CLI: Chinese Immersion Program in Guilin, China

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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.

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!

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based on 22 reviews
  • Academics 9.8
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.8
  • Program Selection 10
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 10
  • Value 10
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CLI is great for younger teenagers too!

This is a review for the moms that are wondering if it is safe and comfortable to send their teenage children to CLI. My 14 year old son just returned after spending three weeks at CLI. He not only came back jabbering away in Mandarin, he had the most amazing stories to tell about the school and his overall experience there.

CLI makes sure that your kids are attended to and safe at all times. They are picked up at the airport, settled into their housing, and watched over during the period that they are there. If you want even stricter supervision, them you can put them to stay with a host family instead of the dorm, and then you know that they are back at home every night at a certain time.

What made this so easy to do is the ability to communicate with your kids at all time. It is not like sending them on a teen tour, where they need to hand over their phones, and can only call on designated days, We were able to speak with our son every morning and every night by Skype, and see everything that was going on with him even though he was on the other side of the world.

The school is incredible and the way that they work their 1 on 1 lessons are second to none. I also liked the blend of social activities with studying. My son made tons of friends at the school, yet he was really immersed in Chinese culture.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Probably the best Chinese language school in all of China

I have attended two other language schools in China, one in Beijing and one in the north-east of China. Both were good experiences, but CLI stands out as so much better.

Everyone at CLI is enthusiastic and professional. The admissions process runs smoothly on-line. When you arrive at in Guilin the school will meet you at the airport or train station. They will take you to a welcome dinner. On your first day of school, they will give you a comprehensive orientation session. Most evenings and every weekend there is an activity.

The teachers are also outstanding. They are all highly trained professionals and their one-on-one instruction is the most efficient and effective way to learn Chinese.

Finally Guilin is one of the nicest places in China. The city is picturesque and easy going. Weekend excursions will take you to some breathtaking world-famous scenery.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Great 1 month experience T CLI

I spent one month this fall at CLI and had an excellent time. I had a home stay which was also a great experience. What sets CLI apart is it's community feel. I had opportunities to practice Chinese all day at the school building with interns, teachers, and other students. Everyone in involved in the program was friendly and willing to stop and help you practice.

I highly recommend the program

Mike Kehoe

Yes, I recommend this program
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Would love to go again!

Guilin was a great experience except for the cold weather and rain. Food was cheap and good! The teachers and interns and fellow students were warm and friendly. The classes were great because of the one on one attention which makes it easier to progress quicker.

I didn't have good impression of Chinese food in China and didn't particularly look forward to it, but the eating experience in Guilin was really a highlight! Making new friends with the interns and other students were also very memorable.

I would love to go again for longer period!

How can this program be improved?
My bedroom was too cold...
Yes, I recommend this program
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The Best Way to Study in China

I wanted to learn Mandarin and study in China, but the big cities were way too much for me. CLI and Guilin were perfect. I fell in love with the place, and had a comfortable environment in which to learn about the country.

How can this program be improved?
Not a lot to do in Guilin, for better or worse.
Yes, I recommend this program
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CLI is the perfect language learning provider

CLI has a fantastic learning compound where students take class and live alongside their Chinese teachers. This gives students countless opportunities to keep learning even outside of the classroom. The sense of community at CLI is astounding and their one-on-one teaching style enables the teachers to really tailor the lesson to the student, which is extremely important when learning a language like Mandarin.

Yes, I recommend this program
Jason Rodgers

If you want to study in China, give CLI your money now. Seriously.

I could not speak a word of Chinese before arriving in Guilin. After a few weeks of one-on-one lessons with their awesome English-fluent teachers, wo xian zai hui shuo zhong wen! :)

Land-before-time-type beautiful city in the mountains, friendly, welcoming, curious residents, just THE perfect experience to study in China if you don't want the madness of Shanghai or Beijing.

Cannot recommend highly enough. 10/10

How can this program be improved?
Not much nightlife in Guilin, but that's not CLI's fault.
Yes, I recommend this program


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The Chinese Language Institute (CLI) is an innovative language and cultural center located in Guilin, China. Housed in its own 5-story language learning center and officially affiliated with Guangxi Normal University, CLI offers the fastest track to...