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…

From the 16th to the 19th of January, I attended the tenth installment of the Australia China Emerging Leaders Summit (ACELS) in Guangzhou, China. Organised by a small cohort of members from the Australia China Youth Association (ACYA), with the support of the Department of a Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the summit brought together…

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…

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…

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…

  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…

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…

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…

  Finding suitable short-term accomodation in China can be challenging, even for the most experienced of China-hands. The language barrier is only a small problem. The bigger challenge is finding accommodation which ticks all the boxes, including affordability, location and a sit-down toilet! Rest assured, Asia Options has done our best to make things easier by bringing you up-to-speed…

  In 2016 Peking University’s Yenching Academy hosted its inaugural Yenching Global Symposium: “China meets the world, the world comes to China”. The four day symposium brought together the best and brightest young China scholars from across the globe for guest lectures with prominent Chinese and international intellectuals and business people, site seeing and networking…

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