UF in SWUFE,
UF in SWUFE,
read the enclosed information before you leave and keep it with you for further
consultation. If you have other specific questions, you can address them to the
or Coordinators at any time.
UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Table of Contents
REMEMBER: Make photocopies of your passport, visa and traveler’s check receipt, and keep them in secure places.
You must have a passport that
will remain valid throughout the duration of your time overseas. If you do not
have a passport, you must apply for one immediately at the university or
downtown post offices in
Prior to leaving the
Whenever you stay at a hotel in
REMEMBER: Upon purchasing your tickets, you must send the following information to the SWUFE. Please send an email in the format below at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Subject: Flight to
l Flight Number:
l Date of Arrival in
l Time of Arrival in
Subject: Flight Back to
l Flight Number:
l Date of Departure from Chengdu/Shanghai:
l Time of Departure from Chengdu/Shanghai:
l Time you plan on leaving SWUFE campus: (Usually at least 3.5 hours prior to your departure time.)
By now, you should have
already purchased your tickets to
If you plan on an early
arrival or a late departure, you must notify the UF in
a. Pre-departure health care
UFIC suggests that students in
The contact information for the two UF Travel Clinics is as follows:
+1(352) 392-1161 x1-4312
SHCC @ Shands
Please visit the CDC website
for the most up-to-date information regarding travel to
If you are on any
prescription medicines, you must ensure that you will have enough medication to
last you throughout your time overseas. You will need to bring with you into
REMEMBER: Leave unnecessary and/or valuable items at home whenever you are out of the dorms. This may include your driver’s license, social security card, library card, student ID, irreplaceable pictures, and anything else you would not to lose. If you do not plan on shopping, leave your credit card and all except some spending cash locked in your suitcase in your locked dorm room.
Please make sure to copy of your credit card numbers and of the contact
information located on the back of the cards, in case they are lost or stolen. You must contact your credit card
companies and banks with the dates and location of your study abroad program so
that you can use your cards while in
We recommend you bring a small amount of dollars and perhaps Chinese
currency with you to
There is a bank branch at the
Never put money in your suitcase or luggage. UFIC encourages you to buy a money pouch to keep under your clothes for your valuables.
You should bring the
following items to
1) Passport and all visa/SWUFE supporting documents.
a. Original visa application.
b. SWUFE acceptance letter.
2) Flight itinerary and receipt.
3) Prescription medicines along with a doctor’s note.
Please note that many airlines may not permit you to board with liquid medicines. You must check with your individual airline and departure airport if you will be traveling with any medicine in a liquid form.
A small amount of
5) $100 cash deposit for your cell phone.
6) Credit cards.
7) Laptop computer that can be used in your dorm room.
8) Other valuables including cameras, DVD players, cell phones, etc.
DO NOT PACK ANY VALUABLES IN YOUR CHECKED SUITCASE.
REMEMBER: You have to carry whatever you bring! You might want a backpack or small carry-on suitcase with wheels for your weekend travels. Remember to allow room in your suitcase for items you acquire while overseas.
If you are participating in the
fall or spring semester programs, you will at some point experience cold
Climatological Information for
Location of weather station : 30.7 N, 104.0 E, altitude : 506 m
* denotes number of days with at least 1.0 mm of rainfall
The suggested wardrobe for UF in
1-2 pairs of jeans
1 formal outfit (dress or slacks)
1 pair of jeans
Modest shorts or skirts
Modest short-sleeved shirts
1 lightweight jacket for cooler nights
1 formal outfit
Comfortable walking shoes
Sandals, although you may not be allowed to wear sandals in all locations
You can buy many basic
necessities and toiletries in
Bring extra contact lenses,
glasses, and your preferred over-the-counter medications. The chances are that
you will not find what you are used to in the drugstores abroad. You may want
to bring medications for upset stomachs, such as Pepto-Bismol, Tums, etc.,
since the bacteria in Chinese food is different from that in American food and
may affect your stomach noticeably. You can always leave any extras behind when
The price for film and developing is approximately $6.50 per roll. Be considerate of the rules in museums or other locations that have “NO PHOTOS” or “NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY” signs. There is always a reason that you are asked not to take photos (usually to protect the object from excess light). Please use common sense and play by the rules. When in doubt, always ask. Keep the local culture in mind, and do not take pictures that may be deemed culturally or politically inappropriate.
If you bring a digital camera or DV, make sure your charger has an automatic voltage converter. See additional information on electrical appliances in the “Other Items to Bring” section below. Bring enough memory cards to store your photos and/or a connector so that you can easily upload your pictures to the internet.
1. Other items to bring
of these items can be purchased in
2) Bug spray
4) A favorite comfort food
While we don’t advocate subsiding solely on American foods while overseas, having a comfort food with you can be a nice occasional treat.
5) Small gifts
Small tokens that represent your life,
your hometown or your home state can make nice gifts for the people you meet in
6) Electronic converters and adapters
The basic electrical voltage in
7) Extra batteries for your appliances
You may want to bring extra batteries for your appliances, particularly for any non-standard sizes that your appliances require.
Please leave your pandas at home!
Picture courtesy of Sam Selikoff.
After you have exited immigration and customs and picked up your
luggage, you will come to the exit point of Chengdu International Airport. UF in
You must contact one of the
following numbers if you are delayed or run into any unforeseen difficulties. From
Zhaohui Zhang: 86-139-8042-5668 (CELL)
Binyu Wang: 86-138-8067-6063 (CELL)
If, for whatever reason, you
do not join the UF in
“Jet lag” is the term used to describe the sleep deprivation you feel from traveling to a new location where the local time is 2 PM, despite your body’s internal clock telling you that it’s instead 2 AM. To lessen the effects of jet lag, avoid drinking alcohol on the plane and instead drink plenty of water and other non-caffeinated beverages. Try to sleep for part of the flight.
When you arrive in
will be an orientation in the first week of the new semester. This includes a
tour of the campus, review of class schedules, and a discussion of general
guidelines for UF in
REMEMBER: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU DRINK TAP
You must check the bottle’s seal any time you purchase
bottled, mineral or purified water in
There’s a great expression that applies to eating in
“Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it.”
(From Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Food_poisoning)
If your food does not fit into one of the above categories, it may contain bacteria to which your body is not accustomed. Even seemingly innocuous foods such as salads or fountain sodas may contain tap water used for washing or for ice cubes. Street food can also cause sickness due to the lack of general sanitary conditions present during preparation, even if the preparer adheres to the above rules. Know where your food is made, and avoid any food or drink that concerns you.
One of the most difficult aspects of taking caution with your foods is
continuing to do so once you’ve settled into a daily routine. It’s easy to become complacent after you
have been in
If you have special dietary needs or concerns, please notify the UF in
a participant in a UF-sponsored study abroad program, you are an ambassador for
American culture, the
condition of your studying with UF in
6. Code of Student Conduct: I am responsible while overseas for compliance with all conduct regulations of the University of Florida which are printed and made available to all students in the University of Florida Student Guide, the University Catalog and on the Internet at http://www.dso.ufl.edu/studentguide/. I also understand that I am subject to the laws and regulations of the host country and host institution at which I will study.
of Local Law: I understand that I do not enjoy the protections
of American law and the Constitution while abroad and that violation of a
local law can cause the termination of my program. Violations can include,
among other things, expressions of political or other opinions which are
legal in the
The UF in
If you would like to change your Chinese visa either for an extension or to a multiple-entry visa, you will need an application form, which are available from Mr. Wang, the officer at SWUFE Foreign Student Affairs Office (Room 220, 2/F, Overseas Student Apartment Building).
In order to make any changes, you will need your original Admission
Notice and Visa Application Form that the UF in
You will stay in a double dorm room in an international student hall on SWUE campus. Once you check into the dormitory, let your family know your room number, your telephone number, cell phone number.
The rooms come equipped with many amenities, including a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, Internet connection, table lamp, and private bathroom. You will have to bring or buy some additional amenities, including towels, a clock, etc.
The beds of the double room are two single beds. There is also a wardrobe in which you can hang your clothing.
You will be charged for phone calls placed on your dorm phone and for Internet data flow into your room.
Many UF in
The country code for
REMEMBER: Do not make international calls from your cell phone, except in the event of an emergency. We recommend that you use Voice-Over IP or Skype for your international calls in order to save money.
You will need to pay for the air time for the phone calls you make. For further information please refer to For fresh Students provided.
This is a study abroad program—note the emphasis on “study”--and you must attend class regularly as well as be fully prepared for all discussions. Classes meet 5 days a week, and you must BE ON TIME FOR THE CLASSES. You may be tested on all material covered in classes. Further information will be provided to you during your orientation. You’ll get a portfolio class schedule designed by SWUFE according to your current Chinese language level.
REMEMBER: According to SWUFE Student Regulations, being late or absent for class without asking for permission in advance will negatively affect your final grades, and may even cause you to fail your courses.
You will be provided a food card which can be used in all student dining halls on SWUFE’s campus. There are 2 student dining halls on campus, with a variety of food options available. If you have special dietary needs, please contact the UF in Chengdu Office.
Meals in the regular dining hall are usually served at the following times:
The UF in
Photo courtesy of Joe Qian.
Make sure you have received the SWUFE Sketch Map. If you do not have the map, please contact the UF Chengdu Office (email@example.com) in order to receive a copy. You will need this map in order to acclimate yourself to SWUFE campus.
When you arrive at SWUFE, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with your exact location according to the SWUFE sketch map. Your apartment building will be at the northwest corner of the map.
You will find a small store for daily necessities located east of the international dorms.
There are some ATMs where you may be able to withdraw Chinese currency on campus and 3 Bank of China branches located outside SWUFE Main Gate and 3rd North Gate. You are welcome to open a bank account at either local branch of the Bank of China. The Bank of China charges RMB 10/year for administrative fees.
There’s 2 large supermarket located outside SWUFE called Metro and Carrefour. (In Chinese Pin Yin: Mai4 De2 Long2 麦德龙 and Jia1 Le4 Fu2家乐福) You will be able to find most daily necessities at these shopping centers.
Photo courtesy of Joe Qian.
The excursion schedule will be finalized after discussion among all the participants.
ADDITIONAL TRIP OPTION:
famous Bund mirrors the "
Bring a money belt, pouch or
purse that you can wear under your clothes and that you can safeguard. Like any
major city, thieves lurk in crowded places. This is especially true in shopping
streets, outdoor markets, or overpasses. While you are shopping or browsing in
crowded areas or roadside stands, make sure you turn your backpack around and
wear it frontward. If you have any questions or concerns, ask a local person
you trust. Follow the instructions
recommended to you by a local travel agent or by the UF in
When traveling in
Bikes are very common and are an efficient way to travel across campus. Lock your bike! You have a good chance of having your bike stolen if you do not lock it.
Photo courtesy of Sam Selikoff.
You should take only municipal taxis and avoid
privately-owned ones. Municipal taxis are painted green and blue, equipped with
a meter, and display the price. Do not
take taxis painted yellow which are officially not allowed to operate in
Whenever you ride in a municipal taxi, be sure to ask for a receipt with the driver’s taxi number on it for your records.
size and economy of
When you travel from SWUFE’s
campus, there are a variety of options, including approximately 20 public bus lines,
which can meet your transportation needs.
The UF in
your free time, the UF in
Please refer to SWUFE Guidebook 184.108.40.206.
Please refer to SWUFE Guidebook 220.127.116.11.
1. The phone calls are charged to the caller as well as/or to the receiver (subject to different cell phone plans).
2. International calls on your cell phone are extremely expensive. We recommend that you either purchase an internet calling card or ask people to call you on the phone in your dorm room.
How to Make a Phone Call:
make a local call, type in the number and press the “call” button. For example,
if you call the UF office number 028-8735-5437
make a long-distance call, type in the area code plus the number. For instance,
if you call a number in
you want to call other Chinese cell phones, input the whole cell number
excluding the area code. This
applies to cell phones throughout
How to use the SMS Messaging Function:
Choose “Menu -> Messages -> Text Messages -> Write New -> [write your message] -> Send Only -> Input Destination [Chinese cell phone number or international cell phone number]”
How to Recharge your Cell Phone with Additional Funds:
To charge more money to your phone, please purchase the Chinese “Shenzhouxing” rechargeable card. Scratch off its printed panel to obtain your PIN number, call the toll-free number (13800138000), choose your spoken language as English, and follow the instructions (China Mobile clients only).
Q: What’s the difference between the F visa and X visa?
A: If you stay in
If you plan to, or even think you might want to, travel
abroad while studying in SWUFE, you need to apply for a residence permit and
pay an RMB 400 yuan application fee to the
Q: Will I need to pay any additional fees to SWUFE?
The program fee remitted to UFIC is the only program fee for UF in
Q: I have my own medical insurance, so do I also need to purchase Chinese medical insurance?
A: As long as you have your own insurance or have been enrolled in UFIC’s plan, you do not need to purchase Chinese medical insurance. However, you must bring a copy of your insurance policy with you. You will be asked to submit a copy of the insurance documentation to the Foreign Student Affairs Office in SWUFE.
Q: Can students stay at SWUFE for extra days after the program ends?
A: Students may stay on the campus for extra days
after the UF in
How will UF in
A: The UF in
Q: What is
the contact information for the UF in
A: The phone number of the
Q: What shall I do if I arrive later than expected, my flight is delayed, or my itinerary changes?
A: Please inform the UF Chengdu office about the changes using the phone numbers listed above, or send email to Mr. Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: If I have questions or am in need of advice, a phone, fax or computer, where should I go?
A: The UF in
Q: Who can I contact after hours for an emergency?
A: In the event of an after-hours
emergency, please contact the UF in
What will my address and phone number be while I am in
Phone number will be available after your check in.
Safety Concerns for SWUFE’s International Students
Please pay attention to the following regulations:
1. Partner with at least 2 of your classmates when leaving campus.
classmates and the UF in
3. You may not stay off-campus overnight without prior approval.
4. Keep an eye on your belongings when you are out.
5. Do not jaywalk. You must follow traffic light signals.
6. Do not buy food from roadside stands.
7. Take care to avoid exhaustion, heat stroke and sunstroke while out.
You may not leave
Finally, please remember that you are in
a foreign setting. If you notice any problems or have any concerns, make sure
you report them to the UF in
UF in Chengdu Office: 86-10-8735-5437
Zhaohui Zhang 86-139-8042-5668 (CELL) email@example.com
Binyu Wang 86-138-8067-6063 (CELL) firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: Lynn Frazier +1(352)253-1505 email@example.com
Coordinator: Susanne Hill +1(352)273-1500 firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisor: Kirsten Eller +1(352)-273-1528 email@example.com