Australia-China Student Forum 2015


Check out our wrap-up blog post on how the ACSF 2015 forum went.

Please see below for application details regarding the forum and trip itself.

Forum Statement and Theme

From cultural perspective, "multiculturalism is the co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles" (IFLA 2015).

Prominent political scientist Will Kymlicka defines two types of multiculturalism, which squarely encompasses both Australian and Chinese cases. Australia represents a poly-ethnic state type of multiculturalism, where aboriginals and immigrants from the world all are seen as diverse ethnic groups of the nation. China falls into another type of multiculturalism as a multinational state, where the majority of Han people and dozens of groups of national minorities live together.

In the simplest way, cross-checking multiculturalism in Australia and China today means how do we harmoniously see and interact with people who are different in culture, language, religion, gender, and more. The signality of multiculturalism relates to both countries in the 21st century.

For example, in Australia, we constantly read the headlines on media revealing the closure of aboriginal community centres, driving refugee boats out of Australian waters, and an ambivalent attitude towards hungry Asian property hunters, etc. In China, people have seen growing foreigner communities in Beijing, Yiwu and Guangzhou. People also have witnessed the restive ethnic riots from disgruntled minority groups like Uyghurs and Tibetans. Additionally, Chinese people also are learning to interact with multiracial and multiethnic people globally as part of the overseas economic Going Out strategy.

Theme and Sub-Themes

The theme for the ACSF 2015 forum is: Multiculturalism – Crosschecking Australia and China Cases.

The core question of the ACSF 2015 forum is: What is the implication of multiculturalism to Australian and Chinese society today?

Furthermore, the forum also is going to explore further the following sub-themes:

  • What can Australia and China learn from each other in terms of building up a multicultural society? 
  • What are the social, economic, and cultural implications of multiculturalism for individual citizens of Australia and China? 
  • Under the catchword of the "Asian Century" within the 21st century, will Australia, China and other Asian countries converge to a unitary "Asian style" multiculturalism?

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 organizations 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 at Chongqing26 November 2015
Departure from Chongqing9 December 2015

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.

AsiaBound Grants

Students who are Australian Permanent Residents or Citizens and successfully arrange to receive credit for participation in the 2015 Australia-China Student Forum – Chongqing will be eligible to receive one of ten available AsiaBound Grants valued at $2000 plus $1000 for the language learning fees.

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 2015 Program, students may be eligible to receive a $500 Mobility Grant (students are not eligible to apply for a Mobility Grant if they have been granted an AsiaBound 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 queries to

Submitting Your Application

Applications are now closed.