Denison in China

Program Start:

Monday, May 28, 2018

Program End:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Program Highlights

  • 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
  • Hike Chuan Shan and enjoy Guilin’s karst mountain scenery
  • Cruise down the famed Li River to Yangshuo for a weekend
  • Attend a river performance directed by Zhang Yimou
  • Bicycle along the Yulong River to Moon Hill
  • Hike up the Longsheng Rice Terraces
  • Discover Yu Garden and Old Town in Shanghai
  • Ascend the SWFC, one of China’s tallest skyscrapers
  • Tour the Bund and get a glimpse of Shanghai’s futuristic skyline
  • Explore the Propaganda Poster Art Centre
  • Experience Shanghai’s world-famous acrobatic show
  • Tour Shamian Island, a former concession territory shared between France and the U.K.
  • Attend an expert lecture on the History of Trade in Canton
  • Company visit to Tencent, a Chinese web giant that offers everything from online and mobile games to software development and China’s most popular instant messaging app

Program Description

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

Primary Trip Segments

  • Beijing:

    Introduction to China’s cultural heritage
  • Shanghai:

    Introduction to China’s modern ascension
  • Guilin:

    Language and culture by the Li River
  • Guangzhou:

    The cosmopolitan Cantonese city
  • Shenzhen:

    A speedy economic zone since 1979

Faculty Leader:

To be determined

Trip duration:

25 days of study and travel

Important Deadlines

    • Before Feb 9, 2018: submit CLI’s Student Information Form
    • Before Feb 16, 2018: submit 500 USD deposit
    • Before Apr 14, 2018: submit program balance

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 Friday, February 9, 2018. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Your program is titled “Denison University 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 Friday, February 16, 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. Submit your 2018 China Seminar deposit
    In order to secure your space in this China Seminar, please click the link below to submit a 500 USD non-refundable deposit by Friday, February 16, 2018. Please note that in order to submit your deposit, you must first complete CLI’s Student Information Form (step 1 above). Please use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit your China Seminar Deposit.

    Submit China Seminar Deposit

  4. Submit your program balance
    Your program balance of 2,880 USD (which is the 3,380 USD less your 500 USD deposit from step 3 above) is due by Friday, April 14, 2018. Please use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit this balance.

    Submit Program Balance

  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.