FAQs: COVID-19 Global Programs Cancellations

21 July, 2021 Notice - Following the continued advice from the Australian Government regarding COVID-19, the Australian National University has made the difficult decision to cancel all learning abroad programs for Semester 2, 2021 and Semester 1, 2022, as well as Summer (December/January) short courses.

We understand this is very disappointing news and may effect your study plan, however our team is here to work with you if you wish to seek alternative options. If you have further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at global.programs@anu.edu.au  

Semester 2, 2021 & Semester 1, 2022

In light of the continuation of COVID-19, the University has made the difficult decision to cancel S2, 2021 and S1, 2022 learning abroad programs to all destinations.

The Global Programs team are deeply disappointed by the news, however, the wellbeing of our staff and students is always our highest priority

We are in direct communication with all affected students and partner institutions. If you had applied to go on exchange in Semester 1, 2022, please check your emails for this update. We have also put together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist you with some of your enquiries. If you have further concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at global.programs@anu.edu.au


1. How does COVID-19 affect my exchange application for Semester 1, 2022? 

We regret to advise you that the continuation of the ANU suspension of travel approvals has led to the decision to cancel incoming and outgoing programs for Semester 1, 2022. 
This decision was not made lightly and we understand that this will be disappointing for many. The Global Programs team are deeply disappointed by the news, however, the wellbeing of our staff and students is always our highest priority.  


2. Do I need to do anything with my exchange application?

We will update all exchange applications for Semester 1, 2022 to 'withdrawn'. You do not need to take any action on this.


3. Can I defer my application to Semester 2, 2022?

No, you will not be able to defer your application. If you would like to go on exchange in Semester 2, 2022 you will need to submit a new application and have your academic college/s complete a new RAID assessment on your behalf.

The reason we are unable to support deferrals is due to the reciprocity with partners, the availability of spaces, the volume of affected students and impact of deferral on individual students' academic progression.


4. I am willing to accept any risk associated with overseas travel and studies. Can I go anyway? 

No; you are not approved to travel by the University. You do not have approval to undertake face-to-face learning abroad programs with the partner university and where relevant, the exchange spot has been cancelled for S1 2022. You will not receive ANU academic credits and will not be covered by ANU Travel Insurance. 


5. If I reapply for the Semester 2, 2022 exchange round, will I be guaranteed a spot? 

No. It is not possible to guarantee a placement at one of your 5 preferred institutions; we are never able to make this guarantee. However, we will work with you closely to find alternatives if none of your preferred partners are available. 


6. What if I cannot move my ANU courses around or do not have 24 units left in my degree to fit in exchange in Semester 2, 2022 but I really want to study overseas? 

If you do not have 24 units available and can no longer fit in exchange, we would suggest you look at other international or domestic opportunities, like short courses or online options.


7. Are there any upcoming information session on applying for Semester 2, 2022? 

At this stage, we will be progressing with applications for Semester 2, 2022. All of our information sessions are listed through the Global Programs Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view our information session schedule. Please refer to this link:  


8. What other future program options do I have? 

Student can apply for short course options where you only need to have 6 units available in your degree to participate. There are many short course options available to students, which are coordinated through Global Programs, academic colleges, exchange partners or through independent providers. Please visit: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/careers-opportunities/global-programs/short-course-options 


9. How can I contact ANU Global Programs? 

ANU Global Programs are offering a range of virtual services, including virtual drop-ins. Please refer to our website for ways to get in touch - https://www.anu.edu.au/students/careers-opportunities/global-programs/understanding-overseas-study/get-in-touch-with-global