Study Abroad in Asia/Pacific Rim

Curious about studying abroad? The best way to get started is to schedule an appointment by emailing us or attending one of the many study abroad events held on campus throughout the semester. You can also check out how to apply.

CAPA Sydney: Australia

Study in Sydney, Australia: Explore and thrive in this bustling Australasian city bursting with diverse character and history! Sydney offers something for everyone - take a coastal walk and uncover Aboriginal carvings or engage with local professionals in a top-notch academic internship.

Host Institution: The CAPA Sydney Center is housed in a heritage property in the centrally-located, historic Haymarket neighborhood and offers a broad range of coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business. Simmons students enrolled in CAPA Sydney also have the opportunity to partake in an internship for academic credit with industry leading organizations in fields such as journalism, media, politics, business, and sports to name just a few.

Majors*: Courses available in the following academic disciplines: humanities & liberal arts, social sciences, and especially business. The center also offers classes that fulfill most Key Content Areas (KCAs).  CAPA Sydney does not offer courses in the natural and health sciences. Internships for credit are available in a wide array of fields and industries.

Housing*: Students have the option to select between homestay accommodation or shared apartments all located within commuting distance of the CAPA Sydney Center.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Murdoch University: Australia

Perth is one of Australia's largest and most diverse cities! Located on the Western coast of Australia, Perth is currently going through a renaissance of art and culture. From gorgeous beaches to lush wine country; metropolitan dining to international street food; world-class art galleries to spectacular graffiti art; Perth truly has something for everyone.

Host Institution: TEAN's Murdoch University program offers a wide selection of courses in health, humanities, social sciences and STEM. Research placement opportunities are also available for health science students, a unique opportunity exclusively available at Murdoch. Voted one of the "Best Universities Under 50 Years Old."

Majors*: Ideal for health science, psychology, humanities, business and social sciences. Health science majors can enroll in a semester-long independent research component.

Housing*: On-campus student apartments

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA to apply.

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University of Newcastle: Australia

Newcastle is a mid-sized city along the eastern coast of Australia, about 100 miles north of Sydney. Newcastle's allure is in its picturesque beaches and easy going lifestyle, merging both the beauty of Australia's Pacific coast with an laid back, low-key local attitude.

Host Institution: TEAN's University of Newcastle program offers a wide selection of courses for nearly any major. University of Newcastle is a public university, located a short train ride from Sydney, students can easily spend weekends in the city.

Majors*: Courses available to all majors.

Housing*: University housing or shared apartments with US, international and local graduate and undergraduate students.

Requirements: 3.0 GPA.

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East China Normal University: China

Study in Shanghai, China: The global “megacity” of Shanghai is a sprawling urban area that boasts the world’s most populous city!

Host Institution: The CAPA Shanghai program is housed at East China Normal University (ECNU), considered one of the most prestigious institutions in China. The program offers a range of content courses in English, particularly for Business, Communication, Econ, English, History, and POLS/IR majors, as well as Mandarin language classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced speakers. Students can also enroll in an academic internship for credit in the world’s leading global financial center with industry leading organizations in fields such as journalism, media, business, finance, and sports to name just a few.

Majors*: Courses available in the following academic disciplines: humanities, liberal arts, and business, and Mandarin. The center also offers classes that fulfill many Key Content Areas (KCAs). ECNU does not offer courses in the natural and health sciences. Internships for credit are available in a wide array of fields and industries.

Housing*: Students reside in dormitory accommodation on the East China Normal University campus.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Fudan University: China

Shanghai is the epicenter of China's ongoing growth and development. As the country's economic hub, not to mention a major global financial center, Shanghai is a sought after destination for those studying business and economics. The city boasts a number of colorful historic neighborhoods, local markets, regional cuisines, artist enclaves, world-class shopping and opportunities for exploration around every corner.

Host Institution: TEAN has joined together with one of the most prestigious universities in China, Fudan University, and a leading Mandarin instruction program from the University of Virginia to offer students a comprehensive semester abroad. More than 120 courses available in English covering a variety of subjects. Students also have the opportunity to add on a part-time internship placement in conjunction with their studies.

Majors*: Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Computer Science, Information Technology, International Studies, Media and Communication, and Pharmacy.

Housing*: International student dorms or shared apartments. Students live in prearranged Western-style, off-campus apartments located within walking distance of the university. This integrated housing with local Chinese students and other US students on the program.

Requirements: 3.0 GPA.

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Ritsumeikan University: Japan

Study in Kyoto, Japan: the ancient capital city of the Land of the Rising Sun!

Host Institution: Ritsumeikan University (RU) is a private university in Kyoto, Japan, which traces its roots to 1869. This large university is committed to building an institution where many cultures coexist in the spirit of international mutual understanding. Ritsumeikan offers a wide range of courses  for international students with options available to study at its its Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto or the Osaka Ibaraki Campus (OIC) in Osaka. These courses cover a wide range of subjects, from Asia-Pacific studies and economic development to business, Japanese language, and contemporary Japanese culture.

Majors*: Courses available in the following academic disciplines: humanities, liberal arts, business, and Japanese language. RU also offers classes that fulfill many Key Content Areas (KCAs). Ritsumeikan does not offer courses in the natural and health sciences.

Housing*: Students reside in international student dormitories.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Yonsei University: South Korea 

Study in Seoul, South Korea: the capital city of a country rich with ancient cultural history!  Located in the heart of Seoul, Yonsei's campus is nestled within a bustling, highly modernized city connected by the largest metropolitan subway system in the world, and near historic national treasures like Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Host Institution: Established in 1885, Yonsei is the oldest university in Korea. As South Korea's top private university, Yonsei is one member of ‘SKY', a term for the three institutions widely regarded as the most prestigious in the country. Spread over three sites situated in Sinchon, Wonju, and its state-of-the-art international campus in Songdo, Yonsei consists of 30,000 undergraduate and around 12,000 postgraduate students. Yonsei is well known for its internationalized campus, including 600 full-time and study abroad students from all over the world and a diverse offering of English-taught courses.

Majors*: Courses available for most majors in English. Yonsei does not offer coursework in the health sciences.

Housing*: Students reside in on-campus dormitories.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Chiang Mai University: Thailand

Nestled in the northern Thai hills, Chiang Mai is the cultural heart of the country. Here you’ll find a true blend of traditional customs and modern life as bicycle rickshaws share the roads with cars, students still wear traditional Lanna (northern Thai) clothing to school, and street stalls split space with trendy new cafes. Explore the region’s 300 Buddhist temples, the street markets and the local food.

Host Institution: Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAA) at Chiang Mai University that offers courses on the history, culture, and society of Thailand and Southeast Asia. Chiang Mai University is ranked by Thailand as 3rd in the country for academics, 5th for research output, and is the number one university outside of Bangkok. Spread over 725 acres, the university boasts parks, student cafés, and a mixture of buildings.

Majors*: Open to all majors, but ideal for those studying public health, political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, religion, and humanities.

Housing*: Student dorms or independent condos. Options available to be housed with other US students or local students.

Requirements: 3.0 GPA.

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