Travel to China
Getting to China
A return flight to Shanghai from the UK will cost on average between £600 and £900. The final price will depend on the factors below:
Number of stopovers involved in your journey, a direct flight will probably be more expensive
How far in advance you book your flights, booking a flight nearer to the departure date will be considerably more expensive
When will I have to book my flights and travel insurance?
If you are offered a conditional place on the programme we will instruct you to book your flights once we have confirmed that you meet eligibility requirements. You will be required to book your flights within one week of being notified that you meet eligibility requirements and have a confirmed offer of a place.
We will give you a deadline by which time you must:
- Book and confirm your flight details
- Book and confirm your travel insurance
Please make sure that you have funds in place to be able to book your flight. Regardless of the reason, we cannot offer any extensions to flight and travel insurance deadlines.
In the interests of fairness to all participants, if you cannot meet the flight and travel insurance deadline we will revoke your status as a confirmed participant on the Study China programme. You will automatically be moved to our RESERVE list, if a place becomes available again at a later date we will offer you a place. Please note that there is no guarantee that a place will become available.
Please do not book or make any travel arrangements unless you have been notified to do so by the Study China Office.
When do I need to arrive in China?
You are required to attend the programme in full - you cannot arrive late of leave early. As long as you attend the programme in full, it is up to you when you arrive and depart from China. Many students choose to travel either side of the Study China programme, if you choose to extend your stay in China you will be responsible for applying for the appropriate visa.
Your arrival and departure dates are:
Programme start date: Sunday 2 April 2017
Programme finish date: Saturday 22 April 2017
You will need to checkout of your Chinese host University accommodation by:
10.00am on the departure Saturday
You will need to be available for the full duration of the programme; you cannot arrive later or depart earlier than the advertised dates.
If you want to arrive at your Chinese host university slightly earlier or stay slightly later:
It may be possible for you to arrive at the university campus accommodation prior to the Study China programme officially commencing and pay for any additional nights stayed. Cost per person per night is estimated at £20 - £30 per person, per night.
It may be possible for you to depart from the university campus accommodation after the Study China programme officially finishes and pay for any additional nights stayed. Cost per person per night is estimated at £20 - £30 per person, per night.
The option of staying additional nights is not guaranteed and is funded by you. Outside of the official programme dates, there will be no onsite support available to you, you will be staying in the capacity of an independent traveller.
Booking my flights/getting to the Chinese Host university:
The Study China office does not manage or coordinate any aspect of your travel to and from China. It is your responsibility to research, fund and arrange your own independent travel itinerary.
Once you have been offered a confirmed place on the Study China Programme, we will provide you with practical information and advice relating to booking a flight, which includes:
- Deadline by which you must book and confirm flight and travel insurance
- Nearest international airport to your Chinese host university
- Airport shuttle bus schedule which will be provided by your Chinese host university to transfer you from the airport to the university on arrival Sunday only
- Shuttle bus services will be operational only from designated airports and at specific times
The airport shuttle bus schedule will be made available to you prior to booking your flights, allowing you to book a flight which corresponds with a convenient university shuttle bus transfer.
We will inform you of the airport shuttle bus schedule which will be provided by your Chinese host university to transfer you from university to airport upon departure.
- Airport shuttle bus schedule which will be provided by your Chinese host university to transfer you from the university to the airport on departure Saturday only
- Shuttle bus services will be operational only to designated airports and at specific times
The airport shuttle bus schedule will be made available to you prior to booking your flights, allowing you to book a flight which corresponds with a convenient shuttle bus transfer.
We will provide travel instructions for students who are making their way independently to the Chinese host university. These will include written instructions in Chinese and English to use when taking a taxi or booking rail tickets.
We provide a travel forum page on the secure area of our website which will allow students to discuss arrangements with other participants.
We will provide you with information relating to applying for a Chinese visa and a Chinese visa invitation letter from the host university.