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  • Locations: Pacific Harbour, Fiji; Suva, Fiji
  • Program Terms: Winter
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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2018 program participants visiting a bure at the University of the South Pacific.  Photo: Hanna Selesele

PASI2030/6030: Regional Policymaking for Pacific Development will not be offered in Winter Session 2021 due to the outbreak of COVID-19


***Applications for Winter Session, 2019 have been extended for NCP eligible applicants!***

PASI2030/PASI6030: Regional Policymaking for Pacific Development provides undergraduate and postgraduate students an introduction to the complex challenges facing Australia’s Pacific neighbours. Gain insights into environmental, political, economic and social development issues in the Pacific from Suva, Fiji — the Pacific hub for international and regional organisations
You will participate in a two-week study tour to Suva, which will give you the unique opportunity to experience policy-making and diplomacy in action. Utilising the Australian National University’s strong connections in the region you will get hands on experience working with three leading regional institutions the University of the South Pacific (USP), the Pacific Islands Forum and Pacific Community.
This course would be of interest to a wide variety of students including those studying, pacific studies, cultural studies, development studies, diplomacy, international relations, policy studies, political science, public policy and strategic studies.


Study Activity

In-country activity for this course will run from Saturday 29 June – Saturday 13 July 2019.

If you are selected to participate in this course you will attend a full day pre-departure session in June where you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow participants and course conveners. The pre-departure will introduce you to the Pacific region, diplomacy, regionalism and development.

You will meet the course conveners in Suva, Fiji on Saturday 29 June. You will engage with regional institutions, non-governmental organisations and the private sector as well as hear from experts working in the region. Throughout the course you will work with students at the University of South Pacific and attend guest lectures delivered by USP academics. Alongside your peers at USP you will help facilitate and participate in the Pacific Update Conference and have the opportunity to hear from experts in Pacific studies and development policy from across the region.

In-country activity will wrap up on Saturday 13 July in Suva. 

You will participate in a two day post-trip debrief session and deliver a presentation as part of your assessment to be held in the third week of July.

Please note: assessment for this course will overlap with Semester 2, 2019. Students who wish to participate in this course and complete 24 units of study or more in Semester 2, 2019 will need to apply to overload.

For more information about this course check out the video below:

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to all ANU undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.

All you need to do is tell us how this opportunity will benefit you, your studies, how it meets the objectives of the New Colombo Plan and why you think regionalism is important to Pacific Island countries.

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

Please note, applications will only be considered for students who meet the NCP eligibility requirements in the extended round.
Complete the application by Tuesday 7 May 2019.

If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Monday 13 May and must be able to confirm your participation by Monday 20 May.

Funding Opportunities

New Colombo Plan

The College of Asia and the Pacific has secured 12 New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility grants for this study tour. Top ranked applicants who meet the NCP eligibility guidelines will receive a $3,000 NCP mobility grant. To be eligible you must:
  • Be an undergraduate student
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be aged 18-28
  • Have not received an NCP short term mobility grant previously
  • Not have residency rights in Fiji
More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan can be found here.

Engage 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 be required to independently arrange and cover costs of return flights and internal transfers to and from accommodation in Suva. 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 arrangements and transport 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 $1000. Students who receive an NCP grant will be able to have this cost withheld from their grant. Students who do not receive an NCP grant will be invoiced for the participation fee. Final costs will be confirmed with selected participants.

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 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. 

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
Between Menzies Library and the Australian Centre for China in the World
T: 6125 3207

This program is currently not accepting applications.