Princeton University in China Summer ’17

Program Start:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Program End:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Program Highlights

  • Explore Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Walk along The Great Wall of China
  • Critique sessions with Chinese peers at the Beijing Film Academy
  • Discover the famous outdoor food market in Wangfujing
  • Get a close-up look of China’s art scene at the 798 art zone
  • Explore Beijing’s Summer Palace
  • Visit a Buddhist monastery built into the side of a karst mountain
  • Walk through the stone paths of Daxu village, exhibiting Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture
  • 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
  • Tour the Bund and get a glimpse of Shanghai’s futuristic skyline
  • Experience Shanghai’s world-famous acrobatic show

Program Description

The thematic focus of the Princeton 2017 China Seminar will be

Learning Chinese through Drama

, by which the students will advance their language ability using dramatic expression as a learning method. Emphasis will be placed on stoking the students’ creative abilities and imagination to deepen their fluency in Mandarin.

Primary Trip Segments

  • Beijing:

    The capital of the Middle Kingdom
  • Guilin:

    Language and culture by the Li River
  • Shanghai:

    Introduction to China’s modern ascension

Faculty Leader:

Dr. Jianfei Chen

Trip duration:

21 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 May 11, 2017. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Your program is titled “Princeton University 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 May 11, 2017.
  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.