Want to experience Asia during your undergraduate degree, but don’t know what to expect?

About this series

Griffith University students and alumni provide useful information on how to gain an Asia-Pacific experience while studying! Engaging with the Asia-Pacific is key to unlocking cross-cultural understanding, employability and widening your global experience. Hosted by Griffith New Colombo Plan Scholars, this series will cover scholarship and grant opportunities, in country experiences, volunteering and career opportunities in the Asia- Pacific.

About this session

Facilitated by Rachael Grant and Julia Hill, this conversation will take you on a journey down ‘Asia’ memory lane with Millie Vernick, James Fairley and Elise Stephenson; current Griffith students and alumni who have studied, interned and lived in Asia. They share their studying, working and cultural experiences, providing valuable tips, insights and some laughs for students aiming to travel to Asia.


Millie Vernick is a 4th year Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Government and International Relations student who was awarded the 2019 New Colombo Plan Scholarship for Hong Kong. Millie attained an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Shanghai, a semester of political science at The University of Hong Kong, a semester of law at National Taiwan University, and undertook part-time Mandarin language training. Millie also recently travelled to the United Nations headquarters in Bangkok as a delegate to the 2020 Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders.

James Fairley is a Griffith graduate of a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Government & International Relations; James has recently commenced a Master of Governance and Public Policy at the University of Queensland. Following exchanges at Sciences Po (France) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), James recently undertook a New Colombo Plan Scholarship across Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. This culminated in an extended internship at KPMG Vietnam and engagements with the ASEAN Foundation and Mitsubishi Group.

Elise Stephenson is recognised as a leading changemaker in Australian international relations by the United Nations Australia Association, Boston Consulting Group, the Foundation for Young Australians, and Young Australians in International Affairs. She is currently a 2020 Women Deliver Scholar, was awarded an inaugural New Colombo Plan Scholarship in 2014, and was awarded the University Medal and Politics, Asian Studies and International Relations Medal. She has undertaken research and study exchanges across the region, including at Zhejiang University in China, the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and the University of Hong Kong, as well as worked across Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Singapore and India.

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