Want to travel to Asia during your undergraduate degree, but don’t know where to start?

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 Julia Hill and Katharina Gutjahr-Holland, this conversation includes information on how to secure scholarships and grants to study, intern and learn a language in the Asia – Pacific e.g New Colombo Plan Scholarship, New Colombo Plan Mobility Program and Asia Future Fellows.  Zac Look and Grace Manahan share their experiences of working, studying and living in Asia.


Zac Look is a 2020 New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassador. He was awarded a New Colombo Plan Scholarship for 2019. He undertook two semesters of exchange study at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, focusing on studies in political science and cultural arts. Additionally, Zac completed an internship in Bangkok with a Thai government agency, and studied Thai language at Chulalongkorn University. At Griffith University, Zac is a fifth-year student of Government and International Relations. He also completed the Griffith Asia Future Fellows program in 2017.

Grace Manahan is a fifth year (penultimate) Bachelor of Laws (Honours) /Bachelor of Government and International Relations student. In 2017, Grace participated in the Asia Future Fellows program, and an NCP Mobility Program with INPEX Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, through the 3003GBS Global Mobility Internship program. Grace was awarded an NCP Scholarship in 2018, and completed 18 months of study, internships, mentoring and language training in Singapore. She completed international commercial law and public international law courses at the National University of Singapore and internships with Price Waterhouse Coopers and King & Wood Mallesons.

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