China Internship Program

$3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Available

  • Dates:  2 Dec 2019 to 10 January 2020 (6 weeks)
  • Cost: $3800 AUD, not including airfares
  • Benefits include a $3000 New Colombo Plan Travel Grant to assist with costs
  • Eligible students can also receive OS-HELP up to $8,149
  • Work-placements for a variety of disciplines
  • Proficiency in Mandarin is not required


The Universities Australia China Internship program provides a unique opportunity for Australian undergraduate students to study, work in live in China for 6 weeks over the 2019/2020 Christmas holidays.

The program is jointly facilitated by Universities Australia (UA) and The China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and is funded by the New Colombo Plan Mobility grant scheme.

Two students will be selected from the following universities:

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

The University of Canberra is acting as the consortium head.

The group of 12 students will arrive in Beijing by the 2 December 2019 and return 10 January 2020.

What makes this internship program unique?

  • Three ways of learning about China
    • Two-week intensive classroom learning;
    • Four-week supervised internship with a Beijing-based company or organisation;
    • One-on-one personal engagement throughout with the ‘buddy program’.
  • Live, study and work with your peers from other Australian universities
    • A chance to live and study with your peers from other Australian universities. Join a cohort of other like-minded students from across Australia.
  • No prior knowledge of China or Asia necessary – no Mandarin? No worries!
    • The program does not expect any prior knowledge of China or any understanding of Mandarin. This program is designed to be a first-time experience of Asia and will include English language mentorship and 24/7 support.
    • Placement at a global or Chinese company based in Beijing with an English-language mentor and guidance.
  • Full orientation and support throughout
    • Pre-departure, post-arrival, and debrief sessions in Beijing and Australia. Ongoing support throughout.
  • Work-placements for a variety of disciplines
    • Placements can provide opportunities for students from a variety of disciplines to have a China experience – possible placements include companies and NGOs working within a range of sectors such as film and media, architecture, environmentalism, fashion, health and medicine and publishing.
  • High profile support from Chinese and Australian Embassies
    • High-profile support with The Chinese Embassy in Canberra and The Australian Embassy in Beijing both offering to engage in pre-departure and post-arrival orientation

CEAIE’s Eligibility requirements

  • Aged over 18
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in Mandarin is not required
  • No criminal record
  • Letter of recommendation from home university
  • Medical fitness certificate
  • Evidence of travel insurance

Classroom learning (2 weeks)

  • Chinese language learning (20 hours per week for the first two weeks)
  • Business lectures (3 hours per week for the first two weeks)
  • Chinese culture classes (4 hours per week for the first two weeks)

Internship (4 weeks)

  • CEAIE will place participants in reputable local/international companies or organisations in Beijing for their internship.
  • Expressions of interests in particular kinds of companies or organisations will be shared with CEAIE
  • CEAIE will share the details of each student’s placement including details about the organisation, their position and their job description before 2 November 2019.
  • If at any time an internship placement is determined to be unsuitable, CEAIE will provide a new placement.
  • Each placement will include English-speaking mentor who will guide the intern.
  • CEAIE will maintain ongoing connection and support for the student throughout the internship including visiting the student at their place of work at least once.


  • CEAIE will place participants in a dorm at a university campus in Beijing.
  • Details about the host university campus and accommodation facilities will be shared by CEAIE in the first months of 2019.
  • Two students will share one twin room with a shared bathroom.

Opening ceremony and on-arrival orientation

  • The CEAIE will meet the students on arrival and will host an opening ceremony including an introduction to the program, information about campus life, contact information and will ensure each participant has access to 24/7 contact person.
  • Following the classroom course, the CEAIE will host a second orientation session. This orientation will provide information about the internships including their structure, expectations and will provide advice on making the most of the experience.

Online orientation

  • UA and CEAIE will provide online orientation which will introduce basic information about life in China, cross-cultural communication and career and business etiquette in China and the components to writing.

Closing ceremony

  • The CEAIE will host a closing ceremony at the conclusion of the program. This will include the presentation of program completion certificates for students.
  • The closing ceremony will include each student making a short presentation about their study and internship experience.

Mid-program social activity

  • The CEAIE will host a Karaoke Party to introduce local leisure to the students and to provide an opportunity to speak with the students about their progress and experiences.

Program support

  • Each participant will have a program buddy who will be matched with the student. This person will be a senior university student at their host institution and will help the student with daily local life and be available to assist the participants throughout the program.
  • Each participant will have an internship supervisor at their host organisation. This supervisor will be able to speak English and will be responsible for helping the participant integrate into the company.
  • A 24/7 Emergency Support coordinator will be assigned by the CEAIE for students to contact with any emergency.

