• China
    • Guilin
2 to 52 weeks
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, Payment plans

Program Details

Language Level
Immersion Level
Class Size
Private Lessons Small Class (1-7)
Weekly Classroom Hours
Apartment Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
Included in Tuition:
20 Weekly Hours of One-on-One Chinese
Housing Accommodations
Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
24-Hour Emergency Assistance in China
Weekly Activities

*Price is for 2 weeks with the Private Room option at CLI. You can check other options, dates and prices in our website.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes
Jul 27, 2023
Oct 26, 2023
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About Program

Immerse yourself in Chinese language and culture with CLI! Located in the picturesque city of Guilin and officially affiliated with Guangxi Normal University (GXNU), CLI provides the premier intensive Mandarin program in China.

The fastest way to reach Mandarin language proficiency is through CLI's Immersion Program. CLI Immersion includes 20-weekly hours of one-on-one instruction with three highly qualified, unique CLI instructors. One-on-one instruction provides constant student teacher interaction, immediate feedback, and accelerated language learning that is often lacking with large group classes.

Current university students can be co-enrolled at GXNU and earn college credit!

In addition to language courses, CLI offers weekly activities and monthly travel excursions, including cooking classes, game nights, tours of Guilin and much more. CLI warmly welcomes you to learn Mandarin Chinese in China!

Program Reviews

4.95 Rating
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  • Instruction 5
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.8
  • Value 4.9
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Chinese Language Institute Immersion Program - Guilin, China

I participated in the Mandarin immersion program at the Chinese Language Institute (CLI) in Guilin, China, for 8 weeks this fall--from the end of August to the end of October. Each week I had 20 hours of one-on-one lessons with teachers who had a lot of experience teaching Mandarin as a second language. The classes were challenging, and enjoyable. The teachers were personable, professional, and very capable. My Mandarin proficiency has greatly improved in just this short time. I lived in a dorm room at CLI. It was clean, comfortable, and convenient, with weekly cleaning service. CLI also provided delicious lunches each weekday. I enjoyed getting to know students from many different countries as we participated in activities sponsored by CLI such as visiting scenic spots in Guilin and surrounding areas. I also had the opportunity to explore Guilin and China on my own. I highly recommend CLI's program for anyone interested in wanting to start learning Mandarin, or who desire to improve their Mandarin proficiency. Students can stay for a week, a month, a year, or whatever length of time they desire. They also get to choose the date they start--any Monday of the year, except some around Chinese New Year.

  • One-on-one classes with highly-qualified Chinese teachers
  • School situated in scenic Guilin
  • Flexible scheduling--a student can begin classes on any Monday of the year, except Chinese New Year
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Great chinese immersion program!

I recently had the privilege of participating in a the Immersion Program at CLI, and I must say, it was a transformative and exhilarating experience. This program is a gateway to a world of language and culture, providing participants with an opportunity to not just learn Mandarin but to truly immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of China's traditions, history, and contemporary life.

Curriculum and Instruction (★★★★★)

The curriculum was incredibly well-structured, offering a balanced blend of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Each day was meticulously planned with a focus on practical communication, which was particularly helpful. The instructors were not only experts in the language but also skilled at creating an engaging and supportive learning environment. They were patient and encouraged us to take risks, promoting confidence in our language skills.

Cultural Enrichment (★★★★★)

What sets this program apart is its emphasis on cultural immersion. In addition to language classes, participants were exposed to various aspects of Chinese culture, including traditional art, music, martial arts, and cooking. This enriched our understanding of the language and its context. Field trips to local markets, historic sites, and cultural events were eye-opening and allowed us to practice our language skills in real-world settings.

Accommodations and Logistics (★★★★☆)

The accommodations were comfortable and conveniently located, although some participants felt that more variety in meal options would be a welcome improvement. The program organizers were helpful and responsive to our needs, and transportation to and from cultural events was well-organized.

Community and Networking (★★★★★)

The sense of community among participants was remarkable. We quickly bonded with fellow learners, creating a supportive network to help each other along the journey. The program also facilitated interaction with local residents, further enhancing our cultural experience.

Conclusion (★★★★★)

In conclusion, the Immersion Program at CLI was a life-changing experience. It not only significantly improved my Mandarin proficiency but also deepened my appreciation for the richness of Chinese culture. The carefully curated curriculum, cultural experiences, and the support of fellow learners and interns make this program an ideal choice for anyone seeking to learn Mandarin and immerse themselves in China's incredible culture.

I wholeheartedly recommend this program to language enthusiasts, travelers, and anyone with a thirst for knowledge and adventure. It's an unforgettable journey into the heart of China that will leave you with cherished memories and lifelong language skills.

