The program will take place sequentially in three cities: Tianjin, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. Tianjin is 30 minutes by train from Beijing. Shenzhen neighbors Hong Kong and is in close proximity to Macau. The GT-Shenzhen Campus is less than 4 miles from the border crossing with Hong Kong. Shanghai is a major cosmopolitan city and the economic center of China.
The program provides double-accommodation housing located on-campus or near campus. Housing is modern and provides air conditioning, western toilets, and modern facilities. Students may select a roommate in advance. Those who do not select a roommate will be randomly paired with another student of the same gender.
Airfare between the United State and China is not included in the program fee. A group flight will be pre-selected by the program and made available to students on a first-come, first serve basis and is approximately $1,500 - $2,000. Additional group flight information will be made available in November 2016.
Students who do not select the group flight option are responsible for making independent flight arrangements. For arrival into China, the default airport is PEK (Beijing Capital International Airport). Tianjin has an international airport as well (TSN - Tianjin Binhai International Airport) but unless you fly Korean Air, you will find that PEK is your better choice. For departure out of China, the default airport is PVG (Shanghai Pudong International Airport). When searching for airfare on the airline's website, you should select multi-city travel, ATL → PEK and PVG → ATL for example. The following airlines may offer 1-stop itineraries: Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada,Korean Airlines.
Inter-program transportation is coordinated by the program and included in the program fee. Students will travel from Tianjin to Shenzhen by flight and from Shenzhen to Shanghai by high speed train. All students, faculty, and staff will travel between program locations as a group.
In Tianjin, many students take the time to visit Beijing by the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway. From Tianjin, students will arrive at the Beijing South Station, which is on Line 4 of the Beijing Subway. From there you can reach most major Beijing landmarks by subway.
In Shanghai, students will use the metro. SJTU is near the Xujiahui Station, Metro lines #1, #9, #10.
All travelers are required to obtain a passport before departing the United States. Once accepted to the program, students should immediately apply for a passport. To apply for a passport, click here. If you already hold a current passport, students should ensure that their passport is valid for a least six months from the conclusion of the program.
All non-Chinese citizens are required to obtain a Chinese visa before entering China. The program has made arrangements with a reputable visa service in Houston, TX and will coordinate a group visa application process in March of each year. Chinese visa instructions will be emailed to all participants shortly after the February 15th application deadline. Immediately following the first CSP orientation in March, we will review program participants' Chinese visa applications, and send as a group to the visa service in Houston, TX. A current and valid passport will be required. Applications will be processed at the Chinese Consulate in Houston and will take approximately 2 weeks to process.