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  • Locations: Kanazawa, Japan
  • Program Terms: 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
Fact Sheet:
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 Kanazawa University

Kanazawa University, in Kanazawa on the coast of the Sea of Japan, has contributed greatly to Japanese higher education and academic research since it was founded in 1949.

Kanazawa University aims to become “a research university dedicated to education, while opening up its doors to both local and global society.” With this objective the university will work on reform, in the belief that its activities will contribute to the opening up of a new 21st century era; the promotion of world peace; and the sustainable development of humankind. The Kanazawa University Charter can be found in full on the University’s website.

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 either the Kanazawa University Student Exchange Program (KUSEP) or the Kanazawa University Japanese Language and Culture Program.

KUSEP provides Japanese language courses, as well as courses in English on the state of affairs in Japan, Japanese culture, and other various fields of specialty for international students from ANU. Students with excellent Japanese proficiency may be allowed to take one course per semester (2 credits) offered from elsewhere in the university than the KUSTEP program. Students who wish to take courses other than those offered by KUSEP must have the consent of the instructor. For a list of the English-taught courses available to KUSTEP students, refer to the KUSTEP page of the Kanazawa University International Student Centre website.

The Kanazawa University Japanese Language and Culture Program aims to provide students from overseas with an opportunity to improve their proficiency in Japanese language and to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and society. The program consists of upper-intermediate to advanced level Japanese language courses (5 lectures per week), cultural courses taking up not only present day Japanese society and culture but also the rich traditional culture of Kanazawa (3 lectures per week), joint research project with the Japanese students (1 lecture per week) and a completion research (1 lectures per week). It is a one year program conducted solely in Japanese. For more information, refer to the Japanese Language & Culture Program page of the Kanazawa University website.

Language of Instruction

English and Japanese. 

Credit Equivalencies

24 units of credit at ANU is 14 credits at Kanazawa. 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.


Year in Asia students will be assisted in securing accommodation in Kanazawa, either on-campus or privately rented. For more information on the types of accommodation available, including rates, please refer to the Housing page of the Kanazawa University 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