Information for term High School Abroad in China
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineDecember 15, 2019
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Deadline: December 15, 2019
- Dates: Feb 24 – Jun 22, 2020 (17 weeks)
Application DeadlineDecember 15, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Feb 24 – Jun 22, 2021 (17 weeks)*
Application DeadlineMay 1, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Aug 30, 2020 – Jun 19, 2021 (42 weeks)*
OverviewClick to Open
Live and learn immersed in the heart of an ancient culture, thousands of miles from what you’ve known.
Making pork-and-herb dumplings. Playing table tennis and basketball. Climbing sacred mountains and touring temples and ancient palaces. Sampling street foods and noodle houses in every town and city you visit. When you’re living in an exotic land, over 7,000 miles from home, every day is an adventure. Here you’ll be placed in the first year of high school (year 10) at a boarding school, with all courses taught in Mandarin. Although the Chinese learning environment is intense, CIEE’s got your back, providing 80 hours of group tutoring sessions per semester.
Our program provides students with 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.
Independence & Resilience
Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.
After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.
said their experience made them more aware of global issues.93%
said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.79%
said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.96%
Location & CultureClick to Open
Improve your Mandarin, learn, and play in the rich, unique culture of the world’s most populous country.
China is the world’s most populous country. And with the majority of China’s 1.2 billion people speaking Mandarin Chinese, it’s no wonder that Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world, with nearly three times as many speakers as the languages in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots (Spanish and English, respectively).
Roughly the size of the entire United States, China spans diverse geographical terrain. From poor rural provinces to wealthy sections of ultramodern cities, there’s a dramatic range of socioeconomic culture as well. While in China, you’ll get an up-close view of the country’s extraordinary history, from ancient to modern times.
You’ll live and learn in Zhengzhou, a city known as much for its archaeological digs as for its bustling businesses. Outside of daily classes you’ll have time to visit ancient tombs and temples, and to picnic in green parks on the banks of the Yellow River. Called the cradle of China’s civilization, Zhengzhou traces its history back through the ages and served as the capital of the Shang dynasty (1766 B.C.–1050 B.C.). For martial arts enthusiasts, Zhengzhou is best known as home to the Shaolin Temple, birthplace of the famous Shaolin kung fu style — and the inspiration for countless kung fu movies!
With its abundance of greenery, Zhengzhou serves as a model “green city” for planting trees in urban areas. It is also a model economic center of the Central China Plain and has been awarded recognition as "National Garden City," "Excellent Tourism City," and "National Cultural City." Surrounded by sacred mountains just a day trip away, this is a livable and student-friendly destination popular for study abroad.
Upon arriving in Zhengzhou, you will have a one-day orientation with your fellow participants. During orientation, you will participate in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes – all designed to best prepare you for your experience in China.
Daily LifeClick to Open
"My life before and after China will be as contrasting as black and white, and it all began with an idea to venture out in the world to see something wonderful..."
Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.
Students stay in school dorms during the week and with carefully screened host families in Zhengzhou on weekends.
Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7
Program BlogsClick to Open
ActivitiesClick to Open
Venture off with your homestay to climb a sacred mountain. Set off on a hike and encounter a group of monkeys carrying their young. Tour a Han dynasty emperor’s palace. All of these opportunities could be yours during your stay in China. From local festivals to table tennis tournaments, you’ll experience it all and then some. Think you know Chinese food? You’ll find out how much more there is to know, as you sample traditional dishes and develop your palate. A nearly indescribable diversity of adventures awaits you!
Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!
What People are Saying
I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
Dates & FeesClick to Open
Dates & Fees
At the time of departure, students must:
- Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
Note: At least two years of Chinese language is encouraged, as this is an intensive language program
Apply six weeks prior to the deadline, and receive a $250 discount.
Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.
|Academic Year 2020 42 weeks||May 1, 2020||Aug 30, 2020*||Jun 19, 2021*|
|Spring 2020 17 weeks||Dec 15, 2019||Feb 24, 2020||Jun 22, 2020||
|Fall 2020 20 weeks||May 1, 2020||Aug 30, 2020*||Jan 17, 2021*|
|Spring 2021 17 weeks||Dec 15, 2020||Feb 24, 2021*||Jun 22, 2021*|
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.