Working 9-6 everyday in Beijing and the 40-minute commute to and from work, alongside half a dozen other weekly commitments doesn’t augur well for language study. After leaving Seoul six months ago, my Korean language skills have dropped off dramatically since moving back to China. However, inspired by a neat book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by…

  Summer school is probably not on top of most young people’s mind when they think of summer, but trust us summer school in Asia is something you’ve got to do! Imagine yourself in July next year knocking back an Asahi or Korean Soju with classmates, feasting on amazing local food, or exploring the local surroundings on weekends in…

  In July 2016 I was lucky to take a summer exchange subject at Peking University (PKU) in Beijing. I strongly encourage any interested engineering student to apply. The course content is excellent and Beijing is a great city to experience! This post is about the process of getting there, what it is like studying…

Postgraduate study programs in China are growing as a popular choice for international students and for different reasons. These include the drawcard of studying a degree in Chinese, to deepening an understanding of China, laying the foundation for a career built around China and often for receiving a free education! The Chinese Government Scholarship program…

  With the New Colombo Plan (NCP) opening nominations in July for the 2017 Scholarship Program, Asia Options’ Greater China Correspondent, Alice Slevison, sat down with Ryan Cunningham to hear about his experience on the New Colombo Plan in China (Hong Kong). This article looks at the New Colombo Plan, Ryan’s motivations to apply, his experience living in Hong Kong, and his…

Check out the latest version of AddChina to plan your next study stint in China! Asia Options has been thrilled to be involved in the AddChina project as part of an Australian Government grant and we hope you find this resource useful in planning your study adventures in China. The AddChina initiative encourages Australian students…

  Who said Chinese universities only teach language? Given the number of students itching to make a leap into the Chinese business world, business schools may be the perfect package to bridge that gap. Many of these programs fit smoothly into an Australian winter or summer semester and pack your trip to the brim with…

  The Jiangsu Cup is a Chinese Language Speaking Competition held across the world, from Tokyo to San Francisco. The Competition asks contestants to prepare and present a two to three minute speech on Jiangsu with amazing prizes up for grabs. The Jiangsu Cup was launched four years ago by Nanjing University to promote the…

  With the huge growth of Mandarin learning and improvements in technology, there are now so many resources to enhance your studies. Although, with an abundance of options it does make it hard to know which tools are best. Well, our friends at Learn Mandarin Now recently interviewed 50 prominent bloggers to gain their feedback on…

  Asia is awash with tech and entrepreneurial opportunities and Asia Options is excited to see the recent launch of Asia Recon. Alice Slevison from Asia Options sat down with Asia Recon Co-Founders Mathew Benjamin and Jason Lim to discuss the inspiration behind Asia Recon and to find out more about the inaugural Singapore – China…

  My experiences learning Chinese, travelling in China, and understanding China have been quite unique, mainly because I have a Chinese background myself, and my relationship with the country is coloured by an unusual mix of family ties, academic knowledge, and an inexplicable sense of familiarity.   Discovering China and the Chinese language: a late bloomer I…

  So you’ve come back to Melbourne from a year overseas in Asia. By the end of the trip you were conversing, laughing and living in a foreign language – or at least giving it a good go! Now, for whatever reason, you’re back ‘home’ and you’re looking at ways to keep up your hard-won…