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…

  Asia Options is always on the look out for Asia-active entrepreneurs and self-starters – and with the reopening of the Hamer Scholarship, we thought it was an opportune time to track down Holly Klintworth, a Hamer Scholarship China recipient, in Victoria’s wine heartland. With a glass of red in hand the Hamer alumnus and quintessential…

  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…

  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…

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…

While Beijing has long been a favourite choice for Australians studying on exchange to learn Mandarin, there is 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 hear her experience…

  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 international 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 are…