How can I keep in touch with people back home from China?
With technology what it is today, there are lots of ways to keep in touch with people back home from China. The cheapest of these are through the use of international calling cards, the internet (there are lots of internet cafes available throughout Beijing) and using a Chinese SIM card, which will be provided for you upon your arrival. There are several other methods as well, and the full details will be provided in an information pack that will be sent to you if you end up coming on a program.
Do I have to speak Chinese to come on a program?
The simple answer to this is no. Knowledge of the Chinese language is obviously useful, and opens up the range of organizations that you can work for, but it is not a necessity. We have affiliations with a number of organizations that have English speaking employees, so a placement can still be arranged if you don’t speak any Chinese.
However, we would strongly encourage you to enrol in the two-week language course that we offer prior to starting your internship. This will give you a solid foundation to build upon during your time there and will enable you to communicate with your colleagues that don’t speak any English, of which there are some in every Chinese organisation.