CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DECISION TO STUDY ABROAD IN CHINA!

We have outlined here TEAN’s six easy steps to studying abroad. Your TEAN Program Manager guides you through the entire process, reminding you when and what we need from you as you traverse along the journey to studying abroad. These six steps also include all the vital information you need to know as you prepare for your time abroad. If you can’t find the answers to your questions here, then don’t hesitate to call or email us.

Get Started

Overview

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Congratulations! You have applied to a TEAN China semester program, so you are already one step towards the best semester of your college life! This section walks you through how to complete your application; paying your deposit; how to obtain a passport and check that yours will be valid for the duration you need; the best ways to contact TEAN; and all those important dates to mark down on your calendar now. As usual, if your questions are not answered here, then don’t hesitate to contact us.

TEAN Application

COMPLETE YOUR TEAN APPLICATION

1. If you haven’t already started your application with TEAN, you will need to visit the apply now page to start the process. You will be asked to pay a $100 application deposit that is counted toward your total program fees.

2. Once you’ve submitted your application and paid the application deposit, our team will review your application.

3. After your application has been approved by TEAN you will receive an email from us with information on how to login to your account and access your application.

4. Now you can start to work on the checklist items listed for your application. You will see a list of things that need worked on including the following:

  • TEAN Applicant Profile
  • Personal Statement
  • Copy of your Passport – see the step by step instructions below (let us know if you’re renewing).  
  • Send the TEAN Statement from University electronically to your advisor at your home institution for completion
  • Emergency Contact Info 
  • Medical Information
  • Academic Reference (semester only)

As we move through the application process more forms and items will be added to your checklist by your Program Manager. So continue to check back for updates.

5. Submit your most recent transcripts

In order for us to fully accept you into the program, we will need to review your official transcripts.  For students studying in the Spring semester, we will need transcripts including grades from the previous Spring semester. For Fall students, we require transcripts including grades from the previous Fall semester.

Please request an official copy of your transcripts, from all universities attended, be sent to our offices at:

The EDUCATION ABROAD Network
505 N. LaSalle Street,  Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654

Program Deposit

Pay your Program Deposit

  • Upon acceptance into the program you will be issued with a $500 program deposit invoice. TEAN cannot make any accommodations or on-site reservations on behalf of a student until the $500 program deposit is received.
  • The program deposit is applied to the total program cost and is not an additional fee.
  • You may submit online credit card payments for your $500 program deposit via our online credit card link.
Withdrawing from the program

If you withdraw from the program the $100 application deposit is non-refundable. If you withdraw before the withdrawal deadline, the $500 program deposit is refundable. However, after the deadline (typically 3-4 months before departure) this deposit is non-refundable and there is a $2,350 cancellation fee plus any additional costs that can’t be recovered. Please refer to the program deposit invoice for the specific refund date for your program.

Passport

Apply/Renew your Passport

Obtaining a passport for international travel may take a considerable period of time as the State Department can often have a backlog of applications to work through.  Therefore, it is crucial that you apply for your passport as early as possible to avoid any last minute complications.  You can apply for your passport at your local U.S. Post Office, for more information see: https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

Obtain necessary information regarding passports from the U.S. Department of State: Passport Services Department.  Download passport applications, nationwide list of passport agencies, etc. at: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Expedited Services  

You can also check out an alternative passport express service:
www.passportsandvisas.com


Verify Validity of your Passport

As a condition of your student visa, your passport must be valid a minimum of six months post your anticipated return home. If your current passport is set to expire before then, you will need to apply for a renewal.


Inform TEAN of your passport details

  1. Scan a copy of your passport page with your photo and information on it.
  2. Upload the scanned image to your TEAN application where it states, “Please upload a copy/photo of your passport (signature and picture page only).” Alternatively, email the scanned copy of your passport to your TEAN Program Manager.
  3. Enter your passport information under the section titled, “TEAN Applicant Profile.”

Contacting TEAN

Contacting TEAN

Email is the primary form of communication during the application and enrollment period. Please provide us with an email address you use regularly, as important program announcements and instructions will be sent via email. Also, please check your email on a regular basis and make sure to update your online application if you change your email address.  Please also periodically check your Junk mail to ensure that messages from The Education Abroad Network are not being filtered into “spam”.

In addition, please be sure to include your full name on all correspondence (including emails). We work with many students so providing your name will ensure timely responses to questions and inquiries.

Physical Address

The Education Abroad Network
505 N. LaSalle, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654-7093

Telephone and Fax

Toll Free: 1-800-585-9658 (from within U.S.)
Local Number: 1-312-239-3710 (from outside of U.S.)
Fax: 1-312-239-3713

Office Hours

The Education Abroad Network is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time and observes all major holidays.  If these hours are not convenient, you may schedule a time outside of our normal business hours to speak with us. If you are currently international, it is possible to set up a Skype time to chat and get to know your program managers.

Important Dates

Important Dates

We finalize our program calendar several months before each semester abroad. During that time, we work with our overseas partner universities in order to determine our orientation schedule. We will provide updated information pertaining to orientation, key semester dates, flights, and excursions once our program calendar has been finalized. We will send you an email notification once the updated calendar information has been posted on the website so you can plan accordingly.

Once the program calendar has been finalized, we will post this information on our website and you’ll be notified by your Program Manager. Once the calendar has been released, all dates are still subject to change. While we do not anticipate any date changes once the calendar has been finalized, we reserve the right to make changes, particularly if one of our partner universities institutes their own date modification. All program participants will be contacted in the event of a date change.

Flights

Most airlines do not allow open-ended tickets and now require international passengers to select a return date at the time of booking their flight. Return dates can be changed, subject to availability and ticket rules, but program participants should initially book a return flight home no earlier than one day after their university exams are scheduled to finish. After receiving their final exam schedule, participants can change their return to an earlier date, if their schedule permits. However, participants should not rely on professors allowing exams to be taken prior to the official exam date, as professors are under no obligation to accommodate such requests. For example, if the student’s last exam is December 17th they should not rely on rescheduling it so they can return home early.

Housing Dates

We provide housing until one day after the final day of university exams. Study abroad students generally finish their exams before the last scheduled exam date so students should have plenty of time to prepare for their departure. Please also pay particular attention to the housing move-in dates. We are unable to make exceptions for early move-in requests due to the complexity of housing logistics.

