Nanjing, China

Chinese Language & Culture

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Information for term Chinese Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 10 – Jul 7, 2018 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 4, 2018 (4 weeks)


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Get an authentic Chinese experience – without all the tourists!

What better place to learn Mandarin – the most widely spoken language in the world – than in the student-friendly city of Nanjing? A rich cultural and intellectual hub on the banks of the Yangtze River, the city is home to over 70 colleges and universities, and numerous libraries, museums, restaurants, shops and cultural attractions to keep you busy in your free time.

You’ll spend most mornings in Mandarin classes with native instructors. The rest of your time is for fun and practicing your language skills – on local streets, on expert-guided excursions, and with your host family as you prepare and share traditional meals, shop, relax, and learn local customs while joining in their daily routines.

The Take-Aways

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in Mandarin Chinese by CIEE professors

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Mandarin Chinese, and documented language growth through pre- and post- program testing

Location & Culture

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Explore the former southern capital of China during the Ming dynasty.

Now a modern city of more than 8 million, Nanjing was the seat of power for 10 Chinese dynasties. Home to historic temples, tombs and other rare treasures on the UNESCO World Heritage List, there are endless places to explore in your free time. Tour palaces and museums, relax in the city’s sprawling park, or take a boat ride around the lake. Lovely trees, flowers, and gardens abound in this urban setting.

Nanjing is also well known for its cuisine. Duck and dumplings are local specialties, along with "hairy crabs” from the local lake. If you miss the annual Hairy Crab Festival in August, don’t worry – you can still get them year-round!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"My favorite experience this far was learning how to take the subway to school everyday. I like that I have the responsibility to get myself to the university and back home everyday...."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Host Family

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members


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Sample Activities 

  • Learn the timeless art of tai chi or try your hand at Chinese calligraphy in classes with your peers.
  • Explore the fascinating history of the ancient capital of Nanjing on field trips to the Presidential Palace, Ganxi old residence, Massacre Memorial, and the Confucius Temple.
  • Take daytrips to Jiming Temple, Ming City Wall, and Xuanwu Lake.
  • Pack your bags for an overnight trip to Shanghai, the glamorous and action-packed global hub.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • No previous language experience required.
  • Program open to all current  high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Optional College Credit Fee

$100 Learn more


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2018 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 10, 2018 Jul 7, 2018


Summer Session II 2018 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 8, 2018 Aug 4, 2018


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