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Internships in Shanghai

Visa information for Shanghai

Obtaining a visa is one of the most challenging and daunting aspects about going abroad. However, The Intern Group’s inclusive package enables every participant the access to our experienced visa specialists. We are here every step of the way towards a successful application, and make your visa process straightforward and stress-free.


General eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must hold a passport with at least 6 months validity.
  • Attending Mandarin Chinese classes during your time in China is compulsory as part of the visa requirement. The Intern Group partner with a recognized language institute in Shanghai where you will be signed up for.
  • Citizens of the Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan will require a different travel document but not a visa.


Visa rules

  • The procedure is to first secure a sponsorship (from The Intern Group’s partnering language institute), then a visa (from the China Embassy). The process takes at least 2 weeks.
  • Application must be filed in person or by a local visa agent to the China Embassy / China Visa Application Centre in your location.
  • Language class fee is estimated between RMB 2500 – 8000, subject to your internship duration. This will be added to and billed through your program fee when your internship role is confirmed.
  • Visa cost is estimated between RMB 1000 – 3000. The Intern Group’s program fee does not cover the government cost and other associated expenses regarding this visa application.
  • The visa is valid for 90 days (single entry) and lasts the same as your program duration upon arrival.


Visa type 

  • Type X2 (short term studies)
  • Type S2 (private affairs)


Immigration regulations are constantly changing so please be advised that the above information may differ anytime. It is also not uncommon for different China Embassies to interpret visa regulations differently.