So you’re interested in studying Chinese in China? I spent all of 2019 living in Shanghai where I spent half a year studying Chinese at a private Chinese language institution and the other half doing a Chinese language university course at Tongji University. According to the HSK system, I went from HSK 2 to HSK…

From the 16th to the 19th of January, I attended the tenth installment of the Australia China Emerging Leaders Summit (ACELS) in Guangzhou, China. Organised by a small cohort of members from the Australia China Youth Association (ACYA), with the support of the Department of a Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the summit brought together…

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…

Modern China is setting the benchmark for digitally-integrated societies, with an unparalleled suite of goods and services available from your smartphone. Whether you’re visiting for a few days, or moving for the foreseeable future, these apps are staples for your time in China. Note: some of these applications will require you to provide a Chinese…

Are you a university student in Melbourne? Ever considered gaining some overseas experience to boost your resume, or simply to experience something new? Since 2017, Study Melbourne has been running the Study Melbourne Language and Internship program in China, which enables twenty-five Victorian-based tertiary students annually to experience work and study life in China! Last…

This post suggests three techniques to maximize your input hours and how to keep your language learning on track over the long-term. Skype Classes I struggle in a classroom environment. My mind wanders constantly, and like a lot of people, I don’t have the mental stamina to push through 2-3 hours of class time. While most…

With over 2,900 universities, hundreds of specialised programs and seemingly limitless permutations therein, finding the right program and scholarship in China can be a daunting task. To help streamline your efforts and tailor your search, we’ve curated a shortlist of university search engines and program aggregator designed specifically for this purpose: CampusChina – The Chinese…

Professional experience is becoming a requirement that more and more employers look for out of graduates. An ACICIS experience in Indonesia offers students the opportunity to do an internship whilst completing a semester exchange program with organisations as diverse as think tanks, local businesses, schools and even internationally recognised organisations such as Save The Children,…

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

  Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Indonesia benefits Australia and contributes to regional growth and stability. One aspect of the Australian Government’s development assistance in Indonesia is the provision of skilled Australian volunteers through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. Annie Ingram spent…

Asia Options supports and shares information about research-related opportunities across Asia. This article shares information about the upcoming Indonesia Institute Postgraduate Workshop. In addition, it also shares information about the Indonesia Institute. In summary, readers who are interested should register by 7 September.   When? The Indonesia Institute’s Postgraduate Workshop is coming up soon! Asia…