Travel Arrangements - Tianjin, China
Passports and Visa
Passports are required for travel to countries outside the United States and are the responsibility of each participant. U.S. passport information and forms are available at your local U.S. courthouse or at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html.
Passports should be valid for six months beyond the end of the program date.
Visas: Everyone is responsible for obtaining their own visa for China. Students should apply for a visa as soon as they are accepted in the program to allow sufficient processing time. If you do not obtain a visa in a timely manner you will not be able to participate in the program. In previous years students have used Capitol Visa Services to obtain their visas. As of October, 2011 Capitol required the following to obtain a visa to China:
- A passport valid for at least six months. (Passport must be signed.)
- One completed Chinese Visa Application Form V.2011A (FORM MUST BE COMPLETED ON LINE. DO NOT leave any questions blank. If a question is not applicable write "N/A"). In box 2.1 of the Application you must mark "Tourism" and not "Study."
- A copy of the front two pages of the applicant's passport
- One passport-size photo taken within the past six months
- Contact Capitol Visa Services to determine the fees. The fees have totaled between $225-$245 ($140-$160 Chinese Embassy Fee, $60 Capitol Visa Services fee, $25 shipping).
- A completed Capitol Visa Services Service Request Form.
Please remember that you are not applying for a "student visa." This is only required if you are being awarded academic credit by a Chinese University. Please make sure you apply for a tourist visa. Also, please make sure that you request a 60 day visa, or longer if you intend to stay longer. Please note that Hong Kong is treated as part of China for some purposes but not others. If you enter China-then travel to Hong Kong, you will not be permitted to reenter China unless you have visa that permits a double entry.
Contact Capitol Visa Services before applying to verify the total fees and turn around time. 1-800-727-VISA or http://www.capitolvisa.com/visas/china-t-visa.php.
Students may obtain a visa on their own in any state where there is a Chinese Consulate. For a list of Chinese Consulates in the United States go to http://www.visarite.com/chnConsulate.htm.
More information about obtaining your visa is available on the website for the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.
IMPORTANT: Please arrange your travel so that you arrive on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the morning or early afternoon. The Resident Director of the program will reserve a group bus to meet all students at the Beijing Capital International Airport and travel to the program's hotel accommodations at the Jinbin International Hotel.
Participants must make their own travel arrangements. Many airlines offer discounted airfares if bookings are made well in advance of departure.
IMPORTANT EXAM INFORMATION: The examination will not be given on-site in the country in which the program is held. Instead, the four (4) examinations will be sent to you by email by 10:00 a.m. EST on the Monday following the last day of class of the program. You will have until 5:00 p.m. EST on the following Monday (approximately eight days) to complete the examinations. Please note that the time zone used is EST, or the current time in Gulfport, Fla., and not the time zone in which you may be taking the examination. You may complete the examinations at any time during this period. However, once you open each examination, you will only have one (1) hour in which to complete, and submit, each examination to the Registrar at Stetson at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to access the examinations you will need to use the Stetson email account assigned to you. You may use your class notes, and any materials used in class, but you may not consult with any other person in completing the examination.