single degree

Bachelor of Asian Studies

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

BAS
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature

Australia is increasingly looking to Asia - strategically, economically, politically, and culturally - and all eyes are on the graduates of tomorrow to take us there. Watch our video to find out how this degree will prepare you for a successful career in the Asian Century.

With a Bachelor of Asian Studies you will master an Asian language, acquire in-depth contextual and regional knowledge, and graduate with the kind of Asian literacy that gets you noticed by employers.

And if you love adventure, we offer you a variety of study opportunities in the region so you can experience Asia first hand. Plus we’ll provide you with funding to help get you there.

Our community of scholars, policymakers, researchers and students is proudly interdisciplinary and interregional. Our teaching and research drives Australia’s engagement and understanding of its neighbouring regions. Majors and minors in the Bachelor of Asian Studies can be based on a language, a region or a discipline – for example, Modern Chinese Language, Asia-Pacific Politics, Japanese Studies and many others. We encourage students who begin the study of an Asian language at university to complete a full language major in order to graduate with the proficiency required to function as an Asia specialist in the increasingly competitive job market. Placement testing allows students with existing expertise in a language to enter at their current proficiency level.

Bachelor of Asian Studies

 

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

In today’s globalised world success for business, government and international organisations depends heavily on strong relationships with Asia. This means that employers across the globe now actively recruit graduates who can demonstrate a deep understanding of the region.

From the “Kitchen Ninja” on TV to Human Rights Lawyer, the global skills our students develop  mean our graduates are found all over the world in exciting and challenging jobs across many fields including international relations or trade, development, government and policy, banking and finance, tourism, media, education, information technology, communications, journalism, aid, marketing and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

1. Critically apply theoretical frameworks and research techniques to understand the global significance of Asia as a region and as a composite of diverse societies and cultures;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of different disciplinary approaches and methods drawn from the humanities and social sciences, to synthesise knowledge about Asia, its regions, and its place in the world;

3. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the regional diversity of the societies and cultures that make up Asia;

4. Evaluate ideas and debate issues using academic and applied styles, in both English and an Asian language;

5. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems, individually and in groups.

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Further Information

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/students/undergrad/asian-studies#.VEBTAVcjOPU

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website is HERE. Based on surveys done by thousands of students across Australia you can find out about universities that interest you, doing side-by-side comparisons.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Asian Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

 

The 144 units must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion

12 units from the completion of discipline courses from the following list:

ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes
ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia
ASIA2301 Prehistoric Origins: Archaeology of Asia and the Pacific
ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives
ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives
ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia
ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific
ASIA2311 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific
STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific
 

24 units from completion of language courses from one of the following lists :

Burmese Language
BURM1002 Burmese 1
BURM1003 Burmese 2
BURM2001 Burmese 3
BURM2002 Burmese 4
 
Chinese Language
CHIN1012 Modern Chinese 1: Spoken
CHIN1013 Modern Chinese 1: Written
CHIN2022 Modern Chinese 2: Spoken 
CHIN2023 Modern Chinese 2: Written 
CHIN3020 Modern Chinese 3
CHIN2017 Modern Chinese 4
CHIN3022 Modern Chinese 5
CHIN3023 Modern Chinese 6
CHIN2525 Learning Language Locally: China
CHIN3024 Advanced Modern Chinese A
CHIN3025 Advanced Modern Chinese B
CHIN3041 Chinese-English Translation 
CHIN3211 Chinese for Native Speakers A
CHIN3212 Chinese for Native Speakers B
CHIN3216 Chinese-English Interpreting
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

Hindi Language
HIND1100 Hindi 1
HIND1200 Hindi 2
HIND2300 Hindi 3
HIND2400 Hindi 4
HIND3500 Hindi 5
HIND3600 Hindi 6
HIND2525 Learning Language Locally: India
ASIA3083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

