Traveling as a student provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the vast diversity of the world through a truly unforgettable learning experience. If you are a student visiting China as part of your educational curriculum or are planning to study Chinese, here are some helpful tips that will prepare you before you go.
When logging on to private accounts such as your email or banking sites from Internet cafes, be certain that you log out completely so the next user does not have access to any of your passwords or personal information. Practicing caution while using public Internet services can reduce the risk of identity theft and account tampering while traveling.
Banks often freeze accounts instantly when they detect irregular or overseas activity without notification from the cardholder, which can be an unnecessary annoyance for any traveler. Before you leave your home country, notify your bank that you plan to be traveling abroad. This will reduce the risk of complications using your debit card at ATM's in other countries.
Many scenic spots will offer a discount to students who present a valid student identification card. Often times student discounts are only offered for Chinese Nationals, but a number of places will accept international student ID cards if they have a picture and date of issue.
Students traveling with an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) may be eligible for discounts on tickets for air, train, bus, or ferry travel. Hong Kong, Macau and a handful of cities in south China also offer preferential pricing for students carrying an ISIC card. When visiting museums, historical and cultural sites, attractions and entertainment areas that charge an admission fee it never hurts to ask if they provide a discount for student travelers.
Before embarking on your travels you can obtain an ISIC card in your home country by visiting the official ISIC website: http://www.isic.org/sisp/. Applicants 12 years and older are asked to provide proof that they are currently enrolled as full time students. A student identity card or signed letter from your current educational institution verifying your student status will typically suffice. ISIC cards are valid for 9 months and can be acquired through a travel agency. More information can be found on their website.