Pacific Studies have the much-needed expertise to work in Pacific policy and development, and the transdisciplinary analytical skills to succeed in a range careers or postgraduate study.

By studying this degree you may also be eligible for our ANU EngageAsia $3000 travel guarantee which you can use to help you study and travel overseas while you are a student at ANU.

View the program flyer or visit Programs and Courses for full program requirements, study options and course information.

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Graduate profile

Veitania Lepani

Riding a new wave

"I just liked the sound of it! It’s more relevant to me than Asia Pacific studies, being focused specifically on the Pacific. It gives you a chance to learn at a university level about the place that you come from. Most Pacific Islanders don’t really get that chance in high school."

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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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Gabriella Andrews

Meet Gabriella Andrews

"Having a strong interest in Australia’s relationships with nations in the Indo-Pacific region throughout high school, I looked no further than a combined degree in International Security Studies a

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