Along with courses from a wide range of fields, you can take advantage of unique offerings such as Aboriginal studies, Australian studies, and Asia-Pacific regional studies.
The School of Politics and International Relations
has a long history of excellence in research and teaching. Students and researchers in the School enjoy easy access to Australia’s national political institutions, to the associated lobby groups, and to the National Library.
The division of Science, Medicine, and Health offers a diverse selection of courses in two Colleges: Medicine, Biology & Environment and Physical & Mathematical Sciences.
Use the following resources to learn about ANU courses on EAP:
- The Australian National University, Canberra, catalog search.
- MyEAP Course Catalog to search for courses previously taken by UC students at each of our Australian universities, including the ANU. Many more courses are available and not all courses may still be offered.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester are required; usually four or five courses.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases pre-departure preparation may be required.
Australian National University
The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra is the nation’s premier research institution and is highly ranked internationally. The university is distinctly “Aussie” in feel (no transplanted British architecture) and student composition. While other Australian universities draw students largely from the communities surrounding the university, the ANU attracts students from all over the country and around the world. Returning UCEAP students will be able to say they studied at Australia's top university!
The ANU is ideal for students looking for a stimulating learning environment in a location offering the lifestyle benefits of city life and easy access to the outdoors. Canberra’s capital city status makes it a hub of multicultural activity and political action, yet the campus is surrounded on all sides by natural landscapes such as Lake Burley Griffin, Black Mountain, native bushland, and a rich variety of native wildlife, particularly its abundant parrots.
ANUSPORT provides students with opportunities for competitive and recreational activities. It consists of thirty sports clubs, including rowing, cricket, rugby, mountaineering, field hockey, SCUBA, soccer, and many other sports for beginners and elite athletes. These clubs provide students with new and, often, lifelong friends.
Visit The Australian National University website
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.
The Australian National Internships Program (ANIP) enables you to undertake a significant research project within a work place. Intern in close proximity to senators and heads of commerce for academic credit (approximately 12 UC quarter units). Internships are open to all majors, but especially suited to students in business administration and political science. Research projects cover all areas of public policy, including global politics, defense, foreign aid and development, environmental policy, and issues of governance.
- Placements include:
- Parliament House
- Legislative Assembly
- Non-governmental organizations and Lobbies
- Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy
Setting Up Your Internship
- Admission to the ANIP is selective due to the high academic standards required to complete the course.
- The research topic is agreed between the intern and the internship supervisor, and topics usually have a public policy focus. During the internship, students attend workshops on campus to enhance their professional skills.
Current internship offerings may vary, so consider doing your own research to find additional internship options. For example, see information on internships for credit o
n ANU's website.
You can choose the type of housing option that best suits your needs and preferences.
I was able to meet Australian students easily by living on campus in a resident hall. I felt very included and incorporated in my resident hall, and made a very close group of friends.
Jessica Temple, UCSC, ANU Fall 2010.
Nearly all UCEAP students at ANU have lived in residential colleges or privately owned student accommodations such as the Uni Lodge. Previous students have said good things about Johns (private) and Burgmann (ANU-owned), which have very strong extracurricular programs (sports and non-sporting activities), as well as Bruce Hall and Burton and Garran (ANU), which is self-catering. All four of these housing options are on campus. Uni Lodge is right on the edge of campus and very close to Civic (downtown Canberra).
Most Australians live at home while attending university. In contrast to this norm, ANU attracts Australian students from all over the country, so it has a strong residential student population.
UCEAP students accepted at ANU are guaranteed on-campus housing, provided they apply by the ANU housing deadlines. UCEAP participants are responsible for selecting, securing, and paying for their semester housing, even if receiving financial aid.
Located in Australia’s capital, Canberra is home to the Parliament of Australia and hosts the embassies of the world. For this reason alone, ANU is an ideal place to focus on political science, international relations, and international business and econ. You can visit Parliament House at Question Time and observe lively and often surprising argumentation. Politics aside, Canberra also hosts some great festivals and offers a plethora of theaters and ethnic restaurants, many within walking distance of ANU.
Although Canberra may not be as immediately recognizable as Sydney with its iconic Opera House or its white sand beaches, the Australian capital is a super destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The city’s network of bicycle and walking paths link Canberra with surrounding suburbs, parks and lakes. Hiking Black Mountain can be combined with kangaroo spotting and views of other native wildlife. Travel half an hour south and you can go bushwalking and picnicking in Namadgi National Park.
Canberra also makes a good home base from which to explore the other parts of Australia. A two-hour drive or bus ride can take you to the Snowy Mountains for hiking, water sports and fishing during the summer or skiing in the winter. Go three hours in the opposite direction and you'll find yourself on deserted beaches or in the rainforests of New South Wales’ famed Sapphire Coast. Convenient flights from the Canberra Airport to locations further afield put all of Australia within easy reach, with Sydney and Melbourne less than an hour away.
If you want to be close to nature, to parks, mountains, and wildlife, but still loves the amenities of a large city, Canberra offers the perfect combination.
What’s up in Canberra?
Explore the Great Outdoors
Politics from the Front Lines
Jessica Temple (UCSC politics and psychology) studied at the Australian National University (ANU) in fall 2010, during a politically charged federal election year. Selected to participate in the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP), Jessica was placed with the Australia Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, a state-level parliament, where she had the opportunity to get involved with and learn about Australian politics from an insiders’ perspective.
Studying in Canberra during the 2010 federal election has really enhanced my experience, providing unique opportunities to learn about Australian politics from the front lines. I have been challenged to study political science through a different lens
Jessica Temple, UCSC, ANU/ANIP Fall 2010