Eager students with a desire to live in China, learn the Chinese language and explore the Chinese culture often make the mistake of choosing Beijing or Shanghai for their experience – ‘the big city’ experience. What they don’t realise is that these cities are bursting at the seams with English speaking foreigners. Even the local street…

Dan from Asia Options recently sat down with Rebecca Morrison to talk about the worldwide Chinese Bridge (汉语桥) competition, which challenges contestants with their knowledge of Chinese culture, history and, of course, their proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. The annual competition is broadcast throughout China, with the high-placing contestants being flown to Changsha for the final rounds. Out of 800,000…

The Hopkins Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a Sino-US educational collaboration and can still boast to being the only university program in China with academic freedom of speech. Students even get access to a VPN to bypass China’s strict censorship laws! However don’t expect your Chinese professors to be…

China is an absolutely fascinating country, and one that will have you hooked from the first taste because of its vibrant and diverse culture, economy and people. However, if you’re serious about engaging with China, you’ll want to learn Chinese. Despite the increasing amount of Chinese proficient in English, unfortunately the reality is that at…

  Whether you are applying for a scholarship, mobility funding or a leadership opportunity: never underestimate the importance of the application process. If you’re like most people then you’re probably dreading to sit down and start your application. Filling out application forms can of course be time-consuming and monotonous, but it’s important to be strategic…

Jiangsu province has long been a popular study destination for foreign students in China, and the Australian student population in Nanjing has doubled on the back of the new Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship initiative. The Hamer Scholarship is a language and cultural immersion program designed to build the Asia-engagement capabilities of Victorians and to help strengthen cultural awareness between…

The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) and The Renmin University of School of Business (RBS) this year announced the formation of the ACYA-RBS International MBA Scholarship. The Scholarship will provide an ACYA member with a full scholarship over the 2-year degree. Applications for the inaugural intake are now closed but keep an eye out for this opportunity in…

  While Beijing has long been a favourite choice for Australians studying on exchange to learn Mandarin, there are a range of second tier cities offering a top notch China experience. Nanjing and Kunming are two popular cities for Australians and Asia Options sat down with Emily Dunn from the Australia China Alumni Association to…

  The Chinese Government and the Confucius Institute are handing out scholarships to foreigners like hotcakes these days as part of China’s global soft diplomacy efforts. The Confucius Institute Scholarship provides free tuition, basic accommodation, basic medical insurance and a stipend for international students to study in China. The only real hurdle to securing a scholarship is figuring out how to…

  Hong Kong is well regarded in Asia for their level of excellence in education and Australian post-student candidates with an interest in the region should certainly take note of the research grants offered by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.   Scholarship Description Candidates who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students…

  Life is rarely dull lively in Asia as a foreigner and there’s no shortage a of unique opportunities. The advertisement boards of expat websites are ripe with a range of opportunities but sometimes the best opportunities come through personal networks and being in the right place at the right time. Swinburne University of Technology student,…

    “Ever wondered why you just can’t get a song out of your head? The term earworms or catchy tunes refers to those songs which you hear a few times and then just can’t get out of your head. Now, Earworms Rapid Languages uses this phenomenon to put the essential words and phrases you…

  Australians are blessed with a wide variety of scholarships to study in Asia and Victorians in particular are spoilt by both the Hamer Scholarship and Water Mangold Trust Study Abroad Scholarship programs. Unlike the Hamer Scholarship which is geared more towards young professionals, the Walter Mangold offers undergraduate students an equally generous amount of funding…