No. Academic courses are all taught in English, and local staff dealing with international students speak English. If you have not studied Mandarin Chinese, you will be placed in a beginning course.
Previous courses you have taken in Mandarin will be evaluated by professors in China. You will be notified after evaluation which level you should sign up for. In the event you register for an inappropriate level, you will be properly placed upon arrival.
GPA requirements are set by your home institution. You must meet these requirements to be able to study abroad.
Your home institution is responsible for certifying your financial aid. Most students are able to use their Stafford loans while studying abroad, as long as the credits they earn are approved by their home insitiution. Please contact your financial aid office for more details.
If you cancel up to two weeks prior to the first day of on-site orientation, you will receive a 100% refund, and up to one week prior you will receive a 75% refund. After this date no refunds will be granted.
The New York Student Affairs Office can obtain your Chinese student visa on your behalf. Detailed information will be included in your acceptance package.
You will automatically receive one official transcript about 3 weeks after the completion of your program. The first official transcript is free-of-charge.
Yes. Both orientations are mandatory.
The New York Student Affairs Office arranges for airport pickup upon your arrival in China. Please be sure we receive accurate arrival information.
You will be provided on-campus housing. The rooms are equipped with high-speed internet access.
You will receive an ID from your university during on-site orientation.
Phone or email is easiest. Wireless connections are available on campus and in your room. Skype is a cheap way of contacting people; they can see you and you can see them provided you have a laptop with a camera.
Yes. You can bring your US (tri-band) cell phone with you and purchase a Chinese SIM card, or purchase a local phone. Cell phones are readily available, as are pay-as-you-go SIM cards. Cell phones/SIM cards and usage are miscellaneous expenses not included in the Program Fee.
Yes, you can access money from your US bank account through ATM machines, which are readily available in China. Be sure to inform your bank that you will be traveling for an extended period of time and understand the ATM charges you will incur while abroad.
Prior to leaving home, give a photocopy of your cards to your parent or guardian. Contact your card company or bank to inform them where you will be traveling and for how long, and that you will need to use your cards. Authorize the company to speak with your parent or guardian during your time away. In the event you lose a card, contact the 24/7 emergency hotline in China. Then cancel it immediately and ask your company to issue another. Your new card can be sent to our Student Affairs Office in New York, and they will forward it to our Resident or Program Director in China.
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