Are you a university student in Melbourne? Ever considered gaining some overseas experience to boost your resume, or simply to experience something new? Since 2017, Study Melbourne has been running the Study Melbourne Language and Internship program in China, which enables twenty-five Victorian-based tertiary students annually to experience work and study life in China! Last…

  The Carnegie–Tsinghua is seeking highly qualified and motivated students to apply for its academic-year-long Global Intern Program. Selected interns will have the opportunity to work on key foreign policy issues, to interact with senior Chinese and international scholars and experts, and to become an integral part of a growing global network of Carnegie centers, which…

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…

In a world of anaemic economic growth and complete transparency over the professional specs of your LinkedIn contacts, young people are in desperate search for a secret weapon to show on their resume and to cut through the noise. This is especially the case for foreign job seekers in China; where standard career paths are…

“China is a country, not a career.” This is advice my students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center received during a career-focused trip to Beijing. Over the past 35 years, China’s economic growth has been impressive. Between 1979 and 2014, China’s GDP grew roughly 10% annually, moving China from the world’s 9th largest economy in 1979 to…

  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…

After interviewing China Residencies Director, Kira Simon-Kennedy about the Two to Three (二到三) Residency, Asia Options immediately got a hold of Joshua Hoare. In 2015 Josh was one two Australian residents in Xiamen on the Two to Three program. Two to Three is a multi-disciplinary artist residency open to Australians with China experience. It runs for…

Kira Simon-Kennedy is a film producer and nonprofit director. She is the the co-founder and director of the online directory China Residencies. China Residencies was founded by Kira and Crystal Ruth Bell in 2013 with the ambition to become “the most comprehensive directory of residencies, co-working spaces and creative communities in China”. In two short…

  Asia Options gets excited about initiatives that encompass both learning and travel to the Asian region, so we were thrilled to learn about the great work undertaken by Austern International. Austern International is an initiative founded by Lily Wu and Jamie Lee that sends young Australians to the Asian region to learn about how…

  The most logical step to finding internships and non-teaching jobs in China is to sift through online job boards or connect with HR recruiters. But for those looking to bypass the competitive online job market, this article looks at how to hack the China job market a less traditional way. These pointers will be especially relevant if your…

  The increasingly common combination of a foreign testamur and a local “shenfen zheng” ID card is transforming the employment market in China. Fresh off long-haul flights with new Chanel handbags in tow and hoodies from IVY League or G8 universities stashed in their suitcase, thousands of Chinese grads are returning to China and jostling for…

  Mastering the official language of China is no easy feat. Tones, stroke order, pronunciation, and a seemingly endless supply of characters together pose a linguistic nightmare! Learning Chinese is especially difficult for full-time professionals due to the arduous time commitment involved in learning the language. Those with established proficiency are also prone to slipping…

  Rapid economic development in Asia has brought tremendous change to the region but it has also brought significant challenges and gaps in the market, and there is desperate need for entrepreneurial talent. Meanwhile, foreign companies are facing increased pressure from local companies, while traditional jobs for expats are also facing pressure from local talent. Working in…