The Best Way to Learn ChineseOne-on-one instruction is by far the fastest way to learn Chinese. Rather than vying for your teacher’s attention, your daily one-on-one lessons with three unique CLI instructors will give you an individualized opportunity to advance and validate your Chinese language skills hour by hour, day by day, and week by week. Begin on any Monday of the year (except during Spring Festival) and immerse yourself in Chinese language and culture with CLI as your guide.Read moreShow less
Activities & Travel ExcursionsIn addition to four daily hours (Monday through Friday) of one-on-one instruction, CLI 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 Jump-To Point
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 (péngyǒu, 朋友) includes two moon characters (月) side by side. Through the passage of time, and with the passage of each moon, long-lasting friendships are built and sustained. 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 partner university 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 that both you and your pengyou 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.
- Your pengyou will be available three hours per week to assist you with your Chinese language study. You can review material learned in class and/or practice your spoken Chinese during this time. CLI provides all pengyous with basic training in teaching Chinese and many are majoring in Chinese education at Guangxi Normal University. These language sessions are an excellent opportunity to work through problem areas and improve your Chinese.
A New Level of Personalized ServiceFrom the moment you contact CLI until your final day of coursework, CLI provides all necessary elements to ensure a highly effective learning experience, including airport pick-up and drop-off, housing accommodations, a comprehensive program orientation and introduction to Guilin, a carefully developed learning curriculum, 24-hour assistance, and much more. Take a look at our testimonials page for insight directly from former CLI students.Read moreShow less
Joint Program with GXNUIf you are interested in CLI’s joint program with Guangxi Normal University (GXNU), please visit the Study Abroad section of our website. Study Abroad students must begin coursework at the beginning of the university’s Fall or Spring semester (usually mid-February and early-September) and are required to stay enrolled for at least one academic semester. CLI’s Study Abroad program welcomes students of all ages.Read moreShow less
Harry Mattison(Summer 2014) Fordham University Chinese Level (upon entry): Intermediate I “I arrived [to Guilin] atat 5am, was picked up by a [CLI] staff member, and found the CLI building with the colored lanterns outside, and that was really a great moment for me because everything here was perfect. The food has been superb, the room spacious, the sheets clean, the water hot, and so it was a very easy…” Read more “I arrived [to Guilin] atat 5am, was picked up by a [CLI] staff member, and found the CLI building with the colored lanterns outside, and that was really a great moment for me because everything here was perfect. The food has been superb, the room spacious, the sheets clean, the water hot, and so it was a very easy transition for me to come from an ideal of my own home to CLI. I highly recommend CLI mostly because of the teachers — the seriousness of their commitment and their desire to see that you actually learn Chinese. This is not a business as much as it is a cultural bridge. There’s a high commitment by the staff and the teachers to see that you actually accomplish the goals that you set out for yourself in learning the Chinese language.” Minimize
One-on-One Intensive ChineseCLI was founded on the principle that traditional large classroom instruction slows down learning speed because it affords students few opportunities to ask questions and actually speak Chinese. CLI’s one-on-one instruction solves this problem by maximizing the amount of time each student has to ask questions and utilize new Chinese words and concepts learned each day. It also allows CLI’s Mandarin instructors to tailor class content and teaching style to each individual student’s needs. With 20 weekly hours of one-on-one Mandarin instruction, daily learning-based extra-curricular activities, a variety of housing options, and travel excursions to remote parts of China, CLI’s Immersion Program is carefully designed to maximize retention and learning speed, allowing students to rapidly improve their language level in as little time as possible.Read moreShow less
Three Unique InstructorsCLI provides each Immersion Program student with three unique Mandarin instructors. Your 20 weekly hours of Mandarin instruction will be divided according to your individual learning needs, with one teacher focusing primarily on your reading and writing, another on your listening and speaking, and your third, comprehensive teacher will tie all of these components together with in-depth lessons and review.Read moreShow less
Objectives & AssessmentsUnder the careful guidance of your three unique one-on-one Mandarin 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. Short-term students are given a formal Chinese language assessment once every two weeks, 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
