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  • Locations: Osaka, Japan
  • Program Terms: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Restrictions: ANU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Semester 2 2021 30/11/2020 15/02/2021 TBA TBA
Program Description:


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 Kansai University

Kansai University was founded as the Kansai Law School in 1886. It was renamed to Kansai University in 1905 and by 1950 had expanded to include Letters, Economics, Commerce and a Graduate school in addition to the original Law school. Today, Kansai University has 13 Faculties and is one of Western Japan’s leading universities.
Kansai University’s emblem is comprised of the word "DAIGAKU" (meaning “University”) with a reed around it. The reed represents Kansai University's academic culture - simple, earnest, and sturdy, which has been developed since its foundation. The reed is known as a strong plant which can withstand wind and rain, and grows in the shallow waters of the Yodogawa River running through Osaka.

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

Year in Asia students enrol in the Japanese Language and Culture Course (JLC). The JLC is comprised of three types of classes: Japanese Language Class, Japan Studies (Japanology) Class and Global Frontier Class.

Japanese Language Class is offered at 6 levels from beginner to advanced, so that students are able to take classes in accordance with their Japanese Proficiency. Japanology Classes are taught in English and look at Japan’s history, culture, literature, society, politics, science and technology. The Global Frontier Classes, also taught in English, focus on communication competency and developing capabilities for problem-solving needed in global business, and the attributes expected in internationally-minded individuals.

In addition to these classes, students will enjoy various cultural and community activities through the program. For more information about the JLC at Kansai University, including a current course guide, refer to the Incoming International Exchange Students page of the University’s website.

Language of Instruction

English and Japanese.

Credit Equivalencies

The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 14 credits at Kansai. 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.


Exchange students at Kansai University can apply to reside in one of the following three student dormitories: Kansai University International Dormitory, Sherei-ryo Student House (Male dormitory) and Tsukigaoka Dormitory (Female dormitory). For up-to-date information about on-campus accommodation, such as inclusions and costs, refer to the “Student Dormitories” page of the Kansai University International Exchange 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.


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