Program Start Dates

The program officially begins at the start of our Orientation program in Shanghai, China. Students arriving in advance of our orientation will be responsible for their own transportation from the airport and any necessary accommodations prior to the orientation start date.

Dates by Program

Semester in Shanghai
Summer in Shanghai 

Get Schooled

Overview

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Congratulations again! If you’ve gotten this far you are well and truly on your way to an incredible semester in China! This section contains information on selecting your courses so you can ensure you get credit for the courses you take at Fudan.   We have also included details on some of the academic differences you can expect in China. 

Courses & Credit

The TEAN Model

TEAN has established a model with Fudan University where students are able to choose from a broad range of English-language courses throughout the university’s academic departments. This is a key difference between our programs and those offered through other study abroad programs. TEAN course selections offer students the opportunity to be in the company of Chinese students looking to improve their English-language skills and receive credit for their courses on an official Fudan transcript.  Students who have advanced Chinese language skills also have the opportunity to take their courses in Mandarin.   


Fudan University

Important Information on Courses:

  • Your tuition allows you to take up to 12 credits max at Fudan, allowing up to six 2-credit courses or four 3-credit courses (or a combo of 2 and 3 credit courses that add up to 12). Additional courses beyond 12 credits may be taken for an additional tuition charge.
  • In China, a standard course meets for 2 or 3 hours of class time per week, for a anywhere between 16-18 weeks per semester depending on the lunar calendar. As a result the number of contact hours can vary per semester.
  • Students should aim to take 3 credit courses as they will transfer back normally as 3-4 U.S. credits.  Contact your program manager should you need a course conversion chart.
  • Conversion is dependent on your home university and you should meet with your academic advisor about this prior to departure.
  • ICES courses, with the exception of language, are not available to our students. These are english-taught courses that are only for exchange students at Fudan and will not be shown on an official Fudan transcript.
  • The add/drop period is the first two weeks of classes. After this period there will be a fee for adding or dropping a course, much like at your home university.
  • Students must enter 6-8 courses in their Course Selection Form so they have backup options in case something a course is unavailable or full.

It is highly recommended that you have your academic advisor approve your classes before leaving to ensure you will receive credit for the courses you plan to take at Fudan.

Some students tackle the credit transfer issues when they return from their program, but at the very minimum you should meet with your academic advisor/dean before departure so they are fully aware you will be studying abroad. They will be able to help you select courses that will count towards your major and that will be easily transferable for credit when you return. Fudan offers primarily 2 and 3 credit courses. At Fudan, 2 credits is equivalent to 32-36 contact hours, and 3 credits is equivalent to 48-54. Because of the difference between the credit hours between standard American universities and Fudan, you should talk about this with your academic advisor.

Contact your study abroad office at your home university to discuss study abroad credit approval and other specific procedures to be completed for your program overseas.  This is an important step as it may reveal crucial steps towards avoiding complications and making your transition abroad seamless.


Chinese Language Courses

In order to ensure you have access to the highest level of language learning available in China, TEAN students have the opportunity to take language courses with the University of Virginia language program. This is a special language program specifically for TEAN students taken in conjunction with their courses at Fudan. This is a prestigious program modeled after the Princeton model for language learning. Courses meet for 1 hour Monday through Thursday to create an ideal learning model whether you are a beginner or have lots of prior experience. In addition to class time, you will be required to meet with a Chinese language partner for 30 minutes each week to ensure retention and real-life practice. TEAN organizes this language partner for you as a part of your program.

Courses are as follows:
CHIN1010
CHIN1020
CHIN2010

Chinese Higher Education

Chinese Higher Education

Students participating in one of our China programs will find that the Chinese education system pays attention to the accumulation of knowledge with less emphasis on daily/weekly assignments.  There is quite a great deal of importance placed on self-motivation so it is important to stay on top of readings and keep up with the class progression throughout the semester.  The final examinations will typically count for a large percentage of your grade so it is best to not wait and cram for the final exam at the end of the term. Entry into Chinese universities is based on high school exams which are quite grueling and determine which “level” university the student can be admitted to. In the university system, electives are not as common as in the U.S. Also, many schools tend to emphasize science, business, and technology courses over liberal arts units.

With a rich history of respect for teachings, such as Confucius, students in China do not often question a professor’s teachings. Unlike in the U.S. where critical thinking and participation is encouraged, Chinese classrooms are very lecture-based. Students have been taught since a young age to respect the knowledge and authority of their teacher.

It is also important to understand that Chinese universities work on a much different timeline than American universities. The Chinese academic calendar is based around national holidays, which in turn is based around the lunar calendar.  As such, dates are often subject to change before and throughout the academic term. Students will need to develop a good sense of flexibility when it comes to planning their time abroad in China.

Most universities in China do not release their semester/year calendars and course selection options until only weeks before the session begins. These plans are often subject to adjustment once the semester gets underway. As soon as this information is released by Fudan we will provide it to you.  You must be flexible and understanding when making your arrangements to study abroad in China, however, don’t be concerned! Hundreds of students have been through this process with TEAN and had a rewarding, authentic, Chinese experience at Fudan

Given the above note on the Chinese academic calendar, it is also important to note that course catalogs containing offerings and their course descriptions are not released until just before the start of the semester. Students will be sent past course offerings in similar academic terms to give you a good idea of what will be available during the term in which you will be studying at Fudan University.

It is also important to know that American style syllabi are relatively uncommon in Chinese education. A lot of these syllabi are specifically created for American institutions and partners like TEAN. You’ll find that some of the dates will be a bit off from the dates of your term, but once in China you will find that the content stays the same.

If you need to request syllabi, please keep in mind that this process may take a few weeks. Although we have many syllabi already in our files, we may have to request new ones. Please keep this in mind if your school has a deadline to approve courses so you can send those requests to us nice and early. You may send all your syllabi requests to your program manager.

Students attending Fudan for the fall semester should be aware that while most courses taught in English do end before the winter holidays, some may not. Please plan accordingly. If you have questions contact your program manager.

These cultural and academic differences will allow you to have an experience completely different from what you are used to at your home university. Take these opportunities to remember, “It’s not wrong or weird, it’s just different!” and to immerse yourself into an incredible time abroad.

Selecting your Courses

Selecting your Courses

Please make sure you’ve read the Chinese Higher Education section prior to starting with your course selections. It is crucial to understand the process.

Below are listed the past two years’ course rosters for the fall and spring semesters. You will need to use these as a frame of reference for courses until we receive the updated rosters. All courses are subject to change, but you can use previous semesters as a guideline.

Fall 2016
Spring 2016
Fall 2015
Spring 2015

  • If you need any syllabi, please email your TEAN Program Manager.
  • Course rosters for the current semester are not normally released until about 1-2 months before the semester starts. Once your program manager receives the official roster, you will receive an updated copy of the roster to make schedule edits.
  • Please also note that your formal course enrollments will be finalized upon arrival in China. Our resident staff and Chinese roommates will assist you in your final selections for courses.
  • At Fudan University, the first two weeks of the semester are add/drop weeks where you can try out courses and re-arrange your schedule if necessary.

Internship

Part-Time Internship

Interested in interning part-time while studying abroad during your semester? TEAN offers the opportunity to add a part-time internship in addition to your courses through Fudan and UVA. This is a great opportunity to gain real world professional experience and add to your resume while abroad. Past placements have been in the fields of Business, Marketing, Software Development, Travel, Journalism, Non-Profits, Event Management and Advertising, and are usually 2-3 days per week. If you decide you would like to give an internship a shot, please notify your program manager as soon as possible to get started on this process.

Please note: There is an additional $500 cost for all internships sourced through our team. Internships will be sourced after arrival and finalization of your course schedule to assure your internship does not conflict with your classes.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

A representative from the Study Abroad office will be able to assist you in determining how much, if any, of your financial aid will transfer to your experience abroad.

While we strive to keep our programs affordable, we recognize that many students need financial help.  The good news is that most financial aid you are currently receiving is applicable toward study abroad.  Generally, you can transfer federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, that do not need to be repaid until after graduation.

See the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 102-325, 106 Stat.448):  The act was re-authorized in the summer of 1992 to include a number of provisions to facilitate the use of federal financial aid for study abroad.  (NAFSA:  Association of International Educators Newsletter, Volume 44, No 3/Dec-Jan 1993).

The U.S. Department of Education advised that the Perkins Loans, SSIG Grant Program, Pell Grants, FSEOG Grants, Stafford Loans, SLS loans, PLUS Loans and Consolidation loans can now be used for study abroad.  Your study abroad experience does not have to be compulsory for your degree program in order to apply your aid.  Please contact your home institution financial aid office to discuss your financial aid options for study abroad.


Consortium Agreements

If you are currently receiving financial aid (federal loans, grants, scholarships, etc.) from your home institution, please follow these steps.  The financial aid you currently receive may not be processed in the same manner and the same amounts may not be awarded to you.

Step 1: Visit your home university’s financial aid office and inform them you will be studying abroad through The Education Abroad Network. Ask them how much of your current aid will transfer for a study abroad experience. You will also need to check if there is additional paperwork specific to your home university.

Step 2: Ask your financial aid office if they have a “consortium agreement” (do not worry if this is a foreign term to you, they will know what it is!) which essentially means they will complete all paperwork regarding your existing financial aid while you are studying abroad. This is the ideal arrangement as it makes the whole process easier for everyone. You will also need to have a TEAN Financial Aid Agreement form filled out that will be provided to you by your Program Manager.

Step 3: If they have a consortium agreement, most likely they will have an existing agreement that is university specific. TEAN will likely have to sign this for you and send it back to them. It will not go to your overseas institution. The TEAN Financial Aid Agreement form should then be faxed or emailed to us.

Unfortunately, not all universities will sign a consortium agreement.  If this applies to your school please consult us immediately for further guidance.

Please note: The financial aid process is very complex and adequate planning is necessary. You should contact your home institution’s financial aid office if you will, or think you may need to, apply loans or aid to your study abroad program. TEAN is not a lending institution so unfortunately, all financial aid and loan discussions will need to be made within your home university’s financial aid office.

Scholarships

Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year TEAN awards thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants.  Awards range from $500 – $2,500, and we have  categories including need-based and merit-based.  In addition, there are scholarship opportunities available through several host universities and external organisations. Review details of the available study abroad scholarships.

Get a Room

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TEAN is known for, in addition to many other great features, our approach to housing for students in China. From the comfortable western-style apartments with a Chinese roommate sharing your apartment with you, to on campus international student housing, previous TEAN China students have been very happy with the housing arrangements. This section provides details on your housing options, and your housing questionnaire.

TEAN Off-Campus Apartments

TEAN Off-Campus Apartments

Location: A few blocks off the northeast corner of Fudan’s campus
Management: TEAN
Meal Plan: None available
Commute: 10 minute walk to Fudan Campus, 10 minute walk to local Metro station, 2 minute walk to nearby cafes and shops
Option Available for: TEAN Students only
Price: $4,425

Please note: Students share a room within the 3 or 4 bedroom apartment.

Who is this housing option ideal for?

  • Want to live with a Chinese suitemate and practice your language skills while learning all the local Shanghai tips
  • Love cafes, restaurants and dessert shops as there are plenty right around the corner
  • Want a high-quality apartment and TEAN roommates
  • Want to be integrated into the community as the apartments are situated amongst local Chinese families and young professionals.

The TEAN off-campus apartments are all high-quality, modern, Western-style shared apartments with 3 or 4 bedrooms. All of are apartments have a Chinese suitemate who is studying at Fudan and will be available to help you practice your language skills or give you insider tips on the best places to check out in Shanghai. The apartments are located in a Chinese-style gated community within a secure building. All students share a room with another TEAN student. The apartment complexes are close to Fudan’s campus as well as many shops, cafes, restaurants, and dessert shops. The units also come with heating and air-conditioning, full-sized and fully-equipped kitchen, internal laundry with washer (dryers are not common in Shanghai), internet service, bi-weekly cleaning service, linens, towels, 24-hour front-gate security, and balconies.

Photos are an example from one of the TEAN apartments
Photos are an example from one of the TEAN apartments

Fudan International Student Dorm

Fudan University International Student Dorm

Location: Northwest corner of Fudan’s campus
Management: Fudan
Meal Plan: None available
Commute: 10 minute walk to main buildings, 25 minute walk to local Metro station, 10 minute walk to nearby cafes and shops
Option Available for: Open to all Fudan international students
Price: $2,350

Please note: We try to reserve single rooms, but students may be assigned a double depending on availability.

Who is this housing option ideal for?

  • Want to live with other international students
  • Want a less expensive option than our off-campus apartments
  • Do not need a lot of space or frills

The Foreign Student Apartments (FSA) are on campus student dormitories. The Main Building is 23 stories and has over 700 rooms, both singles and doubles. The new FSA Affiliated Building is seven stories and has 125 suites, each with four single rooms, one sitting area, and two bathrooms. There is a reception desk that operates 24 hours per day. A Fudan University identification card is required to enter the premises and to receive visitors. There is also a laundry service, mail room, mini market, and small lounge. Rooms are accessed by one of four elevators in the building so the building is secure. Each furnished room is equipped with a private bathroom, balcony, air-conditioner, card-operated telephone, broadband Internet access, and cable television connection. Cable television is an additional charge as it is based on usage. Television sets are not provided in the rooms, but can be rented from the dorm. Each floor has two small communal kitchens (at either end of the floor) and residents share the gas ovens, refrigerators, and card-activated washing machines. There are also water heating systems (samovars) to boil water before drinking. On the tenth floor there are card-activated clothes dryers. The dorm’s mini market sells all the prepaid cards necessary to use services in the dorm. Linens and towels are not provided in the individual dorm rooms but available close by from many stores in the area.

Chinese citizens cannot live at FSA so this housing option is international students only. The dorm rooms are very basic and typically of lesser quality than the dorms you may be used to on your US campus. Because the complex is run by Fudan, TEAN has little control over roommate requests. While we try our best to secure single rooms for our students, we cannot guarantee this and you may be given a double room with a TEAN or non-TEAN student.

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Housing Preference Form

Complete the Housing Preference Form

The Housing Questionnaire Form is used to allocate and assign roommates for housing purposes. It is important to fill out these forms with as much detail as possible, as it will allow us to place you in the best housing option possible. This is a great location to disclose any dietary information or other personal information you find is important to let your program managers about.

Get Booked

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It’s time to book your flights! It’s really happenning – get excited! This section details information regarding flights for China;  excursions and cultural events; and any travel related frequently asked questions.

Flights

Flights

The best route (and airfare) for flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) will depend on your departure point in the USA. Please read the below Steps for Booking Flights, Important Flight Booking Notes and FAQs in full before booking your flights.

Important: Do not book your flights until you have received instructions to do so by email from TEAN.


Steps for Booking

Step 1: Read the instructions carefully and be sure to contact us with any questions, so as to ensure you understand the airfare booking procedures.

Step 2: Read all the information on this page carefully and be sure to contact us with any questions, so as to ensure you understand the airfare booking procedures.

Step 3: Review the arrival dates and end of program dates.  Students should book flights departing on or after the program end date. Note that if you depart after the program end date you may not be able to stay in the housing TEAN has organized for you beyond the end date. For both the Semester in Shanghai program and the Summer in Shanghai program, you will be instructed to arrive by a designated time in order to be transferred to the accommodations.

Step 4: Determine if you are intending to travel independently prior to or after the program dates as this will impact your travel dates to/from the U.S.

Step 5: Research travel itineraries and costs. To assist with your search, ensure you read the below Important Booking Notes.

Step 6:  Book your international travel and complete the TEAN Arrival form in your application checklist.

You can contact Corporate Traveler directly. When you’ve reviewed the itinerary below for your program, contact Jeff Yumul at Corporate Traveler via email at EducationAbroad@us.flightcentre.com or by phone on 312.924.1258. Please be sure to indicate that you are a TEAN student and let them know you are a student on the Semester or Summer in Shanghai program. They have all the relevant dates and will then provide you with your booking options.


Important Flight Booking Notes

  • TEAN recommends shopping around to find the best routing and airfare from your departing location.
  • Check out our partner travel agency, Corporate Traveler.  The key benefit to using a travel agent like Corporate Traveler is the personalized service, particularly useful if flights are delayed or connections are missed, and you need further assistance with your bookings. You can email a representative at Corporate Traveler.
  • Students must arrive in Shanghai on or prior to the recommended arrival date.  Please ensure that you have the correct arrival date when researching airfare options. Most flights arriving on the arrival date will have departed on the day before, however this is not always the case, as sometimes a departure of two days prior will be required!
  • Be careful when looking at arrival dates/times. For example, a flight may arrive at 12:05 AM on the arrival date, however, technically, this is the evening of the previous night. If you book a flight like this, you are going to need an extra night of accommodation.
  • If you have a domestic stopover, ensure your flights are all on the same itinerary so you have your international luggage allowance for all of your flights.  Adding extra bags is very expensive!
  • Provided you arrive on the official arrival date, prior to 2pm, TEAN will coordinate your airport pick-up and transfer to the TEAN Orientation accommodation.
  • Accommodation will be provided for students arriving on the arrival date, but accommodation will not be available prior to this date.
  • Airfare costs can vary greatly from one departure city to another.  In the event that you live relatively close to more than one potential departure city, we encourage you to research flight options through each applicable departure location.  Students may find that by driving to a slightly farther departure city/airport, they may save several hundred dollars in airfare costs.
  • We recommend booking flights that fly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) as it is where the group pick up is, and much easier to get into the city than from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
  • Please strongly consider purchasing trip insurance on all your flights, as you will be protecting your large purchase from possible interruptions to your trip. It is not a requirement by any means, but it’s nice to have the peace of mind.

Flight FAQs

How much should I expect the airfare to be?

The estimated cost for all international flights varies from approximately $900 – $2000.  This is due in large part to the departure locations from within the US (for example: New York, NY versus Omaha, NE), as well as the return travel dates.

I have found a cheap flight to an airport other than Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) . Can I fly there instead?

Yes. However, you will not be eligible for group pick up and will need to take your own taxi or public transport to the orientation hotel.

Why doesn’t TEAN offer a group flight for China programs?

Airfares for individual flights to this region are cheaper than group flights, and for this reason we provide advise you to  book your flights individually.

What if I want to arrive prior to the recommended arrival date?

That’s fine. You will need to book your own accommodation until the official program arrival date. Your TEAN Program Manager will be able to provide you with details of the TEAN Orientation Hotel, and a time of when to meet up with the group on the arrival day. Note that airport pick up is only available if you arrive on the official program arrival date. Please note that no accommodation is available prior to the initial program start date and any accommodation prior must be sourced on your own.

Events & Excursions

Beijing Excursion

Spend an extended weekend exploring the cultural differences of Beijing. The weekend begins with the high speed train up to China’s capital city where you will experience a great mix of historical sights and contemporary culture. Visit the home of former emperors in the ancient Forbidden City and visit Tiananmen Square. Get your hiking shoes on for a TEAN exclusive overnight stay at the Great Wall of China. This packed weekend will show you the highlights of Beijing and the great news is the cost of this excursion is included in your TEAN program fee!


TEAN Cultural Events

Throughout the semester, TEAN immerses you in the local culture by arranging regular excursions. Join the locals at a nearby park for a tai chi class or learn the ancient art of calligraphy. Take in Shanghai’s history and development during a cruise of the Huangpu River. Our Resident Director in Shanghai arranges regular dinners and cultural outings during which students can chat about their experience so far and address any issues that may have arisen. Easily reached via email or phone, our in-country support staff are able to meet up with students whenever needed and are even the perfect sightseeing partners. Activities may vary each semester, but you can be certain TEAN’s local staff are keen for you to experience the best of Shanghai and its culture.

Get Documents

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This section is very important. It also tends to be a little boring, so please stick with us. Before you jet off for the time of your life, there are contracts you need to sign, forms you need to complete, a Chinese student visa you need to apply for and be granted, and a final payment you need to make. Please read this section carefully, and when the time comes, your Program Manager will guide you through it all – step by step.

Contracts

Program Contracts

You will receive a contract from TEAN that will cover important notices and policies for you to keep in mind during your time abroad. Both you and a parent/guardian will need to electronically sign the documents to confirm your understanding of the terms & conditions of your program. If you have questions about your program contracts, please contact your program manager.

Student Visa

Student Visa

All students attending Fudan University will need to apply for a Chinese Student Visa. The timeline to applying for your visa will depend on when your Program Manager receives the admission documents from Fudan University. Once the admission documents have arrived, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. The visa process can take approximately 2-4 weeks. Your passport needs to be valid for at least seven months after the conclusion of your semester to satisfy China’s entry requirements.

Very Important: Once in country, all students holding a student visa are required to register with the local police station. Within 30 days of your arrival, make sure you register your residential information with the nearest law enforcement authority. In most cases, your Resident Director will escort the entire group to complete this task together and under their direct guidance.

Application instructions

You need to apply for and obtain a student visa. Student visa types can vary depending on the duration of the program. Students are granted either an X1-visa or an X2-visa. Students granted an X-2 visas are given permission to study in China usually for a six-month period of time. In order to apply for an X-1 or X-2 visa, students must submit a copy of their passport, JW202 form, and Admission Notice. The JW202 form and Admissions Notice is provided by the University and will be sent to you directly upon receipt by TEAN.

Your Program Manager will notify you when you are eligible to apply for your student visa, which is typically 6 – 8 weeks prior to your departure. You will also receive step-by-step instructions on the process.

How to Apply

Given the complexity of the Chinese visa, students are encouraged to go through a visa agent to complete the visa application process, as they are usually able to quickly move your documents along for processing. The recommended visa agent is Swift Passport Services.

Swift is located just a short walk away from the TEAN Chicago headquarters and their offices are across the hall from the Chinese Consulate. This close proximity allows TEAN to deal quickly and directly with the visa issuer and results in a very smooth process.

For students who live close to a Chinese Embassy/Consulate, you may visit the appropriate office in person and complete the process as instructed. The Chinese government has six consulate locations in the U.S. in the following cities; Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Houston. Please be advised that each state is assigned to a particular office and students wishing to obtain a visa may only do so at their designated consulate. It is suggested for students who choose to apply on their own to make an appointment with their assigned Chinese Consulate. You may find your assigned consulate here.

If you are applying for a visa internationally, you will need to locate your closest Chinese embassy and complete the application process that they have for that particular region.

IMPORTANT: If you have ever held Chinese, Taiwanese, or Hong Kong citizenship please let your Program Manager know as soon as possible. There may be additional steps and documentations needed when applying for your visa.

Final Payment

Final Payment

Final invoices will be sent out approximately 60 days prior to your departure.  Financial Aid Agreements must be submitted by this time as well to account for any delay in payment. If you need more information about Financial Aid Agreements or payment information, contact your program manager.

Program deposit

A $500 program deposit is due upon acceptance into your program. It will be credited to the student’s overall program cost.  The deposit is refundable, should the student withdraw 3 – 4 months prior to the start of the program.  After this date, the deposit is non-refundable. The $100 application deposit is not refundable. Please refer to the welcome letter and deposit invoice for the specific refund date.

Pay by Check

You can make checks payable to The Education Abroad Network and mail to us at:

505 N. LaSalle St., Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654

Credit Cards

For your convenience we accept online credit card payments for the $500 program deposit and other payments. Please keep in mind that any payment over $1,000 on the online credit card form gets a 3% fee added on. It is encouraged that you use check or wire transfer for larger payments.


Refunds

Refunds Prior to Semester Commencement

If a student withdraws from the program prior to arrival overseas, we can only reimburse the portion of the program fee that has not already been allocated to some aspect of the students program (ex: housing, deposits, etc).  Generally this will be less the $500 deposit (see above), but is subject to our program contract, though students are usually eligible to receive close to full refund amount. See your program contract for the withdrawal date for your program. Any withdrawals after this date will incur a $2,350 cancellation fee plus any additional costs that can’t be recovered.

Refunds During the Semester

In these situations, refunds are only available for the amount of the program fee that is recoverable at the time the student returns home.  The amount recoverable relates to tuition and housing fees only and is dictated by the refund policy of each host university.  Our official refund policy is outlined in the program contract provided to each participant.

Past Due accounts

All past-due amounts will accrue simple interest at 12% per annum.

Get Going

Overview

Snapshot

It’s almost time! Now you just need to review some last minute information on insurance while abroad; follow our packing tips; start planning how you will manage your money while abroad; cell phone arrangements; and read up on details regarding your arrival and Orientation in Shanghai. Our China-based staff are looking forward to meeting you when you get off that plane in Shanghai!

Insurance & Healthcare

HEALTH INSURANCE

The Education Abroad Network enrolls students in a health insurance policy through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for the duration of their studies in China. The cost of this insurance will be included in your program fee and enrollment is automatic.

Your medical insurance policy includes the following:

  • Prescription medications
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Hospitalization
  • X-rays
  • Emergency Medical Assistance
  • Medical transportation and evacuation
  • Return of mortal remains

There are some limitations to this medical insurance, including dental and optical services. If you have any existing health concerns, contact your current insurance provider before you leave for China. Medical insurance for higher levels of need is your own responsibility. You should have already received an email outlining your insurance information with your insurance card and embassy letter attached. If you have not received these documents, contact your program manager immediately.

Your health insurance will be comprehensive in nature, covering everything from a basic hospital visit for a checkup to the more serious medical situations that can happen while overseas. You will have access to both local Chinese hospitals as well as fully “westernized” medical facilities, which we will always recommend. Our Resident Directors in all locations are available to you 24/7 in the event that you need guidance in seeking medical advice or treatment.

A couple of specific and very important points on using your insurance. First, most hospitals in China operate on a “pay as you go” basis. If you visit a hospital or doctor for an unplanned visit then you may need to remit payment for services out of pocket. Should this be the case, reimbursement documentation will be forwarded to you to have a claim processed. On the other hand, should you wish to plan a scheduled visit to the doctor/hospital, you can normally work with the insurance carrier to have pre-payment guarantee documentation sent in advance of your visit to avoid out of pocket expenses.


PERSONAL ARTICLES INSURANCE

We recommend students put anything of value i.e., digital camera, smart phones, jewelry, musical instruments, cell phone, laptops, etc. on a Personal Articles Policy (many homeowners already have this policy so students most likely can add their items onto their parents’ Personal Article Policy). This insurance often covers the full value of the items worldwide, with no deductible. We encourage students to take pictures of item(s) and note their model, make and serial number, as well as saving receipts when possible. Purchase of any additional insurance is left to the discretion of the student and his/her parents.


Travel Insurance

Trip Insurance is optional and is not included in TEAN program fees. We recommend considering supplemental trip insurance to protect against unexpected mishaps (i.e. lost luggage) that can occur while traveling. Plans range from $100 to $350 and can be purchased through various insurance carriers. If you would like to discuss plans with TEAN’s recommended travel liaison please contact Corporate Traveler at 312-924-1258.  We believe that the combination of the included Cultural Insurance Services International, Travel Insurance, and a Personal Article Policy offers the broadest, most comprehensive coverage while students study and travel abroad.

Packing List

Packing List

Use common sense when packing – bring clothes for all kinds of weather. Bring comfortable shoes, socks, underwear, and all of the other things you wear on a daily basis.

Please note: The packing list provided below is a suggested list. Triple-check to ensure you have everything necessary!

In addition to your daily staples, you may want to consider bringing the following:

  • A raincoat and/or umbrella
  • Camera/smartphone and an extra memory card (if applicable)
  • Glasses/Contact lenses (extended wear if possible) and solution
  • Backpack that you can use for class as well as weekend travel
  • Prescription medicine in their original packaging with note from doctor. Be sure to bring exactly the amount you will need for the semester.
  • Plug adapter for electronics (please note: most modern electronics don’t require a voltage converter. Please consult manufacturer’s instructions for more information on your personal belongings)
  • If you have sensitive skin you may wish to bring your own lotion – some lotions sold in China contain additives that can be irritants.
  • Deodorant. This can be difficult to find in China, and pretty expensive when you are lucky enough to get your hands on it.
  • Feminine Products. These can be expensive and sometimes different from what you are used to in the states.
  • Get used to carrying around your own toilet paper. Most public restrooms in China do not provide toilet paper. It’s a good idea to purchase a travel size roll prior to departure for your first few weeks in China.

A note on valuables: If you are planning on bringing items of considerable monetary valuable it is probably worth your time and money to invest in insurance for your personal belongings. Should your valuables be lost or stolen it is important to make sure that your items are protected.

Things to leave at home: 

  • Extra toiletries (with the exception of deodorant, as mentioned above)…you can buy these in China
  • Electrical appliances
  • Hair Dryers – you can purchase one in China (otherwise you will need a voltage convertor and electrical adaptor)
  • All kitchen supplies: utensils, pots/pans, crockery/glasses
  • Bedroom Linens (provided with your housing package from TEAN)

Please consider: As a precaution, pack toiletries (3 oz. size only), medication and change of clothes in your carry-on, in case your airline loses your bag. While there is little chance of this happening, if you plan on the airline temporarily losing your baggage for at least 24 – 48 hours you will be prepared and avoid extra inconvenience should this occur. Again, this will more than likely not happen, but if it does, you’ll be happy you were prepared!

Health & Safety Abroad

Health and Safety

We have created an Emergency Response Plan for our study abroad locations that will be implemented by both our Resident Director staff in China and our U.S.-based staff in Chicago.  Our staff will work with students, parents, and study abroad staff at both the student’s home and host university to provide the most up-to-date information regarding any situations that may arise while studying abroad.  Our participants will be given Emergency Contact Information before they depart the U.S. and also briefed at orientation on specific instructions to follow in case of an emergency.

TEAN Protocols
  • In the event of a health emergency, serious accident, natural disaster, crime, or death each program location has a contingency plan that can be activated. The Education Abroad Network will contact participants, their emergency contacts, and home universities in the event of such a situation.
  • Disclaimer– Nothing in this plan is a guarantee that any specific action will be taken in any given situation, nor is anything in this document a contract or part of a contract between TEAN and any other party, nor is any statement in this document intended to sell a service to a prospective customer, nor to attempt to persuade any party to avail themselves of any program or service provided by TEAN. Health, safety, and recovery from emergency situations are the sole responsibilities of each individual participant
Emergency line
  • TEAN personnel are available to assist you with an emergency 24/7.    In addition to having access to a Resident Director as well as instructions on contacting Police/Fire/Ambulance in your host country, you and your family will be able to reach us after hours in the event of an emergency.   Although we will not always be your best resource to resolve an issue directly, we work in conjunction with our partners on the ground to make sure students get a quick resolution in crisis situations.
  • Please call 1-800-585-9658 or 312-239-3710 during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am – 5 pm CST and on Friday 8:30 am – 4 pm CST. For emergency assistance after business hours, please call 574.239.6545.
Safety While Abroad

We are committed to the health and safety of every participant.  It is very important that students make informed decisions about their study and travel destinations.  We continually monitor the safety and security of our study abroad program locations as well as popular student travel destinations.  We continue to advise students of the safety and health risks associated with studying and traveling abroad based on the information from the U.S. Department of State travel warnings, local law enforcement, the Australian and New Zealand government, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the World Health Organization.

Tips for Personal Safety
  • Emergency Contacts:  Be sure to designate a parent or guardian as your Emergency Contact.  This way, information regarding an emergency situation will automatically be passed on to your parents.  Also make sure to provide us with your Emergency Contact’s most up-to-date contact information.
  • Communication Information:  Provide The Education Abroad Network with accurate and up-to-date contact information regarding your telephone, cell phone, address, and email address.  Be sure to notify your parents and Resident Director in case of an emergency.
  • Keep Others Informed:  Tell others (your roommates, your parents, your Resident Director) your travel plans.  Keeping others informed will make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.
  • Stay Informed:  Research the political, cultural, and social climate of your study and travel abroad destination before heading overseas.  While abroad, read local newspapers and watch local news broadcasts for developments that may affect your health and safety.  If you have questions, please contact us either in the U.S. or abroad.
  • What about anti-American sentiment?  Although individual Americans are generally well liked abroad, there can be at time negative feelings toward U.S. Government policy.  Participants are urged to always use common sense, and assimilate into the local culture as much as possible. Studying abroad allows you to be much more than a typical tourist and one way to do this is by following the behavior of the locals.
Travel and Safety resources

Helpful travel and safety links are listed below.  More information is available on the Pre-Departure Information section of your Virtual Application.

Arrival Info

Arrival Information

TEAN has arranged to pick all students up from the PVG airport at 4:00pm, allowing for time to claim baggage and make your way through customs.

Students arriving early will be expected to wait at the airport until the designated group pickup. Students who are not at the designated pick up point within the airport by 4:00PM will be expected to transfer to the program accommodations, under TEAN guidance, but at their own personal expense.

Contact Information

Prior to your departure your Program Manager will provide you with contact details for all key TEAN personnel, including your Resident Director, as well as information on your local embassy and emergency contacts.


TEAN Orientation

Hit the ground running with our Shanghai-based Orientation Program. Held over five days and combining academic sessions with cultural experiences, each activity is designed to help students ease into their semester in China. Our historical walking tour of Shanghai not only introduces you to the city’s icons, but provides you with the tools needed to navigate the city.  Students are housed in modern hotel accommodations, located close to the city’s major attractions. Along with academic sessions which cover topics like life in China, Chinese higher education, and health and safety, students get to expeirence some of Shanghai’s cultural sites. These activities include a morning Tai Chi session, a dumpling cooking lesson, and visiting an ancient Chinese water town. A highlight of the orientation program is our signature city tour, starting in People’s Square, continuing with an exploration of East Nanjing Road and the historic Bund. Students will enjoy dinner at Shanghai’s most famous restaurant in Yu Yuan Garden and an evening Huganpu river cruise. Visits to scenic treasures and cultural activities make for a very full and engaging five days.


University Orientation

Your University will hold a formal orientation upon arrival. This orientation is mandatory. Topics discussed may include health insurance enrollment, medical facilities, security, university-sponsored trips and activities, and academic enrollment/expectations. Your university orientation will touch on specific details for your campus.


Transportation

Shanghai is well connected by the Shanghai Metro. The Metro is easily accessible for English-speaking foreigners thanks to bilingual signage and stop announcements. Metro cards are available at an inexpensive price with the ability to recharge the card at any metro station.

Taxis are also very common in Shanghai. Taxis utilize the same public-transit card system as the Metro, or they will happily take cash. Today, some are even able to take various domestic e-cash methods. If you don’t speak Chinese, it is a good idea to have a taxi card for your place of residence and other locations you frequent as the majority of taxi drivers do not speak English. Your program manager will provide you with taxi cards prior to your departure. It is recommended that you print these out prior to departure and keep them with you at all times.

Communicating While Abroad

Communicating upon arrival

While the Shanghai Pudong Airport does have a wifi system, it requires you to enter a passcode to access it. Because of this, you will need to rely on our arrival instructions to get to your accommodation, whether it be with or without the group. Upon arrival in the accommodation, you should be able to access wifi to check in with the staff in country, if you did not meet them at the airport, and with your family back home.


During your semester in China

TEAN China participants will receive a SIM card upon arrival in China. Students can use their own phone provided it is “unlocked” and will accept SIM cards from other networks, so please be sure to check with your cell phone provider BEFORE you depart the U.S.

Many former TEAN students have utilized and recommend applications such as Skype, WeChat, Kik, and WhatsApp as a way to keep in touch while away. Skype is a great option to call home as you can add credit to your account inexpensively to call internationally. Internet service is provided within all accommodations, allowing you to utilize a smartphone or laptop with the wifi to contact home, provided you have a VPN. More on VPN’s later.

A special mention of cell phones and theft. It can be a bad habit of Americans to arrive at a bar, restaurant, or other social location and to first thing set your cell phone out on a table. In doing so, you make yourself vulnerable to theft. We’ve had quite a few students have their cell phones stolen because they were not as cautious as they should have been. Remember, while in China you will stand out as a foreigner. Don’t take actions that contribute to making you stand out as a target.

Finances While Abroad

Bringing Currency to China

We generally do not recommend bringing large amounts of cash with you for security and safety reasons. However, as cash is the most commonly accepted medium of exchange in China, we do recommend that you have a sufficient amount of foreign currency available prior to your departure, about ¥200 to ¥300. You can exchange currency at most banks, AAA, or a standard currency exchange. It is our experience that exchanging currency is the most expensive in airports, so try to plan ahead.


Money Access in China

The use of an American ATM card is a convenient and fast method to withdraw money in China. Most of these transactions are assessed the wholesale exchange rate. However, we encourage you to check with your bank regarding fees for withdrawing money in a foreign currency overseas, as most banks charge fees for the currency conversation, as well as charging for use of an ATM that is out-of-network. Please also check with your bank to ensure that your PIN number and ATM card have been cleared for international use in China by letting your bank know before you leave. ATMs are readily available in the large cities and developed tourist areas of China, however, outside of these urban centers ATMs are not common and can be difficult to find.

Banks in China

Some students also choose to open a Chinese bank account upon arrival in China. This is most prevalent for those who plan to transfer one large lump sum to use during their time abroad.

As explained before, China is an extremely cash based economy, so easy access with minimal fees to your money is ideal. Although a handful of locations take credit and debit cards, it is likely that your Chinese card will work much better than an American card. If this is a viable option for you, it is definitely something to consider and explore upon your arrival in China.

