More Info on the Australian National University Direct Enroll Program

ANU has seven academic colleges that house a number of schools and research centres that specialise in a range of disciplines - all relevant but some unique in Australia and the region. The ANU study abroad program allows students to study at ANU for one or two semesters, live in the ANU accommodation and participate in ANU's student life.

For more details about the study abroad program at ANU, check here.

Being in the southern hemisphere, Australian universities typically have an academic calendar quite different from MIT's.

Semester 1 (an equivalent of MIT's spring semester): Mid- February to late June

Semester 2 (an equivalent of MIT's fall semester): Late July to early November

We recommend verifying program start and end dates directly with ANU: Academic Calendar

You must meet the admissions standards outlined by ANU for the study abroad program.

MISTI applicants need to:

  • Have a GPA of 4.0 or above
  • In good academic standing
  • In good judicial standing
  • Up to date with the Communication Requirement
  • Up to date with HASS courses

Contact MISTI if you have questions about your particular situation.


Two-part application process:

  1. Apply directly to ANU by the stated deadline for the program/term you wish to study abroad. For more deadline and process information, check here.
  2. Apply through MISTI for approval to study abroad. Apply by the deadline for the term in which you plan to study abroad.


You should plan to take 4-5 courses during your study abroad semester at ANU. For course options and syllabi, search here.

Transfer Credits

Information on the transfer credit process at MIT can be found here.

For this program, you will pay for tuition, accommodation, and other living expenses directly to the Australian National University or in-country (depending on the category of expense) and not to MIT.

Financial aid is portable for this program. A few months before departure, SFS and MISTI will share with students the most up-to-date budget for participation on the program based on an agreement with ANU.

Admitted students who receive financial aid should make an appointment with the financial aid representative to whom they are assigned to discuss the particulars.

Australian National University (ANU) guarantees housing for study abroad program students in ANU-operated accommodation if deadlines are met. For more information about applying for accommodation check here and for information on housing choices check here.

You will need to secure a student visa for your study abroad at the Australian National University. Typically this is a 500 student visa. The 500 student visa has various subclasses, which vary in length and costs. For further information, see here. If you accept your offer of admission to study abroad at the Australian National University and your enrolment is confirmed, you will then be able to apply for a student visa (VISA subclass 500). All visas are subject to conditions and students must ensure that they comply with the conditions of their visa at all times.

Meet Your Program Manager

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Get in touch with Sean Gilbert, Managing Director for MIT-Australia | New Zealand | China | Singapore, to get your questions answered.

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