Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply?
What qualifications do I need to apply?
Where do I send my CV/Resume and Cover letter to?
What is the procedure after I’ve applied?
How much will it cost?
What should I budget for my trip to China?
When should I register?
How can I pay?
How secure is booking online?

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How to apply for my visa?
Do I need to do a health check for the China Visa?

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What industries do you offer internships in?
Why are the company names on the list not published?
How does the combination of Internship and Language course work?
I don’t know any Chinese, can I still apply?

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How safe is a homestay through Intern China?
When can I get information about my host family?
When can I get information about my host family?
I am a vegetarian, is that a problem?
Am I allowed to bring some friends to visit me in my host family?

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Is medical and accidental insurance required?
Do I need any vaccinations before I arrive?
What items should I pack in my suitcase when I travel to China?
Where should I fly to?
How can I find cheap flights?
Can you recommend any airlines?
How can I access my money in China?
Can I use my mobile phone in China?
What are some of the cultural differences?
How does Intern China earn its money?

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Application and payment related questions:

Q: How do I apply?

A: Firstly, please read through the information on our internships and language schools in order to determine which programme you are interested in, prices are listed here. Then you just need to fill in the application form via our apply now page, to begin the process.

For packages with internships – locate ones you would like to apply for via our internship page. Please indicate the internship reference number(s) of those you are interested in within the ‘other preferences, requirements or comments’ section.

For packages without internship – indicate your preferred location and timeframe, as well as your current level of Chinese.
Once this is all complete, your booking will be confirmed. Visit our contact page if you have any further questions.



Q: What qualifications do I need to apply?

A: Internship participants must be at least 18 years old.

Language class or accommodation participants must be at least 16 years old. Under 18’s require a signature from their parent/guardian on their contract.

Our Programmes are open to individuals of any nationality. Visa eligibility needs to be confirmed before booking though as some nationalities may find it difficult to obtain the correct visa for China. We will advise you once we have your application.



Q:  Where do I send my CV/Resume and Cover letter?

InternChina mediates between you and our internship host companies so you can send (and address) your application documents to InternChina.
Cover letter is not required, however a summary of what type of position you are looking for is always helpful and can help to speed up the process.



Q: What is the procedure after I’ve applied?

A: For programmes with internships – Your application will be forwarded to suitable host companies in order of preference. This will be followed by phone/Skype interview(s) usually. If you are successful, then you will be made offers by your company.

If you choose to take up the offer then we will send you a booking form to confirm your internship, this can be accompanied by accommodation and language classes depending on your programme choice.

For language class programmes (without internship), you will be sent a booking form to confirm your booking once your timeframe and accommodation have been clarified and any questions have been answered.

For all programmes, the next step to confirm your participation is to simply sign and scan the booking form back to us via e-mail.



Q: How much does it all cost?

A: Please refer to our prices page first of all. If there are any questions please contact us directly. Please keep in mind our programme fees do not include your required international flights, cost of the visa and travel insurance.



Q: What should I budget for my trip to China?

A: Interning in one of our 4 cities will be considerably cheaper than interning within Shanghai or Beijing.

There are 2 main factors to account for:

Accommodation:
Apartment option does not include any food, but has facilities to cook your own.
Homestays have breakfast and dinner included by the host family, inclusive of the programme fees.

You as an individual:
Depending on the mode of transport you take commuting to and from your internship, your dinning style and nightlife, these factors will all impact the amount you spend during your time with us.

Below is a rough guide for your budget per week in China, with the total estimate for a month.

Low Budget

Apartment:
Transport – walking or taking bus 4-8 rmb per day = 14-28 rmb / week
Food – 10-20 rmb lunch, average 10-20 rmb dinner, 5-10 rmb breakfast/snacks = 245-350 rmb / week
Treats – one night out per week including a few drinks and a taxi home = 50-100 rmb / week
Events – Attending IC events every weekend (optional) = 100-150 rmb / week
Total amount (average) = 1900 rmb per month (Approx. 270 EUR, 200 GBP, 295 USD)

Homestay:
Transport – walking or taking bus 4-8 rmb per day = 14-28 rmb / week
Food – 10-20 rmb lunch/snacks = 70-140 rmb / week
Treats – one night out per week including a few drinks and a taxi home = 50-100 rmb / week
Events – attending IC events every weekend (optional) = 100-150 rmb / week
Total amount (average) = 800 rmb per month (Approx. 115 EUR, 85 GBP, 125 USD)

Middle Budget

Apartment:
Transport – taxis, 15 rmb, 3 times a week, Bus 4 rmb per day = 70 rmb / week
Food – 20 rmb lunch/day, average 30 rmb dinner/day, 15 breakfast & snacks/day = 455 rmb / week
Treats – gym, occasional spa/massage, nights out with reasonable priced drinks, travelling to places within the region = 450 rmb / week
Events – attending IC events every weekend (optional) = 300 rmb / week
Total amount (average) = 4000 rmb per month (Approx. 570 EUR, 415 GBP, 620 USD)

Homestay:
Transport – taxis, 15 rmb, 3 times a week, Bus 4 rmb per day = 70 rmb / week
Food – 25 rmb lunch/snacks = 150 rmb / week
Treats – gym, occasional spa/massage, nights out with reasonable priced drinks, travelling to places within the region = 450 rmb / week
Events – attending IC events every weekend (optional) = 300 rmb / week
Total amount (average) = 2000 rmb per month (Approx. 285 EUR, 210 GBP, 310 USD)

High Budget

Apartment:
Transport – taxis every day, 20-40 rmb average per day = 280 rmb / week
Food – 30 rmb lunch, average 50 rmb dinner, 20 breakfast/snacks = 700 rmb / week
Treats – lots of going out / drinking (cocktail bars/classy foreign places), buying foreign goods/western imports, etc travelling around China, gym membership = 650 / week
Events – attending IC events every weekend (optional) = 350-400 rmb / week
Total amount (average) = 6000 rmb per month (Approx. 855 EUR, 620 GBP, 930 USD)

Homestay:
Transport – taxis every day, 20-40 rmb average per day = 280 rmb / week
Food – 40 rmb lunch/snacks = 280 rmb / week
Treats – lots of going out / drinking (cocktail bars/classy foreign places), buying foreign goods/western imports, etc travelling around China, gym membership = 650 / week
Events – attending IC events every weekend (optional) = 350-400 rmb / week
Total amount (average) = 3200 rmb per month (Approx. 460 EUR, 330 GBP, 495 USD)



Q: When should I register?

A: It is best to apply at least 6 months before you plan to start your programme in China in order to give yourself a wider range of internship companies and time to book flights and visa, however, we can also arrange programmes at very short notice. If you are unsure whether you have enough time to apply for one of our programmes, please contact us.



Q: How can I pay?

A: You can pay online via credit/debit card or via bank transfer. You only need to pay once you have been successfully placed with a host company and have returned the required booking form to confirm your place on the programme.



Q: How secure is booking online?

A: We have been taking bookings online for over 9 years and your payment is 100% secure. Documents you send will be kept strictly confidential and will be handled by the InternChina professional members of staff using a secure database.


Visa related questions:

Q: How to apply for my visa?

A: Once your programme has been booked, we will give you instructions to complete your China visa application process. The process is very simple, requiring you to fill in one form, attach a passport sized photo and send documentation (which will be given to you). For more details on the visa application process, please visit www.visaforchina.org



Q: Do I need to do a health check for the China Visa?

A: No, this is not necessary for the required visa for our programmes.


Internship related questions:

Q: What industries do you offer internships in?

A: We have many distinct industries all listed here on our internships page of the website.



Q: Why are the company names on the list not published?

A: InternChina has strong relations with all of our host companies, who prefer that we deal with the application as we do not charge companies to find interns. Company names are not published in order to avoid direct applications to our partner companies.



Q: How does the combination of Internship and Language course work?

A: You will study Chinese at our language center from 9 -12 each morning and complete a part time internship in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday.



Q: I don’t know any Chinese, can I still apply?

A: Yes, of course! More than half of our participants are absolute beginners. Our Chinese learning programmes are open to students of all levels — beginner to advanced — and you do not need any previous knowledge. Our programmes are a perfect opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese in a native environment.


Homestay related questions

Q: How safe is a homestay through InternChina?

A: We personally visit every family to build relations before we place interns there. We have offices nearby and can assist you if you do have any difficulties with your family. We have arranged hundreds of homestays over the years and have never experienced any serious problems.



Q: When can I get information about my host family?

A: We will send you the contact information and pictures of your family as early as possible. We will start the matching process straight away and try to confirm who you will be staying with at the earliest point, so you have plenty of time to get to know them before arriving.



Q: Can I cook my own food at the homestay?

A: Yes, with the host family’s permission it is no problem at all.



Q: I am a vegetarian, is that a problem?

A: We have several host families who are vegetarians too and have had many vegetarians on our programmes in the past. Please specify this in your application and we can arrange a family that will cater to your needs.



Q: Am I allowed to bring friends to visit me in my host family?

A: If you obtain the family’s permission then yes. Most of the families are very open minded and welcome additional visitors, so that they can learn more about foreign countries’ culture and customs. But please make sure that you ask them in advance.


General questions

Q: Is medical and accidental insurance required?

A: Yes. Please make sure that you book suitable travel insurance which is valid for China before you depart. We have a partnership in place with STA Travel, where you will receive 10% of any insurance policy when you have confirmed your programme with us!



Q: Do I need any particular vaccinations before I arrive?

A: It isn’t necessary to be vaccinated before your arrival in China, however, there are some recommended vaccinations for your stay in China: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Measles if you do not already have them.
For further details, please check: https://www.cdc.gov/



Q: What items should I pack in my suitcase when I travel to China?

A: Recommended items include:

  • Laptop or tablet.
  • Power adapter(s) (China uses a standard 220V flat 2 or 3 pin plug – the same across much of Asia).
  • Pharmaceutical products, such as; sun cream, insect repellent, vitamins and preferred medicines. If you have prescription medicines, then be sure to bring a copy of the prescription with you.
  • Clothes – Work attire is mainly casual wear due to the warm climate. However, it is necessary to bring at least shirt, trousers and tie for more formal events in your internship.
    Please check the climate of the city you will be based in for your time period, all found on our helpful blog.
  • Clothes are relatively cheap in China so it is not necessary to bring clothes to last your entire stay.
  • Swimwear is different in China (males=tight swimwear & females=well covered up) so you may wish to bring your own. For those with a large shoe size, it is advisable to bring shoes for the duration as it may not be as simple to find your size as back home.

Once any applicant has confirmed their programme, they will automatically be granted access to our extensive pre-departure information and will be able to ask as many questions as possible up until they depart for China.



Q: Where should I fly to?

A: If you wish to save money on flights then it can be cheaper to fly to a major city and take a domestic flight or other mode of transport to get to your chosen city.

For Qingdao – you can fly to Beijing or Shanghai.
For Dalian – you can fly to Beijing or Shanghai.
For Zhuhai – you can fly to Hong Kong or Guangzhou.
For Chengdu – you can take a direct flight or fly to Shanghai (closest), Beijing or Hong Kong.

Please note – you should always book your flights all the way through to the end destination so the airlines transfer your baggage and if there is any unexpected delays, you don’t have to rush checking your luggage again.

It is also recommended to arrange flights that arrive in daylight hours so your pickup will be easier for our team and to get over any jet lag you may incur from travelling.



Q: How can I find cheap flights?

A: Flight comparison sites are often the best method:
Skyscanner, Opodo, Hipmunk and Kayak are some examples. You might also like to check directly on airline websites.

Through our partnership with STA Travel, you will have access to discounted flights, once you have confirmed your place on our programme.



Q: Can you recommend any airlines?

A: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airways are popular due to their good pricing and comfort but there may be a long transfer between planes.
Air China, Air France/KLM, Finnair and Korean Air are also good value, as well as budget airlines such as Air Asia, China Eastern, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines.



Q: How can I access my money in China?

A: There are plenty of ATM’s from which you can withdraw money from banks (please inform your bank before you leave) using Credit/Debit/EC card. Banks will usually charge you a small transaction fee per withdrawal (typically 3%). Favourable rates are offered by banks such as Deutsche Bank in Germany or Halifax in UK for example. You can also use your card to pay in larger stores. Alternatively, you can also use currency exchange and travellers cheques in banks within your city or at the airport.

The latest exchange rate for Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) can be found here.



Q: Can I use my mobile phone in China?

A: Yes, you will receive a prepaid SIM-card with your ‘welcome package’. You will be given your Chinese phone number before you leave so that your relatives and friends can call you after arrival.

Please ensure that your phone is unlocked for use in China. Alternatively, you can purchase a mobile from China (second-hand are relatively cheap) and have the shop assistant switch the language to English.



Q: What are some of the cultural differences?

A: Here are a few common cultural differences between China and the West

  • It is still rare for Chinese to interact to English speakers so locals are often enthusiastic to speak English to you, this is a great chance to learn about the locals and make new friends.
  • Tap water in China is not pure enough to drink directly; you should purchase bottled drinking water or boil it first.
  • In China, meals are not split by starters, mains and desserts so sweet and savoury food is often eaten at the same time.
  • It is hospitable to offer a guest to eat as much as they can in China; therefore you should leave a small amount of food on your plate when you have finished eating.
  • Traffic is much busier and less organised than in the West so it is advised to be aware of road markings and use official crossings. Also be aware that a green man traffic light does not necessarily mean all the cars have to stop… Always check before you cross the roads!

For more details –
https://www.chinaculture.org
https://www.chinapage.com/china.html
https://www.chinaknowledge.de



Q: How does Intern China earn its money?

A: We pride ourselves in being a friendly, student focus organisation that offers affordable prices, for worthwhile and life changing programmes in China.
A significant amount of our income is generated through partnerships with the government funded organisations such as the British Council and Universities throughout the world who provide funding for students to take part in our programmes. If a candidate is not eligible for any funding initiatives, we offer the best prices possible as a self-funded option.