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Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy in China

The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy in China will provide you with access to the people, places and perspectives at the center of China’s evolving role as one of the world’s true political superpowers.

Through special access to government officials and foreign policy experts, engaging activities, group discussions and immersion in the sights, sounds, people and places that make up this exotic and historic land, you will return with not only a new perspective on China, but also on the future of international relations - and the role you want to play in it.

Dates & Schedule: 

Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy
China 2016

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Tuition and Pricing Info:
2016 Program Pricing
Tuition: $3,395
Optional Extension: $1,495


Core Program

Program Start/Arrival Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
     Arrival City: Beijing (Airport code: PEK)

Core Program End Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
     Core Program Departure City: Shanghai (Airport Code: PVG)

Optional Extension*

*For students participating in the Optional Extension, one-way airfare between Shanghai and Hong Kong is included in the package price. Return airfare from Hong Kong to scholar’s final destination is not included.

Optional Extension Start Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
Optional Extension Departure Date: Monday, June 6, 2016
     Optional Extension Departure City: Hong Kong (Airport Code: HKG)


Safety & Travel: 

Safety and Supervision

Should I be concerned about safety in a foreign country?

Your safety is our first priority. As a result, Delegations are highly structured and thoroughly evaluated for quality and safety. We will not bring you into areas where we think your safety might be in question. If conditions exist or arise that make it impossible for us to offer a safe program, we will alter the itinerary and re-route the program to safer regions. ISLP adheres to international travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and the in-country U.S. Embassy. All U.S. scholars are registered with the U.S. Embassy in the destination country prior to their departure.

Do I need any immunizations?

We suggest that scholars consult the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization current recommendations regarding international travel. The most current information can be found at www.cdc.gov and www.who.int. We also recommend that you check with your physician or local health care facility to inquire about any health concerns or immunization options.

Will there be an on-site nurse?

No. You should plan to bring any medication along that you think you might need (i.e. cold medication, anti-diarrhea, fever, etc.). Of course, in the rare occurrence that you may need medical attention, we will assist you in getting to a doctor or hospital.

Will I be expected to follow rules such as curfews on the Program?

Since this is an academic program, there is an established Code of Conduct. This exists to ensure the highest level of safety, education and enjoyment for all scholars. Further, we do ask that scholars take into consideration the intense academic nature of the Program, and as a result, we expect them to be well-rested and focused during the daily program. We ask scholars to remember that they are serving as ambassadors when they visit another country. As such, it is imperative that all scholars keep in mind the importance of their conduct when traveling. Our hosts and speakers are expecting prepared, motivated and well-informed high-caliber scholars. Please refer to the Information, Release and Agreement on the back of the Enrollment Application.

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Preparing for Travel in a Foreign Country

What assistance will be available to prepare for the Program?

Once you are enrolled, you can expect to receive communications with all the information necessary to prepare for your journey, including packing suggestions, suggested attire, currency exchange information, travel documents, academic preparation and useful travel tips.

Also, as we rely heavily on our web site to communicate important information, it would be a good idea once registered to stop by regularly to check for updates and drop by the message boards to hear the latest news.

Prior to enrollment you can also contact us by e-mail at any time at admissions@scholarlaureate.org.

What type of clothing should I bring?

For most professional activities, business casual is what you would want to wear. For example, men would feel comfortable in khakis or dress pants with a button-down shirt and women would be completely appropriate in a skirt or dress pants with a nice blouse or top. During certain program components, more professional attire may be required and during some cultural and leisure activities you may want to be more casual. Well in advance of your departure, we will get you specific details about what you should plan to pack so that you will have what you need in order to be appropriately dressed.

Are language skills going to be an issue at all?
Will there be any basic conversational language training during the Program?

While we do not expect fluency in your host country’s language or even basic proficiency, as all world travelers know, every bit of your host countries language that you do know will increase your overall experience. But again, the only language requirement is to speak fluent English and there is no language training offered during the Program. Bear in mind that each delegation will have guides fluent in the host language during all professional visits, speakers and workshops.

Will there be access to Internet?
Should I bring my cell phone or a phone card?
Each housing location will have Internet access via a business center, Wi-Fi in the lobby or in the sleeping room. Most properties now have in-room Wi-Fi available, but occasionally there may be an exception. Most properties do charge a fee to use the Internet and this fee is not included in the price of tuition. Keep this in mind if you need to use the Web during your travels. For telephone communication, most students now travel with a cell phone (check with your provider on rates as they can add up quickly) or a calling card. Another option for Internet or cell phone access is to purchase a local Wi-Fi device or local cell phone, upon arrival to your destination. More information on how to get started and researching best options can be found in the online enrollment materials.

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What's Included: 

What’s Included: Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy in China

VISAS Not included, information on application process provided
     Transportation during the Program Included
     How to Book Your Travel to and from the Program Extra


Hotels used during the Delegation on Diplomacy & International Relations in China are modern, comfortable, well-located, air conditioned, 4 star properties with en suite bath/toilet.


