Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Sapporo, Japan
- Program Terms: Semester 2
- Restrictions: ANU applicants only
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 Hokkaido University
Hokkaido University, or Hokudai, is one of the national universities of Japan. It is a member of the National Seven Universities, which were established as the best national higher education or research institute. It is located in downtown Sapporo, just north of Sapporo Station. It is considered as one of the top universities in Japan. Hokkaido is also home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan.
Hokkaido University offers two programs for Year in Asia students. For students majoring in Japanese language and culture, the Japanese Language and Culture Studies Program (JLCSP) provides opportunity for students to study advanced Japanese language classes and take courses taught in either Japanese or English. The JLCSP is a year-long program starting in October which consists of three types of courses: courses in Japanese language; courses in Japanese linguistics, culture and society; and independent study in the students’ field of specialty including a final report. For students with a very advanced level of Japanese proficiency, students may be entered as a Special Audit Student in which they will be taking classes in the same way as local students, with instruction and assessment all in Japanese. For more information, refer to the JLCSP page of the Hokkaido University website.
For students majoring in any other area, Hokkaido University offers the Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP). Designed to provide undergraduate students from affiliated universities with the opportunity to study in Japan, participants in this program take a wide variety of classes offered in English from HUSTEP’s two core divisions: Culture and Society, and Science, Technology, and Environment. In addition, some participants can pursue independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. There will also be opportunities to take part in numerous traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural activities.
Students enrolled in either program study Japanese according to their level of proficiency.
Japanese and English.
Students wishing to undertake the JLCSP should have N3 (or higher) on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or the equivalent or higher proficiency in Japanese at the time of application. In particular, applicants should know 500 or more kanji and have the skill to understand conversation spoken at natural speed and read/write simple sentences.
The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 14 credits at Hokkaido. 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.
Students enrolled in the JLCSP or HUSTEP are required to live on campus. For more information about the accommodation available on campus, refer to the Accommodation page of the Hokkaido University website.
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:
More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan and the full eligibility requirements can be found here.
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.