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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Mt Fuji
Image: Simon Tenner: ARCH2022 (Cultural Landscapes of Environmental Change) Digital Grant recipient, Summer Session 2018. “The view of Mt Fuji from Lake Motosu, the same view that can be seen on the 1000 Yen note. We were very lucky this day to have such a clear view. One of our Japanese lecturers said this is the best Fuji he has ever seen in his life.?


PLEASE NOTE: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change will not be running in Summer Session 2021 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

Work alongside your peers from the University of Tokyo in this innovative study tour that puts cross-cultural learning into practice. Now in its fifth year, Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change brings students from ANU and The University of Tokyo together to explore the origin and complexity of cultural landscapes and environmental change in each country. Spend two weeks in Japan, hosted by leading researchers at the University of Tokyo, followed by a reciprocal two-week tour in Canberra and the bushland setting of the South Coast of NSW, led by one of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s expert researchers, Professor Simon Haberle. Build meaningful cross-cultural relationships with your University of Tokyo peers through in-class learning, museum visits and field studies and discover how environmental change impacts past and present societies and cultures in our region.

Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change will immerse you in the rich cultural landscapes of Japan and Australia and give you the opportunity to explore them in a cultural context and experience first-hand examples of how environmental change has influenced societies and cultures past and present. Through collaboration with students and staff from the University of Tokyo you will develop a mutual understanding and respect for diverse approaches to culture and environment. You will be challenged to think critically and consider how science and humanities can come together to explain complex problems.

This course provides the opportunity to discuss cultural and environmental issues with leading researchers, institutional experts and indigenous communities. Students will emerge with a deeper understanding and the practical skills, drawing evidence form the sciences and humanities to engage with current issues around the significance and value of cultural landscapes in contemporary society.

Study Activity 

The course runs from Wednesday 8 January - Friday 17 January 2020 in Tokyo, followed by Monday 3 February - Friday 14 February 2020 in Canberra and on the South Coast of NSW.

You will enrol in ARCH2022 at undergraduate level or ARCH6022 at graduate level to participate in this course.

The course will start with a one day preparatory workshop in Canberra where you will have the opportunity to meet your course convener, Professor Simon Haberle and your fellow participants. The workshop will introduce you to the course content and prepare you for the in-country portion of the course.

You will then meet your fellow participants and convener in Tokyo on Wednesday 6 January. You will be introduced to your peers from the University of Tokyo and begin creating important relationships that will create a genuine cultural exchange with UTokyo students providing an important perspectives and insights. During your time in Japan, with your  ANU and UTokyo peers, you will begin to explore the rich cultural landscapes of Japan through meetings, guest lectures and site visits. Together you will travel to the famed Mt Fuji and explore the mountain's significance to Japan.

You will then meet your ANU and UTokyo peers in Canberra on Monday 3 February where you will be able to share your perspectives and insights with your UTokyo counterparts. You will start this part of the course by exploring the rich cultural landscapes of the Canberra region. You will then travel to the NSW South coast for the final leg of the course. You will participate in more meetings, guest lectures and site visits and the course will have a focus on Indigenous community perspectives and you will have the opportunity to engage with community groups and leaders to discuss their views. You will the farewell your new UTokyo friends on Friday 14 February, the final day of course activity. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to all undergraduate and graduate ANU students. As part of your application you will need to tell us how this experience will benefit you personally and academically, how you think the program meets the objectives of the New Colombo Plan and what your understanding of cultural landscapes is.

Students will be selected based on their response to the selection criteria. Academic performance (GPA) may also be taken into consideration.  
Where grants are available, preference may be given to students who meet the eligibility requirements of the grants.

Application Details

***Applications have been extended***

Complete the application by Sunday 3 November 2019. 

You will be advised of the outcome of your application by Tuesday 12 November 2019 and you must confirm your participation by Monday 18 November 2019.

Funding Opportunities

New Colombo Plan

CAP has secured 20 New Colombo Plan mobility grants for this study tour in 2019. 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 hold residency rights to Japan.
More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan and the full eligibility requirements 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 need to independently arrange and cover costs of travel to and from Japan as well as meals and living expenses for the duration of the program. Accommodation in Japan will be pre-booked and you will need to pay for this on arrival. Accommodation in Japan is expected to cost approximately 25,000 JPY. 

It is expected that you will have your own accommodation when during the course activity in Canberra. Transport and accommodation costs outside of Canberra will be prepaid and are expected to be approximately $800. If you receive an NCP grant this amount will be deducted from the grant, if you do not receive a grant then you will be invoiced by ANU. Final costs will be confirmed with successful applicants. 

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

You will be covered by ANU travel insurance for the duration of this 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.

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

The CAP Student Centre is not able to provide visa advice, please refer to the relevant embassy or immigration department for advice about visas.

The best outdoor lecture theatre! Yuin Elders introducing students to the cultural landscapes of theThe best outdoor lecture theatre! Yuin Elders introducing students to the cultural landscapes of the Aboriginal people of the south coast of New South Wales - Eden township.

Japan Dining

Experiencing the remarkable food and culture of Japan in Tokyo.


CAP Student Centre
HC Coombs Building, 9 Fellows Road
T: 6125 3207




This program is currently not accepting applications.