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  • Locations: Tsukuba, 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 1 2021 31/05/2020 14/08/2020 TBA TBA
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 The University of Tsukuba


University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest national universities in Japan, founded in 1872. It is located in the city of Tsukuba in the Kanto region of Japan.
 
The University has 28 college clusters and schools with a total of approximately 15,000 students. The main Tsukuba campus covers an area of 258 hectares (636 acres), making it the largest single campus in Japan.

It is famous for research in physics, economics, physical education and social sciences. Its Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences is represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction, and the university is one of the Japanese elite institutions of higher education as part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's thirteen "Global 30" selected Project 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 Study


Year in Asia students enrol in the Junior Year at Tsukuba Program (JTP). JTP offers a variety of courses in Japanese language, culture, science and technology, all conducted in English. Students may also wish to take courses taught in Japanese depending on their level of Japanese language proficiency.
 
For more information about the JTP program, refer to the “Exchange Students Programs” page of the University of Tsukuba website and the JSTEP 2017-2018 brochure. For more information about the specific courses available to exchange students, refer to the “Undergraduate Course Offerings for Exchange Students 2018-2019” catalogue.

Language of Instruction


Japanese and English.

Credit Equivalencies


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

The University of Tsukuba offers a Short Stay House for exchange students. For more information on both on-campus and private accommodation, including rates, refer to the JSTEP 2017-2018 brochure.

 

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