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 the most highly personalized study abroad experience there is.

More than Personalized Service

We know studying abroad is no simple task, so we provide more than just personalized service – we simplify and streamline the entire study abroad 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 deliver the most highly personalized education abroad experience there is.

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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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A Strong Record of Proven Success

Since its founding in 2009, CLI has hosted hundreds of students from over 40 countries worldwide and has counted Israeli diplomats and dozens of Peace Corps China volunteers among its students. More than 200 universities have been represented at CLI to date, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, UPenn, Columbia, and MIT. Due to strong reception among students, faculty, and corporate partners, CLI has experienced incredible year-on-year growth.

In 2011 – just two years after welcoming its very first student – CLI expanded its operations into its own five-story learning center in Guilin. In 2012, Frommer’s travel guide said: “We recommend the Chinese Language Institute in Guilin as one of the best places in the country to work on your Mandarin skills.” Our students agree – see their testimonials.

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A Real, Physical Organization

Many study abroad organizations are essentially internet-based brokers who simply connect students to large universities without having any direct involvement in education or the overall study abroad experience. CLI is not an overstretched study abroad company. We’re a real, family-run organization with a physical, five-story learning center and accommodations across the street from the Guangxi Normal University campus in Guilin.

Connecting you to a university and removing the uncertainty and difficulty from coming to China is only our first step. After taking care of your pre-departure needs and your living arrangements and providing 24-hour assistance for the duration of your stay, the CLI Team is here for you day after day to deliver an unforgettable educational experience that is uniquely tailored to your individual needs and interests. Most study abroad organizations overstretch themselves across dozens of countries, but CLI is focused solely on China and we pour every ounce of our energy and extensive resources into our China-based programs.

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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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Founded & Operated by International Experts

Unlike the majority of China-based study abroad organizations, CLI is founded and directed by international educators. After years of living, studying, and working in China, our American founders identified all of the details that go into making the ideal study abroad experience. As an organization founded by westerners, CLI understands western perspectives, expectations, and standards.

We provide the highest level of service and streamlined systems that improve efficiency and promote creativity. 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. They are each fluent in Mandarin Chinese and uniquely knowledgeable of what it takes to get there

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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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