May 2019

As part of the long-standing collaboration between Universities Australia and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), UA and CEAIE will facilitate an internship program for undergraduate students from a selection of Australian universities during December 2019–January 2020. 

The participating universities are:

  • The University of New England
  • University of Canberra 
  • RMIT University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Western Sydney University
  • Charles Sturt University

Students will have the opportunity to visit Beijing for a six-week period—two weeks of intensive Chinese language and culture study and a four-week work placement. The program starts on 2 December 2019 and concludes on 10 January 2020.

No prior knowledge of China or any understanding of Mandarin is expected—the program is designed to be a first-time experience of China and will include English language mentorship and support. 

The program is open to students of all disciplines, although individual universities may place their own restrictions on who can apply. Work placements will be as closely matched to students’ interests as possible, at a global or Chinese company in Beijing with an English language mentor and guidance.


This program is partially funded by the Australian Government through the New Colombo Plan. 

The program cost is around $3,800, excluding airfares, travel insurance and visa costs. The exact cost, in Australian dollars, will depend on the exchange rate in late 2019. 

This cost will be offset by a New Colombo Plan Mobility Scholarship of AUD 3,000 for all participants, which covers the language training, accommodation and support provided in Beijing. 

Students are responsible for covering the cost of their airfares, visa, travel insurance, and meals and transport in China. 


  • two-weeks full time study at a Beijing university including Mandarin, Chinese culture and Doing Business in China classes;
  • four-weeks supervised placement with a Chinese or international company or organisation in Beijing, including an English-speaking mentor;
  • on-campus accommodation for the duration of the program. Accommodation will be twin-share (with another student on the same program) with shared bathroom facilities;
  • peer support via a buddy partnership with an English-speaking student at the host university;
  • mid-program karaoke party social event;
  • on-arrival orientation including a reception hosted by Australian Embassy in Beijing;
  • 24/7 support provided by the CEAIE. Support includes regular visits by CEAIE to internship hosts;
  • closing ceremony and debrief including presentations by students about their internship experience;
  • certificate on completion; and
  • letter of support for visa purposes.


  • medical/travel insurance (compulsory);
  • visa fees and processing;
  • flights to and from China, and in-country transport; and
  • meals and personal expenses. 


Students must:

  • be aged between 18 and 28 at the time of the program;
  • be currently enrolled in an undergraduate course at one of the six universities listed below;
  • not have a criminal record;
  • provide a recommendation letter from their home university;
  • obtain a valid medical fitness certificate or evidence;
  • provide evidence of travel insurance before arrival;

Proficiency in Mandarin is not required.


Students must apply through their own university. Universities will be responsible for the application process, including application deadlines and any targeting of specific disciplines for the program.

Information regarding the program can be obtained from the international office at participating universities.

RMIT University     |    

QUT      |  

Western Sydney University      |  

University of Canberra      |    

Charles Sturt University      |      

University of New England      |     


Information about applying for a Chinese visa.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smartraveller

Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Program

Australian Embassy in China