Hot Courses in China!

Program Start:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Program End:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Program Highlights

  • Explore Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City and eat lunch at local hutong family home
  • 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
  • Gain a close-up look of the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Enjoy the view from the Golden Summit in Emei Shan in Sichuan
  • Experience China’s breathtaking turquoise lakes at Jiuzhaigou
  • 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 Terraces, which have been constructed over the course of 500 years
  • Discover Yu Garden and Old Town in Shanghai
  • Ascend the Shanghai World Financial Center, one of China’s tallest skyscrapers
  • 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, Hot Courses students will gain invaluable insight into China’s cultural heritage and modern ascension through a journey across the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Sichuan, Guilin and Shanghai.

Primary Trip Segments

  • Beijing:

    Introduction to China’s cultural heritage
  • Xi’an:

    Exploration of China’s ancient history
  • Sichuan:

    A glimpse of China’s breathtaking natural landscape
  • Guilin:

    Language and culture by the Li River
  • Shanghai:

    Introduction to China’s modern ascension

Faculty Leader:

To be determined

Trip duration:

20 days of study and travel

Important Deadlines

    • Before Apr 14, 2017: submit CLI’s Student Information Form
    • Before Apr 21, 2017: submit 500 USD deposit
    • Before May 19, 2017: 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, April 14, 2017. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Your program is titled “Hot Courses 2017”.
  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, April 21, 2017. 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 2017 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, April 21, 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 China Seminar Deposit.

    Submit China Seminar Deposit

  4. Submit your program balance
    Your program balance of 2,740 USD (which is the 3,240 USD less your 500 USD deposit from step 3 above) is due by Friday, May 19, 2017. 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.