single degree

Graduate Certificate of Engaging the Pacific

A single graduate award offered by the School of Culture History and Language

  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

This Graduate Certificate of Engaging the Pacific requires the completion of 24 units which must consist of:

6 units from completion of the following compulsory course:

PASI8002 Pacific Foundations: From Maritime Societies to Global Cultures

A minimum of 12 units from the completion of regional, thematic, or mobility courses in one or more of the following lists:

Cultural and Political Transformations

ASIA8047 Rituals of Life and Death in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

PASI6001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World

PASI6002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries

PASI8005 Politics of Aid and Development in the Pacific

PASI8008 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific

History and International Relations

ARCH6005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

WARS6006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific

Law and Development

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence and Development

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

PASI8004 Pacific Health Development Post-Covid

Field Schools and Study Tours

PASI6005 Pacific Islands Field School

PASI6030 Study Tour: Regional Policymaking for Pacific Development

A maximum of 6 units from completion of language courses from the following specialisations:

Tok Pisin Language and Culture

Tetum Language and Culture

French Language and Culture

Hindi Language and Culture

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following comparative courses:

ASIA6308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8020 National and Transnational Histories in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8021 Activism and Social Change in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8038 Writing Ethnography in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives

ASIA8051 Language in Asia and the Pacific

EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

INTR8040 Ethnicity and Conflict in Asia and the Pacific

REGN8007 Violence Against Women in Australia, Asia and the Pacific

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

 • Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7; or

• Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or

• Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or

• 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program a GPA of 4/7; or

• Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

• A minimum 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of applicants demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

 Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.


Indicative Program Fees

A discount is available for domestic students for this program

Discounted Indicative fees $7252

Domestic tuition fees (DTF) - indicative fees $16440

For more information see Fees and Payment page

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

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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 graduate certificate of Engaging the Pacific offers students an opportunity to explore the island regions' diverse histories, cultures, arts, languages, politics, migration and environmental issues. The program utilises critical approaches from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives that are inclusive and supportive of indigenous Pacific voices, knowledges and methods. Students hoping to work in the region, or in a wide variety of agencies and organisations engaged with Pacific policy, teaching, collections and communities in the islands and diaspora, will receive a strong grounding in thinking with and for Oceania.

NOTE: A discount is available for domestic students for this program.
Graduate Certificate Fee Discount – Domestic applicants offered a place in this Graduate Certificate commencing their studies in 2021 will be eligible for reduced course fees as indicated on the Admissions and Fees tab. This fee will apply to courses completed in this Graduate Certificate within 2021 and the first half of 2022 allowing you to study part time. If you do not complete by mid-2022 the remainder of your subjects will be billed on a full-fee basis from second semester 2022 (including winter/spring sessions).

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2021

Employment Opportunities

Students completing this degree will be well positioned for employment in the public service, diplomacy, business, consulting, aid and development, and non-profit management.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the cultures, languages, societies, arts, politics, environments, and histories of the Pacific;

  2. Build intercultural leadership skills through multidimensional and self-reflective inquiry;

  3. Reflect critically on how Australia might effectively engage with the Pacific islands and diaspora, drawing on a range of contexts and perspectives;

  4. Demonstrate familiarity with research principles and research-based writing.

Further Information

Upon successful completion of 24 units of this program, you will be eligible to receive 24 units of credit towards the Master's of Engaging Asia program or the Master's of Asian and the Pacific Studies program offered by the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific.

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