Information for term High School Abroad in China
Application deadline, and cost information.
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
Application DeadlineDecember 15, 2018
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Deadline: December 15, 2018
- Dates: Feb 25 – Jun 21, 2019 (17 weeks)
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
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 China with your fellow participants, you will be met by staff and travel to Zhengzhou to begin your three-day orientation. During orientation, you will participate in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes, and you will take Mandarin classes — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in China.
You’ll spend mornings in Mandarin class and in workshops focusing on a variety of cultural themes to get you in gear for daily life in Chinese society. Afternoons are dedicated to sightseeing tours that illuminate the incredible ancient history of the region, dating back to Neolithic settlements.
As one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China, Zhengzhou has its share of magnificent temples, tombs and archaeological remains to explore. At the Zhengzhou Museum, you’ll travel from prehistory to early China and see jade, musical instruments and other artifacts. At the 600-year-old Chenghuang Temple you’ll wander through incense-filled walkways in an ancient place of worship — the largest of its kind in the Henan Province. Dating back from the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the building has been rebuilt in places but retains its original charm and spirit. Folk art and craft fairs in the Happy Building are a favorite attraction.
Your orientation tour also includes a visit to the Heritage Wall of Shang Dynasty, an amazing archaeological find which provides a rare inside look at an ancient Chinese civilization. Roughly four miles of wall were unearthed in the 1950s, exposing elaborate relics from the Bronze Age.
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.
Hotel during orientation in Shanghai, then carefully screened host family in Zhengzhou. Students stay in school dorms during the week and with host families on weekends.
Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7
ActivitiesClick to Open
Venture off with your host family 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!
What People are Saying
One of the best parts of this orientation week so far is all the other abroad students I have met who are spending a half year or whole year in China. I have met new people from Germany, Belgium, Italy, Thailand, Denmark, and the United States. Everyone has his or her own story and life all over the world, but we are all meeting in Shanghai. Every chance I have had, I have eaten Chinese cuisine. There is a plethora of Chinese dishes, and I want to try as many of them as I can! My orientation week has been a complete blast.Fred K., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
When I arrived in Shanghai, I started off with a week of orientation arranged by my program. During this time, we got to explore Shanghai and get used to life in China. It was very helpful because it helped us understand where and how we would be living for the next year. It also helped us get closer to many other students from different countries that had also come to Shanghai for one year. It was easy to make friends with these kids, and because of this, I knew it would help make my year here a lot better!Craig L., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
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 2019||Rolling Admissions||TBD*||TBD*|
|Fall 2019||Rolling Admissions||TBD*||TBD*|
|Spring 2019 17 weeks||Dec 15, 2018||Feb 25, 2019||Jun 21, 2019||
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.