- 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.
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
Academics at Australian National University Partnership
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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The IFSA Team
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