FAQ - China
1. What services are included in the placement fees for your internship abroad?
- Airport Lift
- Support with Visa formalities
- 24 hour local contact person
- Support with organization of accommodation
- If required: organization of Chinese language course
- Organization of leisure activities
2. Do companies pay a salary?
Most of our "partner" companies do pay a monthly salary covering the basic costs like meals or public transport costs. The salary depends on the qualification of the intern and the duration of the internship.
3. What are the program details of the internship abroad?
We offer students and graduates from around the world the unique opportunity to gather important work experience during an internship abroad. That way you will get a glimpse into one of the flourishing economies of the world. We offer the once in a lifetime chance to get to know one of the most fascinating cultures and to travel through a remarkable country while gathering important experience for your future professional career. It is often very difficult for foreigner to find a position in a Chinese company. Studentsgoabroad.com offers you this internship position matching your requirements and interests.
We have close contacts with companies that have a variety of internship positions for foreign talents. You can find those here...
You can choose the duration and dates! We offer 3, 6 or 12 months placements! You will be integrated in the daily work routines and work in a professional surrounding with a qualified team in our partner companies.
The Studentsgoabroad.com team supports you with everything from the time you apply to the whole duration of your internship.
Additionally, you have the opportunity to learn Chinese at the prestigious CYPOS University Beijing. We offer customized language courses in either small groups or as private tutoring.
Benefit through our services and safe time and money!
4. Why Studentsgoabroad.com and not any other internship placement agency?
We offer students and graduates the opportunity to gather work experience and to develop and improve their skills during an internship abroad. We have close contact to a lot of companies only waiting to host talented students from around the world. Therefore we can place interns in a variety of working fields. Eacg internship is customized according to your CV so that the internship is beneficial to both parties.
We offer the opportunity to work as an intern in the most successful Chinese companies to exchange experiences, produce new ideas, improve processes and get to know a new culture.
Should you not find a suitable position, let us know and we will do our best to find one! Send your application including a CV and a cover letter using our online request form and inform us about your requirements regarding an internship position.
5. What are the average living costs in Beijing?
You have a large selection of restaurants in every price range. In comparison to the large American restaurant chains, many Chinese restaurants offer meals for decent prices. The transport fees of the well developed public transport system you can use during your internship in Beijing are cheap, too.
The major tourist sites are rather cheap to visit, too.
- Subway: approx. RMB 2
- Bus: ca. RMB 0,8
- Meals: approx. RMB 4-20
- Taxi: RMB 10 (for the first 3 km)
6. What about medical care in China?
You can get most of the usual medical drugs in all Chinese pharmacies. It is nevertheless recommended to get all important prescription drugs before going to China. You should also have all the necessary information about possible health problems available in case of an emergency. It is easy to find a doctor and consultation and treatment in most cases are not expensive. There are also a lot of foreign doctors and clinics that you can consult in English and other languages during your stay in Beijing.
7. Do I need special vaccinations for China?
No, there are no special vaccinations needed to enter China. We recommend checking and renewing the following vaccinations before you start your internship in China: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese B encephalitis, Typhus, Diphtheria, Rabies and Polio.
8. What kind of clothes do I need to pack?
Beijing is very humid during the summer months and cold and dry in winter time. It can be up to 35° degrees in summer and temperatures can drop to -10° degrees in winter. You should bring suitable clothes depending on the season and you can buy cheap clothes everywhere in China.
9. Can I use my electrical equipment in China?
The voltage in China is 220 Volt. You can buy adaptors and plugs there.
10. Is food bought from street vendors safe?
In general you can enjoy food from the street vendors without any concerns. But please be aware that the new type of cuisine can lead to problems in the very beginning. Your body might need some time to adapt.
11. I have a food allergy
You should always check whether the food includes substances you are allergic to. It is useful to learn the Chinese terms for the type of foods you are allergic to.
12. How can I change money in China?
As a foreigner you can change cash at the Bank of China into Chinese Renmimbi. You can also use travelers' checks and credit cards without any problems.
You can also exchange foreign currencies at the airport, most banks as well as in the cities' hotels. All you need is your passport. There you can also cash in your travelers' checks.
Credit cards are accepted in most shops, restaurants and hotels in China. You can also withdraw money at the various ATMs of the city. Fees for using your card abroad vary depending on your bank. You should inform yourself before you leave for your internship in China.
It is also possible to open an account with a bank in Beijing to be able to make money transfers and withdraw cash for the duration of your stay. But please note that banks can charge high fees for international transfers into that account. We recommend the Bank of China or the Industrial and Commercial Bank. Those two have the most branches and even offer ATMs at some of the universities.
13. Is English useful in Beijing?
Although all signs are both in Chinese and English it is only spoken by a small minority of the population. We therefore recommend getting a language guide before starting your in internship in Beijing. To get safe and fast to a destination you should know the address in both languages. All subway stops are indicated in Latin writing in comparison to the bus stops that are only indicated in Chinese. It is also rare to find a taxi driver speaking English so you should have someone write down the address for you in Chinese.
14. How's Beijing's food?
Beijing's cuisine offers a vast variety, because its population comes from all the different parts of China. Most restaurants have menus in Chinese and English. Additionally you will find most of the large American Fast Food chains as well as Italian, Mexican and other restaurants.
15. Can I use my European mobile in China?
You can use your mobile number only if you are with a provider that offers international roaming services. You have to check this before you leave for China. If you want to equip your mobile with a Chinese (prepaid) SIM card, you can buy it in China. But make sure your phone does not have a SIM-Lock. You can also get cheap contract phones in Beijing.