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.

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 2018

Forum Statement

Australians’ Early Encounters with China: Inspirations from George Morrison and Frederic Eggleston

Theme and Sub-Themes


Understanding the history of Australians’ early encounters with China, and particularly learning the legacy of George Morrison’s and Fredric Eggleston’s visits in Chongqing

  • What do you know about the history of Australians’ encounters with China during the late 1800s and the early 1900s? The era marked China in a grand transformation from the Qing Empire to the Republic, and Australia in between of the former British colonies and the formation of the Federation.
  • What can you learn from George Morrison’s travel and work in China in 1894 to 1919?
  • What do you know about the allied history of Australia and China during the World War II, when the two countries both faced the aggressions from the Japanese military?
  • What can you learn from Fredric Eggleston’s experience of leading Australia’s Chongqing legation from 1941-1944 during the war?
  • How do you understand the changed and the unchanged in the history of Chongqing city? Please reflect on Morrison’s An Australian in China (1895), the exhibition of The Chungking Legation: Australia’s diplomatic mission wartime China and your visit in Chongqing today.

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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.


Arrival in Chongqing28 November 2018
Departure from Chongqing12 December 2018

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.

How to Apply

There are two options to enrol in ACSF:

1. Enrol in subject HUS2ISB or HUS3ISB

The School of Social Sciences may offer 15 credit points upon successful completion of the following:

  • 20 hour pre-departure Chinese language
  • Participation in the Forum and a reflective journal of 2000 words (to be submitted within four weeks after returning from China)

*Application will close on 14 September 2018

2. Direct application through Confucius Institute

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*Application will close on 14 September 2018


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.

New Colombo Plan Grant

Great news: ACSF 2018 will be funded by New Colombo Plan. In additional to the scholarship provided by Hanban, you might be able to receive the New Colombo Plan Grant ($2000 for each student) if you meet the following conditions:

  • Australian citizens enrolling in an Australian university and be undertaking a Bachelors or Bachelors Honors degree level program onshore at an Australian campus.
  • Your age is between 18 and 28

*You will need to submit Overseas Short Program (OSP) applications online - Once you successfully apply, La Trobe Abroad Team will pay the NCP grants 1-3 weeks before the program dates.

*More information will be provided to eligible applicants


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 2018 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