UQ Research, Study and Experience Tour to China 2017 - FAQs

Pre-departure Information

What sort of practical experiences will be available for students to choose from?

Applications will be considered based primarily on a list of nominated disciplines. If your discipline is not listed, potential applicants can contact prior to applying to see whether they can be accommodated.

Are there any scholarships/financial support available for students selected to go on the tour?

Successful applicants that meet selected criteria may be eligible for financial assistance. Further information to be provided.

What level of Chinese proficiency is required for the tour?

Students of all levels of Chinese proficiency are welcome to express their interest in our program. However, it is not advisable for native speakers of Chinese to apply as their level of proficiency may not be catered for. Students who have never learned Chinese before will be allocated to beginner classes upon arrival. Other students of different levels of proficiency will be given an informal test to place them in the most appropriate class. It is expected that all students are to attend the Chinese language and cultural classes to the best of their abilities.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Successful applicants will be notified by email. Students will be required to confirm their acceptance and pay a $500 deposit for flights.

What details/documents will I need to organise for myself prior to embarking on the tour (e.g. flights, visa, passport, accommodation etc.)?

After you have been accepted, you will need to ensure that your passport will remain valid at least 6 months after the commencement of the study tour (i.e. approximately until December 2017). Students will also be responsible to apply for their own Chinese visa. The Confucius Institute at UQ will provide information on how to proceed with a visa application after all successful participants have confirmed their acceptance.

Flights and accommodation will be organised by the Confucius Institute at UQ and TJU. A group booking for flights will be made so that the best price can be offered to students. Consequently, students are expected to arrive and depart at the same time, and will not be able to organise their own flights to a different city after the tour.

Will I meet the other participants before leaving Brisbane?

The Confucius Insittute will organise a pre-departure briefing for successful applicants before the tour commences so that everyone is familiar with each other.

What to Expect at Your Destination

What can I expect from the tour on a day-to-day basis?

During the weekdays, students will participate in a structured program involving practical cultural classes and Chinese language lessons. Weekends will include varying tours organised by TJU as well as opportunities for sutdents to plan their own activities. Ample free time throughout the week will allow students to spend time exploring the local area.

A detailed itinerary outlining the types of activities offered will be released closer to the start of the tour. 

Do I need to attend all activities hosted by TJU?

The student ambassadors and staff of TJU have organised activities that will provide students with the opportunity to socialise with each other and get to know the local students. Thus, you are strongly encouraged to try and participate in all activities. If unable to do so, students may request to opt out of some activities by contacting the TJU organiser and tour leaders.

What can I expect from the practical experiences provided?

The type of practical experience you recieve will depend on your nominated discipline and which research team you are allocated. Experiences can include, but are not limited to: site visits, research opportunities and practical applications of your current knowledge in a research environment. TJU and UQ will work collaboratively to match you witha team that best coincides with your area of interest.

Does TJU have any sporting facilities available?

TJU has various facilities available including basketball courts, a swimming pool, a gym and badminton courts.

Will there be vegetarian/halal options available?

Whilst vegetarian options are available in the TJU dining halls, halal will not be. However, students may be able to find halal options at local restaurants situated within close proximity of the university and accommodation.

What will the weather be like?

The weather in Tianjin will be quite warm in the June/July period. The temperature will be similar to summer in Brisbane, with greater humidity to be expected.

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