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  • Locations: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Operation Oboe


ASIA8097: Exploring Operation Oboe will not be offered in Winter Session 2021 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 


Operation Oboe, conducted in Borneo at the end of the Second World War, was the largest military campaign ever planned and executed by Australia. The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs will be offering eight masters students the opportunity to undertake a two week study tour traversing the former battlefields of Operation Oboe, located in Tarakan and Balikpapan in Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, and Labuan and Sarawak in Malaysia.

Under the guidance of a senior military historian, Dr Garth Pratten, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics and execution of a military campaign, from its political and strategic underpinnings through to humanitarian relief and civil reconstruction after the cessation of hostilities, and also examine how the history of Australia is intertwined with its regional neighbours and the manner in which they remember their wartime experience. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Tarakan Second World War Museum which was recently constructed by the local government. 

This study tour is a six-unit course and includes pre-departure seminars and assessment activities. Supported by the Australian Government’s Endeavour Mobility Program, this study tour will provide grants to students to assist with travel costs.

Study Activity

In-country activity for this course will run from Friday 6 July 2018 - Thursday 19 July 2018.

If you are selected to participate in this project, you will enroll in a six-unit course ASIA8097 Global Learning.

Study activity will begin with a series of pre-departure seminars at ANU throughout May and June. You will be introduced to the background of the Borneo campaign, allocate your assessment tasks, receive some research skills training and meet with other participants. Through the support of the Endeavour Mobility Program you will also receive training in introductory language training in Bahasa Indonesian to enable you to engage more fully with the people you meet during the study tour. 

You will rendezvous with the course convener and other participants in Jakarta on Friday 6 July for an orientation evening, before embarking on the study tour through Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia. As well as visiting the sites of the battlefields, you will also meet with local academics, members of the host nations’ governments, and Australian diplomatic representatives. The itinerary will be intensive, although academic activities will be balanced with periods of free time. The study tour will finish in Jakarta on Thursday 19 July.

Assessment will be based on your contribution to group discussions, a presentation on a particular aspect or event of the campaign delivered during the study tour, and a 5000 word essay based on primary source research and knowledge gained from the site visits, which will be submitted after the conclusion of the study tour. Topics for the presentation and essay will be determined in consultations with the course convener before the study tour. You will also receive instruction on the use of the holdings of the Australian War Memorial and the National Archives of Australia to support your research.

Operation Oboe Dr Garth Pratten reviews a map with students from the 2017 course. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to all ANU students who are Australian citizens or Permanent Residents currently enrolled in masters programs in strategic studies, history, politics, international relations or other cognate disciplines. Applicants must not have received an Endeavour Mobility Grant Previously

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 Endeavour Mobility Grants program, and what relevance you think the study of Borneo operations in 1945 holds today. Academic results will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Application Details

Complete the application form by Sunday 22 April.

If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Monday 30 April. 
Shortlisted applicants will be required to participate in a short interview with the course convener. You must be able to confirm your participation by Monday 7 May.

Travel and Other Costs

The study tour and Bahasa Indonesia tuition is supported by an Endeavour Mobility Grant, provided by the Australian Government (A$2,000 travel grant and A$1,000 language subsidy per student). The grant will be used to contribute to the costs of your language training, accommodation for the duration of the study tour, land travel and flights between Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia and some meals. You can find more information about Endeavour Mobility Grants here

You will also be required to pay a participation fee of no more than A$1000 (but likely less) at the conclusion of the study tour. The exact participation fee will be calculated based on the costs incurred by the group. 

You will need to arrange and pay for your own return travel to Jakarta. Other costs include visa fees and living costs whilst travelling.

You will pay your tuition fees to ANU for this 6 unit course.

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

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 or School. It is your responsibility to consult with your College or School'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.


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

This program is currently not accepting applications.