Study in China: First steps after arriving

Well, you came to China. After all the efforts, troubles, bunch of documents (or maybe CGES made it a bit easier for you) and handling the emotional goodbyes with your home, parents, friends and maybe girl/boyfriend, you are finally here, in one of the greatest countries with a long history and a lot of people.


But let’s not get distracted with all the view and people, and language, and traffic, and history, and buildings. Because that’s not the point.

The point is you are here. So what’s next? 

Here’s what’s next:

  • Get from the airport to university area: by taxi, by Airport Express and Subway,  by the Airport Bus, or just let us take care of it.
  • Get to a hotel (hopefully, you already booked one). Tips: don’t lose your passport and Admission notice
  • Go through all the trouble with them not speaking good English and you not speaking Chinese at all
  • Finally get a room
  • If it’s late, sleep, if not, go to the university office
  • Ask people where the office for international students is
  • Get lost
  • Ask again
  • Get to the office
  • Ask: what is my next step?
  • See a confused look on another person’s face as an answer
  • Repeat yourself until they understand
  • Get some directions about where to pay your tuition fee, where to go after, what documents you need etc
  • Get confused, since there’s too much information, but follow the directions anyway
  • Find out they gave you wrong directions, because you are not here to study Bachelor’s degree, you want to study Chinese
  • Get different directions
  • Get lost again
  • Get hungry
  • Look around, look for food
  • Find out that there’re a lot of restaurants in the campus
  • Go to the nearest one or McDonald’s/KFC
  • Eat something strange and find out the only rule in China which keeps foreign students if not happy then okaish: better not to ask what exactly you are eating
  • Get back to the office and ask again for directions
  • Get to the right place
  • Find out you have to exchange your money
  • Ask where the bank is
  • Get to the bank
  • Stand in line for one-two hours
  • Start getting depressed
  • Exchanging money: done
  • Get back to the office
  • Find out that you need Registration Form for Temporary Residence before paying the fee
  • Start crying
  • Get back to the hotel and ask them for the Form
  • Go back to your room and continue crying

Okay, let’s take a break and see what we’ve learnt so far. First of all, Chinese people are not organized. They are as far away from being organized as they can be.

stress-cartoonBut it’s fine, don’t panic.  Remember all the survivors who went through the same and lived to tell the story.

Second, China Universities campuses are huge, large, big and disorganized. Easy to get lost. But you just need time and several mistakes to get used to it.

Third, Chinese people usually don’t speak English. Even those who have been studying it for a long time still have some problems with it, therefore Have. To. Learn. Chinese.

Deep breathes. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Let’s go on. Where were we?

  • Documents check:
  1. Registration Form for Temporary Residence
  2. Passport
  3. Photo  (about 10, just in case)
  4. Admission letter
  5. JW202/JW201 form
  6. Visa
  7. Residence permit
  8. And copies of all the documents
  • Go to the place where you pay your fee. Get a check
  • Go buy insurance as well. Get a check. Tips: Do not lose or throw away any of check or documents they give you. You never know when and which you might need.
  • Get back to the office for international students
  • Finish the registration by giving them everything they need and showing them checks for insurance and tuition fee

Okay, you did it! You also survived and now you get to tell the story!

Of course, that’s not the end, you still 20140410223508-jianggxi-provincial-government-scholarship-for-international-students-in-china-mhave to figure out where to go to choose you classes and which building you are going to be studying at, but the hardest part is over.

Now you are officially a student in China.

Congratulations and good luck. No, seriously, good luck. You’ll need it 😉 Or…

Maybe you won’t, if you know about our existence and how to contact us, and where to find us (China Global Education Services 3rd Floor, Manning International Center 53 Maizidianjie, Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang District Beijing, People’s Republic of China).

CGES is not a company to help you to apply for an university and then to completely abandon you.  Our  team is always here to help with any problem you might have.

We can and we will make this whole process of adapting to China, registration etc easier for you.

You just need to ask.


Shynar from Kazakhstan, studied at Beijing Language and Culture University.
Shynar Shinibekova

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