Meals during the Core Program:
     Breakfast included daily
     Nine additional meals (lunch or dinner)

Meals included during Optional Extension:
     Breakfast included daily
     Three additional meals (lunch or dinner)


All tips and taxes levied by hotels, restaurants and local governments are included. Additionally, tips to guides and drivers are included.


All programs include in-country licensed travel managers and expert facilitation by trained professionals in each program’s career focus.


Basic emergency health insurance is provided for the duration of the Program and is included in the Tuition.


A Chinese visa is required to enter China and attend the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) in China. Depending on your country of citizenship, a visa may also be required for you to enter Hong Kong if you choose to attend the Cultural Extension.

The cost associated with acquiring a visa is the responsibility of each scholar attending ISLP in China. Visa information must be submitted to ISLP by May 6, 2016. More information on how to submit your passport, visa and travel information will be provided post-enrollment.

U.S. Citizens
ISLP’s preferred visa service provider, PassportVisaExpress.com, will assist U.S. citizens in acquiring Chinese Travel Visas for an additional fee. U.S. citizens attending the Hong Kong Cultural Extension are not required to obtain a visa to enter Hong Kong. Scholars may also choose to obtain a visa through a Chinese Consulate or Embassy if convenient.

Non-U.S. Citizens
Please contact the Chinese Consultant or Embassy in your home country to learn about visa requirements for entering China and Hong Kong (if you choose to attend the Cultural Extension). PassportVisaExpress.com may be able to assist non-U.S. scholars living in the U.S. Please call or e-mail PassportVisaExpress.com directly for information.


All scheduled Program activities using air, train, ship and chartered motor coach transportation are included.


Airfare to and from the Program destination is not included in the cost of Tuition.

Cultural Highlights: 

Cultural Highlights:

Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy in China

Hong Kong Optional Extension


Cultural Excursions included in the Program:

Tian’anmen Square is the political heart of modern China. At 100 acres, it is the largest public square in the world. Known as the site of massive student protests, it is the entry point to the Forbidden City. The square features famous monuments including the Gate of Heavenly Peace and the mausoleum of former Chinese ruler Mao Zedong.

China’s former imperial palace, the Forbidden City, has been home to a long line of emperors, from Yongle in 1420 through Puyi in 1924. The political center of Chinese government for five centuries, it now houses the Palace Museum, which contains the largest collection of imperial artwork and artifacts in the country.

The Great Wall of China is the world's longest human-made structure, stretching across approximately 4,500 miles. It is a series of stone and earthen fortifications constructed and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century AD. Originally built to keep nomads out of China, it is today considered a symbol of Chinese unity and is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. The Great Wall was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

Each week, Chinese students congregate at the English Corner on the campus of Renmin University to practice their English-speaking skills. A unique opportunity to meet and interact with Chinese citizens, English Corner welcomes native English speakers to converse with the students on a variety of topics, from politics to pop culture.

The Olympic Green was developed for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. These unique new Beijing landmarks include the Laoshan Velodrome, the National Aquatics Center (“Water Cube”) and the National Stadium (“Bird’s Nest”), where the grandeur of the opening and closing ceremonies dazzled the world.

Cultural Excursions for Independent Exploration during free time (if desired, local guides will be available to facilitate individual purchase for admission):

The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 for emperors to worship Heaven and is China’s largest complex of ancient sacrificial buildings. The main buildings include the Altar of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Mound of Heaven and the Circular Mound Altar. The temple was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.

The Summer Palace for Chinese royalty was built 800 years ago and is said to be the largest imperial garden in the world. It first opened to the public in 1911, so that visitors could enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape mingled with the stunning architecture at this ancient royal retreat.

Beijing Zoo is the largest zoo in China. Called Wanshengyuan (Ten Thousand Animal Garden) during the Qing Dynasty, it was officially renamed in 1955. Beijing Zoo currently houses over 7,000 different animals, comprising more than 600 species. Highlights for visitors are the animals native to China, including the Golden Monkey and, of course, the Giant Panda, known the world over as a Chinese national symbol.

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Cultural Excursions included in the Program:

One of the must-see attractions in China, the Terra Cotta Warriors, is a treasure trove of modern archaeological discovery. Originally constructed over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of the first Qin emperor, the warriors were uncovered in 1974 by peasant farmers building a well. Ongoing excavation of the site has revealed over 8,000 life-sized clay figures, including soldiers, charioteers, archers, generals, musicians and acrobats.

Cultural Excursions for Independent Exploration during free time:

Xi’an was originally a walled city, and the Ancient City Wall still stretches around “old” Xi’an, dividing modern Xi’an into an “inner” and “outer” city. Created in the 14th century under the Ming Dynasty, the city wall is 12 meters high and up to 18 meters thick. It contains four entrance gates and 98 ramparts, where soldiers could keep watch for approaching enemies.

