CLI - GXNU PartnershipIn 2009, CLI partnered with Guangxi Normal University (GXNU) to offer students a study abroad experience like no other. Founded in 1932, GXNU maintains an annual student population of nearly 25,000 and offers a wide range of academic disciplines. Students currently enrolled in a Western university who would like to earn college credit for a full term or academic year are encouraged to apply. Non-degree seeking students who wish to enroll as full-time students at GXNU may also apply. In addition to GXNU coursework, Study Abroad students will attend between 3 and 10 weekly hours of one-on-one Chinese language training at CLI (see Standard vs. Intensive below). CLI Study Abroad students are provided with the best of both worlds – they spend each day immersed in the full college study abroad experience with daily large classroom learning in a university setting, which is then coupled with daily intensive one-on-one language instruction and community support at CLI.Read moreShow less
Standard vs. IntensiveThe main difference between CLI’s standard and intensive College Study Abroad program is the amount of weekly hours spent with your one-on-one instructor. In addition to full-time enrollment at GXNU, the Fall and Spring Semester standard program provides students with three additional weekly hours of one-on-one lessons at CLI, while Intensive Program students attend ten weekly hours of one-on-one training. Summer and Winter Session students are enrolled exclusively in one-on-one coursework, with 20 hours of language training per week at the CLI Center. Standard Program For Fall and Spring semester students, the core of CLI’s standard program is full enrollment in GXNU’s Chinese language and culture courses and three additional weekly hours of one-on-one Mandarin training. One-on-one time is absolutely essential to rapid language development. Learn alongside students from all over the world while benefiting from daily one-on-one language instruction. For the student looking to balance language and culture study with fun and exploration, CLI’s standard program is a perfect fit. The standard program is not offered during CLI’s Summer and Winter Sessions. Intensive Program If Mandarin fluency is your goal, then CLI’s intensive College Study Abroad is your best method. During the Fall and Spring semesters, in addition to full enrollment at GXNU, you will also attend ten weekly hours of one-on-one language training with CLI’s highly qualified Mandarin teachers. During the Spring and Fall Semester programs, CLI’s intensive option provides up to 25 weekly hours of Chinese language training (10 hours one-on-one, 15 hours in GXNU small group classes). During the Summer and Winter Sessions, you will attend 20 weekly hours of one-on-one intensive coursework exclusively at CLI. Language environment is essential to rapid improvement in Mandarin Chinese. CLI was founded on this very principle. Your unique curriculum, enthusiastic teaching staff, and complete immersion within Chinese language and culture offers you the guaranteed most efficient path to full proficiency in the world’s most spoken language.Read moreShow less
Activities & Travel ExcursionsCLI organizes weekly activities and monthly travel excursions designed to immerse students deeply into Chinese language and culture. Join other CLI students and team members for bamboo boat rides down the Li River, hikes up Guilin’s breathtaking karst mountains, photography excursions to the Longji Rice Terraces, cooking lessons with Chinese chefs, tea house visits to Daoist monasteries, and more. See the Included in Tuition section for details.Read moreShow less
Earn College Credit with CLIGuangxi Normal University issues official transcripts for all coursework completed via CLI’s Study Abroad program. Over 150 international universities have accepted GXNU transfer credit, including most recently Arizona State University, Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin, and Wake Forest. Please reference the Guangxi Normal University International Cooperation List for an overview of colleges and universities that currently have formal or informal relationships with GXNU: All CLI students are responsible for arranging credit transfer with their home university. Most colleges and universities have an “Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere” form or an equivalent. Please contact your study abroad office for more details in order to ensure that your CLI course credit successfully transfers. Spring/Fall Semester: 15-18 credits (6-9 Chinese language credits, 6-9 liberal arts credits) Summer Session: 9 credits (all Chinese language) Winter Session: 3 credits (all Chinese language) Please see the Curriculum page for exact course titles. Read moreShow less
CLI’s Pengyou ProgramActively engaging in direct cultural exchange is a crucial part of studying in China. In order to help foster this opportunity, CLI has created the Pengyou Program as an optional add-on to your Immersion Program at no additional tuition cost. The Chinese word for friend (pengyou, 朋友) includes two moon characters (月) side by side. Only through the passage of time, and with the passage of each moon, can a friendship be built. At CLI, we strive to provide an educational environment that leads to lifelong friendships, and the Pengyou Program is just one way we pursue this goal. If you choose to participate in the Pengyou Program, CLI will match you with a student from our local university affiliate who has also applied to join the program. We interview all candidates and make selections primarily based on personality and enthusiasm. We also require that all pengyous speak standard Mandarin, although many may also be excited to practice their English. By taking part in the Pengyou Program, we ask both you and your pengyou to agree to the following:
- Local pengyous will take part in your orientation meeting , welcome lunch or dinner, and farewell dinner. CLI pays for these meals.
