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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Semester 2
  • Restrictions: ANU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

Applications for this program are not currently open. If this is an ANU exchange program, you can view the next exchange program application opening dates and closing deadlines here.
Program Description:

Overview


Year in Asia is the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s (CAP) 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.

Year in Asia requires students to focus at least 50% of their coursework on the language of their host country but also allows students the flexibility to build their own experience. Year in Asia aims to prepare students for a career engaged with Asia. Students should expect to return from their experience with a high level of language proficiency and a deeper understanding of the cultures and societies they have been living in. 
 
About Chiba University


Chiba University was founded in 1949, unifying several regional former national colleges and schools in the region such as the Chiba Medical College and the Chiba Normal School.

The university motto, ad altiora semper (“always aim higher”) encapsulates the University’s aim to equip students with the ability to make mature and informed judgments while nurturing and guiding their creativity. Pursuing these goals of excellence has resulted in Chiba University becoming one of the leading academic research centres in Japan

Eligibility and Selection Criteria


In order to apply for Year in Asia students must meet the following criteria by the end of the semester they are applying in:
  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Asian Studies, Bachelor of  Development Studies, Bachelor of International Relations, Bachelor of International Security Studies, Bachelor of Languages or Bachelor of Science;
  • Have a GPA of 5.0 or above;
  • Have completed a minimum of 48 units of study;
  • Have completed of 24 units from a relevant Asian language, with an intermediate level of language ability (see below for intermediate language definitions); and
  • A minimum of 12 units of study from completion of ASIA-coded courses.
Intermediate language ability is defined as the successful completion of the following ANU courses for Year in Asia: Applicants should preference 3 partner institutions in their application.

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.
 

Courses and Areas of Studies


Year in Asia students wishing to study at Chiba University take part in the Japan Program at Chiba (J-PAC). J-PAC includes the International Liberal Arts Program, which is offered to students irrespective of their area of specialization, and offers courses in Science, Engineering and Humanities. J-PAC also includes the Japanese Studies Program, which is designed for students who specialize in Japanese studies at ANU.

Both the International Liberal Arts Program and the Japanese Studies Program feature a Japanese language component. Japanese Language Courses are taught at Basic, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels according to the student’s proficiency.

For full details of which courses are available, refer to the J-PAC page of the Chiba University website.
 

Language of Instruction


Courses are offered in both Japanese and English. Eligibility for a course may be dependent on your level of Japanese language proficiency. For full details of which courses are offered in each language, refer to the J-PAC page of the Chiba University website

Credit Equivalencies


The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 18 credits at Chiba University. Year in Asia students undertake a total of 48 ANU units over two semesters.

A study plan must be approved by ANU before students commence the program.

Accommodation


On-campus Accommodation is available at Chiba University, but not guaranteed. Many students choose private accommodation instead.

For more information on accommodation at Chiba University, including current rates, refer to the Housing page of the Chiba University International Support Desk Website.

Funding Opportunities


New Colombo Plan

CAP has secured New Colombo Plan mobility grants for this program. Students who meet the New Colombo Plan eligibility guidelines will be provided with a $7,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant, provided by the Australian Government. To be eligible you must:
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be aged 18-28
  • Have not received an NCP short term mobility grant previously
  • Not hold residency rights to Japan
More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan and the full eligibility requirements can be found here

Engage Asia Travel Guarantee

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific provides guaranteed financial support to students studying in Asia and the Pacific as part of their degree.

Scholarships

It's possible to hold more than one scholarship, bursary or grant at a time, so checking out all of the funding opportunities available to you is a good idea.

You may also be able to source some funding through our partner universities - they provide scholarships and grants to encourage you to choose them as your destination.

OS-HELP

OS-HELP is a Government loan scheme to assist eligible Australian students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, who wish to undertake an overseas experience as part of their degree.
 

Travel and Other Costs


The costs of studying overseas vary greatly depending on your lifestyle and where you go. Major costs are your return airfare, accommodation and living expenses, which vary from country to country. Living and travel costs range from as little as $2000 in total for short-term international study programs, up to $2000 per month (more in some high-cost countries) for full semester or year programs. Some partner universities also require you to pay for health insurance, orientation or extra-curricular activities, so be aware that extra costs like these might pop up.
Indicative travel and living costs can be found on websites such as: For all ANU endorsed programs you continue to pay your fees to ANU, but you are exempt from paying tuition fees to the institution overseas. Often long-term overseas study will not cost much more than studying in Australia and it will give you an experience of a lifetime.

Participants will receive ANU travel insurance coverage for the duration of this program.
 

General Information for Mobility Programs


Students should ensure they have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the program (or as required by the country or host institution)

The CAP Student Centre is not able to provide visa advice, please refer to the relevant embassy or immigration department for advice about visas.

 

Enquiries


CAP Student Centre
M Block Demountable, between Menzies Library and China in the World
T: 6125 3207
E: cap.student@anu.edu.au


This program is currently not accepting applications.