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 Gakushuin University
Gakushuin University was first established in 1847 in Kyoto as an educational institution for children of Japanese nobility. It was moved to Tokyo in 1877 and eventually reformed as a private university in 1949.
The Mejiro Campus is situated in the heart of Tokyo but is surrounded by nature, and features both older buildings with a rich history that are designated as Japanese cultural assets and new buildings outfitted with up-to-date equipment.
Gakushuin University aims to teach all students with an eye toward developing a balanced combination of three key qualities –specialism, refinement, and practical skills.
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,
- 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
Undergraduate study at Gakushuin University is offered by four faculties: Law, Economics, Letters and Science. More information about the organisational structure of Gakushuin University can be found in this pamphlet.
Year in Asia students can choose courses from any of the undergraduate faculties, so long as they meet the language requirements (see below). For a list of courses available to Year in Asia students, including those taught in English, refer to the Course List page of the Gakushuin University website. Please note: additional courses may be available that are not listed on the website.
Additionally, Japanese language classes are provided to exchange students according to their level of proficiency: introductory, intermediate and advanced. For more information about the Japanese Language Classes offered at Gakushuin, please refer to the brochure “A Year at Gakushuin University
Language of Instruction
Most classes at Gakushuin University are conducted in English. Students wishing to undertake courses taught in Japanese are strongly advised to have sufficient language ability to understand academic Japanese. For a list of courses taught in English, refer to the Course List page of the Gakushuin University website.
The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 14 credits at Gakushuin. A study plan must be approved by ANU before students commence the program.
Year in Asia students undertake a total of 48 ANU units over two semesters.
On-campus accommodation is available to Year in Asia students at Azalea House and Wakeijuku (males only). The cost of this accommodation may be subsidised by Gakushuin University. More information can be obtained by contacting the university directly.
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.
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. Successful applicants that do not receive an NCP grant will receive $3000 of funding support through the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s Engage Asia Travel Guarantee.
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 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.
CAP Student Centre
M Block Demountable, between Menzies Library and China in the World
T: 6125 3207