- Pengyous will have at least one meal together per week outside of CLI. No other international students are allowed to take part, but your local pengyou may invite his or her own local pengyous. You (the CLI student) are responsible for paying for your and your pengyou’s meal, but your pengyou’s pengyous pay their own way.
- You and your pengyou should take part in at least two activities together outside of CLI per month. As with the previous obligation, we strongly encourage that no other international students take part. Pengyous are expected to share the cost, if any, of the activity, but we also encourage you and your pengyou to take part in free or low cost activities, including visiting a park, arcade or shopping area; playing sports or board games together; or going to the local market to buy fresh produce to cook a meal together.
Josh Lee(Fall 2011) Virginia Tech Chinese Level (upon entry): Beginner I “When eating lunch or when hanging out at CLI in between classes, I really felt like CLI was a family, one that keeps getting bigger. Of course the education was important, but more than that, the sense of community and friendship had a larger impact on me. The teachers were always willing to help me with anything…” Read more “When eating lunch or when hanging out at CLI in between classes, I really felt like CLI was a family, one that keeps getting bigger. Of course the education was important, but more than that, the sense of community and friendship had a larger impact on me. The teachers were always willing to help me with anything outside the classrooms whether it was sending postcards, how to talk to the taxi driver, or going to buy things at a local store. I was also able to meet many people through the teachers and by the time I left CLI, I had become friends with many of their friends. This is the beauty of CLI. Relationship building while learning Chinese.” Minimize
A Conducive Learning EnvironmentWhy come to China to study Chinese? A conducive learning environment is not just helpful to your Chinese studies, it’s essential. With very few English-speaking locals and a small expat community, Guilin provides a perfect Chinese language learning environment. In addition, CLI has carefully designed your core curriculum, extra-curricular activities, living arrangements, and travel excursions to always ensure a high level of Chinese immersion.Read moreShow less
GXNU Language & Culture CoursesAll CLI semester students are fully enrolled at our official university affiliate, Guangxi Normal University (GXNU). Students attend up to 20 hours of weekly for-credit coursework covering subjects ranging from Chinese language, history, culture, politics and economy. Please review the CLI Study Abroad Course Catalog & Guide for up-to-date course information. Read moreShow less
One-on-One Language TrainingIn addition to your full courseload at GXNU, you will additionally be enrolled in three to ten hours of one-on-one Chinese training (see Intensive Option) with CLI’s carefully selected Mandarin instructors. One-on-one time is essential to rapid improvement in spoken Chinese, as these teachers will be your personal guides to conquering the Chinese language. Please see the following PDFs for insight into how CLI’s one-on-one coursework is structured: Read moreShow less
Objectives & AssessmentsUnder the careful guidance of your one-on-one language instructors, daily learning objectives will be pursued and, once achieved, validated through an organized system of assessment. Day to day objectives may include learning new vocabulary words, grammar points, radical sets, word pronunciations, idiomatic expressions, social etiquette, and so on. Study Abroad students are given a formal Chinese language assessment once per month, and daily informal assessments in the form of homework assignments, in-class questions and games, and organic real-life interactions throughout the city of Guilin.Read moreShow less
GXNU English-Taught CoursesAll English-taught courses are created jointly by CLI and GXNU and are taught by English-speaking GXNU professors holding an MA or PhD degree in relevant subject matter. At least two English content courses will be taught each term (number of courses offered per term depends on student volume). Please review the CLI Study Abroad Course Catalog & Guide for up-to-date course information. Read moreShow less
