2017 China Study Tour

行万里路, 读万卷书
x'ng wànlǐ lù dú wàn juǎn shū

“To travel a thousand miles, to read a thousand books.”

2017 China Culture Study Tour

Here’s your chance to put aside your textbooks and make the great cities of Shanghai and Nanjing your classroom for 14 days.

The China Study Tour is the lead event in our in-country study program. Open to University of Sydney students and Confucius Institute Chinese language students, the study tour immerses students in the cultures and traditions of China. In order to keep the tour as affordable as possible, the Confucius Institute subsides the cost of accommodation and activities included in the tour program.

This December, you’ll visit the futuristic metropolis of Shanghai and the ancient walled city of Nanjing. It’s the perfect opportunity to improve your Chinese language skills with Mandarin lessons, seminars, workshops and local contact all built into the tour program. A HSK examination is included at the end of the tour so you can measure how far your language skills have progressed in just two weeks.

Everyone on tour will have the opportunity to participate in different art forms, visit sites of historical and cultural significance, go on day trips out of the cities and sample authentic regional cuisines.

If you want to really experience China and participate in the local culture of great cities, we encourage you to apply.

Tour dates

Friday 8 December – Thursday 21 December 2017


Eligible candidates must:

  • Under the age of 35, born after 13 August 1982
  • An Australian permanent resident or citizen and a non-Chinese passport holder
  • An enrolled student of the University of Sydney, or University of Sydney Confucius Institute
  • Not have received a scholarship from the University of Sydney Confucius Institute in the last 24 months
  • Possess a valid passport before departure.


This study tour is heavily subsidised by the Confucius Institute which will pay for specific costs associated with the tour program.

The University of Sydney Confucius Institute will pay for:

  • Accommodation in Shanghai and Nanjing
  • Land transfers within China to meet program activities
  • Participation in programmed lectures and workshops
  • Entry into cultural sites and exhibitions as part of the program

Successful applicants will need to pay for:

  • Return international airfares, arriving in Shanghai
  • Travel insurance
  • China visa application and services – currently AUD 109.50 for single entry for Australian Citizens
  • All personal expenses in China, based on your individual requirements
  • Passport and travel documentation costs

For budgeting purposes, China Eastern Airlines fares are projected to be between AUD 1200 and AUD 1300. This may vary according to your time of booking and market conditions. Projected cost for travel insurance is approximately AUD 175.

Applications and offers

  • Download the Application form.
  • Please send completed applications to .
  • Closing date 30 September 2017.

In order to accept a provisional offer you must present proof of an eligible passport or travel document; a health statement if required; a valid certificate of travel insurance and a valid visa for China covering the entire period of the tour. Full terms and conditions will be available to you before the deadline for accepting our provisional offer.


  • You must organise your own visa for the program and make sure you have a valid visa and passport for the duration of your stay in China.
  • You will need to organise an appointment with the China Visa Application Centre. You can visit their website and begin your online visa application here.


The Confucius Institute will provide accommodation during the tour in Shanghai and Nanjing. Further details to come closer to departure date.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, review the frequently asked questions page.

Additional Information

  • Australian passport holders should register with Smart Traveller at DFAT’s website - http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au/
  • We recommend you to register with the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Foreign nationals should register with their own consulate and/or embassy in China. A listing of the Australian Embassy and consulates can be found at: www.dfat.gov.au/missions/

Contact us

If you have any enquiries please contact us.

Tel: 9114 0760
Email: .

*Disclaimer: The University of Sydney Confucius Institute (USCI) is solely responsible for the selection of candidates for this tour and makes selections based at its discretion. No further correspondence will be entered into with respect the selection process. USCI reserves the right to alter, exclude or substitute activities included in the program without notice, and at any time, up to the conclusion of the tour. To the extent permitted by law, USCI will not be responsible for any losses (financial or material), personal injury or personal liabilities incurred by tour participants as a result of participation in the tour program or changes made to the program or associated itineraries.