CLI Frontiers


CLI Frontiers is designed to take the CLI experience on the road. Participating students will be led on a journey of discovery throughout some of China’s most remote and alluring areas. While in each destination, students will take part in intensive small group Chinese lessons and utilize their language skills in a real-world setting.

By the end of Frontiers, students will gain the confidence to communicate in a real-world environment, engage with local community members to solve social issues, and have earned a total of three transferrable credit hours from CLI university affiliate, Guangxi Normal University (GXNU).

The Summer 2017 Frontiers Program will span over the course of 30 days and explore the towns of Yangshuo (阳朔), Xizhou (喜洲), and Shangri-La (香格里拉). In addition to intensive small group lessons, our activities will be focused on utilizing Chinese in daily interactions and understanding local community issues on a human level.

Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions, requests, and/or suggestions during your enrollment process. We look forward to adventuring together this summer!

Program Overview


  • Yangshuo (阳朔) – Language and Adventure
  • Just south of CLI’s hometown of Guilin, our group will adventure along the Li river, trek through valleys of rice fields, and climb to the summit of karst mountains. Our focus during this first leg of our journey will be to have fun, brush up on our Chinese language, and explore the most beautiful land under heaven.
  • Xizhou (西洲) – Service and Reflection
  • During our time in this village by the lake, our group will be challenged to dive deeply into the local community and understand authentic issues. Our service project will encourage us to understand cooperate with the community to create and implement sustainable solutions.
  • Shangri-La (香格里拉) – Spirituality and Culture
  • During this last leg of our journey, our group will embrace full immersion while living with local homestay families. We will also examine the cultural and political implications of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in modern China.

Dates and Fees

  • Program Start: Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Program End: Saturday, August 5, 2017
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
  • Tuition and Fees: 3,680 USD

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 Monday, May 1, 2017. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Your program is titled “Frontiers Program 2017”.
  2. Submit your Summer 2017 Frontiers Program deposit
    In order to secure your space in this Program, please click the link below to submit your 500 USD non-refundable deposit by Friday, May 12, 2017. 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 Frontiers Program deposit.

    Submit Frontiers Program Deposit

  3. Secure your passport
    If you do not have a passport, please apply for one immediately. If you do have a passport, double check that its expiration date is at least six months after the end of your upcoming China Fieldwork Semester. If your passport’s expiration date is within six months of your Semester end date, please renew your passport as soon as possible.
  4. Secure your passport and visa
    Thoroughly review your Chinese Visa Application Guide and submit all required application items either directly to the Chinese consulate or to Oasis China Visa (CLI’s recommend visa processing service) by Thursday, June 8, 2017.
  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. Submit your program balance
    Your program balance of 3180 USD (which is the 3,680 USD less your 500 USD deposit from step 2 above) is due by Friday, June 9, 2017. Please use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit this balance.

    Submit Program Balance

  7. Explore CLI’s list of online learning resources
    A great selection of free Mandarin learning resources is available online. Please take time to review and familiarize yourself with the resources overviewed on CLI’s Online Learning Resources page.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.