CLI Language Pledge OptionThe CLI Method stresses the importance of total language immersion and thinking and speaking in Chinese as much as possible. To help foster these crucial learning components, CLI has a flexible language pledge program, which allows students to opt in or out at any time. How does it work? Opting in: The CLI Language Pledge is optional and flexible. If you put on your CLI Language Pledge wristband, you’re “opting in” to the CLI Language Pledge program. You must speak only Chinese while wearing your wristband. And members of the CLI Team will speak only Chinese with CLI Language Pledge students. Opting out: We recognize that different students have different needs and different modes of learning. Keeping with the CLI tradition of fully customizable language learning, students can “opt out” of the CLI Language Pledge program at any time simply by removing their wristband. Although the CLI Language Pledge program is optional, we strongly encourage all students to participate, regardless of language level. The more you challenge yourself, the faster your Chinese will improve! Read moreShow less
Dates & Fees
Study Abroad SessionsCLI’s Study Abroad program is a full term or academic year program. Winter and Summer Sessions are taught exclusively at CLI, while Fall and Spring semesters are taught jointly at GXNU and CLI. To have the opportunity to attend GXNU language courses, students must begin their coursework in February (spring semester) or early September (fall semester). Please note that only the Intensive Program is offered during the Summer and Winter Sessions. For more information about the difference between CLI’s Standard and Intensive Study Abroad programs, see the Overview section above. ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018 Combine the fall and spring semesters at GXNU as well as additional language courses at CLI to deliver a complete and well-rounded study abroad experience in China. Dates: September 4, 2017 – June 1, 2018* *Winter break from December 16 to February 10 Credits: 30-36 credits (18-24 Chinese language credits, 6-12 liberal arts credits) Program Length: 32 weeks Travel Excursions: Yangshuo, Longsheng and Nanning Application Deadline: May 15, 2017 WINTER SESSION 2016-2017 Earn three college credits in three weeks, but more importantly, quickly improve your Chinese skills by immersing yourself in southern Chinese culture (courses at CLI only). Dates: January 2, 2017 – January 20, 2017 Credits: 3 credits (all Chinese language) Program Length: 3 weeks Travel Excursion: Yangshuo Application Deadline: December 9, 2016 SPRING SEMESTER 2017 Attend GXNU while benefiting from CLI’s immersion-based learning environment. Dates: February 22 – June 9 Credits: 15-18 credits (9-12 Chinese language credits, 3-6 liberal arts credits) Program Length: 15 weeks Travel Excursions: Yangshuo and Longsheng Application Deadline: January 5, 2017 SUMMER SESSION 2017 Earn nine college credits in nine weeks while enjoying the summer of a lifetime in Guilin. Your semester includes a three-credit class on Intercultural Communications taught in English by Dr. Cathy Silber (PhD Michigan); six weekly hours of small group Chinese classes (<5 students/class); as well as eight weekly hours of one-on-one Chinese classes. Dates: June 12 – August 11 Credits: 9 credits (3- Intercultural Communications, 6- Chinese) Program Length: 9 weeks Travel Excursion: Yangshuo Application Deadline: May 1, 2017 Read moreShow less
CLI Meal PlanA delicious, authentic home-cooked Chinese lunch is served at CLI Monday through Friday. You can either sign up for the CLI meal plan in advance for 15 USD per week, or pay for individual meals after you arrive in Guilin for 20 RMB per meal. If you would like to sign up for the CLI meal plan, please select “Sign me up” when asked about this on CLI’s application form.Read moreShow less
Arrival & OrientationStudents should arrive on the Friday or Saturday prior to their session’s start date for Sunday’s comprehensive program orientation, which typically lasts from 10:30am to 4:00pm. If you wish to arrive prior to the Friday before your first Monday class, you are welcome to stay in a private room at CLI for 100 RMB per night. Read moreShow less
Holiday ScheduleCLI observes Chinese holidays according to national regulations in China. Classes will not be held on the below days. Upon request, you have the option of:
- adding one class-day to the end of your Immersion Program for each class-day missed due to holidays;
- attending the corresponding number of class hours missed via CLI’s online one-on-one option; or
- adding the corresponding number of hours missed to your class-days while in Guilin (i.e. adding extra hours to your regular class-days).
