High School Abroad in China

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Information for term High School Abroad in China

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

February 15, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 31 – Dec 4, 2021 (14 weeks)*

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Mar 1 – Jun 18, 2022 (16 weeks)*

Application Deadline

February 15, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 31, 2021 – Jun 18, 2022 (42 weeks)*


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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.

  • Language Proficiency

    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.

  • Global Citizenship

    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.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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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 Life

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Daily Life

"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.

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  • Housing

    Students stay in school dorms during the week and with carefully screened host families in Zhengzhou on weekends.

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7


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Sample Activities

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 & Fees

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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

Application Fee


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2021 42 weeks Feb 15, 2021 Aug 31, 2021* Jun 18, 2022*
Fall 2021 14 weeks Feb 15, 2021 Aug 31, 2021* Dec 4, 2021*
Spring 2022 16 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Mar 1, 2022* Jun 18, 2022*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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