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Fields of Study: Social Sciences (Humanities and Science also possible)

This interdisciplinary program draws on ANU’s expertise in strategic defense studies, international relations, politics, and history. The curriculum nurtures a fascination with security practices and modern challenges in the field. It’s an invaluable stepping stone to prepare for a career in global security, foreign policy, international intelligence, diplomacy, or NGOs.

Unique study opportunities

  • Conduct an internship in close proximity to members of the house of representatives, senators, and other parliamentary offices.
  • Learn how to cope with international security crises and terrorism.
  • Compare the foreign security policies and practices in Asia.
  • Build leadership and diplomacy skills.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

All instruction is in English.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester.
  • You may substitute International Security courses with courses taught at other ANU departments if they better align with your academic and/or professional interests.
  • Be careful about enrolling in “honours” courses; they are often intended for students entering graduate programs in that discipline.

Current Program Courses

You will enroll in four courses:

  • One program-hosted internship or a research project of your choice
  • Two courses from the ANU International Security course list
  • One course from any other department at the university

Examples of ANU's International Security courses previously offered:

  • International Security issues in the Asia Pacific
  • Australia's Security in the Asian Century
  • Leadership and Diplomacy
  • Indian Foreign and Security Policy
  • Japanese Foreign and Security Policy
  • Security Communities from War to Peace
  • Coping with Crisis: The Practice of International Security
  • Southeast Asian Security
  • Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
  • US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia
  • Politics of Nuclear Weapons
  • International Terrorism

Catalogs and resources

  • ANU catalog: The Australian academic year begins in February with Term 1. Term 2 is in late July. When searching for courses, look at Term 1 if you are a spring participant and Term 2 if you are a fall participant. Sequential course series are set up accordingly.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

In US terms, studying in Australia will feel a bit like a graduate-level education. Courses are highly specialized, students work independently, and classes often follow a seminar and discussion format. Strong writing skills, motivation, and good study habits will serve you well.

Most courses involve minimal evaluation until the end of the semester. This means that exams and papers you complete during the last few weeks of the program determine most of your grade. Courses meet less regularly than at UC and may not offer textbooks, midterms, or detailed instructions for assignments. Instead, you can expect comprehensive reading lists. You may also be able to access copies of previous exams at the university library to guide how you study for exams and write papers.

To adapt in this academic environment, do as the Australian students do:

  • Work steadily throughout the semester to prepare for final exams and avoid cramming.
  • Balance studies with extra activities such as clubs, sports, and socializing.
  • Take advantage of all the resources provided.
  • Seek guidance from your professors who are generally quite friendly and happy to help.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Fall grades are usually available late January to early February. Spring grades are usually available mid-August to mid-September.