Small Group Classes OptionAlthough one-on-one classes are the primary mode of learning in CLI’s Immersion Program, we recognize that different students have different learning styles. Sharing class time with other students in a small group setting gives you the opportunity to learn from your peers, and it also provides an alternative classroom dynamic. Keeping with the CLI tradition of fully customizable language learning, we want to give you as many options as possible, and we do our best to make small group classes an option for students who request it. Setting up a small group class at CLI depends on several factors, including enrollment numbers, matching language levels, coinciding program lengths, and the preferences of other students. In order to maintain CLI’s high standards of instruction while allowing students the flexibility to explore other methods of learning, small group classes are generally capped at three to five students. Students participating in small group classes will be eligible for a tuition discount proportional to the number of students in the class. If interested in CLI’s small group classes option, please contact CLI’s Director of Admissions (email@example.com, subject line: “Small Group Classes”). Read moreShow less
The CLI MethodCLI’s Immersion Program integrates all aspects of the Chinese language (reading, writing, speaking, grammar, listening, pronunciation, and vocabulary) into a completely unique learning experience. Lessons and topics studied are tested daily in real-life situations to provide constant language growth and validation. CLI’s Immersion Program ensures that students are not just studying Chinese, but actually learning Chinese. Please click on the following links for insight into how CLI’s one-on-one coursework is structured: 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
Immersion ProgramThe one-on-one structure of CLI’s Immersion Program allows you to begin your study on any Monday of your choosing (except in late January or February, due to the Spring Festival holiday), and you may study for any length of time. Interested students are encouraged to complete CLI’s online application. Admissions are rolling. Accepted students will receive notification within five business days of submission.Read moreShow less
CLI Meal PlanA delicious, authentic home-cooked Chinese lunch is served at CLI Monday through Friday. You may 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 & OrientationPlease plan to arrive on the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday prior to your session’s start date to allow for sufficient time to settle into Guilin. CLI’s orientation is held on the first Monday of your program (some activities may be held on Sunday as well). 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 (subject to availability).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
|Private Room at CLI||Homestay||Private Apartment*||Apt. w/ Chinese Roommates*|
All tuition amounts are listed in US Dollars (USD)
*Apartment options subject to availability
†1, 3, 5, 7, and 9-week terms available under “Desired Term” in CLI’s Application Form; tuition equals average of weeks immediately before and after
‡On average, 4.35 weeks per month (e.g., CLI’s 6-month program is 26 weeks)
Included in Tuition
20 Weekly Hours of ChineseThe core of your learning experience will be CLI’s Immersion Program, which includes 20 weekly hours of one-on-one intensive Mandarin training with three unique Chinese teachers.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
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, bike rides to the countryside, Calligraphy class, supplemental language activities, and much more. In addition, CLI 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. 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. Popular travel destinations include the Longsheng Rice Terraces, Yangshuo, Nanning, Guangzhou, Kunming and other locations throughout Southwest China. 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 Immersion Program Orientation Book for a look at some of the things you’ll be discussing in your orientation.Read moreShow less
Housing AccommodationsThe cost of rent is fully covered by your program tuition. 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.Read moreShow less
Visa AssistanceCLI provides all Immersion Program students with assistance in obtaining a short- or long-term visa to China. Visa costs are the responsibility of the student and are not included in tuition fees. Accepted students receive comprehensive visa assistance from CLI’s Director of Admissions. Please explore our Pre-Departure Checklist and our visa instructions Guide A or Guide B in advance (guides differ based on length of stay and nationality).Read moreShow less
Private Room at CLICLI’s newly renovated 5-story learning center is the perfect location to live, study, eat, relax, enjoy China, and learn Chinese. The CLI center has a maximum occupancy of 60 students and is also home to several of CLI’s Mandarin instructors. All rooms have a range of Western amenities, including free WiFi, heating and AC, hot and cold water, and a Western bathroom.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
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?