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  • Locations: Sapporo, 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 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. 

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


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.

Language of Instruction


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.

Credit Equivalencies


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.

Accommodation


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. 

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. 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.

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.