How many students participate in the program each summer?
Each session approximately 25 students participate in our program.
What are the ages of the students?
The majority of our students are high school and college students.
The average age ranges from 16 to 19 years old.
I don't know any Chinese. Can I still join?
Many of our students are just learning Chinese and traveling to China for the first time.
We look for students who are interested and curious about
the language and culture.
What kind of food will be served?
Studying and traveling requires the best nutrition. Our food consistently is highly praised from the past participants. Breakfast is served in buffet style in the hotel dining hall while lunch and dinner are served in traditional Chinese dishes. Food preference at the university will be made by students. During weekend excursion trips, food will be served at local restaurants. Furthermore, as we travel through China, many different styles of local cuisines can be tasted.
Will I be rooming with a roommate?
Every student will be roomed with another student in
double occupancy rooms. Roommates will be arranged by
request first. Due to special circumstances, we can also
arrange for a single occupancy room.
How safe is the program?
China is a very safe country with relative low crime rates. Beihang University’s campus can only be accessed through
three 24 hour secured gates. The international dormitories and hotels at Beijing, Xi’an, Zhengzhou and Shanghai all are
safeguarded by 24-hour onsite security. We advise students
to explore the cities in groups and counselors will chaperone all outside campus activities.
How is the weather in China?
The summer temperature in Beijing is around 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather in
most parts of China is very hot and humid in July to August. For the weekend trip to Inner Mongolia, long pants and a jacket are needed, as the temperature can go down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the night.
Does the program offer any travel or medical insurance?
While group travel insurance is provided in the program fee, medical insurance is
not provided. We require all student to have medical
insurance while in China. If the student already has a medical insurance policy in place, please make sure the coverage is applicable in China. We can recommend an insurance provider for the student but the terms and costs of the insurance should be addressed directly to the insurance company.
How much money should I bring?
Many students buy souvenirs and gifts in China so the
amount of money to bring can vary. Traveler’s checks and
cash can easily be exchanged at most Chinese banks. Our
program is all-inclusive meaning the students' expenses
while in China will only be of personal nature.
Where can I do laundry?
Laundry service is available in the dormitories and the hotels in Beijing, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, and Shanghai. Many small dry-cleaning shops are located just walking minutes from the Beijing campus.
What should I bring to China?
We always recommend students to travel light. Daily
essentials are readily available in China and can be
purchased rather inexpensively at any department store.
Consider that all travel luggage have to be brought from
Beijing to Zhengzhou to Xian to Shanghai and back home. We
will provide a packing list to students before departure.
I don't live on the east coast. How will you arrange my transportation to China?
Depending on availability, we can assist in arranging
international air tickets for you. However, we suggest you
to contact your travel agent first regarding airlines and
ticket options before you request any bookings.
Does this program offer any high school or college credits?
We do not determine the amount of credits you will
receive nor do we determine whether or not your credits will
transfer. However, we will provide (upon request) an
official transcript that states the name of the course, the
total hours, hours attended and your letter grade. Students
should visit with their home institution regarding credit
quantity and transfer.
What is the electric voltage used in China?
The voltage is 220 Volts. An electric converter is readily available at most shopping centers.
Do students have any free time in China?
Yes, each week about 6-7 hours of free time will be
available to the students to relax and explore the city. Since our program is full of various activities and classes each day, students are rarely staying put.
Will we be able to access the Internet in China?
The University has its own computer center on campus and a plethora of Internet cafes surrounds the University. While in Xi’an and Shanghai the Internet access is readily available in the hotels.
How and where do I apply for a visa?
You can apply for your travel visa in one of the embassies in the US
or other countries. The consulates in the US are located in
Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC. For your convenience we are able to help or provide the visa for you.
Do I need special shots or vaccinations?
We do not require any shots before going on the program. However, please advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for recommended vaccinations and preventive medications.