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Australian National University: International Security

Study Abroad Program Overview

While enjoying Canberra, the Australian capital and home to the Australian government, major national institutions, think tanks, and international embassies, you will immerse yourself in International Security studies and practice. The International Security Program is hosted at the Australian National University (ANU). This interdisciplinary program draws on ANU’s expertise in strategic defense studies, international relations, politics, history and Asia-Pacific studies. 

Applications are invited from high-performing students with a fascination for the global security challenges facing business, government and international organizations. The program will be invaluable in your preparation for a career in global security, foreign policy, international intelligence, diplomacy or NGOs.

ANU is located within easy reach of some of Australia’s best beaches, wilderness and snowfields.

Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

​The Australian National University offers coursework in languages ranging from Ancient Greek to Vietnamese as well as Australian indigenous languages. 


Fall :  
​early July to mid-November

Spring :  
​mid-February to late June

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​ANU Accommodation offers affordable and convenient on-campus accommodation. As you can apply for accommodation before you’ve received your official offer letter from ANU, you can get a jumpstart on selecting the best housing options well before the application deadlines.

Extracurricular Activities

Once you are abroad, participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on UCEAP is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.​

You’ll find many opportunities for hiking (called bushwalking), mountain climbing, nature walks, orienteering, sailing, bird watching, beach activities, and water sports. Every university has a variety of sports and outdoor clubs.

On-site Support

​You will be fully supported by the UCEAP Resident Director and Program Administrator, located at the UCEAP Study Center in Melbourne, Australia. Further support will be offered by ANU's Global Program on the Canberra campus.

Course Opportunities

In the Australian National University's International Security Studies and Practices, you 
will be enrolled in four courses:
  • One ANIP internship or student-initiated research project - see the internship tab for more information.
  • Two courses from the International Security studies list
  • One course from any other department at ANU
Use the following resources to learn more:
  • Security Studies Course List - You may substitute the International Security studies courses with courses taught at any other department at ANU if they better align with your academic and/or professional interests.
  • Academic Information in the Program Guide
  • ​​MyEAP Course Catalog  This is a new program and courses are not yet listed.
  • Host Institution online catalogs or course listings:
    • The Australian National University online catalog
      • Note: The Australia academic year begins in February with semester 1 (spring), followed in July by semester 2 (fall).


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester; usually four 6 quarter/4 semester UC unit courses or 24 ANU units (6 ANU units each course).

Research and Independent Study

​A research or internship project is an integral part of this program. 

The Australian National University and Canberra
ANU is Australia's top-ranked university, and it has close ties with key Australian federal government agencies. This is the place to be if you are interested in government, politics, and diplomacy. Canberra, the capital of Australia, is an urban city of 435,000 located in the Australian Capital Territory. It is the seat of federal government and home to most embassies, and major cultural and governmental institutions. It is clean and relatively quiet but buzzing with cafes, restaurants, governmental, and diplomatic action. It’s perfect if you prefer a smaller university town within easy reach of big Australian cities, beaches, snowfields, and the wilderness. 

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


You will apply for a semester-long internship through the prestigious Australian National Internships Program (ANIP).

Setting Up Your Internship
You can submit your ANIP application as soon as you have received an offer from ANU; however, you should start preparing your application well in advance for a thorough and polished application. Students who are not successful in securing an ANIP internship are required to undertake a student-initiated research project on a topic related to International Security. The participant will draft, propose, and conduct the research project in consultation with and under the supervision of faculty from the College of Asia and the Pacific. 

To receive UC credit for a student-initiated research project, the UCEAP Study Center in Australia will ask you to complete the UCEAP Special Study form.

Additional Information

ANIP interns participate in a series of five workshops, attend their assigned institution an average of one day per week, and produce a substantial research report for assessment. ​

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.


Class Level:

Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Australian National University.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: