Why CLI?

From pre-departure planning to deep immersion in China, CLI’s number one priority is ensuring personalized care and attention wherever and whenever you need it. From study objectives to logistics to your well-being, we put forth an incredible amount of energy and expertise to deliver one of the most personalized study abroad experiences there is.

More than Personalized Service

We know studying in China is no simple task, so we provide more than just personalized service – we simplify and streamline the entire process for you every step of the way, even after you’ve already arrived and through to the day you get on the plane to fly home.

From pre-departure planning to deep immersion in China, CLI’s number one priority is ensuring personalized care and attention wherever and whenever you need it. We put forth an incredible amount of energy and expertise to create and sustain China’s best Chinese language learning community.

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Guilin: The Perfect Place to Learn Chinese

With a comfortable balance between upbeat city life and tranquil natural beauty, Guilin is the perfect place to learn Chinese. While studying in Guilin, students can enjoy the city’s vibrant night life, delicious southern cuisine, relaxed pace of life, and friendly people.

The many advantages of studying Chinese in Guilin make it stand out against major urban centers like Beijing and Shanghai – take a look at our Location page for more information about life in Guilin.

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An Extensive China Network

With broad-based connections throughout dozens of cities across China and a deep academic and professional knowledge of the country’s inner-workings, CLI has a unique ability to create educational curricula and professional interactions for any audience. Since its founding in 2009, CLI has drawn on its extensive China network to organize academic and professional discussions and lectures with representatives from major Chinese corporations, government bureaus, and other key entities in China including:

  • GE China
  • MTV China
  • Amazon China
  • Club Med China
  • Sinopec
  • Peking University and Tsinghua University (widely considered China’s top two universities)
  • Crazy English (one of China’s largest English training organizations)
  • an engine factory in southern Guangxi
  • a prominent Hong Kong law firm
  • the Colombian Embassy in China
  • a plastics recycling center
  • several Buddhist and Daoist monasteries
  • the mayor, vice mayor, former mayor, Communist party representative, and town elder of the famous Ping’an rice terraces region
  • countless additional small- to mid-sized companies and entities in China

CLI also regularly organizes lectures, meetings, seminars, and other talks, events, and activities at universities and government bureaus throughout China, as well as cross-cultural interaction and learning at every level – CLI students visit local kindergartens and high schools, chat with Daoist monks over herbal tea, attend live concert screenings at MTV Beijing, practice Qigong with lifelong adherents, participate in round-table discussions with highly successful entrepreneurs. Ultimately, it is the interests of our students and the vision of our faculty leaders that guide CLI’s capabilities.

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Founded & Operated by International Experts

CLI is home to a core team of international educators who have worked together on this very project since 2009 and 2010, including Echo, Molin, Avril, Sunny, Dayong, Nancy, Bradford, and Robert, each of whom remain very active at CLI as of this writing in September 2019. We’ve now hosted over 2,000 students at our center in Guilin, and we stick to the same core philosophy that has worked since day one: we put students, teachers and our community first.

Our directors have a combined experience in China of over twenty years and hold masters degrees from Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, and Guangxi Normal University, with one of our co-founders, Bradford, currently pursuing a PhD in cognitive science as applied to learning at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Each of CLI’s directors are fluent in Chinese and are dedicated to fostering the premier language learning community in China.

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The Most Effective Path to Learning Chinese

There is no better path to Chinese language fluency than CLI. With up to 20 weekly hours of one-on-one language instruction, a vibrant, community-based learning environment with global and local integration, and options for full enrollment at GXNU, CLI provides you with more opportunities to reach Chinese fluency and understand China than any other organization. In addition, CLI’s strong international network of China-focused alumni provides students with lifelong friendships, partnerships, and professional connections in China and across the world.

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Deep Local Integration

CLI’s international and local teams have forged deep, meaningful relationships with countless individuals and organizations throughout the city of Guilin and beyond. With CLI’s extensive network and personalized assistance as a platform, students and visiting faculty have opportunities to explore every aspect of Chinese society.

In Guilin, CLI has direct connections with each of the following: professors in every department of GXNU, grade school principals, hotel managers, factory directors, government officials, restaurant owners, photography studio owners, prominent tourism agencies, the Guilin Tourism Bureau, the Guilin Urban Planning Bureau, the Guilin Central Broadcast TV station, orphanages and other charity establishments, outdoor adventure companies, real estate professionals, local Daoist and Buddhist leaders, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, yoga instructors, Qigong masters, calligraphy experts, and more.

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