Q. What if I need to get a passport?
If you need to apply for a passport, please click here to learn how.
Q. Do I need to know Chinese or take a Chinese class to go on the trip?
No. Anyone, regardless of language ability, can come on the trip. In fact, the majority of students who come on the trip don't know any Chinese at first.
Q. What is a visa, why do I need it and how do I apply to get one?
Once everyone has a passport, we will apply for our Chinese visas as a group. (A visa is a stamp which will go in your passport granting you permission to enter a country for a given amount of time. China requires every visitor to have a passport with a Chinese visa). Everyone also needs to fill out the visa application form. You will need a passport before you are able to complete this form. Below is some advice for filling out your visa application correctly:
Chinese Visa Application Form: Click here to download
- Passport Type: "Regular"
- Your Current Occupation(s): "Teacher or Student"
- Major Purpose(s) of Your Visit(s) to China: "Tourism"
- Intended Number of Entries: "Multiple entires valid for 6 months"
- Date of Your First Possible Entry into China: "2011-05-01"
- Your Longest Intended Stay in China: "60 Days"
- Please list Counties/Cities and Provinces to visit in China in a time sequence: "Beijing, Datong, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guilin, Shenzhen, Hong Kong"
- Normally, visa processing takes 4 working days. Do you request express or rush service by paying extra fee? : "(leave this blank)"
- Name of Your Employer or School: "Creighton University"
- Address of Your Employer or School: "2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska, 68178, USA"
- Daytime/Nighttime Phone Number: "1-402-280-2221" (this is the Office of International Programs' phone number)
- Name of Inviter, Contact or Your Relative in China: "Soong Ching-Ling Foundation"
- Phone Number of Your Contact: "010-6445-0781"
- Address of Inviter, Contact or Your Relative in China: "A12F, Zhejiang Plaza, No. 26 Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029"
- Email of Your Contact: "email@example.com"
- Other Declaration: "(leave blank)"
- Application Form Completed by Another Person: "(leave blank)"
- Don't forget to sign and date!