Visa Information

Chinese Visa Information for Students

What is a visa?

A visa is passport stamp or document that authorizes the passport holder to enter a country for a specific purpose and particular period of time. Every country has different visa policies and arrangements with every other country. Different types of visas are available for different purposes; common types include tourist visas, student visas, or business visas. Different visas last for different durations of time. Visas are issued through the embassy or consulate of the appropriate host country. The process is extensive and can take up to eight weeks (or more) to receive your visa. To avoid early expiration, the consulate will issue your visa no more than 90 days prior to your program's departure.

Do I need a visa?

Academic Year, Fall Only and Spring Only Programs:

  • If you are a U.S. passport holder, you must obtain a visa before arrival in China.
  • If you are a non-U.S. passport from one of these countries, you do not need a visa for a short visit to China, but you must obtain a regular student visa for study in China.
  • If you are from another country, you likely need a visa.

Summer Programs:

  • If you are a U.S. passport holder, you must obtain a visa before arrival in China.
  • If you are a non-U.S. passport from one of these countries, you do not need a visa for a short visit to China, but you must obtain a regular student visa for study in China.
  • If you are from another country, you likely need a visa.

How do I obtain a visa?

Learn how to obtain a visa by attending the mandatory visa workshop for your term:

Spring 2021

Shanghai Spring 2021 Preparation & Visa Workshop
Friday, December 11, 2020, 12pm-1:30pm PT

Summer 2021

Shanghai Summer 2021, Fall 2021 & Academic Year Preparation & Visa Workshop
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 8:15am-9:30am PT

Fall Only 2021/Academic Year 2021-2022

Shanghai Summer 2021, Fall 2021 & Academic Year Preparation & Visa Workshop
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:30am-12pm PT

Spring 2022

TBD