Students will get the documents roughly two weeks after the application deadline for the semester they are applying. However, the student will receive a letter of acceptance whenever he or she is admitted into the program.
Generally our students will apply for the X2 visa, which is for short-term studies in China. If students travel outside of China during the semester, they will be responsible for their re-entry visa, as the school does not provide extra documents after the semester starts. We suggest students apply for double or multiple entries when applying for the visa the first time if they have plans to go outside China during the semester.
No, but in some cases, students may not get 120 days for each entry on their tourist visa to cover the whole semester. In such cases, students may need to leave China one or two times during the semester depending on the allowed duration of each stay listed on the visa.
It depends on the length of your visa. Beyond the validity dates, a new visa, such as a tourist visa, is needed for the extra stay. Foreigners who wish to apply for a tourist visa cannot do so inside China.
Students may start class pre-registration upon receiving their admission letter. Also, students will receive an email reminding them about pre-registration.
Yes, students are allowed to switch classes within 10 days after a semester starts. However, students cannot switch between the language immersion track and the social sciences track, as the two tracks have separate housing arrangements.
Students may indicate levels of language class. However, the final decision also depends on the placement test students take soon after their arrival. This way, we can ensure that each student is in a level best suited to their needs and abilities.
The textbooks for language classes will be provided by our program. However, students are advised to purchase books in the States for area study courses. It may take a very long time to ship the book if you order it after arriving in China.
No, students won’t have enough time, as language immersion students will have over 25 hours of class per week along with additional time needed for preparation and homework.
There will be no payment. The part-time internship is actually considered volunteer work plus academic assignments due to visa and legal constraints. Students need to spend two full days a week volunteering for a company or organization, attend seminars, and submit a paper at the end of the semester.
Students may indicate their interest in an internship when filling out their class pre-registration form. An internship is considered as a class. If a student doesn’t get a suitable internship, he or she may choose another class instead.
After students indicate their interest in an internship, they will be contacted by our program staff for statements, resumes, etc. so that our staff members may work on placements. Some companies/organizations may decide to take a student intern/volunteer after viewing their resume, while some may require interviews.
We don’t arrange full-time internship. Our students will be mainly studying on campus; volunteering with a company/organization is just part of their learning for the semester.
No immunizations are required for entering China. However, some shots are recommended by doctors, such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Yes, students are required to have insurance covering their stay in Beijing. Some hospitals in Beijing accept direct billings from many insurance companies such as GMC, HTHworldwide, GeoBlue, MetLife, BlueCross, BlueShield, DKV (globality), JBI (direct), GlobalHeath, etc. Students may get reimbursement with the receipts provided by the hospitals if they do not accept direct billing.
Only the hospitals that cater to expats/foreigners will accept international insurance, including insurance from the States. For normal health issues, students may see a doctor at the school clinic/hospital; since the cost is not expensive, students should have no trouble paying for it out of pocket. If they want to see a doctor who can speak fluent English, they may go to one of the expat the hospitals mentioned in the previous question.
By Chinese law, Chinese doctors are not allowed to give people shots when the medicine is brought from overseas. If for whatever reason you need to receive regular shots while studying in Beijing, you may have to do it on your own.
Students will be asked to decide on their preferred study trip line after the mid-term.
Yes, we let students travel on their own after the study trip if they choose to. Students will be asked to sign a release form and move their belongings out of the dorm before the study trip if they don’t come back to Beijing with our group.
The end-of-semester study trip (2 weeks) is an integral part of the academic studies component of the program along with the associated study trip paper/project, therefore no refunds will be issued.
If students cannot find a suitable place to store their luggage, our office can help them store their luggage for a while as long as the student can come get their luggage before the next group arrives.
We strongly recommend off-campus housing for immersion students to encourage interaction with the locals and encourage practicing Chinese more often. However, it will be fine for immersion students to live on campus if the students choose it or when off-campus housing is not available.
We give language immersion students priority for off-campus housing. However, non-immersion students may choose to live off-campus housing if they can maintain a language pledge not to speak English.
Yes, we allow students to have independent housing if they meet one of the following requirements: 1) have lived in China for over 3 months before; 2) can speak Chinese fluently; 3) will live with a friend or relative in Beijing; 4) have married already and will have a spouse coming together with them.
The program housing will start from the official arrival date. If students arrive earlier, they will be responsible for their own accommodations. Program staff can help with information on nearby hotels or hostels.
All students need to move out of the dorms by 2:00pm on the departure day as required by school housing. However, for students living in the program’s off-campus apartments, it will be fine to stay for a couple more nights.
No, the cost for the program-organized activities and trips is covered in the tuition. However, our program may also recommend some activities organized by others from time to time, and fees may be necessary to participate in those outside activities.
Yes, but you need to contact our office to make the proper arrangements.
If a student is sent by our partner schools, we follow their school’s policy. If a student joins us directly, then the student may receive a reduction between $500 and $1000.
Students will receive a pre-departure information package detailing our packing suggestions.
Students may download a VPN provided by your home school or some other ones on both of their computer and cell phone for better access to their Gmail account.
Students are encouraged to unlock their cell phone when in the States if they plan to use their cell phones for many local services. Check with your phone service carrier when in the States.
Students are encouraged to download WeChat app and Baidu Maps. WeChat has become a very common and effective way for communication in China. Baidu Maps is quite helpful for people to get around when traveling in China.
Yes, of course! However, it is better for students to check the semester calendar beforehand and have friends coming during the spring/fall break if students want to spend more time with them.
No, friends may not stay overnight in the dorm or apartment. If a hotel reservation is needed, students may come to our office for help or more information.
Yes, they are welcome to join us during their visit to Beijing.