Indonesian Language
INDN1002 Indonesian 1
INDN1003 Indonesian 2
INDN2002 Indonesian 3
INDN2003 Indonesian 4
INDN3002 Indonesian 5
INDN3003 Indonesian 6
INDN2525 Learning Language Locally: Indonesia
INDN3104 Advanced Indonesian: History and Development of the Language
INDN3015 Advanced Indonesian: Translation into English
ASIA3083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

Japanese Language
JPNS1012 Japanese 1: Spoken
JPNS1014 Japanese 1: Written
JPNS2003 Japanese 2: Spoken
JPNS2005 Japanese 2: Written
JPNS2012 Japanese 3
JPNS2013 Japanese 4
JPNS3022 Japanese 5
JPNS3028 Japanese 6
JPNS2024 Japanese Grammar and Expressions 
JPNS2525 Learning Language Locally: Japan
JPNS3005 Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan
JPNS3006 Advanced Japanese: Language in Context
JPNS3007 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society
JPNS3008 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature
JPNS3012 Teaching Japanese: Content
JPNS3014 Teaching Japanese: Method
JPNS3013 Japanese - English Translation
JPNS3102 Debating Japan: Contemporary Intellectual Debates
JPNS3023 Research Topics in Japanese A
JPNS3024 Research Topics in Japanese B
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

Korean Language
KORE1020 Korean 1
KORE1021 Korean 2
KORE2521 Korean 3
KORE2522 Korean 4
KORE3012 Korean 5
KORE3013 Korean 6
KORE3015 Advanced Korean: Film and Society
KORE3018 Advanced Korean: Literature and Media
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)
 
Literary Chinese Language
CHIN2019 Literary Chinese 1
CHIN2021 Literary Chinese 2
CHIN3015 Advanced Literary Chinese*

Mongolian Language
MNGL1002 Mongolian 1
MNGL1003 Mongolian 2
MNGL2002 Mongolian 3
MNGL2003 Mongolian 4
 
Sanskrit Language
SKRT1002 Sanskrit 1
SKRT1003 Sanskrit 2
SKRT2103 Sanskrit 3
SKRT2104 Sanskrit 4
SKRT3004 Sanskrit 5
SKRT3005 Sanskrit 6
SKRT3002 Advanced Sanskrit Literature A
SKRT3003 Advanced Sanskrit Literature B
ASIA3083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)
 
Tetum Language
TETM1002 Tetum 1
TETM1003 Tetum 2
TETM2004 Tetum 3
TETM2005 Tetum 4
 
Thai Language
THAI1002 Thai 1
THAI1003 Thai 2
THAI2002 Thai 3
THAI2003 Thai 4
THAI3002 Thai 5
THAI3008 Thai 6
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)
THAI2525 Learning Language Locally: Thailand
ASIA3083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B

 Vietnamese Language
VIET1002 Vietnamese 1
VIET1003 Vietnamese 2
VIET2002 Vietnamese 3
VIET2003 Vietnamese 4
VIET3002 Vietnamese 5
VIET3003 Vietnamese 6 
VIET3015 Vietnamese–English Translation 
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)
VIET2525 Learning Language Locally: Vietnam
ASIA3083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B
 

*CHIN3015 Advanced Literary Chinese may be completed up to 3 times in a different topic in each instance with permission of the Course Convenor.

42 units from completion of courses from the following subject areas, majors and minors, of which a minimum of 6 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses.    

Majors
Anthropology Major
Arabic Major
Archaeology Major
Asian and Pacific Linguistics Major
Asian History Major
Asia-Pacific International Relations Major
Asia-Pacific Politics Major
Asia-Pacific Security Studies Major
Chinese Language Major
Chinese Studies Major
French Language and Culture Major
Hindi Language Major
India Studies major
Indonesian Language Major
Indonesian Studies Major
Japanese Language Major
Japanese Linguistics Major
Japanese Studies Major
Korean Language Major
Korean Studies Major
Linguistics Major
Northeast Asian Studies Major
Pacific Studies Major
Peace and Conflict Studies Major
Sanskrit Language Major
Southeast Asian Studies Major
Spanish Major
Thai Language Major
Vietnamese Language Major
War Studies Major

