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 Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) was formally reorganised as a national university in 1949, however its roots stretch back to 1873 when its predecessor was founded as a government institution of learning. Today, TUFS is primarily devoted to foreign language, international affairs and foreign studies. It offers courses in over 70 languages and strives towards a future vision with three main targets: to develop multilingual, competent, globally-minded students and staff; to enhance Japan's global presence; and to provide consulting services for the globalization of Japanese universities.
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
Year in Asia students enrol in the International Student Exchange Program of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies: ISEPTUFS.
TUFS provides an environment in which international and Japanese students can study together. ISEPTUFS students may choose any courses from any undergraduate department, depending on their Japanese language proficiency and other requirements. Students choose courses from the Global Liberal Arts Program. This includes the Japanese Language Program (JLP), and TUFS Integrated Program in Japan Studies, as well as others.
The Japanese Language Program is offered to all international students at TUFS. Courses are offered at various levels (Elementary to Upper Advanced) and are held from 2 to 5 hours per week. Additionally, students take courses from both the School of Language and Culture Studies and School of International and Social Studies. These include courses in many fields: Linguistics, Language Education, Communication, Multilingual Multicultural Studies, and Regional Literature, Thought and Arts, Area Studies, Cultural Studies, International Relations, Politics, and Economics.
For more information, refer to the ISEPTUFS
page of the TUFS website.
Language of Instruction
Japanese and English.
The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 15 credits at TUFS. 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.
TUFS has 3 international student residence halls with single rooms available for students. An air-conditioner, bookshelf, desk, kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, kitchen, toilet, and shower are provided. There are also vacuum cleaners or washing machines. For more information, including current rates, refer to the ISEPTUFS page of the TUFS 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:
- 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