So you’re interested in studying Chinese in China? I spent all of 2019 living in Shanghai where I spent half a year studying Chinese at a private Chinese language institution and the other half doing a Chinese language university course at Tongji University. According to the HSK system, I went from HSK 2 to HSK…

Modern China is setting the benchmark for digitally-integrated societies, with an unparalleled suite of goods and services available from your smartphone. Whether you’re visiting for a few days, or moving for the foreseeable future, these apps are staples for your time in China. Note: some of these applications will require you to provide a Chinese…

This post suggests three techniques to maximize your input hours and how to keep your language learning on track over the long-term. Skype Classes I struggle in a classroom environment. My mind wanders constantly, and like a lot of people, I don’t have the mental stamina to push through 2-3 hours of class time. While most…

With over 2,900 universities, hundreds of specialised programs and seemingly limitless permutations therein, finding the right program and scholarship in China can be a daunting task. To help streamline your efforts and tailor your search, we’ve curated a shortlist of university search engines and program aggregator designed specifically for this purpose: CampusChina – The Chinese…

When presented with the task of tackling the Chinese language, you’ll likely find yourself overwhelmed. Those Chinese characters are intricate and seemingly nonsensical, the monosyllabic speech form (meaning each character represents only one syllable) makes distinguishing differences in sounds near impossible, and what are these tones everyone keeps warning me about? It’s widely assumed that…

  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…

Australians are blessed with a wide variety of scholarships to study in Asia and Victorians, in particular, are spoilt with both the Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship and the Water Mangold Language Scholarship (WMLS) programs. Whereas the Hamer Scholarship is aimed more at young and mid-career professionals, the Walter Mangold offers undergraduate students an equally generous amount of…

When it comes to scholarships for Australian Students, the New Colombo Plan (NCP) is the all-inclusive Indo-Pacific, Asian experience. We’ve heard from many scholars about their transformative study and work stories in the region, but where are they now? Coming back home after a whirlwind exchange or international internship is arguably the hardest part of…

  Working 9-6 every day 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 now I’m back in China. However, inspired by a neat book called Daily Rituals: How Artists…

  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…