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 Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai University (CMU) was founded in 1964 and was the first institution of higher education in northern Thailand as well as the first provincial university in Thailand. The university has a strong academic focus on engineering, science, agriculture, and medicine.
CMU continuously strives to ensure that its range of disciplines, its teaching methodology and its research activities reflect its motto of “University of Excellence” to the benefit of local national and international education.
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 Cultural Exchange Course at Chiang Mai University. This course focuses on aspects of Thai and Asian languages, culture, history, and society. For more information, visit the CMU website or contact the institution directly.
Language of Instruction
English and Thai
The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 15 credits at Chiang Mai University. Year in Asia students undertake a total of 48 ANU units over two semesters.
Year in Asia students will be provided accommodation in the International Hostel. For further information about the International Hostel, including inclusions and current rates, refer to the “Accommodation” page of the CMU website.
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.
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