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Short Program - Political Economy of Myanmar, Myanmar
Inle, Myanmar; Naypyidaw, Myanmar; Taunhhyi, Myanmar; Yangon, Myanmar (Outgoing Program)
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Dorothy Mason admires a sunrise on top of the Theik Temple.

Photo and caption: Natalie Young (CAP Digital Grant recipient, Winter Session 2017) Dorothy Mason admires a sunrise on top of the Theik Temple.


ASIA2090: The Political Economy of Myanmar provides an introduction to contemporary, social, political and economic transformations in Myanmar through visits to universities, government agencies, non-government organisations, museums and important cultural sites.This study tour will provide an opportunity for 30 undergraduate students to travel together to Myanmar in July for two weeks, under the guidance of course conveners Dr Ben Hillman and Gerard McCarthy.

This course 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 2018, with grants provided to students to assist with travel and/or living costs.  

Study Activity

In-country activity for this course will run from 5 July 2018 - 21 July 2018.

If you are selected to participate in this course, you will attend a two-part pre-departure session at ANU in June where 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 and be provided with a set of readings to pique your interest in the following in-country study.

You will meet the course conveners and other students in Yangon on Thursday 5 July, with formal course activity starting on Friday 6 July. 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 Saturday 21 July.

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

For more about Myanmar and this course check out this great essay by previous participant Dot Mason. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to all  currently enrolled ANU undergraduate students. 

All you need to do is tell us why this opportunity would benefit you personally and academically, 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.

Where grants are available, preference may be given to students who meet the eligibility requirements of the grants. 

Application Details

Complete the application by Sunday 25 March 2018.

If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Monday 9 April and must be able to confirm your participation by Monday 16 April.

Funding Opportunities

New Colombo Plan

The College of Asia and the Pacific has secured 25 New Colombo Plan mobility grants for this study tour. 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
  • Not have residency rights in Myanmar
More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan can be found here

Enagage Asia Travel Guarantee

Successful applicants that do not receive an NCP grant or meet the NCP eligibility requirements will receive $500 of funding support through the Engage Asia Travel Guarantee.


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

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 $1000). 

Other costs include visa fees, meals and entry to some cultural and tourist sites. 

You will pay your tuition fees to ANU for this six unit course.

General Information for Mobility Programs

While the College of Asia and the Pacific welcomes participation from all eligible ANU students, credit towards your degree program will be at the discretion of your home College. It is your responsibility to consult with your College's student advisors about how this course might fit into your current degree requirements.

Applicants should ensure they have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the program. 


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T: 6125 3207

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