Concordia Language Villages in China ’18

Program Highlights

  • Attend daily intensive Mandarin classes and interact with a variety of Chinese peers and local community members!
  • Enjoy Guilin’s karst mountain scenery
  • Cruise down the famed Li River to Yangshuo for a day
  • Attend a river performance directed by Zhang Yimou
  • Hike up the Longsheng Rice Terraces, which have been constructed over the course of 500 years
  • Explore Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Walk along The Great Wall of China
  • Discover the famous outdoor food market in Wangfujing
  • Get a close-up look of China’s art scene at the 798 art zone
  • Discover Yu Garden and Old Town in Shanghai
  • Tour the Bund and get a glimpse of Shanghai’s futuristic skyline
  • Explore the Propaganda Poster Art Centre and walk around the Former French Concession
  • Experience Shanghai’s world-famous acrobatic show

Program Description

With careful guidance from CLI’s team of Western and Chinese educators, Concordia Language Villages students will gain invaluable insight into China’s cultural heritage and modern ascension through a journey across the cities of Guilin, Beijing and Shanghai.

Program Start:

Monday, July 2, 2018

Program End:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Primary Trip Segments

  • Guilin:

    Life and culture by the Li River
  • Beijing:

    Exploration of China’s cultural heritage
  • Shanghai:

    Introduction to China’s modern ascension

Faculty Leader:

Mark Kenji Chen, Director of Chinese, Korean and Japanese Programs

Trip duration:

14 days of study and travel

Pre-Departure To-Do List

Please complete each of the following steps in preparation for your China Seminar. As always, feel free to contact CLI anytime by phone at 888-781-8383 or by email at
  1. Complete CLI’s Student Information Form
    Complete CLI’s Student Info Form by February 14, 2018. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Your program is titled “Concordia Language Villages 2018”.
  2. Secure your passport and visa
    Thoroughly review your Chinese Visa Application Guide and submit all required application items to your faculty leader by February 14, 2018. All travelers are responsible for researching and complying with the appropriate visa requirements for the country/countries where their program is being held. Please note that Hong Kong and China require separate visas for some passport holders (not United States citizens).
  3. Complete CLI’s allergies and dietary restrictions form
    Complete our medical allergies and dietary restrictions form upon reading this prompt. It’s important that we have access to information regarding any medical allergies you may have or other medical considerations we should be aware of. Please also use this opportunity to inform us of your dietary restrictions (if any).
  4. Review CLI’s Pre-Departure Packet
    In an effort to better prepare you for your time abroad, CLI has put together this detailed pre-departure packet. Be sure to review all information carefully and contact CLI at with any additional questions you may have.
  5. Review important travel information
    Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed health and safety information from both the CDC and the U.S. State Department well in advance of your departure to China. The State Department highlights that “China remains a very safe country” for most travelers. That said, when traveling to any foreign country, it is important that you familiarize yourself with relevant health and safety information.