  • Immersive experience
  • Affordable experience
  • Welcoming environment
  • The first few weeks of food weren't that good, but the chef changed and it was great
  • Can be a little difficult to access, but hopefully as china opens up it will become easier
  • Chinese is just hard, no matter how good the program is, it will always be a challenge
10 people found this review helpful.
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Best option for serious students

I came to CLI after 4 months of living in China knowing only simple phrases and basic reading. Thanks to the great, down-to-earth teachers, the good environment at the center where I stayed, and the friends I made, my language level and confidence skyrocketed after 6 weeks. I can hold short conversations, write, and read a good chunk of what I see daily. CLI is a great option for people who are serious about learning and want to put in the work while also having fun. I hope to see even more younger students and large groups there in the future, Guilin is a top notch place to spend a summer break learning.

  • One on one classes
  • Scenery
  • Food
16 people found this review helpful.
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Incredible experience at CLI Guilin

Teachers are super friendly and classes are engaging. Went to my teachers house for tea, and went out to eat with them as well. They truly become your friends.

My homestay was super comfortable. Food was fresh, local and homemade. At the end of every day, I could practice speaking with my host - using the new vocabulary and grammar I learned at that day. My host showed me around the city, brought me to her social dances and to meet her friends and even when to a birthday party. I met so many new Chinese students. Life in Guilin is slow and peaceful. The locals here are very friendly too.

  • Made many Chinese friends
  • Fast improvement
  • Guilin was pretty hot when I went
17 people found this review helpful.
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1-month immersion program in summer

This has to be the best value for money course in china. First, the one-on-one instruction makes a huge difference as to the speed to which you can assimilate the language. My teachers (Penny, Nini and Lisa) were always super patient and took time to explain new words and grammar points, in a way that wouldn’t have been possible in a regular classroom. Everything in CLI is made for immersion: all the teachers and interns make a concerted effort to speak to you in chinese. Finally, i felt like i was really a part of a community. Living among everyone, sharing lunch, going together on activities (which by the way bring you to unforgettable places around guilin) made for true friendships to blossom. I don’t exaggerate when i say that i will always remember my time at CLI. If i can, i would definitely come back for a month or longer

  • The one-on-one approach
  • Immersion in a really chinese environment, unlike in larger cities
  • So many options for activities outside class for a truly vacation-feel
20 people found this review helpful.
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Gorgeous Guilin is a great choice!

Guilin is a wonderful place to study Chinese as it is local, slow-paced and extremely friendly.
CLI was recommended to me by a friend, and my Chinese learning properly began here after trying to find classes elsewhere but nothing quite working.
I've been to CLI 3 times now and I love it every time ~ there are a lot of activities to engage in if it's your first time in China, a host of friendly peers and staff and freedom to explore the surroundings.
Since being at CLI I kept my lessons online with one of the teachers as I enjoyed our lessons so much! I would now consider us friends as well as student/teacher.
I highly recommend CLI

  • Great teachers
  • Opportunity for full immersion
  • A wonderful (safe) experience
23 people found this review helpful.
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CLI Immersion Program

I loved my time at CLI. I was there for a month and wish I could have stayed longer. After a month of language instruction, I developed a higher confidence level, especially with my listening comprehension.

I had three wonderful teachers and will continue working with one of them with online lessons. Each class lasted for two hours. I met with my comprehensive teacher daily, and we covered HSK 4 material. He was very patient, helpful, and deeply understood Chinese grammar.

I met with the speaking and listening teacher three times a week. Because there was no textbook, it was my most challenging and favorite class. We conversed for two hours straight. We did have preselected topics, such as Chinese culture and idioms, but having a free format stretched me because I had to rely on my ability and the vocabulary the teacher taught me. There were times I left this class mentally exhausted, but it was tremendously satisfying that I could do what I did.

My third class was a reading and writing class. If you don't hand-write Chinese characters, don't sweat it! CLI is very flexible with its students. I typed my assignments. The reading assignments helped me better grasp what modern China is like and the changes the society has undergone. I especially liked cracking "dad jokes" with my teacher, who taught me the term 冷笑话。

But the entire staff acts as teachers, albeit less formally. Every conversation is in Chinese, whether over lunch or a discussion in the hallway. Guilin is a great place to study because few Westerners and locals are very amiable. The school provides weekend trips to stunning locations, and during the evenings, there are abundant opportunities to get involved with sports or cultural activities.

If you want to learn Chinese, you cannot go wrong with CLI or Guilin!

  • Friendly staff! Hey, everyone in Guilin is friendly.
  • Fantastic teachers!
  • Guilin is a foodie paradise!
  • I didn't spend enough time at CLI
  • i wish I had installed the VPN app Astril on my laptop before leaving!
27 people found this review helpful.
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Beyond expectations

Received a warm welcome that made me feel home despite being far away. Felt very quickly immersed in a pure Chinese speaking environment.
Outstanding teachers able to adapt to your need and deliver a tailor made class.
Nice and helpful management team looking to meet any of your needs

Lunch maybe too spicy but I heard they are working on it:)

Most importantly the progress has been exponential!!

I’ll come back but next time for a longer stay.

Suitable for all age as along as you wish to immerse and the kids embrace the experience

  • True immersion
  • Outstanding teachers
  • Authentic feeling
  • Lunch is too spicy
27 people found this review helpful.

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