Study Abroad in Greater China

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Bask in the wonders of Greater China, from its history and culture to its massive global influence.

When you study abroad in Greater China, you'll explore the region's top historic sites, including the Great Wall, French Concession, and the Sky Taipei, all while gaining a new understanding of Greater China's past and present. With 30+ years of experience, nearly a dozen programs to choose from, and three professionally-staffed sites in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei, CIEE offers students a variety of transformational study abroad programs in Greater China.

Immerse yourself in Chinese language, culture, and tradition with co-curricular activities at outdoor markets, local events, and excursions to nearby towns. Sample life in a rural community with a service project; explore sustainability in Beijing; intern with a local company in Shanghai; or take your Mandarin language skills to the next level in Taipei.

Homestays, peer language tutors, cultural activities, and excursions to local and regional sites will give you deep insight into Greater China's history and a new perspective on its future.

Best Places to Study Abroad in Greater China

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    Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and more in China's capital city while improving your Chinese.

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    Experience China's largest, most developed city full of culture, food, and historic sites to see. 

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    Fast-forward your Mandarin language skills in one of Asia's most culturally rich cities. 

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Studying Abroad in Greater China Reviews

  • "I would recommend this program because even though I was a beginner with no experience in the language, I felt like my class was so useful and well-paced. Having my Chinese roommate was a great way for me to not feel lonely and my teachers were all so kind, patient, and dedicated."

    Whitney W., University of Oregon
  • "This program was great! Not only was I able to develop my Chinese, I was also able to learn more about the culture!"

    Keylana J., University of Redlands
  • "Overall, I had a great experience! Staff and programs were wonderful."

    Larissa L., Babson College
  • "I really learned a lot about China and I was able to thoroughly experience a lot of the culture there."

    Ancion T., Florida A&M University

Study Abroad Greater China Programs

Frequently Asked Questions


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While Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei offer students an authentic study abroad experience in Greater China, each city has different characteristics. Beijing is a more historical city with prestigious universities and drier, more polluted air. Shanghai is the more international, developed city with a unique Shanghainese dialect. Taipei is a bustling modern city with a humid, subtropical climate.


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There are several reasons to study abroad in Greater China, from breathtaking natural sites and historical landmarks, to the opportunity to study Mandarin with welcoming native speakers. Whether you study in Greater China for a summer, semester, or year, there are multiple opportunities to intern, travel, and volunteer in the community.


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Greater China is a relatively safe region for students to travel. As with any study abroad destination in Asia, we recommend that students stay aware of their surroundings, keep their belongings safe, and travel in groups when possible.

Safety And Security Travel Advisory

Effective March 2023, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory to all U.S. citizens traveling within Greater China. All students choosing to study abroad in the region are advised to carefully review the Travel Advisory and be fully committed to adjusting their personal practices to limit any potential negative interactions. When on program, participants must ensure that all actions, attitudes, social media, communications, and photographs shared represent Chinese culture positively. Should you require support from CIEE's Health, Safety, and Security team, please contact us.

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