London, England

Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

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Information for term Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 8, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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This summer, fast-forward your Chinese language skills in one of the most diverse cities on earth. Kick learning into high gear with daily coursework and one-on-one classes suited to your level, whether you’re a first- or fifth-year Chinese language student. Add language exchange with native speakers, cultural activities and integration into the Chinese community in London, and your summer in London will be one you’ll always value.


    of Chinese and Mandarin progress into eight weeks with small classes and individual lessons.


    Shop and eat in China Town, meet Chinese students studying in London and integrate with Chinese community and cultural groups.


    Via cultural activities, practicing Mandarin in authentic situations and excursions to learn about the history of Chinese migrants to the UK and the business opportunities in a post Brexit UK. China has a global reach, and, in London, you can experience the importance of China on the world stage.

  • Chinese residents living in the city and it's surrounding areas

  • Chinese students in the UK each year

  • Century the Chinese sailors first arrived in London


Location & Culture

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London has a history stretching back to the Romans, there are four World Heritage sites, leading museums and plenty of green spaces. A contemporary global city, London is home to almost 9 million people from all over the world.

A major financial center and leading hub for the arts London has many eclectic neighborhoods to discover.


  • Visit the Chinese galleries at the British Museum and learn about the history of Chinese culture through the objects on display
  • An overnight trip to Liverpool, you may know it as the home of The Beatles but the oldest Chinese community in the UK is in Liverpool. Learn about the historic links between the UK and China in the port of Liverpool and bring the relationship up to date by exploring how Liverpool seeks to attract investment from China today.
  • A day trip to Oxford to hear from academics at the China Centre at Oxford University.
  • Visit the London Docklands Museum and Limehouse home to London’s first Chinatown.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Housing will be in either a residence hall or shared apartments centrally located in Bloomsbury, Old Street or Kings Cross. Students will share twin or triple rooms and will have access to cooking facilities.

  • Meals

    No meals are provided in London but students will have access to kitchen facilities to cook their own meals.

London, England

Where You'll Study

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    Russell Square, Bloomsbury

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    Students commute by foot, bus or train from housing to class

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    The heart of London’s Chinatown

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

This program gives students a strong foundation in Chinese language through an intensive and Chinese language environment. Designed for beginners and advanced Mandarin Chinese students alike, the program includes five course levels to develop your listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, or elevate your language skills to a superior level, communicating with accuracy, fluency, and sophistication. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.

The CIEE Global Institute – London is located in the heart of Bloomsbury. It sits in one of the most vibrant and student-populated neighborhoods of central London and is housed in two Georgian buildings with classrooms, a café, a garden terrace, lounge and study.


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    Classes taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. Chinese language classes are held Monday through Friday. Classes have an average of eight students and are typically co-taught by head language instructors and assistant language instructors. Students also meet with peer tutors for structured tutorials for at least two hours per week. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.


    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are assessed based on daily homework, quizzes, and written and oral exams.


    CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Accelerated language courses are demanding due to the fast pace of course content, and participation is essential. Attendance is required, and students should avoid scheduling travel during the week. In class, language instructors introduce new content and focus on improving students’ language accuracy and consistency through drills. Outside of class, students meet with peer tutors to reinforce the content and language skills learned in class. Additional hours of language tutoring can be arranged if necessary.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE accelerated language courses: 5 U.S. semester/7.5 quarter credits; 75 contact hours

Language of Instruction

Students must take 2 consecutive, accelerated language courses

Course Notes
Students will take an on-site placement exam and be registered in the appropriate language levels based on their results.

Summer 2020 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2020 8 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020 Aug 8, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $5,683 **

Housing = $1,100

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,250

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,600

Total Estimated Costs = $4,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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What's included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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