"I was so impressed at how finance professors teach MBA students, in such an effective way, that students with so diverse backgrounds and experiences can easily get the key information in their own way".
IFF Faculty of Management, Dept. of Finance, Fudan University, Fall '13
Passport and Visa
You will need a valid passport and visa for attending the 2014 MIT Asia Conference in Accounting. We recommend that you apply for a tourist visa.
You may apply for a tourist (or a visitor’s) visa at a Chinese Embassy, or at the nearest consulate general. It may take a few days or weeks to get your visa. For detailed information, please contact your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
The conference recommends that you apply for a tourist visa (no longer than 15 days prior to departure). The Chinese government requires an invitation letter for a a business visa. The procedure to get a business visa invitation letter from Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) is the following:
1. Complete the conference registration and pay the registration fee
2. Complete the Participant Visa Invitation Letter Form by June 1, 2014
Note: Since it will take two weeks to issue an official invitation letter for Visa application, we advise that you complete all forms before June 1, 2014.
The average daily temperature of Chengdu is about 37 °C. All meeting rooms have air conditioning.
To protect yourself and your personal belongings while you are traveling in a foreign country, it is your responsibility to obtain adequate travel and health insurance before leaving your own country.
Electricity is supplied at 220V, 50Hz in China.
In China, RMB is the only accepted currency. However, exchange centers can be found at airports, most hotels, and in large shopping centers. The exchange rate is about US$ 1 = RMB 6.12. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt by which you can change any remaining RMB back to foreign currency when leaving China. Visa and Master Card are accepted in many department stores and hotels.
The Bank of China and most hotels will cash travelers - checks issued by any major foreign bank or financial institution for which you must show a passport and pay a 0.75 percent commission. Travelers' checks signed over to a third party cannot be cashed in China, but can be presented for collection through the Bank of China.
Reconfirmation of Air Ticket
Departure airline ticket (international) needs to be reconfirmed 72 hours prior to departure. You can do this by calling the airline offices. Please note that these offices are not typically open on weekends.
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- William Pounds, MIT Sloan Professor and Dean Emeritus