2015 China IFE

Start Date and City:

Tuesday, May 19 at 5 pm in Kunming

End Date and City:

Thursday, May 28th around 8pm in Kunming

Primary Trip Segments

  • Kunming, Yunnan:

    Welcome dinner plus 1 day of work
  • Dali City, Yunnan:

    1 day of travel, 3 days of work
  • Diqing Prefecture, Yunnan:

    1 day of travel, 2 days of work
  • Kunming, Yunnan:

    closing dinner

Faculty Lead:

Andrew Perlstein

Program Description

Trip Duration:

10 days and 10 nights (trip concludes at dinner in Kunming, last night in Kunming is included in program fees)

Itinerary Overview

The specific trip itinerary will be informed by the interests of the participants and will follow these general themes:
  • The majority of our time will be spent in Yunnan, a province situated in the southwest corner of the country and known for its rich cultural, biological, and geographical diversity.
  • We will explore themes such as the role of urbanization in driving economic development and the challenges and prospects for sustainable livelihoods in more traditional, rural contexts.
  • Students will explore different approaches to gathering data, developing research questions, and generating insights about sustainability in China.

China IFE To-Do List

If you would like to enroll in this China IFE, please complete each of the following steps in preparation for your travels. As CLI is an official partner of CLiGS and helps manage the Center’s IFE enrollment and logistical needs, please feel free to contact CLI anytime at 888-781-8383 or email CLI’s Director of Admissions at nancy@studycli.org if you have questions regarding the enrollment process.
  1. Complete CLI’s Student Information Form
    Complete CLI’s Student Information Form within one week of reading this prompt. Your program is titled “CLiGS IFE China 2015 (May 19 – May 28)”. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Please also be on the lookout for an email from the Virginia Tech Global Education Office requesting that you complete its required liability and financial agreement forms.
  2. Secure your space in the 2015 China IFE
    In order to secure your space in your IFE, please click the below link to submit your 300 USD IFE deposit at least three months prior to your IFE’s start date. Please note that in order to submit your deposit, you must first complete CLI’s Student Information Form (see Step 1 above). Prior to submitting your deposit, please review CLiGS Program Dismissal/Cancellation Policy. By enrolling in any International Fieldwork Experience, you explicitly agree to these aforementioned terms. Please use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit your IFE deposit.

    Submit IFE Deposit

  3. Purchase your international airfare and complete CLI’s Flight Form
    After purchasing your international airfare, please share your flight information with CLI by completing this international flight form at least one month prior to your IFE’s start date.
  4. Secure your passport and visa
    Thoroughly review our Chinese Visa Application Guide and submit all required application items to the Chinese consulate or Oasis China Visa at least one month prior to your IFE’s start date.
  5. Complete CLiGS and CLI’s medical allergies and dietary restrictions form
    Please complete our medical allergies and dietary restrictions form upon reading this prompt. It’s important that your travel logistics providers have access to information regarding any medical allergies you may have or other medical considerations of which we should be aware. Please also use this opportunity to inform us of your dietary restrictions (if any).
  6. Review CLI’s Pre-Departure Packet
    In an effort to better prepare you for your time abroad, CLI has put together this detailed pre-departure packet. Be sure to review all information carefully and contact CLI at nancy@studycli.org with any additional questions you may have.
  7. Submit your remaining IFE balance
    Your remaining IFE balance of 2600 USD (which is the 2900 USD full IFE fee less your 300 USD deposit from Step 2 above) is due three weeks prior to program commencement. Please use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit your IFE balance.

    Submit IFE Balance

  8. Understand your VT-provided medical and travel insurance
    Please carefully review this Virginia Tech Insurance PDF. CLiGS will purchase a travelers’ health insurance policy on your behalf from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). You will receive an email from CISI with your personal policy information. Be sure to save the information, bring it with you on your IFE, and leave a copy with your emergency contact. CISI also offers a mobile app that may come in handy during your travels.
  9. Consider learning survival Mandarin
    A great selection of free Mandarin learning resources is available online. Please take time to review and familiarize yourself with the resources overviewed on CLI’s Online Learning Resources page.
  10. Review important travel information
    Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed health and safety information from both the CDC and the U.S. State Department well in advance of your departure to China. The State Department highlights that “China remains a very safe country” for most travelers. That said, when traveling to any foreign country, it is important that you familiarize yourself with relevant health and safety information.