Under Chinese education laws and regulations, it is required for foreign student who are under the age of 18 to have legal guardian while they are studying in China. Different cities have different guardianship requirements. It can be very confusing for parents who plan to send their children to schools in China. In some cities, parents are required to obtain the notarized copy of “the trust deed offered by the parents to the guardian” with stamp from local Chinese embassy. It could take up to 3 months to complete the required guardianship documents.
China Education Center (CEC) provides guardianship arrangement for foreign students who don’t have legal guardians in China. The role of a local guardian is not only a simple guardian assignment for school admission. Local guardian is required to assist students in case of emergency. In some boarding schools, students are required to return home during weekends and public holidays. Local guardian is also the communication link between parents, the school and their children.