Study Abroad To-Do List

Please complete each of the following steps in preparation for your study abroad program. As always, feel free to contact CLI anytime at 888-781-8383 or email CLI’s Admissions Manager at
  1. Secure your space in your study abroad in China program
    To reserve your space in your study abroad in China program, please click the below link to submit your 300 USD program deposit via CLI’s secure payment system (secured by Stripe).

    Secure Your Space

  2. Email your GXNU Application Form to CLI (fall and spring semester students only)
    This Pre-Departure step is simply a formality required by CLI’s university affiliate, Guangxi Normal University (GXNU). Don’t worry, if you are viewing this webpage, you are already accepted to CLI and GXNU’s Study Abroad program. Please print and complete GXNU’s Application Form, scan the form, and email the completed scan to If you do not have a scanner, please use your smart phone to take a clear photo of the form and email the photo to Alex.
  3. Obtain your Chinese visa
    As recommended by CLI’s university affiliate, Guangxi Normal University (GXNU), all short-term students (60 days or less) should reside in China on a tourist (L) visa. Students studying with CLI for more than 60 days should reside in China on a cultural exchange (F) visa. If you will be in China 60 days or less, please refer to CLI’s Visa Application Guide B. For longer programs, please refer to CLI’s Visa Application Guide A. Visa fees are not included in CLI tuition.
  4. Complete CLI’s Flight Information Form
    Included in your program tuition, CLI provides all students with airport pick-up and drop-off. In order for us to greet you at the airport, please complete CLI’s flight form at least two weeks prior to your program start date. Please plan to arrive in Guilin the Saturday or Sunday before your coursework begins for Monday’s orientation. You can optionally reside in CLI housing prior to the Saturday before class begins for an additional 100 RMB per night.
  5. Submit your program tuition
    Full program tuition is due three weeks prior to program commencement. Please click the below link to use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit your program tuition.

    Submit Your Tuition

  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 that you may have.
  7. Complete CLI’s Medical and Dietary Restrictions Form
    Complete our medical 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).
  8. (Homestay student’s only) Complete CLI’s Homestay Introduction Form for your homestay family
    Within one week of submitting your CLI program deposit, please complete this basic Homestay Introduction Form for your homestay family. Your CLI homestay family is curious to learn basic information about their guests and is excited to meet you in Guilin soon!
  9. (Homestay student’s only) Complete CLI’s Health Certificate Form for your homestay family
    As a student living with one of CLI’s homestay families, you are required to obtain a health certificate from your doctor stating that you are fit for international travel. Many of our Chinese families are curious about their new guests and ask CLI for this information before your arrival. The certificate can be informal. Your doctor may complete CLI’s Health Form, or he/she may use their own form. Please upload your completed and signed form to our health certificate webpage at least two weeks prior to your program’s start date. If you will not be living in a homestay, you may skip this step.
  10. Review 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 each of the resources mentioned in CLI’s Online Learning Resources List.
  11. 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 each student familiarize themselves with relevant health and safety information.