PRIMO: first year learning abroad programs

Are you an undergraduate first year student, but already feel like travelling the world?

ANU introduces PRIMO First Year Learning Abroad Programs. PRIMO programs are short overseas, multi-disciplinary, credit-bearing and the destinations we offer will inspire you to dream.

Opportunities currently cover a range of short courses in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

A number of programs will be funded through a combination of ANU and Australian Government grants.

While priority is given to applicants in their first year of undergraduate study, later year students can also apply for certain programs but will not be eligible to receive grant funding. Later year students may have access to OS-HELP if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Please click on the link for each program below to find out more about application and funding.

Applications for Summmer 2018 will be open from 14 August 2017 to 9 October 2017.

Current options include:

South Korea - Winter Abroad at Yonsei, Seoul

Yonsei University offers a six week winter program at its Seoul campus for first year students to enjoy an academic winter session in Seoul. The program is composed of two separate three week sessions, with intensive morning coursework and afternoon Korean language classes.

Japan - 'Winter in Japan' at Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto)

If you are interested in learning about Japanese language and culture, this program is tailored for you. You will have the opportunity to undertake five weeks of study, field trips and cultural activities at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

Hungary - Budapest Winter Programme at ESSCA

Experience the beauty of a European winter with ESSCA Hungary at their winter programme in Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. Students can spend two weeks studying business and marketing (no prerequisites required), including cultural and corporate visits across Hungary. 


Previous options for the Winter Session included:

Canada - Political Sciences Summer Institute at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Enjoy two weeks in the Canadian summer, studying political sciences at one of Canada's leading universities. Students will be taught by award winning professors and researchers as well as others from the world of politics and the media. Cultural trips and field work as well as peer based learning will be integral to the learning experience.

France - French Language and French Culture and Civilization at ESSCA Business School, Paris

Enjoy four summer weeks in Paris, the vibrant and cultural city of lights, and deepen your knowledge in French language and the history of France. Enjoy the many cultural events and field trips offered during the program and embrace the French way of life.

Hong Kong - International Summer School at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Experience the local culture and life in an unique international cosmopolitan at one of Asian booming economies by studying a short course at the Chinese University of Hong Kong this summer. Students can study a wide variety of academic courses while participating in many cultural and social activities with local and international students around the world. The course also includes a field trip to Shenzhen or study break to Beijing. 

Singapore - Chinese Language and Cultural Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies is offered in the Singaporean summer at Nanyang Technological University's campus in Singapore, a modern, vibrant and multicultural city at the heart of Asia. The course shall open up fascinating Asian cultural experiences and opportunities, giving students an appreciation of the Chinese culture in Singapore that will be enhanced through many field trips to selected places of significant Chinese culture heritage.

South Korea - International Summer Semester at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul

Explore Korea's history, culture and people though a unique 4-week academic program at one of Korea's leading educational institutions this winter. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses in the fields of business and management, economics, social sciences, engineering, computer science, date science, and Korean studies. At the same time, students will experience Korea and gain numerous new friends from around the world as well as participating in various extracurricular activities such as Old City Tour, Taekwondo Tryout, K-pop Dance, and many more.

Thailand: Learning Language Locally at Chiang Mai University

Get an introduction to Thai language and culture by spending the winter break in Northern Thailand at Chiang Mai University. You will undertake an exciting mix of intensive language study and cultural activities like a Thai cooking class, Muay Thai exhibitions, service-learning and visits to local historical landmarks. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in a buddy program to make a Thai friend for life! Please Note: This course is run by the College of Asia and the Pacific, but all students are eligible to apply.

United Kingdom - International Summer School at University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

UEA offers students the opportunity to spend four weeks living in a medieval city, studying with a diverse international cohort of students. There are a range of subjects on offer from digital animation to medieval plagues, and a range of social activities on offer, including weekend trips to London and Stonehenge.