The New Colombo Plan Scholarship This incredible opportunity has been dubbed the most competitive scholarship for Australian undergraduate students and for good reason. The scholarship is a dream come true for many that could see you studying, interning and learning a language anywhere in the Indo-Pacific for up to 19 months – fully funded and…

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…

Ever heard of the National Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA)? Well, I will give a short rundown on the program and how you can enter. Hurry though, applications close on the 22nd of July 2016. The National Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) NAILA, an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, is an annual competition that rewards and fosters the development of Indonesian…

Thomas Brown is a student from the University of Adelaide who undertook a community development placement in Indonesia last year. In this article he shares his impressions from a field placement in a rural village in Java. Last year I spent five months on a student exchange in Indonesia. Most of my friends and relatives still don’t…

In my previous article, I described my experience of participating in the Darmasiswa Scholarship Program. Those short six months flew by and set in motion plans to return to Indonesia as soon as possible. Upon my return to Australia I met with an Indonesian language exchange partner who was here on a Work and Holiday Visa.…

For most of my life, the entire sum of my knowledge of Indonesia could be neatly summarised by three dot points: Kuta Beach, Bali; Komodo Dragons; and Australia’s closest neighbour I’d travelled to Bali with my family as a young child, but I don’t recall much of the experience other than having my hair braided and…

  In 2011 I joined the Darmasiswa Scholarship Program offered by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. After spending a number of years away from Indonesia, forgetting the language and losing part of myself, I decided it was time to reconnect with the country that had captivated my heart as a 17-year-old. From behind…

  The Indonesia-Australia relationship is extremely important. However, lately it seems as though each month brings fresh controversies highlighting the troubled nature of the national government-to-government relationship. The 2015 Lowy Institute Poll claims that Australians’ feelings towards Indonesia are the lowest they’ve been in 10 years. To add to the gloom, the low number of…

Introduction to ACICIS In this article Nicholas Metherall & Harry Roache-Wilson give you the lowdown on the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).  Within the realm of Australia–Indonesia relations, ACICIS has become a key authoritative institution. Indeed, ACICIS has pioneered the building of people-to-people links between Australia and Indonesia since its establishment in 1994. Through building…

  I recently traveled to Indonesia in November 2014, combining study and leisure in the space of a few weeks. The University of Melbourne offers a week-long intensive subject called ‘Social Policy and Development’, taught at Universitas Indonesia’s (UI) Depok campus, situated south of Jakarta. The subject runs every November and is open to Masters…

Anyone who knows me today would describe me as “Indonesia-crazy” and they have good reason to do so; I travel to Indonesia more often than anywhere else and when I’m not here, I spend most of my time telling everyone that I wish I were. I have also gotten into the bad habit of mixing…

  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…