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…

So you’ve begun your Korean journey? Use it or lose it! After a year studying Korean at an intensive hakwon (private institute) in Gangnam and a year on exchange at universities in Seoul (Chung Ang University) and Daejeon (KAIST), I was impressed with my own progress and quickly picked up the language. But a year…

  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…

  Summer school is probably not on top of most young people’s mind when they think of summer, but trust us summer school in Seoul is something you’ve got to do! Imagine yourself in July next year knocking back Korean Soju with classmates, feasting on amazing local food, or exploring the local surroundings on weekends in shorts and t-shirt.…

  Attracting 820 foreign students yearly from more than 156 different nations, the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) for international students is the most ambitious and generous initiative taken by the Korean Government in their pursuit of spreading Korean education abroad. This article will break down the official application guidelines provided online into more comprehensible…

  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…

I recently spoke with a young Australian who a few months ago started learning Korean in Seoul. We keep in touch regularly about his progress and his life in Seoul – inevitably I am jealous of his experience –  my first year in Korea (as was my first year in China) was a very significant and memorable…

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…

  Whether you are applying for a scholarship, mobility funding or a leadership opportunity: never underestimate the importance of the application process. If you’re like most people then you’re probably dreading to sit down and start your application. Filling out application forms can of course be time-consuming and monotonous, but it’s important to be strategic…

  In our next installment on exploring the benefits of learning an Asian language, we sat down with the Co-founder of Goshipages Desi Cochrane in Seoul. Following a recent interview with Wendy Haydon from the Australian Trade Commission in Seoul, I concluded that intermediate fluency in an Asian language carries similar weight as advanced fluency in finding a job…

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…