Dorothy Mason admires a sunrise on top of the Theik Temple. Photo: Natalie Young
***Applications for Winter Session, 2019 have been extended***
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 convener Dr Ben Hillman.
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 2019, with grants provided to students to assist with travel and/or living costs.
In-country activity for this course will run from Sunday 23 June – Saturday 6 July 2019.
If you are selected to participate in this course, you will attend a 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 your course convener and fellow students in Yangon on Sunday 23 June, with formal course activity starting on Monday 24 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 Saturday 6 July.
For an overview of course, check out the video below:
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 currently enrolled ANU undergraduate students who meet the eligibility requirements for a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant
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.
Complete the application by Sunday 5 May 2019.
If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Friday 10 May and must be able to confirm your participation by Thursday 16 May.
The College of Asia and the Pacific has secured 30 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
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 be required to independently arrange and cover costs of return flights and internal transfers to and from accommodation in Yangon. You will also need to cover costs of visas, entry to some cultural and tourist sites and living expenses for the duration of the program.
Accommodation, transport and some meal arrangements during the program will be made for the entire group to secure lower rates and will be packaged together as a program participation fee which is expected to be approximately $1100. Final costs will be confirmed with selected participants.
You will pay your tuition fees to ANU for this six unit course.
You will be covered by ANU travel insurance for the duration of the course.
Please note 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.
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.