Australia-China Student Forum

ACSF 2016

The Australia-China Student Forum (ACSF) is an exchange forum to Chongqing University, which aims to create a vibrant, intercultural platform for the youth of Australia and China. Together, we will enhance cultural diversity awareness and to develop cohesive understanding through a series of academic and cultural activities.

This forum is jointly organised by La Trobe University (Confucius Institute and School of Social Sciences), and Chongqing University, China. It is funded by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) who are an organisation affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.

It was developed following the success of the ACSF – Beijing, which was previously organised by La Trobe University (via the Centre for China Studies), Peking University and Beijing Foreign Studies University.

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The Objectives of the ACSF

The objectives of the ACSF are as follows:

  • To advance knowledge and enhance interest in international study through a deep exploration of a wide range of significant issues affecting both Australia and China
  • to facilitate communication among the future leaders of Australia and China
  • to enrich the learning experience and encourage students to undertake in-country studies, both in learning another language and gaining greater intercultural understanding.

ACSF 2017

Forum Statement

La Trobe University is implementing a new China Strategy that will encourage and support high quality research and teaching focusing on China and provides dedicated funding to establish and develop collaborative programs with Chinese universities.

La Trobe University in fact has had a long and productive relationship with their counterparts in China since the early 1980s.

As Professor John Dewar, the Vice-chancellor of La Trobe University said, that “La Trobe University recognizes China’s growing importance to economies all over the world and have established a China Studies Research Centre that will be a leading international centre for research on Contemporary China.”   In fact “we are playing a leading role in helping Australian society better understanding Chinese culture.”

China in the last thirty years has transformed at unprecedented rate in its economy with substantial changes in its society and people’s daily life.

Since the establishment of the formal diplomatic relationship between Australia and China in December 1972, the relationship particularly in economic and trade between the two countries have grown fast and substantially during the 45 years.

China has become the largest trading partner and the most important market for tourism and education bringing billions of dollars to Australian economy.

These tourism and education links are not just one-way. Australian students are also taking advantage of the strong relations between the two countries and the good opportunities to participate in exchange programs to go to China learning the language, the history and the tradition experiencing the fascinating cultural differences.

More and more Australian young people in particular realize that gaining language skills, knowledge, literary and capability understanding China, Asia and the outside world have become a necessity in this fast changing world to develop their full potentials, and a stepping stone in fostering global citizenship.

However there is clearly still a gap between the reality of the two countries and mass people’s awareness and understanding of each other due to the historical, traditional, ideological and political factors.

Even in this information ready-available and pervasive modern days, people’s knowledge and understanding of each other countries are still affected by stereotypes served by powerful media and social media.

Theme and Sub-Themes

Therefore the theme for the ACSF 2017 forum is:

Under a context mentioned above and the current situation, how do we young people contribute and further develop the relationship particularly the understanding between the two countries?

Forum Details


The ACSF forum to Chongqing is comprised of two phases:

  • Phase I: Learning and Experiencing: comprises 'topic-focused' seminars delivered by academics or professionals, student discussions, visits to key cultural, commercial and government organisations and language classes,
  • Phase II: Presentation and Dialogue: comprises keynote sessions by high profile speakers, student presentations and a dialogue on a key topic.

Interactive activities with local students and communities, cultural activities and excursions will also be included in the forum.

To achieve higher quality outcomes, La Trobe University students will be required to participate in a 20 hour pre-departure Chinese language course. The course will be specially designed for this forum and students will acquire basic language skills to assist their China experience. Exemptions will be granted only to those participants who can demonstrate language proficiency.

All participants will receive a certificate from the hosting university upon successful completion of the forum.

Number of Participants

The number of participants in this forum is up to 20 students from La Trobe University.


All currently enrolled students of La Trobe University are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Demonstrate strong interest in intercultural and educational exchange,
  • Be willing to share ideas, experience and learning with others,
  • Be willing to commit to the activities of the program.

All participants are required to sign a Confirmation of Acceptance Form before the start of the program.


Arrival in Chongqing20 November 2017
Departure from Chongqing2 December 2017

University Unit Exemption/Credit Points

Students participating in the Australia-China Student Forum may be eligible to receive credit.

The School of Social Sciences will offer 15 credit points upon successful completion of the Program activities in Chongqing and the following:

  • 20 hour pre-departure Chinese language course or Book Review pre-departure 1000 words (for students who receive exemption form the language course having passed a Chinese proficiency test conducted by Confucius Institute teachers),
  • Group presentation equivalent to 1000 words,
  • Participation in the Forum and a reflective journal of 2000 words (to be submitted within four weeks after returning from China).

Students will need to approach their course coordinator concerning credit for participation.


All students will be required to arrange for and cover the following costs:

ItemIndicative Cost (AUD)
Pre-departure Chinese Language Course (20 hours)$280
International return airfare (economy)~$1,400
Travel insurance~$100
Visa application fees~$110
Personal ExpenditureVariable

Note: Fees provided are indicative only and subject to the pricing of external service providers.

It is suggested that you take some money for emergency and/or personal shopping expenses, at least $200, and have access to a credit card or debit card for additional money, if needed.


La Trobe University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) will provide funding to cover in-country, program-related costs, including:

  • Accommodation,
  • Most meals,
  • Local group transportation,
  • Seminars,
  • In-country language and cultural classes,
  • Site visits,
  • Local tours.

Mobility Grants

If a student (both domestic and international) receives prior agreement for the assignment of 15 credit points (equivalent to one unit) exemption from their school upon successful completion of the 2016 Program, students may be eligible to receive a $500 Mobility Grant. Written approval from the course coordinator will be required to access this grant.

For more information regarding grants, please visit the La Trobe overseas short programs website, or send direct inquiries to

Asia Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

Two PG Master’s students in Business or Humanities study areas may be eligible to receive $2,000 scholarships (instead of $500) if they complete the standard short program process and meet the following criteria:

  • Postgraduate Masters-level students at La Trobe University (in Business or Humanities area)
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Confirmed to be receiving academic credit or completing a mandatory component of your course upon completion of the ACSF.

For more information regarding funding, please send direct queries to If more than two eligible applications are received, a selection process may occur.

OS-Help Loan

Students may apply for OS-Help loan for their study overseas in formal exchanging programs. For further detailed information, please visit: Loans for overseas study.

Historical ACSF Program

ACSF 2016


If you have any questions regarding the ACSF, please email to or call 03 9479 6507