International Student Exchange Program
Young Australian Ambassadors Delegation to China
Every year, the Australian Government provides support for Australian students to immerse themselves in the academic, social and cultural aspects of other countries through the prestigious New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarships (formerly University Mobility in the Asia Pacific Scholarships to China (UMAP)) which are administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The Young Australian Ambassadors Delegation (YAAD) program at RMIT University started in 2001, with all students participating in the program receiving credits for their studies overseas under the government-funded scholarships. So far 122 RMIT undergraduate students across various disciplines from the three RMIT academic colleges have been selected to participate in the YAAD program for one semester of study at RMIT's respective partner universities in China. Students are formed into a team during their study in China. In addition to learning the Chinese language and culture, the members on RMIT's YAAD team participate in English language tutoring and deliver public presentations to students and staff at the host and local universities, making direct contributions to the globalisation of education at the local university. YAAD program provides RMIT students with ample opportunities to engage with the Chinese community and experience diverse cultural and swift social changes through travelling.
Upon completion of the program many of the past YAAD students obtained internship or employment in China. Some are now working in Australian Government organisations or global companies in China. A number of students have received further scholarships awarded by either Chinese or Australian governments to pursue postgraduate studies in China.
Celebrating 15 years of success
RMIT is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Young Australian Ambassador Delegation (YAAD) program that started in 2001 with a group of 5 students to Nanjing University, under the leadership of Guosheng Chen from the School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences.
Besides a student group heading to Tianjin Normal University in Semester 2 2015, stayed tuned for more information on registration for a YAAD celebratory event.
Scholarship to study in China
Want a $5000 scholarship to study in China? Find out how to grab a scholarship and join the Young Australian Ambassador Delegation heading to China.
A YAAD student is expected to:
- Successfully complete an equivalent of a full time RMIT study load at the host institution
- Enrich their knowledge of China/Asia and improve their cross cultural competence
- Participate in international activities at the host university
- Establish global networks
Internship and field study opportunities are often available to YAAD students to China during or after completion of their semester study in China.
In 2015, the YAAD program will be hosted by Tianjin Normal University (TNU). Tianjin is Melbourne’s sister city in China, half an hour away by bullet train from Beijing.
TNU has hosted the last few YAAD teams. If you want to find out more about their semester overseas and experiences, you can read their reports.
The proposed study plan at TNU is:
- Option 1: full time study load of 36 credit points for electives (Chinese Language and Culture) at host institution and 12 credit points of core course (distance/online) with the RMIT home school.
- Option 2: full time study load of 36 credit points for electives (Chinese Language and Culture) at host institution and 12 credit points for core course offered by the host institution or RMIT home school.
- Option 3: A study load of 36 credit points for electives (Chinese Language and Culture) at the host institution.
- Download study plan template (PDF 216 KB).
How to apply
If you are interested in being part of the next YAAD team for 2015, you need to:
- Attend a compulsory information session held on Friday 17 April 2015. The information session runs from 3.30 - 5.00 pm at Building 80, Level 5, Room 12, City campus.
For more information, contact Anielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit an outgoing application form online with requested supporting documents by Friday 15 May 2015 via outbound.rmit.edu.au.
For more information, email email@example.com.
- Include the following additional information on your statement:
Chinese language skills: Excellent/Very Good/Good/Poor/None
If you have travelled overseas, please list the countries and purpose of travel
Missed out on the 17 April information session?
View a copy of the information session presentation (PDF 3.02 MB 25 pages).
Students will be notified if they are successful by the end of May. If there are more applicants than available places and/or scholarships, students may be called in for an interview by the end of May.
Once the YAAD team members have been selected, students will:
- Be advised how to apply for their semester at TNU
- Need to attend a compulsory predeparture session at the end of June (date to be confirmed)
- Need to attend regular YAAD team meetings until their departure to China.
Find out more about the ISEP/UMAP experience by reading weekly reports and reflections written by RMIT students.
- YAAD weekly report 1 & 2 by Ben Thomas (PDF 73 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 3 by Bronwen Main (PDF 41 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 4 by Madison Campbell (PDF 136 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 5 by Andrew Donald (PDF 9.2 MB 6 p)
- Report of the 2013 Young Australian Ambassadors Delegation to China by Tianjin Normal University (PDF 680 KB)
- What the 2013 Young Australian Ambassadors Delegation students had to say about their time in Tianjin Normal University (PDF 211 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 1 & 2 by Yasitha Amarasinghe (PDF 6.33 MB 7 p)
- YAAD weekly report 3 by Joshua O'Shannassy (PDF 2.88 MB 4 p)
- YAAD weekly report 5 by Jacinta Lewis (PDF 2.4 MB 5 p)
- YAAD weekly report 6 by Russell Watson (PDF 267 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 7 by Jacinta Lewis (PDF 3.94 MB)
- YAAD weekly report 8 by Alek Hillas (PDF 736 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 10 by Lucas Andersen (PDF 1.57 MB 5 p)
- YAAD final report by Joshua O'Shannassy (PDF 44 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 1 (PDF 812 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 2 (PDF 779 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 3 (PDF 494 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 4 (PDF 438 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 5 (PDF 804 KB)
- YAAD weekly report 6 (PDF 299 KB)
- UMAP Weekly Report by Candice De Bono & Jordan Wren (PDF 396 KB)
- UMAP Team Weekly Report (PDF 6.23 MB)
- UMAP Weekly Report by Mirai Kirsanovs (PDF 2.36 MB)
- UMAP Final Report by Candice De Bono (PDF 62 KB)
- UMAP Final Report by Eliza Gilbert (PDF 247 KB)
- UMAP Final Report by Giles Crook (PDF 165 KB)
- UMAP Final Report by Kalia Laycock-Walsh (PDF 890 KB)
- UMAP Final Report by Michael White (PDF 766 KB)
- UMAP Final Report by Mirai Kirsanovs (PDF 814 KB)
- Report of the Young Australian Ambassadors Delegation to China by Associate Professor Suxian Zhan, Baoding University (PDF 13.1 MB)
- UMAP Reflection by Oliver Theobald (PDF 68 KB)
- UMAP Weekly Report by Kevin Lay (PDF 31 KB)
- UMAP Weekly Report by Alex Zotti (PDF 13 KB)
- UMAP Weekly Report by Alexandra Claire Henry (PDF 15 KB)
- UMAP Weekly Report by Robyn Gould (PDF 23 KB)
- UMAP Weekly Report by Rosalyn Turner (PDF 75 KB)
- UMAP Weekly Report by Ellie Muntz (PDF 74 KB)