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Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Year in Asia)

A single four year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan BAPYA
  • CRICOS code 079654J
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan BAPYA
  • CRICOS code 079654J
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies requires the completion of 192 units, of which:

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

A minimum of 132 units must come from the completion of 2000-level, 3000-level and 4000-level courses.

The 192 units must include:

144 units from courses required for the completion of one of the following degrees:

Bachelor of Asian Studies

Bachelor of Languages

Bachelor of International Security Studies

Bachelor of Arts

48 units from the successful completion of the Year in Asia major

Students will receive equivalent credit for the coursework that they pass at their host institution (as a part of the Year in Asia major) upon return to ANU. However, students who do not pass at least 75% of their coursework at the host institution will be required to transfer back into the degree from which they transferred into the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies (Year in Asia).

The Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) is an AQF Level 7 qualification consisting of 192 units which is typically 4 years of full-time study or part-time equivalent. It is taught primarily in

English but also requires students to undertake study in a target Asian language. The program requires the completion of both compulsory and elective courses.

Admission requirements are normally based on secondary and/or tertiary education academic results

This program provides the opportunity for students to undertake various international experiences, including intensive courses, internships and a 12 month Year in Asia experience



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.

Admission Requirements

By internal transfer from an ANU AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree

A minimum undergraduate career GPA of 5.0 out of 7.0

48 units from completion of courses offered by ANU, which must include:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses in the target language subject area, including completion, exemption or course credit for the following:

Chinese - CHIN3021 Modern Chinese 4

Indonesian - INDN2003 Indonesian 2B

Japanese - JPNS2012 Spoken Japanese 3 and JPNS2014 Written Japanese C

Korean - KORE2522 Modern Korean 4

Thai - THAI2003 Thai 2B

Vietnamese - VIET2003 Vietnamese 2B

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses in the subject area ASIA Asian Studies

Places are limited in each study-destination country. Applicants will be ranked on the following criteria:

Demonstrated ability in the language of the destination country


Adjustment Factors

The National Access Scheme 2014

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 all 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.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

The Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) is the perfect degree to establish yourself as a future leader in the Asian Century. You will combine study at ANU with one year at a university in an Asian location like Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul or Bangkok.

Your Year in Asia will build on the strengths of your three-year Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies degree. You will develop an advanced level of language proficiency and an exceptional capacity to understand the societies and cultures of our region. You will study with world-class teachers at ANU and then put your learning into practice on the ground in Asia.

As part of our new Flexible Double Degrees scheme you can combine the Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) with many other undergraduate degrees at ANU, including Law, Science, Commerce and International Relations, giving you the perfect opportunity to gain an Asia-ready qualification.


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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate in 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.
  2. Read and summarise the central ideas of texts on both concrete and abstract topics familiar to the student
  3. Discuss abstract and concrete issues related to their disciplinary focus in an academic setting.
  4. Identify, analyse and discuss issues related to cross-cultural communication and cultural difference.

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