Study Abroad To-Do List

Please complete each of the following steps in preparation for your Study Abroad in Guilin program. As always, feel free to contact CLI anytime at 888-781-8383 or email CLI’s Admissions Manager, Tania Yeromiyan, at

  1. Secure your space to Study Abroad in Guilin
    To reserve your space for your selected program dates, please click the below link to submit your 300 USD program deposit via CLI’s secure payment system (secured by Stripe).

    Secure Your Space

  2. Obtain your Chinese visa
    In order to obtain your visa, please print and complete GXNU’s application form, scan the form, and email the completed scan to You will also need to include a scan of your passport information page and a passport style photo. You will then be provided with documents which you will need in order to apply for your X1 or X2 student visa.
    Submitting the GXNU application form is simply a formality required by CLI’s university affiliate, Guangxi Normal University (GXNU), to issue you your visa. If you are viewing this webpage, you are already accepted to CLI and GXNU’s Study Abroad program.
    Once you have the GXNU invitation in hand, please refer to and carefully follow either the X1 Visa Guide (for study terms of 180 to 360 days) or the X2 Visa Guide (for study terms of 179 days or less).  Visa fees are not included in CLI tuition.
  3. Complete CLI's Guilin Arrival Information Form
    Included in your program tuition, CLI provides all students with airport, train station or bus station pick-up and drop-off. In order for us to greet you at your Guilin arrival location, please complete CLI's Guilin Arrival Information Form at least two weeks prior to your program start date. Please plan to arrive in Guilin the Saturday or Sunday prior to your first day of classes. CLI’s orientation program will be held Monday morning. From early September through April, if a guest room is available, you can reside in CLI housing prior to the Saturday (before your classwork begins) for an additional 100 RMB per night.
  4. Review your Pre-Departure Packet
    In an effort to better prepare you for your stay in Guilin, CLI has put together this detailed pre-departure packet. Please review all information carefully and contact CLI at with any additional questions that you may have.
  5. Submit your program tuition
    Full program tuition is due three weeks prior to program commencement. Please click the below link to use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit your program tuition.

    Submit Your Tuition

  6. Tell Us Your Chinese Story!
    We want to hear about your experience learning Chinese (if any) and your goals for the future. Prior to your arrival in Guilin, please complete this pre-departure questionnaire. Use Chinese to answer these questions to the best of your ability. If you are just beginning to learn Chinese, feel free to use English!
  7. Complete CLI’s Medical and Dietary Restrictions Form
    Please complete CLI's Medical and Dietary Restrictions Form upon reading this prompt. It is important that we have access to information regarding any medical allergies you may have or other medical considerations we should be aware of. Please also use this opportunity to inform us of your dietary restrictions (if any).
  8. (Homestay students only) Complete CLI’s Homestay Introduction Form for your homestay family
    Within one week of submitting your CLI program deposit, please complete this basic Homestay Introduction Form for your homestay family. Your CLI homestay family is curious to learn basic information about their guests and is excited to meet you in Guilin soon!
  9. (Homestay students only) Complete CLI’s Health Certificate Form for your homestay family
    As a student living with one of CLI’s homestay families, you are required to obtain a health certificate from your doctor stating that you are fit for international travel. Many of our Chinese families are curious about their new guests and ask CLI for this information before your arrival. The health certificate can be informal. Your doctor may complete this health certificate, or he/she may use their own form. Please upload your completed and signed certificate via CLI's Health Form at least two weeks prior to your program’s start date. If you will not be living in a homestay, you may skip this step.
  10. Review CLI’s list of Online Learning Resources
    A great selection of free Mandarin learning resources is available online. Please take time to review and familiarize yourself with each of the resources mentioned in CLI’s online learning resources list.

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