IFSA Australian National University Partnership

Canberra, Australia


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: October 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Australian National University

Living in the nation's capital, students at ANU raved about the clean air, the fantastic bike track along the river, and the political vibe of this city. The campus has a quieter, more studious feel than many, due to its large post graduate population. ANU also has a Research School of Physics & Engineering, which performs research at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines, and some of the best museums and galleries this country has to offer.

Australian National University Benefits

• Study at one of Australia's most prestigious universities, consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world
• A parkland campus located in the heart of Australia's capital city with access to museums and monuments
• Ideal program for students interested in research-led education; ANIP interns complete a major research report while placed within a legislative, public service or nongovernment organization
• Students learn and study alongside world leading scholars
• All housing has excellent facilities and provides a full schedule of social, musical and athletic activities

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Australian National University Partnership

Open the Australian National University online course catalog to see a list of offered courses.  

At Australian National University, a full course load consists of 24 Australian National University points per semester or 48 Australian National University points per year.  
4 ANU points = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
6 ANU points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
8 ANU points = 5 U.S. semester credit hours
12 ANU points = 8 U.S. semester credit hours
18 ANU points = 12 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Special Curriculum Options
Research Physics Track
This unique opportunity is offered through the ANU Research School of Physics & Engineering within the College of Science, which performs research at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines. Participants interested in this option enroll in research topics course for 4 Butler University U.S. credits.

Participants in this track can choose from a range of subjects, see the potential project options on the Special Topics course page. 

Please notify your IFSA program advisor if you would like to apply for this special track.
Course Restrictions
Fourth-year (4000-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
Experiential Learning
As an intern, you will experience the policy-making process at the national level. Canberra is the headquarters of Australia's federal Parliament and public service, and is home to embassies, important national associations, non-government organizations and lobbying groups. You will complete a research report while placed within a legislature, public service or non-government organization. Placement possibilities include the following:

Parliament House
The Australian National Internships Program (ANIP) has an exclusive agreement that allows students to be placed within the Federal Parliament. You may be in the office of a senator or a member of the House of Representatives, in a parliamentary committee or in one of four departments responsible for the operation of Parliament. Subjects range from global politics and development to social and environmental policy to issues of governance.

The ACT Legislative Assembly
This is the legislature for Canberra residents that exercises both state and local government functions for the Australian Capital Territory. It is regarded as a pioneer on social issues such as euthanasia, consumer rights and treatment of juvenile defenders.

Public Services
ANIP provides opportunities for placement in either Australian Federal or Territory departments and agencies. In the past, student projects have focused on the environment, financial management, sports policy, public planning and issues surrounding Australia's Aboriginal population.

Nongovernment Organizations

ANIP offers several placements for interns interested in Canberra-based industry and community organizations.

Students completing an ANU internship enroll in the public sector internship course and one additional course. The internship combines six weeks of coursework on the legislative and policy-making process at the beginning of the semester with an eight- to 10-week part-time placement (a minimum of two days per week). The final grade for your internship is based on a combination of at least one presentation, one or more essays and a research report.

Applying for the Internship
Students must have completed two full years of undergraduate study at the time of their application to the internship program. All students interested in applying to the internship program must also submit an additional letter of recommendation.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Australian National University Partnership
Accounting Actuarial Science Advertising Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering American History American/Canadian Studies Anatomy/Physiology Animation/Illustration Anthropology Arabic Archaeology Architecture and Design Art History Asian Studies Astronomy Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Science Botany/Plant Science Business Business Psychology Ceramics Chemical Engineering Chemistry Chinese Civil Engineering Classics Communications Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Cybersecurity Earth Science Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English English Literature Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Film Production Finance Forestry French Genetics Geology Graphic Design Hindi History Indigenous Studies Industrial Engineering Information Technology Intelligence/Security Studies International Studies/Affairs/Relations Italian Japanese Journalism Latin American Studies Law/Legal Studies Management Marine Science Marketing Materials Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Microbiology Middle Eastern Studies Music Business Music Studies Neuroscience Pharmacy/Pharmacology Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Public Policy Public/Global Health Religious Studies Sculpture Secondary Education Sociology Spanish Statistics Studio Art Theology Translation Women and Gender Studies Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
Students at ANU have two on-campus housing options: Ursula Hall - students live in single bedrooms with shared bathrooms and have access to hall activities and facilities; all meals are catered at Ursula Hall, the cost of which is covered by a supplemental fee Burton & Garran Hall - students have single bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities on each floor; all meals are self catered

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Christi Hoover

Resident Director, Australia

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 9, 2018
Program End Date
November 18, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Students placed in Ursula Hall will have a supplemental fee of $2,400 for the semester.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 12, 2019
Program End Date
June 23, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs