Welcome to the InternChina FAQ page! If your question is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Application & Funding Questions

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.

Internship participants must be at least 18 years old.

Language class or homestay participants must be at least 16 years old. Under 18’s require written permission from their parent/guardian in addition to their InternChina booking form.

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

Some of our funded programmes such as Generation UK or University-Specific programmes may have additional eligibility criteria. You can find out more about these on our Funding Page.

Please note that our application process may vary slightly if you apply as part of one of our government or university funded programmes.

A member of our team will email you within 48 hours of your application. Firstly, we’ll advise you on funding and answer any of your initial questions. Next we’ll suggest some potentially suitable internships, whereby we’ll also let you know details of the companies we’re suggesting internships with.

Once we’ve identified an internship you’re interested in, our team in China will send your application to the company and arrange a Skype interview between you and the company.

If you choose to take up the offer of an internship after interviewing with the company, we will send you a booking form to confirm your programme. The booking form outlines our full terms & conditions in relation to your internship, accommodation, insurance, visa and our support.

Full details on funding can be found on our Funding Page. The majority of InternChina programmes are funded as part of our partnerships with universities and government-funded organisations. We also offer a cost-effective self-funded programme.

Please firstly check our Funding Page to check what is included in your programme. Many of our programmes include accommodation and some of our funded programmes even provide spending money.

Interning in one of our 5 cities will be considerably cheaper than interning within Shanghai or Beijing in terms of daily spending.

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)

Some of our funded programmes have specific application deadlines. More information on our Funding Page.

For our self-funded programme, it is best to apply at least 6 months before you plan to start your programme in China in order to give yourself a wide range of internship companies available and time to book your flights and visa. We can also arrange programmes at very short notice, depending on your circumstances. If you are unsure whether you have enough time to apply for one of our programmes, please contact us.

Once your internship and InternChina booking is confirmed, we will email an invoice to you. 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.

For international payments, we always recommend using TransferWise. They’re cheaper than the banks, because they always use the real exchange rate – which you can see on Google – and charge a very small fee. They’re also safe and trusted by over 2 million people around the world. You can sign up here.

Visa Questions

We assist with the visa application process for all participants on InternChina programmes. We issue the required invitation letter and send detailed instructions for your application. We have a dedicated team to guide you through the application process. Normally visa application fees are not included in the cost of your InternChina programme, with the exception of a small number of our university-funded programmes.

The cost of a China visa varies depending on nationality. Full details on the official visa application website: www.visaforchina.org.

No. We only assist with visa applications for participants on InternChina programmes.

Internship Questions

We offer internships in a wide range of sectors with over 300 organisations in China. Please browse our full internship listings to look at specific internships, filtered by sector.

We prefer not to list the names of organisations on our website, but we are happy to tell you the company in question for any internship listed after you’ve completed a non-binding application for our programme.

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.

Accommodation Questions

Most of our university or government funded programmes specify the type of accommodation available to you. For our self-funded programme you can choose either apartment or homestay accommodation, or a combination of the two. The minimum stay for each accommodation type is 4 weeks, so for example during an 8-week programme you could spend 4 weeks in a homestay and 4 weeks in an apartment. We would really recommend this option as it enables you to sample life in a Chinese family, but also spend part of your programme living more independently.

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. You will get to know your family before arriving in China and will know where their apartment is located.

We typically send you details about your host family 2-3 weeks before your arrival in China.

No way! China has some of the best veggie food in the world! We have many host families who host vegetarian participants and in our apartment accommodation you have a fully equipped kitchen to prepare food. There are a number of delicious veggie options at virtually all restaurants.

For short visits this is usually fine, as long as you ask permission from InternChina and where applicable your housemates or host family in advance.

General Questions

Yes. Comprehensive travel & health insurance is included for every participant on an InternChina programme. Full policy details are available on request.

The first step would be to chat to your doctor and ask them what you need. There most probably wont be anything that you specifically need to get for our locations in China but you may need top-ups in Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Measles, if you do not already have them. For further details:
UK: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx
Germany: http://www.china-insider.de/empfohlene-impfungen-china
Others: http://www.cdc.gov./

When packing your suitcase, there are a few essential things to consider bringing to China.

These essentials include:
+ Copies of passport, insurance and other documents
+ Eye mask & earplugs (For long plane journey)
+ Laptop
+ Power adapters (China uses a standard 220V flat 2 or 3 pin plug)
+ Western medicine
+ Deodorant, hand sanitizer and other toiletries (Expensive & difficult to find in China)

* If you are very tall or have a large foot size, we would suggest you bring enough shoes and clothes because it can be difficult to find them in your size in China.
* Girls-Tampons are difficult to find so best to bring them with you.
You can purchase most things in the many international superstores located in China, so no need to bring your whole wardrobe with you! Depending how long you are coming for, we would recommend that you only bring what you really need and you will be able to find the rest here.

Depending on what city you are going to and the time of year you have booked your programme for, we would recommend packing the following with you:

Qingdao:
Spring/Summer
+ Smart casual clothing for your internship
+ At least one formal attire for special occasions
+ Sunglasses
+ Sun cream & insect repellent
+ Sandals/flip flops
+ Swim wear (China’s swim wear is different to western swim wear so bring your own)
+ Towel

Autumn/Winter:
+ Smart casual clothing for your internship
+ At least one formal attire for special occasions
+ Sweaters & coats
+ Waterproof shoes

For more info about the weather in Qingdao: https://internchina.com/qingdao-climate/

Chengdu:
Spring/Summer:
+ Smart casual clothing for your internship
+ At least one formal attire for special occasions
+ Sunglasses
+ Sun cream & insect repellent
+ Sandals/flip flops
+ Swim wear (China’s swim wear is different to western swim wear so bring your own)
+ Towel

Autumn/Winter:
+ Smart casual clothing for your internship
+ At least one formal attire for special occasions
+ Sweaters & coats
+ Waterproof shoes

For more info about the weather in Chengdu: https://internchina.com/chengdu-climate/

Zhuhai:
Spring/Summer:
+ Smart casual clothing for your internship
+ At least one formal attire for special occasions
+ Sunglasses
+ Sun cream & insect repellent
+ Sandals/flip flops
+ Swim wear (China’s swim wear is different to western swim wear so bring your own)
+ Towel

Autumn/Winter:
+ Smart casual clothing for your internship
+ At least one formal attire for special occasions
+ Sweaters & coats
+ Waterproof shoes

*If you arrive in Chengdu or Zhuhai during the winter season December-February, please pack winter clothing, since there is no general heating in the houses, winters can get really cold.

For more info about weather in Zhuhai: https://internchina.com/zhuhai-climate/

Dalian:
Spring/Summer
+ Smart casual clothing for your internship
+ At least one formal attire for special occasions
+ Sunglasses
+ Sun cream & insect repellent
+ Sandals/flip flops
+ Swim wear (China’s swim wear is different to western swim wear so bring your own)
+ Towel

Autumn/Winter:
+ Smart casual clothing for your internship
+ At least one formal attire for special occasions
+ Sweaters & coats
+ Waterproof shoes

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.

All of our destinations have an international airport to which you can fly. Often flights via mainland Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong or Beijing tend to have the cheapest fares.

For Zhuhai we recommend you fly to Hong Kong and transfer by ferry. We have detailed video instructions for this transfer!

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 1-3%). 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.

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

Yes, you will receive a prepaid SIM-card (including data allowance) with your ‘welcome package’ which is included with all InternChina programmes. 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.

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