CLI Abroad - Immerse Yourself in Language and Culture

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China: Guilin


Join the Chinese Language Institute (CLI) and learn Chinese through one-on-one training, constant interaction and complete immersion. Located in the beautiful southern city of Guilin and officially affiliated with Guangxi Normal University, CLI delivers highly effective intensive Mandarin, study abroad, China study tour, and Teach in China options.

Whether you are looking for an unforgettable study abroad experience, the fast track to Chinese fluency or the tools necessary to successfully operate in China's complex marketplace, CLI is the perfect fit.

In its 2012 China travel guide, Frommer's made the following endorsement of CLI: "We recommend the Chinese Language Institute in Guilin as one of the best places in the country to work on your Mandarin skills."

China now boasts the worlds second largest economy, a staggering one-fifth of earth's people and humanity's most spoken language. Whether you are looking for an unforgettable study abroad experience, the fast track to learn Mandarin or the tools necessary to successfully operate in China's diverse marketplace, CLI is the perfect fit. We warmly welcome you to study in China with CLI!


CLI Abroad

The Chinese Language Institute's Study Abroad Program was designed to guarantee immersion within the language learning environment.

Your Gain
* Complete immersion in Chinese and culture.
* All students attend one and a half hours per day with one-on-one instructor. Intensive program provides four and a half daily hours of one-on-one instruction.
* Courses include intensive speaking, writing, reading, listening, idiomatic expressions, and more.
* Full enrollment with CLI's affiliate, Guangxi Normal University (includes up to 20 hours per week of Chinese language and culture courses).
* GXNU electives include: listening, reading, spoken and written Chinese courses in the traditional classroom setting, as well as dance lessons, traditional Chinese art, Kung Fu, Tai Ji, Yoga, and many more.
* Option of integrated housing with two Chinese graduate students (all students are provided with a private single bedroom in a three bedroom apartment that includes full western amenities).
* Comprehensive orientation for all international students (crash courses in Chinese language and culture for beginners).
* Every student level from pure beginner to highly advanced is uniquely accommodated to fit individual academic and professional pursuits.
* HSK (official Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers) preparation courses available.
* Opportunities to teach English part-time at the grade school or university level (great resume builder!).

College Credit

As the Chinese Language Institute is officially affiliated with Guangxi Normal University (GXNU), CLI offers college credit for all coursework completed while in Guilin. Over 150 international universities have accepted GXNU transfer credit.


Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year, Throughout the year


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Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Minimum Education

High School


  • Chinese

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching

  • Cantonese
  • Chinese
  • English

Subject Areas

  • Chinese Language
  • Culture
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Travel / Tourism

Cost in US$:

USD 6,500-8,320 per Semester

Program Fees Include:

Pre-semester Orientation
CLI's pre-session orientation is designed to familiarize students with their new living and learning environment. Your orientation includes a large welcome lunch with the local team and other program participants, an in-depth tour of Guilin, and a comprehensive introduction on how to make the most of CLI’s intensive Chinese coursework. We ask that students arrive on the Saturday prior to their first day of class.

Travel Excursions
CLI provides one travel excursion per every two months of a student’s stay in Guilin. You will visit and tour culturally, politically and economically significant sites throughout southern China, including Nanning, Yangshuo, Longsheng, Kunming, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and more!

Immersion Program
The core of your learning experience is CLI's Immersion Program, which includes up to 4.5 hours of one-to-one instruction 5 days per week (Monday through Friday) with 3 unique Chinese teachers.

Full Enrollment at Guangxi Normal University
Attend up to 20 hours of courses per week at GXNU! Course selections include listening, reading, spoken and written Chinese courses in the traditional classroom setting, as well as dance lessons, traditional Chinese art, Kung Fu, Tai Ji, Yoga, and many more.

The Chinese Language Institute does not require that its students take courses at GXNU. Language and culture electives are offered purely as a supplement to CLI's Immersion Program.

Housing Accommodations
The cost of rent is completely covered by your program tuition. All living accommodations include heating and A/C, hot and cold water, and a high-speed internet connection. Apartment arrangements additionally include a washing machine, refrigerator and a television.

Maid Service
Maid service is provided twice per week.

Pre-Arrival Assistance
The Chinese Language Institute's international staff provides pre-arrival assistance to all its participants. This includes a pre-arrival information packet as well as comprehensive assistance in acquiring a student visa (see our Passport and Visa link for more information).

Information and Assistance in China
CLI's international staff is available 24/7 to provide participants information and assistance while in China.

Travel Arrangement Assistance
CLI's staff can provide all necessary information and assistance pertaining to optional trips throughout China and abroad.

Teaching/Work Experience
CLI's staff has extensive connections throughout Guilin and China that can offer assistance in acquiring teaching and internship opportunities. Teaching/internship terms and conditions are agreed upon between the participant and the host organization.

Credit Available


Experience Required


This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Dormitory
  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Independent living

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of 5 - 10

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Transcript

Typically The Application Process Time is

5 days

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network