The Middle Kingdom is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for international students, and it’s easy to see why. The following are five of the most relevant reasons to spend a semester studying in China:


Mandarin Is Among the Most Spoken Languages in the World

Presently, more than a billion people around the world speak Mandarin, and this number is only expected to continue growing. According to language forecasting models, Mandarin will be – along with English and Spanish – the dominant language in the decades to come. Those learning Mandarin today are including themselves in an ever-growing global trend, and better equipping themselves for an increasingly globalized world of the future.


Language Approx. number
of speakers
1. Chinese 1,197,000,000
2. Spanish 414,000,000
3. English 335,000,000
4. Hindi 260,000,000
5. Arabic

237,000,000
6. Portuguese 203,000,000
7. Bengali 193,000,000
8. Russian 167,000,000
9. Japanese 122,000,000
10. Javanese 84,300,000

Source: infoplease.com





One of the Fastest Growing Economies

China consistently ranks among the fastest growing economies on the planet, and its rapid growth shows no signs of stagnating anytime soon. Most of the world’s largest multi-national companies have business interests in China and are constantly on the lookout to hire individuals that can speak the language, have lived in the country, and have experienced the culture firsthand.


RankCountryGDP Growth
Rate %
1Ethiopia10.20
2Turks and Caicos Islands9.40
3Monaco9.30
4Cote d’Ivoire8.50
4Uzbekistan8.50
4Nauru8.50
7Republic of Ireland7.80
8Laos7.60
8India7.30
9Bangladesh7.08
10Dominican Republic7.00
10Tanzania7.00
10Cambodia7.00
10Myanmar7.00
14Chad6.90
14China6.90
14Democratic Republic of the Congo6.90
19Uzbekistan6.80
20Papua New Guinea6.60

Source: Wikipedia (mostly 2015)





It’s Affordable

Living in China is significantly less expensive than living in most countries in Europe or the Americas, and even some countries in Asia. Tuition/education costs, rent, transportation, food, and entertainment expenses are lower here than in most places, and this means students can enjoy a higher quality of life without breaking the bank.





Immense Cultural Heritage

One of the oldest civilizations in the world with a long and proud history stretching far back in time, China is a country teeming with immense cultural heritage. One can get a sense of this cultural pride and heritage almost anywhere in the country, and those living here can witness, firsthand, the blend that takes place between long-standing traditions and rapid economic development for the future on an everyday basis.





The Country’s Natural Beauty

The fourth largest country in the world, China has a distinct and diverse landscape. From the karst mountain formations around the Guilin area in the South to the gorgeous Tibetan plateau in the West to the booming metropolitans of the East, there are simply too many beautiful places worth exploring in the country.







The following testimonials were given by students who have studied with CLI:






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.”

~ Babar





“CLI offered assistance with applying for the visa, getting to CLI from the airport or train station, familiarizing with the city on arrival and basically anything else that I needed to know before I left home or when I got there.”

~ Peter Cahill





“I attended CLI for 5 weeks and I truly loved every minute! Everyone from the teachers, to the staff were fantastic! Everyone was very accommodating, warm, friendly and supportive of me learning Mandarin. Guilin was beautiful, even though it was winter and some times cold & rainy, it was beautiful. I loved the city, the local people were very nice and polite. The local food was fantastic and very, very inexpensive. The food was so good I am now a snob when in comes to Chinese food.”

~ Brian Mason





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