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Why Foreigners Should ‘Read the Air’ When Working in Japan

If you’re studying Japanese, you may have heard of the phrase “空気を読む” (kuuki wo yomu), one of the many unspoken rules in the culture.  Though seemingly similar to what is referred to as ‘reading between the lines’ in Western countries, … Read More

The Most Useful Resources for Australian University Students to Learn Indonesian [UPDATED 2022]

The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions and uncertainties for thousands of Australian university students including myself. We have had to adjust to a new reality. Remote learning will never replace the authentic experience of traveling to Indonesia. But it has … Read More

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Asia Travel & Visa Status Dashboard [August 2022]

Like our Asia Options team, we know many of have been waiting for the opportunity to finally visit (or return to) Asia! Be it for work, study, or simply some long-awaited travel. Asian countries are slowly opening up to the … Read More

Peter Friedlander’s Language Journey & Hindi at the ANU: An Interview

Are you interested in learning Hindi as part of your degree in Australia? The Australian National University provides one of only two Hindi programmes in the country where this is possible (the other being La Trobe University). Central to the … Read More

Internship experiences in Taiwan – insights from Rebecca and Mitchell

Ever wondered what is it like to work and live in Taiwan? Are you curious to know more about it? Today Rebecca Robinson and Mitchell Smoothy will share their own experiences with you, after both having completed their internships in … Read More

3 Reasons to Study in Rural Japan

With COVID restrictions in place in Japan preventing international travel and exchange opportunities for almost two years, there have been glimmers of hope for change. For those of you who anticipate an exchange in Japan, you may have considered undertaking … Read More

An Austrade Internship in South Korea: The Perfect Experience for the Inexperienced

Whether you aspire to become an expat in Korea for your post-university career, or you want to gain work experience abroad, an internship with Austrade in Seoul is the perfect experience for the inexperienced. In November 2018, I completed a … Read More

Going Green in Incredible Indonesia: My Internship with Greeneration Foundation

When I reflect on my three months in Indonesia, unexpectedly cut down from the six I had planned due to the pandemic, my fondest memories are all somehow related to my internship with an environmental advocacy NGO: Greeneration Foundation. Studying … Read More

More Than a Hobby – Cycling in South Korea

Cycling is undoubtedly a beautiful way to explore any country – giving you access to picturesque roads and panoramic views inaccessible to cars or public transport. However, it is also an effective way to network and build connections with the … Read More

10 Indian NGOs Offering Virtual Internships & Volunteering Opportunities

Are you interested in India? Does the idea of expanding your professional competencies while addressing critical social issues appeal to you? If so, you should consider interning or volunteering with one of India’s many Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)! Not only will … Read More

Launching a Photography Business in South Korea – Insights from Dylan Goldby

Sporting a ponytail and several tattoos, Dylan Goldby does not seem a typical figure you’d expect to encounter in conservative Korean business circles. However, the Australian photographer is well-known within the community and is often the first point of all … Read More

All the Reliable Official Information You Need to Know about the Updated HSK 3.0

The HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) is the most widely used proficiency test for Mandarin Chinese for non-native speakers. Required by many Chinese companies to apply for jobs, Chinese universities to secure scholarships and a source of boasting rights for those … Read More