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  Celebrate High School Graduation with a Trip-of-a-Lifetime

Explore the wondrous corners of China by traveling to three different cities (Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai) over the course of 10 amazing days. At GYLC China, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your forthcoming milestone of high school graduation and all of your academic accomplishments. You will explore treasured monuments and indulge in traditional Chinese cuisine, all while learning key skills, like personal and financial planning. These transformative real-world experiences will prepare you for one of the biggest transitions in your life — going to college.

About the Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion 

World Experiences for Future College Students

How do you plan to spend the summer before starting college? The Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion provides you with the opportunity to kick-start your new academic endeavor, with a trip-of-a-lifetime to China. While attending, you will have the rare opportunity to be exposed to the self-sufficiency and responsibility that comes with going to college.

GYLC China is a 10-day celebratory, yet educational journey to China, where through interactive modules, students will sharpen interpersonal competencies and gain a more global perspective by engaging with students and people from around the world. Through combining unique cultural immersion and site visits, you will enhance your intercultural skills, confidence, and intrapersonal skills.

GYLC China gives students the opportunity to go beyond the typical tourist itinerary and experience these three unique cities (Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai) in engaging and exciting ways. Through discussion-based learning, such as modules that are designed to organically integrate into travel time and cultural experiences, students will be armed with a general consciousness of key interpersonal skills that are directly correlated to college success.

By completing this program, you are eligible to receive college credit from George Mason University.

See these Cities through a Unique Lens


The Capital of China.

Witness first-hand the blend of the city’s modern architecture and ancient sites that date back three millennia, enjoy local cuisine, tour historical landmarks, and interact with the locals.


The Oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals.

Visit the location of the 8,000 Man Terra-Cotta Army, guardians of the tomb of China's First Emperor, sample food unique to this region of China, and meet with local students.


The Dragonhead of Asia.

 Spend a full day at Shanghai Disney Resort and visit their newest Disneyland theme park and watch an ERA Acrobatics Show, one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai, performed by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Program Highlights

Cultural Immersions & Site Visits

Experience three of the most visited cities in China through a unique lens. Step into some of the most historic landmarks such as the Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Great Wall in Beijing; the Muslim Quarter, Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and City Wall in Xi’an; and the Jade Buddha Temple, Bund, and Disney Resort in Shanghai. Indulge in traditional Chinese cuisine such as Peking Duck, hand-spun noodles in Beijing, and delectable dumplings in Xi'an. Participate in accustomed Chinese mental wellness methods through an optional tai chi morning exercise led by a renowned master.

Interact with Locals

Take advantage of opportunities to interact with local community members. Participate in an "English Corner," where you can connect with locals to help them practice English. Join local Chinese students in Xi'an, as they guide you on a tour of their university campus and engage in discussions about exchange schools, student life, and more.

Interpersonal Competencies Modules

Through a mix of cultural travel and discussion-based learning, you will find yourself developing key interpersonal skills, such as self-management, financial planning, and cross-cultural learnings that are directly correlated to college success.

Hong Kong Cultural Extension

The fun doesn’t have to stop in Shanghai! Extend your cultural experience by spending an additional four days in Hong Kong immersing yourself in the city’s beauty and culture. There you will participate in an Open-Top Bus Excursion, explore the Hong Kong Islands, voyage to the Kowloon Peninsula, and attend a Hong Kong Bauhinia Farewell Dinner.

2018 Program Details

China Beijing, Xi'an, & Shanghai July 8-17 Hong Kong Cultural Extension $4,395
Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.


Tuition Tuition for GYLC China covers most of the expenses incurred during the conference. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE


Scholarships Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and other factors. LEARN MORE



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Payment Plan

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options.


Envision supports collaboration and the importance of building lifelong friendships through once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like GYLC China! We are certain that you would want to share this pre-college experience with a few of your graduating friends.

To make attending this experience with your friends easier, Envision is offering a Bring a Friend grant to students who bring additional graduating high school students with them to GYLC China. You have the opportunity to assist your friend(s) in paying for their tuition by getting them a $200 grant applied at the time of enrollment. In turn, you will receive a $200 grant off of your tuition for every friend that enrolls in the program!


Bring a Friend Grant FAQs

  • Who can I invite?

    Students that will be graduating in the 2017/2018 academic year.

  • Are there any eligibility requirements?

    Yes. While you are welcome to invite any student, the grant only applies to new students who have not previously attended an Envision program or have yet to be invited to GYLC China by Envision. So, if the student you invite has already received an invitation from Envision or is an Envision alum, when they enroll in the program, you will not receive a $200 grant for their enrollment.

  • How many friends can I invite?

    As many as you want!

  • Do I get a $200 grant for every single friend that I invite?

    You will get a $200 grant for every single friend that enrolls in the program. Invitations do not count as enrollments.