Program Cost

  • Depending on the exchange rate in late 2019, the cost is approximately $3,800 AUD and includes:
    • 6-week internship
    • Pre-departure orientation;
    • In-country orientation and support;
    • Accommodation;
    • Language classes;
    • Cultural classes;
    • Business classes;
  • The following is not included in the program price:
    • Flights
    • Visa application fees
    • In-country transport
    • Day to day living and personal expenses
    • Any vaccinations/inoculations recommended by your doctor
    • Any other costs incurred that aren’t specifically mentioned as being included in the program
  • The $3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Mobility Grant will be paid directly to CEAIE. You will be expected to pay CEAIE the remaining costs (approximately $800). The program cost can also be offset by OS-HELP.
  • The University of Western Sydney and CEAIE reserves the right to vary program fees in the event of changes in exchange rates or price rises made by partners or other suppliers. If the cost of any service increases due to exchange rate fluctuations, price increases, tax changes or any other reason, participants are required to pay the increase when notified or may cancel a program which may result in cancellation fees.


  • New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant
    • The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.
    • Each eligible student selected for this opportunity will be supported by a $3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility grant
    • To be eligible you must be:
      • an Australian citizen
      • enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University
      • be aged 18-28 years
      • must not have received a New Colombo Plan Mobility grant on a previous occasion
      • receive academic recognition for the experience (See Step 2 Apply for  Academic Approval)
    • Note: The Government requires that 70% of participants in the program must be between the ages of 18 and 28. Therefore 30% of participants can be 29 and over. If you are over the age of 28, you are still encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest
  • Western Sydney University Additional Selection Criteria
    • To be eligible you must:
      • have completed at least 40 credit points in your current degree, prior to submitting an application
      • have at least 40 credit points remaining on return from overseas to complete your degree
      • have a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or above over your whole academic record to date


  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000 or $8,149 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.

Conditions of Participation

  • The University of Western Sydney University is committed to demonstrating high standards of personal and professional conduct at all times. When participating in an overseas program, students must assume certain obligations to Western Sydney University (WS), the prospective country and other participants in a program. See Conditions of Participation in an Overseas Program.

How to Apply - Deadline 16 August 2019

Steps 1 and 2 can be completed concurrently (at the same time).

STEP  1: Are you eligible to receive academic recognition?

  • Many degrees at Western Sydney University provide an opportunity to participate in domestic or international work experience. These are offered as core units (e.g. a clinical or professional experience placement) or as an elective.
  • To find out if your degree provides a unit/subject for work experience, go to Western Sydney University course and unit Handbook and review the information related to your degree.
  • If you are still uncertain, you may wish to seek further advice from your School coordinator - placement officer, Academic Course Advisor (ACA), or Director of Academic Program (DAP).
  • To apply for academic recognition, see STEP 3

STEP 2: Submit an Expression of Interest and CV by the deadline

  • To be considered for this opportunity, you will be required to answer the following questions and submit your Expression of Interest and CV by 16 August 2019:
    • What is your motivation for participating in the program? (up to 50 words)
    • What do you hope to achieve from participating in the program? (up to 50 words)
    • How do you see the program contributing to your career? (up to 50 words)
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of July.

STEP 3: Apply for academic recognition

  • To apply for academic recognition, see Overseas Academic Approval (non-exchange).
  • If you are applying for OS-HELP (STEP 4), there is direct relationship between Academic Approval and OS-HELP. For advice on how to complete the OS-HELP application and apply for credit, see Overseas Academic Approval (non-exchange)
    • This process may differ, depending on School requirements. You may wish to discuss the opportunity further and with your Academic Course Adviser (ACA) or placement coordinator - visit your School website and see 'Contact'
  • Steps 2 and 3 can be completed concurrently (at the same time). Don't forget to submit your application to the provider by the appropriate closing date

STEP 4: Apply for OS-HELP

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000, $6,791 or $8,149 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.
  • You should only apply for OS-HELP after being accepted into the program
  • Note: There is direct relationship between Academic Approval and OS-HELP. If you are intend on applying for OS-HELP, click on the appropriate link above to find out more about Academic Approval process and OS-HELP.

STEP 5: Complete the 'Before I Go' Online Checklist

Complete the Online Checklist (opens in a new window) to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas. This includes information about travel insurance.

Need further advice?

Western Sydney University Processes

Book for Advising (face-to-face, by phone, or Zoom)

About the Program In-Country

Universities Australia Webpage

Contact Person Details: Ms Xiao Lei, Director, Office of China Education Opportunities, CEAIE email: