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Here is an overview of the China Study Tour for 2012.
2012 China Study Tour dates
The tour ran during the mid year break, just after the Trimester 1 examination period ends, from 16 June to 3 July 2012.
The schedule was structured with morning classes on weekdays and afternoon field trips which were either tourist sites such as the China Pavilion of the World Expo and a night cruise on Yangzhi River or part of the academic course, such as a visit to a law firm and the Arbitration Commission.
Students cannot enrol in the Study Tour without having made an application using the online application form and paying the tour fees. Once the student's application is approved they will be provided with instruction for enrolling into the Study Tour mode of this unit.
The average temperature at the time of travel is approx 35 degrees with very high humidity. The heat can be extreme, so you must be prepared to tolerate these extreme weather conditions. This includes wearing protective sunscreen and clothing as well as drinking plenty of bottled water.
You will be required to arrange your own flight to and from Shanghai, however we will negotiate a group fare with one of the airlines via Reho Travel and would encourage you to travel with Deakin University as a group. The higher number of bookings that are made with the group, the more discounted the flight cost will become. Please note if you choose to travel individually you will need to arrange your own airport transfers.
The group fare and further information will be provided after the tour is confirmed. At present we have an indicative cost of $1900 (including taxes and the cost of the tourist visa).
Students who wish to select group travel but extend their travel either prior or after the Tour can negotiate with the appointed travel agent, Reho Travel.
Visa application and passport
All students will need a valid passport to travel to China and to make application for a Tourist Visa. A Tourist Visa is required for entry into China. If you are travelling with the group the assigned Travel Agency will assist with your Tourist Visa. However, if travelling separately it is your responsibility to make the appropriate Tourist Visa application for entry into China. Your travel agent will be able to assist you in making your application. For the purpose of your visa application you must apply for entry into China as a tourist.
Please ensure you allow several weeks for your Tourist Visa application to be processed. Do not leave this until the last minute.
When making your Tourist Visa application, please ensure that your visa and passport names are exactly the same. Also, your passport must be valid for six months from the date of return to Australia.
Accommodation and meals
Tour participants stay in twin-share accommodation, all lunches are included within tour fee. The tour group will stay at a hotel close to the host University. Tour participants can nominate to share their room with a friend or we will allocate you to a room mate for the duration of the tour.
As a student of the University, you are bound by all University rules and regulations whilst on the study tour, particularly Regulation 04.01(01) Part 1, found on The Guide relating to General Misconduct:
“1. A student shall have committed an act of general misconduct if the student acts in a manner which is detrimental to the University. General misconduct includes:
1.3 disobeying any reasonable order or direction given to the student by a member of the University staff in the performance of his or her duties and responsibilities:
to ensure the safety of the student or of any other person
for the maintenance of good order
1.6 behaving in a manner that is disorderly or detrimental to the interests and good repute of the University
1.8 engaging in conduct which causes or may cause injury to any person or damage or loss of property."
PLEASE NOTE: Class attendance is compulsory whilst on the study tour. Non class attendance will result in a fail grade.
Vaccinations are required for those travelling to China. The School of Law does not provide advice as to vaccinations, and advises students to seek advice from a medical practitioner.
Pre-departure tour briefing
A tour briefing was held prior to the tour. The tour briefing is a great opportunity to meet your fellow tour participants and staff and it is a chance to ask those all important questions!
Can students from another institution take part in the tour?
Yes. The tour is open to non-Deakin students via cross-institutional enrolment. This requires the prior approval of the 'home' institution. All fees, enrolment arrangements and assessment apply to cross-institutional students, however cross-institutional students are not eligible for the Deakin Business & Law Faculty Grant.
Interested students will need to complete the online tour application and complete the cross-institutional application form and return to the Study Tour Coordinator Suzi Miller for assessment of eligibility.