• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    Second Semester 2014
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Year in Asia is the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific's flagship program for in-country study, providing students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of their chosen country for up to 12 months. Students study a combination of language and disciplinary studies at a partner institution, and complete a final research project in the target language on return to ANU.

Though the bulk of the student experience takes place overseas as students participate in courses of study at their host institutions, the Year in Asia Coordinator, together with regional convenors, will maintain a high degree of involvement in monitoring student progress and reviewing the periodic ANU assessment items that students are required to submit.

This course is the second course in a two-semester sequence  in-country study program in the region appropriate to their language/contextual major. Country, language, and institutional environments differ from region to region, and within countries. The type of language training and disciplinary study offered will vary as students are matched with institutions appropriate to their backgrounds, needs, abilities and interests.  This course, along with its first semester counterpart, will provide a coherent structure for these different experiences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successfully completing the requirements of this course, and its counterpart Semester 2 course, students will be able to:

1. Communicate with a high degree of mastery of the target language.  For the purposes of this course, a “high degree of mastery” will be defined as level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and will consist of:

• Read and summarise the central ideas of texts on both concrete and abstract topics familiar to the student.

• Use the target language with a reasonable degree of fluency and some spontaneity, making it possible for the student to interact with native speakers in the target language with limited strain for either party.

• Produce clear, detailed written text on a range of topics.

2. Discuss abstract and concrete issues related to their disciplinary focus in an academic setting.

3. Conduct preliminary research on topics related to their disciplinary focus in the target language and produce research papers in the target language.

4. Identify, analyse and discuss issues related to cross-cultural communication and cultural difference.

Indicative Assessment

Students are required to pass all in-country coursework.

 ANU assessment:

-    Monthly reports, target language equivalent of 600-800 English words 

-    Research paper title and proposal, target language equivalent of 500 words 

Research and coursework being conducted at the host institution may be applied to and used toward the ANU research essay.

Students participating in this course will be required to complete a pre-departure briefing at ANU before they commence their in-country study.


Coursework completed at host institution:

A fundamental component of the Year in Asia is the coursework provided by the host institution or organization. Students are required to pass all in-country courses. This component of the program will not only improve students’ language skills and discipline-based knowledge, it will introduce students to the educational culture of the host institution and host country.


Monthly Reports:

Target language equivalent of English 600-800 word reports are to be submitted by the last day of each month of the exchange. The specific content of these reports is to be negotiated between the student and the Year in Asia Coordinator, in consultation with the regional convenor, but they should be seen as a valuable opportunity to reflect upon and record their in-country experience. Reports will be assessed in terms of accuracy and sophistication of language.


Research Paper Title and Proposal:

Target language equivalent of English 500 word research paper title and proposal While linguistic elements will be considered in assessing the task, the primary focus is on the development of a clearly-defined and feasible proposal for the major essay.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


In-country assessment requirements will vary according to region and institutional requirements. All students will be expected to maintain a standard full-time course load as defined by the host institution.

In addition to the requirements of their host institutions, while overseas students will be expected to devote approximately 2 hours per week to the ANU components of the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Required reading will vary from country to country and will be specificed in the course outline.

Assumed Knowledge

All participants should possess the maturity, independence, adaptability and personal responsibility necessary to cope with the stress that accompanies living and studying in a foreign country and in a foreign language.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $4656
2014 $9912
2013 $9888
2012 $9888
2011 $9696
2010 $9432
2009 $9144
2008 $9144
2007 $9144
2006 $8760
2005 $8760
2004 $7704
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $10296
2014 $12984
2013 $12960
2012 $12960
2011 $12960
2010 $12960
2009 $12960
2008 $12960
2007 $12960
2006 $12960
2005 $12936
2004 $11664
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5006 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9069 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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