The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) of the Australian National University intends to host a China winter school each year for undergraduate students from Australian universities intending to undertake honours degrees in Chinese studies in the future.

Over one week, successful applicants will participate in an intensive program of seminars, workshops and discussions on various topics related to China, including politics, international affairs, economics, contemporary culture, and social change. As part of the program, participants will meet with ANU experts and hear presentations about potential careers.

The pilot program was held 3-7 July 2023.


Participants must be in their second or later year of undergraduate study at an Australian university, engaged in Chinese studies or a related major, and considering completing an honours degree. Participants are required to have completed at least one year FTE of study in a related field and be an Australian citizen or have Australian permanent residence status.


Successful applicants are required to contribute $300 to attend the program. Remaining costs for attending the program, including transport, accommodation, and two meals per day, are contributed by CIW. Transport and accommodation will be arranged by CIW in coordination with the participants.


Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • the application form;
  • a CV;
  • a transcript of university results.

Applications for the 2024 program will open in March 2024. We expect successful applicants will be informed by email in mid-May.

Selection Process:

Each participating university will make a preliminary selection based on applicants’ suitability, qualifications and motivation. Each participating university will then forward the applications of their final nominees to CIW. The final selection of participants for inclusion in the program will be made by CIW based on consultations with partner universities. Each year we will accept a total of approximately 20 participants. Preference will be given to students studying Chinese language, but any student with a demonstrable interest in a China-related field will be considered.


Enquries about the program can be directed to