SPI Summer 2018 China Seminar

Program Start:

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Program End:

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Program Highlights

    Discover the breathtaking natural landscapes of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
  • Learn Chinese through small group intensive Mandarin classes at the CLI Center
  • Engage in intercultural exchange with partner students at a middle and high school
  • Cruise down the Li River to the nearby town of Yangshuo
  • Explore Daxu Village to see well-preserved works of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture

Program Description

The SPI Summer 2018 China Seminar will take place in the picturesque city of Guilin, where students will discover the stunning natural landscapes and cultural heritage of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Students will improve their Chinese language abilities through small-group classes and constant immersion within the local community. By participating in a homestay with peers at a nearby middle school Guilin, students will gain a deeper understanding of educational values and family culture in contemporary China.

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 maria@studycli.org.
  1. Complete CLI’s Student Information Form
    Complete CLI’s Student Info Form by Friday, December 15, 2017. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Your program is titled “Avenues Spring 2018”.
  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, December 15, 2017. All travelers are responsible for researching and complying with the appropriate visa requirements for the country/countries where their program is being held. (not United States citizens).
  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. 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.
  5. 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 maria@studycli.org with any additional questions you may have.
  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.