China is a land of opportunity for Australian nationals but finding reliable and useful information can be tricky and especially so for working out how to work in China. For those keen on avoiding the teaching English route, or for those ready to move on to bigger and better things than teaching English, Asia Options…

Alice Slevison from Asia Options had a chat with her Beijing based China Policy colleague Mark Eels about his experience working as an intern for the ACYA-Peking University Australian Studies Centre Internship Program.   Some background on Mark Mark has completed a Bachelor in International Relations and International Business at Bond University, and is undertaking his…

  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…

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…

Through our Asia Networking Guide series Asia Options provides a directory for networking events for ten cities in Australia and Asia. Our second feature city in this series is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing. The ancient and modern Chinese capital offers an amazing hotpot of networking and social events.   1) The…

The Australia China Youth Association was launched in 2009 as a student initiative and serves young people from both sides of the bilateral relationships between 18 and 24 years of age. ACYA’s broad mandate is to promote greater engagement between young Chinese and young Australians.   Pillars The Australia China Youth Association operates along three pillars…

  Ever thought about interning with the United Nations in China? The UNDP China Internship Program offers a small group of outstanding graduates the opportunity to acquire experience working as interns in the United Nations Development Program. Through this program, UNDP aims to: provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be…

  A growing number of young Australians are relocating to China to explore the Middle Kingdom’s diverse melting pot of culture and cuisine, to learn Mandarin and to check off the increasingly popular China box on their resume. Trade with China is soaring and Mandarin is uncontested as the premier language to learn to for those with an eye on an…

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…

  Life is rarely dull lively in Asia as a foreigner and there’s no shortage a of unique opportunities. The advertisement boards of expat websites are ripe with a range of opportunities but sometimes the best opportunities come through personal networks and being in the right place at the right time. Swinburne University of Technology student,…

  Self-introduction and how/why you developed an interest in the Aus-China relationship? I have always been interested in Chinese culture and history and when I started university at the Australian National University and had the opportunity to finally learn Chinese I seized the opportunity. At this time, the Australia-China relationship was starting to be noticed…

Asia Options recently sat down with Stefano Centini to talk about his experience of working in Taiwan. Stefano is a Researcher at the Taiwan Office of In Focus Asia. Stefano holds a Bachelor of Modern Literature at Roma Tre University Rome and Masters in Media Studies and Masters in Chinese Studies.   When and how did you…

  Jonathon Day grew up with holidays to the family beach house in Lorne and riding motorbikes and hunting rabbits in rural Victoria. His family never travelled overseas and life outside of Australia seemed almost an entirely different world. Jono was also content rowing for Scotch College in Melbourne and striving towards his dream of representing Australia. After…

The Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative (ACYPI) is the premier platform for young professionals to engage with the Australia-China relationship. Through events in Australia and China, ACYPI connects young professionals to significant commercial, political and academic leaders, and provide networking opportunities across sectors. ACYPI events are focused on helping young professionals develop a deeper understanding of the issues…