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"My 2010 IFS trip to China was an experience that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life. My choice to attend Nova was because of the MIBA program, as well as this opportunity. It's one thing to 'study' China throughout the MIBA curriculum, but 'living' it during the short time that we were there added a totally different dimension to anything that I ever imagined."

Kenneth C. Wong, USA
Sales Consultant
Novartis Pharma
China, 2010

Representing NSU

Please remember that you are a representative of your country, university, program, group and be aware of your own individual standards. And in no particular order:
  • Be aware of your behavior, be courteous and polite, look around you and see how the host is behaving first. You do not always have to do the same but at least know what is different.
  • Be aware of your fellow travelers and help them as well.
  • Do not create large noisy groups inappropriately
  • Ask questions at seminars and companies
  • Watch your Professor and see if you can help with group movements (on the bus etc)
  • Let the Professor know if you have any problems at all, 10 to 1 I can help
  • Clapping speakers is appreciated
  • Clear up after yourselves
  • Enjoy yourselves!

Money

  • Call all your credit card companies and register your overseas destinations and dates of travel. Otherwise you are likely to have your card refused.
  • Know credit card pin number (more places are requiring this now)
  • Take US dollars cash depending on need, carry securely and deposit in hotel safe
  • Use ATM machines available in major banks AND CHANGE MONEY ON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT BEFORE LEAVING THE BUILDING

Documents

  • Keep passports etc in safe in room, if secure hotel, if not use actual deposit safe at main desk (better the inconvenience than the loss)
  • Take copies of passports and credit cards, back and front, keep in secure place, or more than 1 place
  • Do not carry more than 2 credit cards or any documents you don't want to lose
  • Carry a copy of passport and a picture ID (driver's license) outside the hotel (you may need to leave a picture ID for rentals, such as bikes)
  • Do not change money on the street
  • Take evidence of immunizations if you have them, and medical allergies and prescriptions
  • Take copy of travel itinerary and addresses and phone numbers of hotels

Transfers

  • Check hotel for transfers
  • Take official taxis only

Luggage

  • Carry 1 bag, luggage costs extra on taxis, do not over pack, take washables
  • Take medications
  • Small size of toiletries
  • Limit no of shoes - TAKE WALKING SHOES FOR FACTORY VISITS
  • Pack ziplocks for storage
  • Earplugs for noise (plane, hotel etc)
  • Small packets of tissues and handy wipes
  • Pen and paper for note taking
  • Alarm
  • Take light jacket for AC
  • Dress, very conservative, cover up, both sexes (no shorts), wear long sleeves and cover knees, shoulders and NO CLEAVAGE
  • No shorts unless going to beach, good windsurfing
  • Do not carry computer unless you have to, many internet cafes, hotel etc
  • Take saline solution spray for airplane (will stop you getting sick if you use this to moisten airways)
  • Compression socks for legs
  • Comfortable clothes for travel and jacket (plane can be cold)
  • Handy wipes are handy for all day travel
  • Stomache medicines
  • Carry back up batteries and memory sticks for cameras

Miscellaneous

  • Plan sites to see before you go, BUY TRAVEL BOOK or print out from web, I recommend Lonely Planet
  • Check voltage for electrical appliances 
  • Practice eating with chopsticks for China
  • Do not take expensive jewelry or watches

DO NOT LEAVE ANY LUGGAGE UNATTENDED

BEWARE OF THEFT IN TRAIN AND BUS STATIONS

IF YOU ARE ARRIVING AFTER 6PM, LET HOTEL KNOW OR YOU MAY LOSE THE ROOM, KEEP HOTEL INFORMED IF DELAYED

IN MOST CASES YOUR FIRST ROOM NIGHT WILL BE GUARANTEED - THIS MEANS YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THE ROOM EVEN IF YOU ENCOUNTER A DELAY AND DO NOT ARRIVE THAT NIGHT

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