SPI in China 2017

Program Start:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Program End:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

SPI study abroad students will gain invaluable insight into China’s cultural heritage and modern ascension through a journey across Guilin, Yangshuo and Guangzhou.

Primary Trip Segments

  • Guilin:

    Language and culture on the Li River
  • Yangshuo:

    An Ancient Fishing Village
  • Guangzhou:

    Exploration of one of China’s most prominent cities

Faculty Leader:

Aubrey Groves

Trip duration:

16 days of study and travel

Language Immersion

Program Highlights

  • Learn Chinese through daily Mandarin classes at CLI
  • Engage in daily interaction with a variety of Chinese peers and local community members
  • Cruise down the famed Li River to Yangshuo for a day in the ancient fishing village
  • Attend Liu San Jie (印象刘三姐) river performance directed by Zhang Yimou, who also directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
  • Hike Chuan Mountain and enjoy Guilin’s spectacular karst mountain scenery
  • Visit the Erfu School in Guilin and participate in cultural exchange activities
  • Walk through the stone paths of Daxu village, exhibiting Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture
  • Explore historical sites along the Pearl River in downtown Guangzhou

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 nancy@studycli.org.
  1. Complete CLI’s Student Information Form
    Complete CLI’s Student Info Form by Friday, March 17, 2017. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Your program is titled “SPI China Seminar 2017”.
  2. 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 Seminar. If your passport’s expiration date is within six months of your China Seminar end date, please renew your passport as soon as possible.
  3. Secure your passport and visa
    Thoroughly review your Chinese Visa Application Guide and submit all required application items to your faculty leader by Friday, March 17, 2017.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.