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Short Program - Political Economy of Myanmar, Myanmar
Naypyidaw, Myanmar; Nyaungshwe, Myanmar; Taungoo, Myanmar; Taunhhyi, Myanmar; Yangon, Myanmar (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

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This study tour will provide an opportunity for 20 undergraduate students to travel together to Myanmar in June/July for two weeks, under the guidance of Southeast Asian studies scholars. 

The course (ASIA2090) provides students with an introduction to the politics, economy, history and culture of Myanmar through visits to universities, government agencies, non-government organisations, museums and important cultural sites. Most of the study tour will take place in and around Yangon, with a short trip to the national capital, Naypyidaw. ANU students will participate in a range of activities with students from the University of Yangon.

This course is open to all undergraduate students at ANU, but would be of particular interest to those who are undertaking Asian studies, political science, international relations, development studies or economics.

This course is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan in 2017, with grants provided to students to assist with travel and/or living costs.  

Study Activity

If you are selected to participate in this course, you will be offered a full day pre-departure session at ANU in June. You will have an opportunity to meet other participants and receive an overview of Myanmar’s recent history as well as a foundational understanding of political economy and issues of power that run as themes throughout the course. You will hear from expert guest speakers at the pre-departure session and be provided with a set of readings to pique your interest in the following in-country study.

You will meet the course convener and other students at the study tour hotel in Yangon on Sunday 25 June, with formal course activity starting on Monday 26 June. During the following two weeks, you will meet with students, political leaders, development workers, economic advisors and journalists. You will also spend a short time in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s capital, and visit government agencies as well as the national parliament. Academic activities will be balanced with some afternoons of free time and cultural activities such as visits to markets and Myanmar’s spectacular temples, including the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Southeast Asia’s most sacred sites.

Activities in Myanmar will wrap on the afternoon of Friday 7 July.

For an overview of the 2015 study tour, watch this amazing video.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to all ANU undergraduate students who are currently enrolled and meet the eligibility criteria for an NCP short term mobility grant (see Funding Support section). 

All you need to do is tell us why this opportunity would benefit your studies at ANU, how this opportunity meets the objectives of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan program and identify one of Myanmar's most pressing policy or development challenges. Academic results may also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Information on the New Colombo Plan can be found here.

Application Details

Complete the application by Sunday 9 April 2017.

If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Tuesday 18th April and must be able to confirm your participation by Monday 24 April.

Travel and Other Costs

You will need to arrange and pay for your own return travel to Yangon, as well as a contribution towards accommodation, transport within Myanmar and some meals (approximately $900). 

Funding Support

Students who meet the New Colombo Plan eligibility guidelines will be provided with a $3,000 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
More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan can be found here

Bell School will be offering two access and equity sponsorships in this study tour in 2017, which means that the $900 contribution towards accommodation, transport within Myanmar and some meals will be sponsored by the School for two participants.

You may also be eligible to apply for OS-HELP, an Australian Government loan scheme designed to assist Australian students with overseas study costs. You can find further information on the ANU OS-HELP website.


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