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 Osaka University
Osaka University, or Handai, is a national university located in Osaka, Japan. It is the sixth oldest university in Japan as the Osaka Prefectural Medical College, and one of Japan's National Seven Universities. Numerous prominent scientists have worked at Osaka University, such as the Nobel Laureate in Physics Hideki Yukawa.
The Year in Asia Program at Osaka University is only available for ANU Semester 2 intakes.
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
The Maple Program was designed by the Centre for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC) to help students enrolled in an institution with an exchange agreement with Osaka University to improve their language skills, enhance their knowledge of Japanese culture and society, and assist them in advancing towards their respective academic goals — in short, to develop individuals with an in-depth understanding of Japan, able to compare and contrast, from a variety of perspectives, aspects of Japanese society, culture, and language with their own mother tongue and cultural background.
Language of Instruction
Japanese and English
The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 16 credits at Osaka. 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.
Student life can often be simplified by living in a dormitory. Osaka University has five dormitories: Toneyama, Seimei, Niina, Koyo, and Momiji. All rooms are Western-style and, in order to provide students with some privacy, single rooms. Rooms are furnished with a desk, a chair, a locker or closet, and in Toneyama, Seimei and Niina, a bookcase.
Due to a shortage of housing for international students, exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus housing. However, if a student is unable to obtain on-campus housing the university will organise suitable off-campus accommodation on the student’s behalf. International student dormitory rent is approximately 20,000 yen/month. Rooms may be shared.
Osaka University Co-op also mediates in assisting students find housing such as apartments. Rental conditions differ depending on building type and facilities of such.
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