Minors
Advanced Arabic Minor
Advanced Chinese Language Minor
Advanced French Studies Minor
Advanced Japanese Language Minor
Advanced Korean Language Minor
Advanced Sanskrit Language Minor
Advanced Spanish Studies Minor
Arabic Language Minor
Asia Pacific Archaeology Minor
Asian and Pacific Anthropology Minor
Asian and Pacific Linguistics Minor
Asian and Pacific Literature and Film Minor
Burmese Language Minor
French Language and Culture Minor
Hindi Language Minor
Indian Studies Minor
Indonesian Language Minor
Indonesian Studies Minor
Japanese Language Minor
Japanese Linguistics Minor
Korean Language Minor
Korean Studies Minor
Literary Chinese Minor
Mongolian Language Minor
Northeast Asian Studies Minor
Pacific Studies Minor
Sanskrit Language Minor
Southeast Asian Studies Minor
Spanish Minor
Tetum Language Minor
Thai Language Minor
Vietnamese Language Minor
War Studies Minor

‘Subject areas’
PORT coded courses in Portuguese Language 
TIBN coded courses in Tibetan

6 units from completion of courses from the subject area VCUG Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Courses or from the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A 
ASIA2110 International Affairs Internship 
ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship 
ASIA3023 Asia Pacific Week Internship 
ASIA3024 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging and digital disruption 
ESEN1101 Essential University English
LING2107 Advanced Academic English

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6 units Language course BAS Elective Elective
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6 units Language course BAS Elective Elective
Year 2 48 units Discipline course Language course BAS Elective Elective
Discipline course Language course BAS Elective Elective
Year 3 48 units BAS Elective BAS Elective Elective Elective
BAS Elective BAS Elective Elective Elective

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A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Australia is increasingly looking to Asia - strategically, economically, politically, and culturally - and all eyes are on the graduates of tomorrow to take us there. Watch our video to find out how this degree will prepare you for a successful career in the Asian Century.

With a Bachelor of Asian Studies you will master an Asian language, acquire in-depth contextual knowledge, and graduate with the kind of Asian literacy that gets you noticed by employers.

 And if you love adventure, we offer you a variety of study opportunities in the region so you can experience Asia first hand. Plus we'll provide you with funding to help get you there.


Single degree

This degree requires the completion of 144 units, comprising of:

A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
12 units of compulsory courses (ASIA1025 and ASIA1030)
24 units from the designated language core courses
12 units of discipline core courses
48 units from the completion of majors, minors and courses offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

48 units from the completion of elective courses offered by the ANU

Double degree

This degree requires the completion of 96 units, comprising of:
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
12 units of compulsory courses
24 units from the designated language core courses
12 units of discipline core courses
24 units from the completion of majors, minors and courses offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
24 units of elective courses offered by the ANU

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ASIA1234.

You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester. You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year. You need to enrol in courses to meet the requirements of the program, including ASIA1025, ASIA1030, courses for the language requirement and electives. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree program.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

While you only need to enrol in courses to complete the requirements of your degree, you can use your core and compulsory courses to enrol in 1000-level courses for a major or minor. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for a major, and/or a minor or second major, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.

Electives

While you only need to enrol in courses to complete the requirements of your degree, you can use your elective courses to enrol in 1000-level courses for a major or minor. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for a major, and/or a minor or second major, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.
To find 1000-level courses, search Programs and Courses. Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College at the University if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of Asian Studies program.

Study Options

Bachelor of Asian Studies Single Degree Study Plan

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6 units Language Course 6 units Elective 6 units Elective 6 units
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6 units Language Course 6 units Elective 6 units Elective 6 units

Bachelor of Asian Studies Double Degree Study Plan

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6 units Language Course 6 units Course from other Degree 6 units Course from other Degree 6 units
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6 units Language Course 6 units Course from other Degree 6 units Course from other Degree 6 units

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Student Centre, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific at cap.student@anu.edu.au

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