Your Health and Safety in China

We recognize how important your health and safety is while you’re in China, and we take it very seriously. We want to have the safest Study and Internship Abroad Programs available. To do this, we have rigorous health and safety practices, procedures, and policies. We want you to relax while you’re here, knowing you are in safe hands.

Our policies and procedures are standardized across all our programs and locations, and they undergo regular review. We keep our staff trained and up to date, so that, on the rare occasion that something should go wrong, you can be confident we are ready and prepared to help. Our goal is to ensure you return home safely, having had a wonderful time with us.

Our Health and Safety Procedures

Before You Come
Once You're Here
Go Abroad China have detailed policies and procedures to manage the things you need to do so before you come. Our pre-departure guide has everything you need to know and do, from advice on medical aids and travel insurance to information about China, the weather, emergency contact details, and health and safety information for your stay. We’ll have a pre-departure Skype chat with you and your parents to review this information, set expectations, and answer any questions you may have. There are a few important things to know and do before your trip to China to help make this a safe and fun experience.

Insurance
All our participants are required to have health and emergency medical insurance, and this cover needs to be purchased before you come. Although most of our programs include medical and emergency insurance, the basic packages don’t. You need to make sure you know which package you are on and what complimentary insurances you need. If you are taking out your own health insurance, make sure you are covered for accidents and illness, as well as emergency evacuation should you need to be flown home for emergency medical treatment. Our team is here to help you prepare and can offer advice on reliable medical insurance for your time abroad. You need to be adequately covered for your time here; our program coordinators are here to help. If you’re coming to study at a Chinese university, you’ll need to purchase their student insurance once you’re in China; the cost is no more than US$100 per academic year. We require that you send us proof of your insurance coverage in the form of either a letter from your provider or a copy of your insurance statement/card. We encourage you to take out standard travel insurance to cover you for lost or stolen property, travel documents and such.

Medical Exam and Health Management
We encourage you to have a medical and dental examination before you come to confirm that you are in good health. For students enrolled in long-term programs, six-months or more, you’ll need to get a complete physical medical examination completed as we require a medical certificate signed by your doctor. So we can make sure we can take care of you all and support you while you’re here, we need you to disclose any relevant medical information. If you have medication, bring enough supply for your entire stay. You should also bring copies of all your prescriptions, including glasses, and your medical record. Bring a letter from your doctor showing any regular medical treatments you need while you are abroad. Medication for common illnesses or ailments is widely available in Chinese pharmacies.

Travel Vaccinations
Travel vaccinations aren’t usually required for traveling within China. However, if you come from a region prone to yellow fever or cholera, you may need vaccinations. You can look at the Center for Disease Control and Protection for immunization guidelines and travel advice for China. You can also get more information from:
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Tel: 800 311 3435
  • S. State Department Overseas Citizens Emergency Center: Tel: 202 647 5225
  • Mobility International (for those with disabilities): Tel: 503 343 1284
We recognize how important your health and safety is while you’re in China, and we take it very seriously. We want to have the safest Study and Internship Abroad Programs available. To do this, we have rigorous health and safety practices, procedures, and policies. We want you to relax while you’re here, knowing you are in safe hands. Our policies and procedures are standardized across all our programs and locations, and they undergo regular review. We keep our staff trained and up to date, so that, on the rare occasion that something should go wrong, you can be confident we are ready and prepared to help. Our goal is to ensure you return home safely, having had a wonderful time with us.

General Guide to Staying Safe and Healthy in China

China Travel Tips
Budgeting
Eating in China
Accommodation
Nightlife
China is still considered one of the safest places to travel to and live in, in Asia. Our big cities, while quite busy, remain safe with low crime rates. However, in the big cities, just like anywhere else in the world, it is advisable to not walk alone at night especially in poor lit or inhabited areas. Keep an eye out for pick-pockets and make sure your wallet/purse is secure when using public transport, especially during peak times. Be vigilant against scams or street hawkers trying to sell you fake goods. We also recommend you avoid engaging in controversial behavior or discussions; China is conservative and has strong censorship. Like anywhere else in the world, being responsible for what you do, where you go and when you go is essential.
Most of our packages cover accommodation for the duration of your stay. You will, however, need to cover your meals (unless you are on a Hospitality Internship), transportation, shopping and incidental expenses such as buying new toiletries. When shopping, it’s expected that you haggle and bargain for a fair price; don’t pay the listed price but instead always see if you can haggle for a better deal (that will also help keep your budget down!). When using a taxi, always ride in registered taxi services and ensure they charge the price indicated on the charging meter installed in the vehicle. We’ve found that, unless you like to spend big, you can get by on 50RMB a day. Remember to plan your budget ahead of the time and discuss finances with your family should you need to ask for additional funds while you’re in China.
While we have a diverse range of delicious and flavourful food available, we have found that it is not uncommon for foreigners to have food allergies or an aversion to certain food products, their smell or taste. In China, we use an abundance of oils, nuts and other ingredients. If you are eating out, please be careful to choose foods that will be safe for you to eat, avoid eating street food if you know that you may have a sensitive stomach and taste buds. Only bottled water is clean and safe to drink in China, don’t drink water directly from the tap/faucet under any conditions. If you need to take regular or daily medication, it’s best to bring a good supply with you to China in case you can’t find your specific brand here in our Chinese pharmacies.
Safety is one of our top priorities, so we are very careful with our housing selection. Our private and shared apartments are in complexes with access to 24-hour security; our homestay options require the participant to be home at a reasonable time every evening and to give notice the host family if they will be late. High school students, in particular, are encouraged not to stay out late and to behave responsibly and respectfully. While Go Abroad China doesn’t specifically give a curfew, we are happy to follow the curfew your parents agreed to back home.
In China, age restrictions often aren’t strictly enforced when buying alcohol, smoking and going to nightclubs. We advise parents to discuss alcohol consumption with their children before joining our programs, especially if they have chosen the high school or study tour programs. We urge our young participants to always present themselves well in public and obey the rules. Nightlife is exciting and cheap in the country. Please be careful of what you drink, especially in nightclubs and discos, as the laws here are rather relaxed when it comes to restricting minors from having access to alcohol or smoking.

If you have any questions about staying safe and healthy in China, or simply want to know more about our policies and procedures, contact us.