  • What if I am an Alumni and I plan on using my Alumni Grant?

    The Bring a Friend grant can only be combined with the Alumni grant. Both the Bring a Friend grant and the Alumni grant cannot be combined with any other offers.

  • Do the friends that I invite, and who end up enrolling in the program, receive a grant as well?

    Yes. Every friend that enrolls in the program through your invitation will receive a $200 grant.

  • Can my friend who enrolls in the program also invite friends?

    Yes. Those friends will also receive a $200 grant.

  • Are there any other restrictions?

    Yes. In addition to the restrictions mentioned above, the following also applies:

    • The total amount of Bring a Friend grants that you, as the referring student, are eligible for cannot exceed total cost of your tuition.
    • Students that you refer to attend the program must use their Bring a Friend grant at the time of registration and cannot be retroactively applied.
    • Students may not nominate one another to both qualify for the Bring a Friend grant.
    • In the event the same student is referred by multiple students, only the first student to refer that student will receive the $200 Bring a Friend grant when the referred student enrolls in a 2018 Envision program.
    • The nominated student will automatically receive their Bring a Friend grant at the time of registration.  Their grant will be applied toward the remaining balance when opting to take advantage of the Envision payment plan.
    • When each of your nominated students registers, the Bring a Friend grant of $200 will be applied to your account within 2 weeks.  These grants will be applied to your remaining balance and you will receive an email notification, sent to the email address you provided during your registration, confirming that the $200 Bring a Friend grant has been applied to your account.
Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.


  • Is the Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion right for me?

    This summer program is for you if you will be a graduating high school senior in the 2017/2018 academic year. The Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion is your opportunity to celebrate your forthcoming milestone of high school graduation and your academic achievements thus far. Many of our students are invited by Envision alumni and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified students who want to make the most of this opportunity. 

  • Where will I stay?

    For the 2018 Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion, you will reside in accommodations that are modern, comfortable, well-located, air conditioned, 3- to 4-star properties with en suite bath/toilet, in the cities of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai in China. All students will be housed two per room, with roommates of the same gender.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Tuition for the Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion includes housing, conference materials, an average of two meals per day, as well as air, ship, rail, and chartered motor coach transportation in and between the three cities during the program.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for one meal per day, souvenirs, and other incidentals.

    Full-time, professional travel managers who are fluent in English for programs outside the United States.

    All entrance fees for scheduled program activities.

    Basic emergency health coverage for the duration of the program.

  • Can the Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion accommodate special religious needs?

    Yes. The Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion welcomes students of all religious and cultural backgrounds. There is time built into the schedule (day or evening) for students to do some independent exploration and you are free to use this time for religious purposes or other needs. However, these times do vary by day. We are happy to work with you. Please notify our Office of Admissions prior to the start of the conference so that we can prepare for your experience.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two or three students. You will have your own bed. Each room is complete with two single or two double beds and a roll-away bed, dressers and closet space. Linens, blankets, pillows and towels will be provided. 

  • What is the code of conduct for this program?

    Attending the Global Young Leaders Conference China: The Pre-College Excursion is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you will get out of it what you put in to your time spent at this exciting summer conference. You are expected to conduct yourself as a responsible leader as you represent your school and community. You must abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You must also abide by and uphold all program rules.

  • What is the dress code for this program?

    Dress standards are relatively casual throughout each day. Comfortable shoes are essential since students will be walking a great deal throughout the conference. It will be humid and warm in China. For the day the group travels by train to Xi'an, all participants will need to pack an overnight bag.

    For more detailed information about the dress code for this program, visit your personal Web page, which will be available to you after you enroll.

  • What official government documentation do I need to attend the program?
    • For both U.S. citizens and Non-U.S. citizens, your passport information is required for special conference activities.
  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    Vegetarian options are available, however limited. Kosher and Halal meals can be made available to you, although not guaranteed, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

  • How and when should I obtain a passport?

    You do not need to have a passport before enrolling in GYLC China, but you will need to begin the passport application process to acquire one immediately after confirmation of enrollment. The charge for a passport and/or visas is not included in the program tuition.

    For U.S. passport holders, information on how to apply for a passport can be found on the U.S. Department of State's web site:

  • Do I need a visa to enter the host country?

    It is the responsibility of each student to contact the China consulate to learn about specific entry requirements, as acquiring and payment of all required travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the student.

    GYLC China attendees with a U.S. passport will require a visa. More information on the visa acquisition process and fees will be provided post-enrollment.

  • Is it possible for students with special needs to attend?

    Yes. However, the first recommendation we would make would be that you speak directly to a staff member at our Office of Admissions to get a better idea of what potentially challenging activities are included, so that together, you might make the best decision about whether or not to attend.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.