Skip to main content
Consensus Study Report


Being prepared in China, says one researcher, can mean "the difference between a headache and a productive day." Acclaimed by readers, this friendly and practical volume—now updated with important new information—offers all the details academic visitors need to make long-term stays in China productive, comfortable, and fun.

Academic opportunities have been revived in the years since the Tiananmen Square event, and the book opens with an overview of what we have learned from our academic exchanges with China, the opportunities now available, and resources for more information.

To help visitors prepare for daily life, the book covers everything from how to obtain the correct travel documents to what kinds of snack foods are available in China, from securing accommodations to having the proper gift for your Chinese dinner host.

Frank discussions on the research and academic environments in China will help students, investigators, and teachers from their initial assignment to a danwei, or work unit, to leaving the country with research materials intact. The book offers practical guidelines on working with Chinese academic institutions and research assistants, arranging work-related travel, managing working relationships, resolving language issues, and—perhaps most important—understanding Chinese attitudes and customs toward study, research, and work life.

New material in this edition includes an expanded section on science and social science field work, with a discussion of computers: which ones work best in China, how to arrange to bring your computer in, where to find parts and supplies, how to obtain repairs, and more. Living costs, health issues, and addresses and fax numbers for important services are updated. Guidance is offered on currency, transportation, communications, bringing children into China, and other issues.

Based on the first-hand reports of hundreds of academic visitors to China and original research by the authors, this book will be useful to anyone planning to live and work in China: students, researchers, and teachers and their visiting family members, as well as business professionals.

Suggested Citation

National Academy of Sciences. 1994. China Bound, Revised: A Guide to Academic Life and Work in the PRC. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Import this citation to:

Publication Info

272 pages |  5.5 x 8.5 |  Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-309-04932-0
Chapters skim
Front Matter i-xvi
1. Research, Study, and Teaching in China 1-7
2. Preparing for the Trip 8-45
3. Settling In 46-82
4. Research 83-114
5. Teaching 115-129
6. Study 130-137
7. Services Available 138-152
8. Leaving China 153-154
Glossary of Chinese Terms 155-156
Appendix A: Funding for Graduate and Postdoctoral Research in China 157-172
Appendix B: Language Study Programs in the People's Republic of China 173-176
Appendix C: Colleges and Universities Accepting Direct Application from Foreign Students 177-183
Appendix D: General Guidelines for Direct Application to a Chinese College or University as a Self-Sponsored Student and Excerpts from 'Regulations Concerning the Admission of Foreign Students in Chinese Schools' 184-193
Appendix E: Visa Application for Foreigners Wishing to Study in China 194-194
Appendix F: The People's Republic of China Visa Application Form 195-195
Appendix G: Physical Examination Record for Foreigners 196-197
Appendix H: Organizations Sponsoring English Teachers in China 198-200
Appendix I: Application for Teaching Positions in China 201-204
Appendix J: Sample Contract for Teachers 205-210
Appendix K: American Express Emergency Check Cashing Locations 211-213
Appendix L: Approximate Costs of Hotel Rooms, Food, Internal Travel, Services, Clothing, and Medical Care, Fall 1993 214-219
Appendix M: Selected Reading List and References 220-224
Appendix N: Trial Procedures for Foreign Organizations and Individuals to Use Chinese Archives 225-226
Appendix O: Packing it in: Preparing for Fieldwork in the PRC 227-232
Appendix P: Student Advisory Resource Centers and General Reference Holdings 233-238
Protocol Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the People's Republic of China for Cooperation in Educational Exchanges 239-242
Index 243-252

What is skim?

The Chapter Skim search tool presents what we've algorithmically identified as the most significant single chunk of text within every page in the chapter. You may select key terms to highlight them within pages of each chapter.

Copyright Information

The National Academies Press (NAP) has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's Marketplace service to offer you a variety of options for reusing NAP content. Through Marketplace, you may request permission to reprint NAP content in another publication, course pack, secure website, or other media. Marketplace allows you to instantly obtain permission, pay related fees, and print a license directly from the NAP website. The complete terms and conditions of your reuse license can be found in the license agreement that will be made available to you during the online order process. To request permission through Marketplace you are required to create an account by filling out a simple online form. The following list describes license reuses offered by the NAP through Marketplace:

  • Republish text, tables, figures, or images in print
  • Post on a secure Intranet/Extranet website
  • Use in a PowerPoint Presentation
  • Distribute via CD-ROM
  • Photocopy

Click here to obtain permission for the above reuses. If you have questions or comments concerning the Marketplace service, please contact:

Marketplace Support
International +1.978.646.2600
US Toll Free +1.855.239.3415

To request permission to distribute a PDF, please contact our Customer Service Department at

loading iconLoading stats for China Bound, Revised: A Guide to Academic Life and Work in the PRC...