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  • Locations: Ayutthaya, Thailand; Bandung, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; Jakarta, Indonesia; Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Winter
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:


STST2020: Southeast Asia's Security Choices will not be offered in Winter Session 2021 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 


Southeast Asia’s Security Choices, convened by Professor John Blaxland and Dr Gregory Raymond, is the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s first dedicated security studies study tour. This course will give you the unique opportunity to be guided by some of Australia’s foremost security experts on a tour of Southeast Asia, visiting three leading states: Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Through meetings with academic experts, security agencies and members of the international security and diplomatic communities you will be introduced to the diverse security stances and challenges facing the region. You will explore the unique way that each state answers these challenges and how their cultures and histories inform their positions. You will also explore ASEAN’s role in the region.

In 2019, Southeast Asia’s Security Choices is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. All participants in the course will receive $3,000 in funding to support their participation.

This is truly an opportunity not to be missed!

Study Activity

In-country activity for this course will run from Wednesday 26 June – Saturday 13 July 2019.

You will start your journey in Canberra with 2 days of preparatory lectures on 24 and 25 June. You will then travel as a group and meet your conveners in Jakarta on Wednesday 26 June. Over the next 5 days you will meet with senior Indonesian experts, including former Foreign Minister Marty Natalegewa, as well as the Australian Ambassadors to ASEAN and Indonesia, and discuss Indonesia’s history, politics and security challenges. You will visit important sites around Jakarta including the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia! You will then travel to Bandung for a day before flying to Singapore.
Whilst in Singapore you will meet with academic experts and analysts from security agencies and the private sector. You will visit sites such as the Kranji War Cemetery and Former Ford Factory and discuss Singapore’s involvement in World War II and the memory of war in Southeast Asia. After a day of rest and recuperation (or exploring Singapore’s famous food scene) you will then travel to your final destination, Bangkok.

In Bangkok you will explore Thailand’s rich history. You will meet with members of the Thai military, senior serving advisers to the Thai government,  as well as the Australian diplomatic community and security agencies. You will undertake a day trip along the Chao Phraya river to the site of a crucial 1893 battle between French gunships and the Siamese navy You will also visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Ayutthaya. Course activities will wrap up on Friday 12 July and the group will travel back to Canberra together on Saturday 13 July.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to ANU undergraduate 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 identify and discuss a security challenge currently facing Southeast Asia.

Preference may be given to students who are have previously completed security studies courses at the ANU. Where grants are available, preference may be given to students who meet the eligibility requirements of the grants. Academic results may also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Application Details

Complete the application by Sunday 19 May 2019.

If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Tuesday 28 May and must be able to confirm your participation by Tuesday 4 June.

Funding Opportunities

New Colombo Plan

The College of Asia and the Pacific has secured 14 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 Indonesia, Singapore or Thailand.
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 $3,000 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

The main costs for this program will be flights, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the program. In order to facilitate a structured experience all flights, transport, accommodation, and some catered functions for this program have been pre-booked for participants. These costs will total approximately $5,100. Your funding support will be deployed to cover some of these pre-booked costs. Final costs will be confirmed with selected participants and may be lower than the above estimate.

You will also be responsible for living costs for the duration of the program. Living costs will vary depending on your choices and where you are.

You will pay tuition fees to ANU for this six-unit enrolment.

You will receive ANU travel insurance coverage for the duration of this program.

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
M Block Demountable
Between Menzies Library and China in the World
T: 6125 3207

This program is currently not accepting applications.