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Study abroad, exchange and field schools

Gain broad perspectives and an in-depth understanding of China’s economy, politics, and culture.

The Suzhou-Shanghai Field School is a three-week intensive program for undergraduate students of various disciplinary backgrounds.

Students sitting at a window on exchange

Photo credit: 2017 NCP student Patrick Hendy

The 2018 Suzhou-Shanghai Field School offers students a rich China experience, from language classes and academic lectures to visits at leading companies and cultural sites. Following a day of preparatory lectures in Sydney, students spend six days in historic Suzhou, at the University of Sydney’s newly established Centre in China, combining language classes and seminars with company visits in the Suzhou Industrial Park. After two days in Hangzhou, studying tea culture and cutting-edge IT, the program moves to Shanghai, where students attend lectures by local experts from our project partner, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. During 11 days in Shanghai, students will visit government agencies, local and international corporations, media, as well as a range of cultural sites of historical and contemporary significance. 

Important details


6 credit points of Asian Studies. No prerequisite for entry – any undergraduate student who has room for an Arts elective can apply.


Classes will be instructed in English, and no previous knowledge of Chinese language is required.

Fees and scholarships

New Colombo Plan Grant A$3000 to successful applicants (intended to support students, but not necessarily cover all costs). OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students

Places available

Fifteen eligible students will be awarded the New Colombo Plan scholarships. A further five places will be available for self-funded students.


A 2000-word research report on a topic relevant to the program, to be agreed with the Field School convenor.

You need to

  • be an Australian citizen
  • have permission from your home faculty, such as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Business School
  • have room in your degree for the credit specified
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age on 1 July 2018
  • be able to attend interviews and a pre-departure information session
  • have not previously received funding for short-term New Colombo Plan mobility project

Proposed program date

2–22 July 2018

Application deadline

Applications for the 2018 field school have closed.