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The Exchange program is a highly flexible opportunity designed for students to undertake a range of studies at an ANU exchange partner for up to six months and count it towards the completion of ANU majors, minors or free electives. Students can nominate to undertake disciplinary studies in English, as well as language studies or disciplinary studies in the target language.


The Exchange Program for Asia Pacific Students is a variable unit course, so it can accommodate a breakdown of disciplinary or language studies to count towards Asia Pacific Studies majors, minors or free electives, or it can accommodate partial credit if students are nominating to split their semester exchange program across two degrees. So for example, if you are in a Flexible double degree, you may wish to go on exchange for credit entirely within your Bachelor of Asian Studies degree, or a combination of part Asian Studies and part the other degree, or wholly within the other degree.

Students can apply to undertake Asia Pacific Studies Exchange at any ANU exchange partner around the world, including the Asia Pacific region. A list of ANU exchange partners can be found here.

Students who are enrolled in a CAP degree who go to an Asian partner will be enrolled in the ASIA5920 Semester in Asia course code. CAP students who go to a non-Asian partner will be enrolled in the ASIA5925 Global Semester course code.

As part of the application process, students will be asked to outline how the proposed study at the ANU exchange partner will count towards the majors, minors and/or electives in their ANU degree(s) in a study plan. This plan is approved by the CAP student office and makes up part of your application for exchange.


6 months (one semester)
12 months (two semesters):  dependent on availability of overseas places and room within your degree


24 units per semester (maximum)

Complying Degrees

Step 1 – Gather information

Global Programs and Engagement run regular information sessions for students. It is important for students to attend these sessions to find out information that is crucial for applying to the exchange program. These sessions will be advertised closer to the dates.

You can also attend an Overseas Study Opportunities for Asia Pacific Studies Students information session, which will be held in early April and early September each year (details will be advertised closer to the date).

The next Overseas Study Opportunities information session for Asia Pacific Studies students will be held on April 30th 2015 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Music School Lecture Theatre 3.

It is also a good idea to visit Global Programs and Engagement and then register on the application site. These sites give details on the application process, eligibility requirements and partner institutions. Scholarship and grant information is given on these pages. You may find additional information on this page.

Step 2 – Assess your eligibility

To be eligible for Asia Pacific Studies Exchange you must have:

  • Already completed at least eight courses (48 units) of study towards your ANU degree  by the time you go on exchange
  • An ANU GPA of 5.0 or above
  • Room in your degree to count the 24 units of study you undertake at the partner institution

More information can be found here.

Advice on whether you can fit Asia Pacific Studies Exchange into your degree is available from cap.student@anu.edu.au

Admission to Asia Pacific Studies Exchange is based on a competitive application process run entirely through the Global Programs and Engagement office. Where places are limited, students will be selected on academic merit and responses to selection criteria.

Step 3 – Assess your readiness

It is really important that you talk to previous participants and staff to find out about the demands of living and studying overseas and whether you are ready for this experience.

You will also need to research the ANU exchange partners carefully and decide on your top three preferences (you will need to address this in your application). It is important to consider the following when looking for an exchange partner:

  • Availability of subjects that interest you: Some overseas institutions only have a limited range of subjects, or are more technical in nature. Best to research institutions thoroughly.
  • Language requirements:  A good deal of our partner institutions teach classes in English. However, some overseas institutions only teach in their home language, and require special permission to apply there. More information about this can be found on the Global programs site.
  • Regional interest: CAP students now have the opportunity to apply for any institution, rather than just Asia. It is important to consider though how the subjects you will be studying overseas will be relevant to your degree here at the ANU.

Please note that you cannot apply to the partner institution until you have been selected, or ‘endorsed’ by ANU.

Step 4 – Apply online

You will need to apply for Asia Pacific Studies Exchange through the Terradotta Studio Abroad site. You need to register and create a profile.

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

Step 5 – Enrol in the Asia Pacific Studies Exchange course

Once you have been formally offered a place at the ANU exchange partner and you accept it, you will be enrolled in the appropriate CAP exchange course..



Further information

You can find out more about Asia Pacific Studies Exchange by booking an appointment or emailing your question to: cap.student@anu.edu.au


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