PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION

Buying Insurance

In order to protect the safety of international students during your stay here, all international students should have medical insurance. The cost is RMB 600 for one year. This is mandatory as even a small injury can cost you a great deal.

Accommodation

International students in Jiangsu can choose to live in the university's hotel or dormitory. You can also live off campus with the permission of your school.

On Campus Accommodation

Dormitories on campus are usually equipped with all the facilities that you may need, including: lockers, bedding, AC, TV, inexpensive or even free Internet access, toilet, shower facilities, hot water, etc., as well as communal kitchens and refrigerators. Dormitories generally offer single rooms, double rooms or deluxe rooms. You may also request for your own roommate if you want. The cost of accommodation may vary from RMB 25 to RMB 150 per day, depending on the university, the city or the type of room.

Off Campus Accommodation

International students can also choose to live off campus. English listings for rental accommodation/roommates can be found on expat websites, and estate agents are easy to find in Jiangsu. The cost of renting off campus varies considerably depending on the location and condition of the apartment – you check the local listings to get a sense of the prices before you arrive. Housing costs in smaller cities are considerably less. Bargaining rental rates is acceptable practice in Jiangsu.

Mandatory Health Testing

All foreigners who come to China to study for longer than 6 months (i.e. those on an X1 visa) are required to undergo a medical examination either before or after they enter China. You will have to submit the relevant documents confirming that you have passed the physical examination when you apply for a residence permit in China.

In some cases, you must pass the medical examination before you apply for an X1 (study) visa. You will have to submit the completed Foreigners’ Physical Exam Record with your visa application. Check with your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate to find out if this is a requirement.

If you are not required to undergo the examination in order to apply for a visa, you will need to do it in order to obtain your residence permit in China. You can either do it in your home country or in China. In China, the exam will cost about $100 U.S (may differ depending on the city). Your university will be able help you with this procedure.

To complete the medical examination before you arrive in China, you can download the form from your university website. Take the form to a public hospital, undergo a standard physical examination and have the doctor complete the form. On the last page of the form, the hospital must affix its official seal along with the student’s photograph.

You must bring the original medical documents with you when you come to China or else you be required to do the medical exam for a second time. The physical exam must be completed within six months of applying for your student visa, otherwise the results will no longer be considered valid.

Luggage Preparation

Carry-On Luggage

Pack items you need to use when you land in your carry-on luggage and always keep it in your sight.

Things you should bring:

1) Your passport/visa, related health certificate and other important documents that you may need to show at customs.

2) Map of your host city.

3) 500-1000 RMB in cash when you first arrive for transport and check-in.

4) Extra batteries/charger.

5) Address and phone number of your university admission office.

6) Umbrella.

7) A power converter and adapter plug. China's electrical system operates at 220 volts (although many places will have a universal socket)

Clothing

The average temperature at the end of August is between20°C to 35°C (68-95 °F). Ideally, bring t-shirts, shorts and light pants will be fine. It would be advisable for you to bring at least one pair of pants and one long sleeved shirt for a cooler or rainy day.

General Clothing Suggestions

Season

Month

Temperature

Suggested Clothing

Spring

Mar - May

10- 20

Suit, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes

Summer

Jun - Aug

Above 25

T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, shorts, sandals, hats, rain gear

Autumn

Sep - Nov

10- 20

Suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes

Winter

Dec - Feb

Below 10

Overcoat, thick woolen sweaters, lined coats; In northern China, hat, gloves, scarves and warm boots are recommended

Toiletries & Cosmetics

Most toiletries can be purchased in Jiangsu. Some of your favorite brands may be hard to find, expensive, or unavailable in China. Generally though, major brands such as P&G, Johnson & Johnson or L'Oreal are widely available at large supermarkets and the drugstore chain Watsons. Realistically, a cheaper equivalent item that you can buy in China, will suffice.

Transportation

Private car ownership in Jiangsu is a relatively recent phenomenon, meaning that it's extremely easy to get around in China without a car. China has one of the world's most well-developed railway systems, making it both convenient and affordable to travel around this vast and fascinating country. Urban public transport systems are also efficient, modern, and, in most cities, vastly superior to those in Western metropolises. The only downside is, with so many people, it's not always easy to get a seat!

Cost of Transportation in Major Cities


Subway

Bus

Taxi

fees

About 30-50 US cents

About 30-40 US cents

About 40 US cents per kilometer