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…

‘A good craftsman never blames their tools’ It goes without saying. But let’s be honest: when it comes to study, your tools are really important. And with Japanese textbooks, you are spoilt for choice. But not all are created equal. With the next JLPT test fast approaching, your hefty time invested in learning a language demands the…

Living in the world’s most populous metropolitan city, Tokyo, I was lucky enough to interview Clarence Ma, a fourth year undergraduate Law/International Relations student from UNSW, who is currently studying at the University of Tokyo (Tōdai). Last year, he was one of the fortunate few to receive the New Colombo Plan Scholarship to Japan, each worth up to…

  Ladies and gentlemen, we have just landed in Narita Airport… The time is now 8PM. Coming off a 9-hour flight, sleep was the last thing on my mind as I touched down in Tokyo. I couldn’t even care about the language barriers and cultural challenges that awaited me. I was here, crossing the airstrip…

  Studying the Japanese language since the age of eight while hearing my grandmother’s stories of working in Japan during the ‘60s and ‘70s had well and truly given me a taste for all things involving the Land of the Rising Sun. Teamed with my tertiary-level studies in politics and international relations, I became increasingly…

  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…

Interested in Japan? If so, how much would you jump at the chance to: Visit the factories of some of Japan’s famous manufacturers, like Toyota? Discuss the business of one of Japan’s largest trading houses at their Tokyo headquarters? Receive a briefing on bilateral relations from the Australian Ambassador to Japan? Attend an international relations…

  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…

  If you’re interested in studying in Japan, it pays (literally) to look at the Monbukagakusho scholarship. The Monbukagakusho scholarship is usually referred to as the Monbusho scholarship, although you also might hear it called the Monkasho scholarship or the MEXT scholarship. No matter the name, this is a very generous scholarship. For Australian undergraduates…

  When it comes to being an exchange student in Japan, I would be the first to admit that I am a repeat offender. My first experience was as a Year 11 high school student, with the Iwasaki Sangyo Japanese Bursary program. I spent two months at Rokko Island High School, Kobe, attending day-to-day classes…

Language learning is a long process. I have been learning Japanese on and off for about ten years. Over this period I have been to Japan four times, spending eight months there in total. I was last in the country over three years ago. It is difficult to maintain language skills when you’re not living…

    “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…

  There are no shortage of funding opportunities in relationship to Japan and Australian students can look no further than our own capital city for the following opportunity. The National Library of Australia in Canberra offers a Japan Study Grants for the use of Japanese collections for research.   Scholarship Description The purpose of the grants…