CLI Tuition Chart
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All tuition fees are listed in US Dollars (USD)
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The famous Chinese proverb 桂林山水甲天下 (Guilin shanshui jiatianxia) claims that “Guilin’s scenery is the most beautiful under heaven,” and rightly so. Surrounded by picturesque limestone mountains, the bustling city is comfortably located along China’s famous Li River in the gorgeous province of Guangxi. Guilin’s natural landscape has proven so charming throughout history that it is even celebrated on the back of China’s twenty-yuan bill. See Housing Photos
Included in Tuition
Full Enrollment at GXNUGuangxi Normal University (GXNU) is one of China’s most beautiful and diverse universities. Chinese course selections include listening, reading, speaking, and writing, as well as dance lessons, traditional Chinese art, Kung Fu, Tai Ji, and Yoga. CLI also offers two to three English-taught courses each semester covering topics ranging from history and economics to political science, cross-cultural communication, and international relations. See the Curriculum section for more information. Read moreShow less
One-on-One ChineseA central part of your Study Abroad experience will be one-on-one intensive Chinese lessons at CLI. One-on-one instruction is essential to rapid improvement in all aspects of the Chinese language. Students have the option of attending either three or ten hours per week of one-on-one language lessons (Standard v. Intensive). See the Overview section for more information.Read moreShow less
Support & Emergency AssistanceWe know that many students who travel to China are doing so for the first time. At CLI, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive support and assistance to students. From the moment you arrive in Guilin until the day you leave, CLI will be there to assist you with questions, problems, and logistics in order to make your transition to China as smooth as possible – your tuition even includes airport pick-up and drop-off. In addition, we have team members on call 24/7 to handle any emergency situations that may arise.Read moreShow less
Visa AssistanceCLI provides all semester students with assistance in obtaining a six-month Cultural Exchange (F) visa, or a Student (X2) visa. Visa costs are the responsibility of the student and are not included in tuition fees. As recommended by our university affiliate, Guangxi Normal University (GXNU), all students should travel to Guilin on a three-month tourist (L) visa and, upon arrival in Guilin, GXNU will process the student (F) visa.Read moreShow less
Housing AccommodationsStudy Abroad students have a wide variety of housing options available through CLI, including international dormitory housing at GXNU, and homestay and apartment options off campus. All living accommodations include heating and A/C, hot and cold shower water (some sinks do not have hot water), and internet connection. Apartment options additionally include a washing machine, refrigerator, and cable television. Weekly maid service is included in all housing options. See the Housing Options section for more information.Read moreShow less
Comprehensive OrientationCLI’s orientation is designed to make sure you hit the ground running. We’ll introduce you to your new living and learning environment and we’ll share tips and advice on how to navigate your China experience and how to maximize your language learning. Your orientation includes a welcome meal with local team members and other program participants, an introductory tour of Guilin, and a comprehensive look at how to make the most of your upcoming studies. See CLI’s Orientation Booklet for more information. Read moreShow less
Activities & Travel ExcursionsEach week, CLI hosts a variety of events and activities for the entire CLI community. In order to build a vibrant learning environment, CLI invites all program participants, pengyous, Chinese student-roommates, and CLI team members to take part in our excursions and weekly activities. Activities include group potlucks, tours of Guilin and its surroundings, boat rides on the Li River, guest lectures at GXNU, movie and games nights, dark beer at the German Bar, bike rides to the countryside, Calligraphy class, supplemental language activities, and much more. In addition, Study Abroad tuition includes one travel excursion per every two months of your program length. These excursions allow students to take a broader look at southern China’s rich culture and offer an additional opportunity for students to practice their Chinese language skills. Locations include the Longsheng Rice Terraces, Yangshuo, Nanning, Guangzhou, Kunming and other locations throughout Southwest China. CLI also helps students organize optional local travel on select weekends and provides free travel arrangement assistance (e.g. ticket-purchasing assistance, safety tips, travel itineraries, recommendations for lodging) to all students who wish to travel on their own. Students are encouraged to take advantage of breaks and long weekends to explore China’s diverse cities and provinces.Read moreShow less
Michael Chung(Spring 2013) Virginia Tech Chinese Level (upon entry): Intermediate I “The sense of community and the teachers are amazing! The teachers really care about the students and adapt their teaching methods to meet the needs of the student. I really enjoyed these aspects because it made learning Chinese a lot more fun and effective.”
