With Panrimo, your study abroad experience in Beijing begins well before you leave home and continues past the end of your Panrimo program. Below is a description of the benefits everyone receives by being in a Panrimo program:
Before You Depart
Everyone is assigned a Panrimo advisor, not a “team.” This is part of our personalized approach to overseas experiences. A personal advisor assists you with the admissions process and program selection, and answers any questions you may have regarding the course work, university amenities, work culture, and pre-travel preparation.
Financial Aid Guidance
Panrimo assists you in securing financial aid by acting as a resource for grant and scholarship information. Panrimo staff also assist with preparation and filing of the Consortium Agreement for transfer of financial aid. Financial assistance also includes help with preparation of travel budget and integration with your home university to ensure timely disbursement.
Pre-Departure Orientation Booklet
Written by Panrimo staff and with tips and advice from traveled Panroamers, you receive a 100+ page orientation booklet covering important themes. These themes range from how to mentally prepare oneself for life abroad, what and how to pack, to specifics on China like cultural nuances in Beijing, places to visit and avoid, and more.
Credit Transfer Assistance
Right from the start, Panrimo works with you and your study abroad advisors to secure the most seamless transfer of course credit possible. Panrimo provides you with a course credit approval form to help expedite the process, and will even arrange phone conferences between the host university and the home study abroad office when more detailed information is required.
Visa and Passport Application Assistance
Visa and passport application assistance are part of the complete Panrimo package. We let you know when and how to apply, plus ensure that any visa requirements are fulfilled before departure.
Every student comes to a study abroad program with various skills, expectations, and needs. Our questionnaire helps us suggest abroad opportunities unique to each student.
Tailor-Made Entry Packet
Before you leave on your program, we provide you with an entry packet that is personalized for you, and includes vital information, such as coordinator contact information, emergencym housing, and insurance information, maps of your housing and univeristy, and personal suggestions and tips gathered trhough conversations with you.
While You're Abroad
Tuition, Fees, Campus Amenities at BLCU
You can choose from a variety of Chinese language courses and cultural subjects. Top-notch professors with degrees in their field, quality classroom amenities, and access to campus computer labs, phonetic stations, libraries, and other services are included. Enrollment and international student fees Panrimo also covers. Knowing the country’s ministry of education accredits the university makes it almost a certainty credits will transfer.
Housing - On-Campus Residence Hall
Students stay in on-campus residence halls in central Beijing. Live where the action is happening. BLCU's residence halls are located on campus, with small gardens and scenic landscapes surrounding the area. BLCU provides single rooms with a telephone, air-conditioner, bathtub, TV, refrigerator, and Internet access.
Excursions and Cultural Immersion Activities
Panrimo includes the following excursions for the full semester programs in Beijing: Weekend excursion to see panda's in Sichuan, China, day trips to the Great Wall of China, 798 Art Zone, Drum Tower and Hutongs, Temple of Heaven, Martial Arts lessons and a calligraphy course. Excursions are chosen based on cultural importance, educational potential, safety, and, of course, to ensure enjoyment. Panrimo covers all transportation fees, entrance fees, and personalized guided tours. For overnight excursions, accommodation and most meals are included.
Huizhen Fang is the Panrimo coordinator for Beijing, China. She will assist you throughout your program. Hui will pick you up at the airport, take you to your housing, lead you on your Next Day Orientation, help you get situated at the university, guide you on your excursion and immersion activities and more! She is excited to show you around Beijing and is available 24/7 for any of your needs.
Airport Pick-Up and Transfer
When you arrive in Beijing, Hui Fang, your Panrimo coordinator, will meet you at the airport terminal to take you to your on-campus residence hall. This ensures that no one is left to get around by their own means. You become acquainted and comfortable with your coordinator before meeting the following day to attend your arrival orientation.
Next Day Orientation
Upon arriving in China you meet Hui Fang, your Panrimo coordinator, who will guide you around the city, providing you with information about transportation, food, currency, hospital locations and safety measures, and other necessary information. Hui will also address issues concerning the local culture, including perceptions of foreigners, your perceptions of the host country, and areas to avoid.
International Health Insurance
Be covered for any accidents that may occur during our Panrimo program. Our staff enrolls you in HTH Worldwide medical health insurance from the first day to last during your program. Some key benefits include doctors visits and ER coverage, evacuation, emergency family connection benefit, travel interruption benefit, and more.
When You Return
Panroamer Travel Club
The Panroamer Travel Club provides tools and services for graduated Panroamers. These include airport pick-up for life, access to coordinators in partner cities, letters of recommendation, overseas university transcript archives, visa and passport assistance for future travel, tips on smart travelling, and access to Panrimo’s excursions and cultural immersion activities. Please refer to the Panroamer Travel Club page for more information.
Transcripts from BLCU
Course grades and transcripts come in original form from Beijing Language and Culture University. They are sent to Panrimo's office about ten weeks after the Panrimo Program ends. We then forward them directly to your study abroad office. We ensure academic integrity is maintained through the process, and let advisors see all original copies of transcripts.