Study Abroad in China

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

When you study in China, you can explore the country’s top historic sites, including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the French Concession, all while gaining a new understanding of China’s past and present. With 30+ years of experience, over a dozen programs, and two professionally-staffed sites in Beijing and Shanghai, CIEE offers students a variety of transformational study abroad programs in China.

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture and language 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 to the next level by completing Chinese language courses.

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

Best Places to Study Abroad in 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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Studying Abroad in Shanghai Experiences

  • "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
  • "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

Study Abroad China Programs

Frequently Asked Questions


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While both Beijing and Shanghai offer students an authentic study abroad experience in China, the cities have different characteristics. Beijing is the more historical city with prestigious universities and drier, more polluted air, while Shanghai is the more international, developed city with a unique Shanghainese dialect.


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


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China is a relatively safe country for students to travel to given the country's use of surveillance and modern technology. 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.

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