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…

The importance of Korea is underestimated in Australia.   YouTube can change our bilateral relations.  Why is all the media about North Korea?  Some strong statements made from a room of people with a commitment to Korea. This April, the University of South Australia hosted the 2nd annual Symposium on Australia-Korea Relations. As a New Colombo…

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…

  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.…

A squeeze in the Korean job market has made internships in Korean companies a hot commodity for both foreign students and graduates alike. This is also being felt by Koreans, who are increasingly targeting internships as an opportunity to get a foot in the door at major conglomerates such as Samsung, LG or Hyundai. To…

The English as a Second Language (ESL) industry in Korea remains lucrative and has evolved over the last five years: the industry is becoming more competitive and the number of teaching roles have been cutback to force parents to spend less on the private education sector. For first time job seekers this translates to an over-supply of…