GXNU International DormitoryGXNU’s international dormitory is the perfect option for the full college experience abroad. You will have daily interaction with other students at GXNU and you will have intimate insight into life at a Chinese university. Both single and double rooms are available. All international dormitory options at GXNU include free WiFi, heating and AC, hot and cold shower water (some sinks do not have hot water), and a Western toilet.Read moreShow less
Homestay ProgramOne of the most enriching ways to discover China is through CLI’s homestay program. Share your living space with a local Guilin family, discuss Chinese culture over dinner with your host parents, and immerse yourself in Chinese society through its most basic unit – the family. CLI’s homestay option provides direct insight into a typical Chinese family’s lifestyle. If you choose this option, you’ll be provided a private room in the host family’s apartment. Apartments usually consist of a dining area, family room, kitchen, two full bathrooms, and three bedrooms. Host families provide dinner daily, but it’s up to you whether you’d like to take part in these meals. All homestays are within comfortable travel distance of CLI, and we carefully select our host families from within the CLI community. CLI’s homestay program is the most immediate and intimate way to immerse yourself in Chinese society and culture – each day becomes a learning experience. Western students living in a Chinese household quickly learn cultural intricacies they may not otherwise encounter. For example, one rule that is fairly universal in Chinese households that students are often surprised to hear is that underwear and socks are not to be washed in the family’s laundry machine. Most Chinese families require that these items be washed separately by hand. Many CLI students have built lasting bonds with their host families, and have cited shared meals and family excursions throughout the city and its surrounding areas as some of their most memorable experiences. Read moreShow less
Note on Housing in ChinaWe will do everything within our means to provide you with a safe, clean, and modern living environment that meets and exceeds your expectations. While the housing photos on CLI’s website are not representative of all housing, they provide an informative window into the general layout and amenities of your living environment. In the unlikely event that you are unsatisfied with your CLI-provided housing accommodations, please inform a CLI team member at your earliest convenience so that we can do our very best to make sure you’re comfortable.Read moreShow less
Private ApartmentFor many students, the best way to finish a long day of intensive study is to relax at one’s own apartment. Live in the city environment in a comfortable one- to three-bedroom apartment while attending four hours of one-on-one Chinese language courses at CLI during the day. All apartments are fully furnished and ready for you to move in.Read moreShow less
Apartment with Chinese RoommatesIntegrated housing offers students a fast track to Chinese fluency. Live with two to three GXNU university students in a Western-style apartment and discover China while constantly immersed in the Chinese language. You will amaze yourself with the speed at which your Chinese improves. All CLI students who choose to live in an apartment with Chinese roommates are provided a private bedroom. A minimum program length of three months is required to take part in this housing option. Read moreShow less
Kasey Crumpton(Summer 2014) Virginia Tech Chinese Level (upon entry): Beginner I “The most useful aspect ofCLI’s program is the one-on-one instruction. It brought me from not being able to speak at all, to the point where I could understand the people around me and hold basic conversations in just five weeks.”
The CLI ScholarshipIn an effort to enable students with financial need to attend our various programs, CLI awards several $250 and $500 scholarships each year. Applicants are selected to receive this scholarship based on two factors: financial need and academic merit. To apply for a CLI Scholarship, please e-mail CLI’s Admissions Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: “CLI Scholarship – Immersion Program”) with a 200–400 word essay answering the following two questions:
- What are the three main reasons you wish to learn the Chinese language?
- How does Chinese language proficiency fit into your short- and long-term personal, professional, and academic goals?