Studying overseas

Once you are enrolled in the LLB or Juris Doctor at the ANU College of Law you may be eligible to spend a semester studying overseas on international exchange.

ANU has an extensive list of international partner universities who offer law courses that can form part of your ANU degree. Partner agreements simplify the exchange process and you will continue to pay the same tuition fees to ANU.

Not all ANU partner institutions offer law courses, and some may only accept (for example) later-year students. Interested students should research their options at partner institutions; this might include checking ANU Global Programs, which may contain information on individual partners of special relevance to law applicants.

Please note: Exchanges are arranged through the ANU Global Programs office, which is your first port of call. Places are limited and competition is high, so be prepared and don't miss out.

Be sure to visit the ANU Global Programs system to register today. Applications for exchanges are made in the year prior to travel – for Semester 1 these open in March and close in May (of the previous year) and for Semester 2 these open in September and close in November (of the previous year).

New Colombo Plan

Employers of all sorts greatly value students who show initiative and resilience in undertaking exchange studies in our fast-changing, fast-growing region. In this podcast, high-achieving ANU law alumnus David Olsson (former managing partner of leading Sino-Australian firm King & Wood Mallesons, and New Colombo Plan Business Champion, appointed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop) talks to Dr Jo Ford about why ANU law students should consider semester exchanges, internships and other experiences in countries of the Indo-Pacific region.

This includes opportunities under the government’s New Colombo Plan scheme, where undergrad Australian students can apply for funding to support exchanges and other credit-bearing opportunities (see too the Westpac Asian Exchange scholarship). The University’s regular exchange program provides many opportunities to gain ANU law elective credit from study in Asian law schools for a semester (paying regular fees to ANU, and not extra fees to the host university) even if you do not apply for other funding.

For all queries, contact ANU Global Programs in the first instance, or contact your College academic advisor (appointments: to discuss studying abroad in Asia on ANU formal exchanges or other schemes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Law exchanges

PDF icon FAQs about Law exchanges (374.82 KB) This pdf contains answers to the follow FAQs and addresses some common myths and misconceptions about Law exchanges at ANU.

  1. Where can law students go on exchange?
  2. When can law students go on exchange?
  3. Which law students cannot apply for or go on exchange?
  4. What law courses can I study on exchange?
  5. Can I study law courses on exchange offered in a language other than English?
  6. Are there any GPA requirements or restrictions?
  7. Can I choose to study only non-law courses towards my double degree?
  8. When are exchange applications due?
  9. Who decides on exchange applications and how?
  10. Can I apply again if unsuccessful?

PDF icon Myths & misconceptions about Law exchanges (374.82 KB)

  • Myth A: Overseas results are reflected on your ANU GPA
  • Myth B: You cannot go on exchange in your final year or semester
  • Myth C: You must find courses that match ANU elective courses
  • Myth D: The College only sends students to certain approved partners
  • Myth E: Law must approve my application even for pure non-law exchange

Credit-bearing Study Abroad opportunities

  • Hebrew University's Mishpatim Seminar 2018 on Israeli & International Law (See our Scholarships page for more information, as this is a funded opportunity)
  • ACICIS Study Indonesia's Law Professional Practicum (LPP). (See our Scholarships page for more information, as this is a funded opportunity under the New Columbo Plan Grants scheme)

ANU Law Enquiries:  Student Administration

ANU Law Associate Dean (International):  Associate Professor Jo Ford

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team