Credit Cards

If you plan to bring a credit card with you to China, please also make sure you inform your credit card company so that they do not shut down your card. Also make sure to check for any potential fees for using your card internationally.

Using a U.S. Bank Account

You can avoid paying ATM fees by either joining a bank in the global ATM alliance, or Charles Schwab. Charles Schwab is a great bank to use because they refund all domestic and foreign transaction fees worldwide and it is free to open an account. They never charge a fee but if the foreign bank does then Charles Schwab refunds the cost at the end of each month. Accounts can be opened online (details below). It is always good to check your local bank’s policy as well.

It usually takes 7-10 days for Charles Schwab to mail the actual ATM card (so don’t wait until the last minute to open an account!). All transactions can be done online (including funding the account from other bank accounts you have in the US.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in China is considerably lower than that of the United States and thus day-to-day expenses will be less for most students. Local restaurants and on-campus cafeterias offer meals for as low as USD $1.50, and local markets are typically much cheaper and US supermarkets. American fast food restaurants exist and prices will be comparable to the US. Shanghai and Beijing are cities that offer everything from low cost markets to high end designer stores making it easy to stick to whatever budget you have established.

Cultural Expectations

Cultural Expectations

When we talk about Chinese cultural experiences most students think of things like watching the Chinese acrobats, experiencing a tea ceremony, or the moon festival. However, cultural experiences permeate every way of life when you study abroad. We have a motto here at TEAN called “It’s not wrong, it’s just different”. It’s a great reminder that just because it isn’t done as efficiently or logically as you do it, doesn’t mean it’s weird or wrong. It’s always good to remember that varying normalities can be subjective, and there are reasons people do things differently. It keeps us unique, and it also keeps cultural differences alive. It doesn’t mean you always have to like the cultural differences, but we do encourage you to embrace them head on. After all, that is one of the greatest benefits of studying abroad.

Mattresses

This may seem silly to you now, but it is something students are always surprised by. Mattresses in China are much more firm than the standard American mattress. It is commonly thought in China that it is better for one’s back to sleep on a firm mattress as it prevents curvature or issue with the spine. Many Westerners who are accustomed to a plush, soft mattress may have trouble converting to the Chinese standard mattress. If you find yourself having this trouble, it is easy to purchase an inexpensive mattress topper for cheap at local stores.

Food

Hopefully it will be no surprise to any of you that the food is very different in China. If you expected Chinese cuisine to be the same as American Chinese food, you’ll be in for a surprise. Here are a few key elements to keep in mind for your upcoming semester.  Dairy is uncommon. A large majority of Asian people have a lactose intolerance, so it’s not looked upon as as much of a delicacy as it is in Europe and America. Western food is available, but obviously less common and more expensive. The further away from major cities that you travel, the less common it will be.  Farmers markets are quite prevalent in Shanghai and are very affordable. You can buy fresh vegetables and fruit at your regular farmers market to help keep you on budget for your semester.

Air quality

Contrary to popular belief the air is not too bad in Shanghai. Due to Shanghai being right on the ocean, it helps keep the air quality better. The smog is much worse in Beijing. The US Consulate in Shanghai also monitors the air quality and updates the information on a hourly basis. You can follow them on Twitter, and even turn on alerts if you want to get notifications right to your phone. Students with asthma or allergies should definitely plan keep an eye on the air quality index. Some students will choose to utilize the ever popular face masks on particularly bad days. If you choose this route, just be sure you are purchasing a good quality mask.

Transportation

The Shanghai Metro is extremely accessible and easy to use. It’s also extremely cheap – about RMB 2-4 (about .30 to .60 USD depending on the exchange rate) and depending on where you’re traveling. Metroman is a popular app that has the entire Shanghai Metro map and will give you directions from one stop to another. All signs on the metro are translated into English and Pinyin. Even the arrival and departure announcements are repeated in English for ease of travel. Many Fudan students will rent bikes to get around campus and local areas. Used bikes can be bought for about 200 RMB (USD $30) to use for your semester.  Taxis are also an inexpensive option for getting around if the metro has closed. Taxis can give you an opportunity to practice your Mandarin to get around. If you’re a beginner or nervous about making an attempt, there are multiple taxi card apps, such as Taxi Card Shanghai and Shanghai Places, that will write your desired address in Mandarin to show the driver.

Language

Even if you have an HSK level 5, you are bound to encounter a language barrier during your time in China. Whether it’s encountering Cantonese, a Shanghainese accent, or a slang term, some things just cannot be taught, but you will certainly learn through your experiences! You may encounter a language barrier in a taxi, on a night out, or even in the classroom, but it is important to remember to always keep patient, be polite, and ask questions – that’s the best way to learn and get the most out of your experience!  Although you should expect to run into these, you should also be prepared. It’s a good idea to have a language app downloaded to your phone, or a mini dictionary to carry around. We provide taxi cards as well – for the Fudan campus, the local hospital that takes your TEAN provided CISI insurance, and for your orientation hotel. It’s a good idea, once you know the address of your housing, to make a taxi card for that as well, and any other location you frequent. It’s also a good idea to opt to take the UVA language class. You will have 4 days of classes per week where you can practice, plus the added support of a UVA trained language professor. Students frequently ask questions, and it’s a great way to clear up something new you encountered and learn from your classmates’ experiences as well.

Laundry

Laundry is included in both housing options. You will find though that dryers of the same strength are a lot less common, if available at all. Most people in China air dry their clothes, you can see this evident by the lines strung between buildings all throughout the city and country. For some, the adjustment of not having a dryer can be a huge cultural change. Drying racks are very common, and are provided in the TEAN off campus apartments, and should you need your own, you can be purchase a cheap drying rack at the local Walmart. Air drying your clothes is also better for them and better for the environment. It may take a little more patience and planning, but it is a cultural experience.

Level of cleanliness

The general level of cleanliness in China is different from the U.S. so it is best to manage your expectations before you arrive. Also anticipate spitting and smoking as a very common thing. Non smoking areas are quite rare, but do exist.  If you live in the TEAN off campus apartments, cleaning staff will come into the TEAN apartments but they will do a basic cleaning. You are expected to keep your apartment tidy and clean. Regardless of which housing you select, your apartment will stay as clean as you keep it!

Just always keep in mind our mantra here at TEAN: It’s not wrong, it’s just different!