The Great Mosque is one of the oldest and largest Islamic mosques in China, known for its unique blending of traditional Chinese and Muslim architecture. The mosque dates back to the mid-seventh century, when Islam was introduced to China by Arab merchants and travelers from Persia and Afghanistan. Comprised of four courtyards, the mosque holds prayer five times each day, according to Islamic tradition.

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was originally built in 652 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty to protect Buddhist materials brought to China from India. It remains a holy place for Buddhists. The pagoda includes seven levels and stands over 200 feet tall. It is regarded a symbol for the city of Xi’an and provides panoramic view of the city from the top.

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Cultural Excursions included in the Program:

Shanghai is China’s largest city and the financial, commercial and industrial hub of the country. Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is well-known for its modern Pudong skyline, featuring such noted landmarks as the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

In Shanghai, scholars will take in the thrilling spectacle of the ERA Acrobatics Show. Marvel at amazing acrobatic feats performed to original music in a show that amazes and entertains.

Cultural Excursions for Independent Exploration during free time:

Shanghai Museum is a grand collection of ancient art, containing eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. The museum, located in the People’s Square since 1996, houses approximately 120,000 works of art.

The Bund is a famous waterfront, regarded as a symbol of the city of Shanghai. At less than one mile in length, the Bund is the perfect place for a short stroll along the Hunagpu River and is packed with notable buildings, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Jin Mao Tower. The highlight of the Bund is the west side, featuring 52 buildings of varying architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Renaissance and Classicism.

Frenchtown (also known as the French Concession) is a district of Shanghai once designated as a settlement for French traders and businesspeople, and formerly overseen by the French government. Today it is a blend of east and west, an enclave of trendy cafés, shops, and European-style architecture frequented by tourists and urbanites alike.

Nanjing Lu, China’s premier shopping street, stretches from the Bund to the People’s Park in downtown Shanghai. The city’s first commercial road, it is now known as the “Oriental Paris.” Whether you’re into high-end fashion or just looking for the best bargain, you’ll find it here!

Yuyuan Garden (also known as Yu Gardens) is a classical Chinese garden was first established in 1559. The focal point is the Five-Dragon Wall, a monument to the magical creature so prevalent in Chinese legend. The wall divides the garden into six sections: the Grand Rockery, Ten-Thousand-Flower Pavilion, Hall of Heralding Spring, Hall of Jade Magnificence, Inner Garden, and Lotus Pool. The gardens are the place to go for a stroll, or just take a break from the bustling pace of the city.

The Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple that was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha's death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Buddha made of marble, donated from Singapore, and visitors may mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece.

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Hong Kong - Optional Extension

Cultural Excursions included in the Program:

Take a peek at Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions. Travel over 1200 feet to the summit on the Peak Tram, which pulls visitors via a steel cable up an incline of nearly 45 degrees. Once at the top of The Peak, enjoy amazing panoramic views of Hong Kong Harbour, Kowloon and the towering city skyline.

Aberdeen Fishing Village is one of Hong Kong’s oldest and widely-visited sites. Share the experience of “the boat people” who live on the hundreds of fishing junks docked in Aberdeen Harbour. Visitors can tour the fishing village via sampan, a flat-bottomed, Chinese wooden boat. The contrast of the lives of the boat people against the backdrop of Aberdeen’s modern skyline provides a striking contrast of traditional and modern life in Hong Kong.

Repulse Bay’s unique moniker comes from a 19th century battle during which the British army “repulsed” a pirate attack. In the early 20th century, the area was developed into a crescent-shaped beach. Today, it is a scenic residential area, featuring some of the most expensive real estate in Hong Kong.

Situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong Harbour (also known as Victoria Harbour) hosts thousands of sailing vessels every year. It is a popular gathering site for tourists and locals due to its central urban location.

Nathan Road is the oldest road in Kowloon, the first section of which was completed in 1861. Lined with shops and restaurants, it is one of the busiest commercial thoroughfares in Hong Kong. Each evening, Nathan Road comes alive in a colorful array of glowing neon lights.

Cultural Excursions for Independent Exploration during free time:

Kowloon Peninsula is attached to mainland China across the harbor from Hong Kong Island. Kowloon is the site of many cultural gems, including Nathan Road and myriad exotic markets.

The Hong Kong Flower Market features stalls selling a plethora of fragrant blooms. Located on Flower Market Road in Kowloon, it features flowers of all varieties in every color of the rainbow—a truly beautiful sight!

If exotic birds are more your fancy, Kowloon Bird Market is the place to be! Stroll amongst hundreds of cages displaying songbirds of all varieties. Take in the sights and sounds of this aviary wonderland, where locals will often bring their own pet birds to sing with one another.

In China, jade has often been associated with long life and good health. The Jade Market is a gathering of hundreds of stalls selling jade ornaments, pendants, bracelets, rings and other treasures.

The Ngong Ping 360 is a gondola connecting Ting Ghung, on the north coast of Lantau with the Ngong Ping area in the hills above. The peak is home to the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Giant Buddha. The 25 minute ride gives panoramic views over the North Lantau Country Park, the South China Sea and Hong Kong International Airport.

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