While the title of this blog may initially take you by surprise, weddings are an important topic when it comes to navigating culture norms and building relationships in Asia. In particular, wedding invitations often come in a professional context – meaning that you are likely to find yourself invited to a colleague’s wedding if you…

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…

Alice Slevison from Asia Options sat down with her China Policy colleague Tristan Leonard to discuss his experience as an English teacher in Seoul.   Some background about Tristan… I started out with a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies at the University of Tasmania, where I wrote my research paper on Japanese kamakura historiography. Upon…

Most pictures we now associate with Korea are the shining bright lights of Seoul and Namsan Tower, or the beautiful mountains that span across the entire country. What a lot of people don’t get to see is the more traditional country or rural towns that centre around the Buddhist temples. And, as anyone who has…

  Prioritising study on exchange can sometimes be difficult and especially for those studying in Seoul. With the combination of affordable food, sol-maek and one-shot culture, Seoul can be a challenge even for the most well-intentioned of students. But despite the exciting nightlife and opportunity to travel, most international students pull through their exams and…

Thousands of people move around me speaking a language I don’t recognise as they make their way to the multiple escalators going in every direction. Chandelier-style lights drape down from the ceiling, distracting me from the gigantic flight display boards as I try to find out where I am. This is Incheon International Airport in…

  I’d been wanting to visit Korea ever since the K Wave hit me while studying on exchange in Tianjin (China) in 2010. In 2013 I decided to enrol in the Korea University Summer Program for my first K hit and I was won over both by Seoul and the Korea University program!   Curriculum The Korea University Summer…