Top 10 Study Abroad Programs: Chinese

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Below is our list of the Top 10 Programs for Study Abroad in Chinese. To read the article introducing our study abroad feature click here. If you want to know more about how & why this list came to be, click here.

1. China Scholarship Council:
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China. It offers a series of scholarships set up by the Chinese government to sponsor international students who wish to study or conduct research in Chinese institutions of higher education.

Info: Chinese knowledge required, All nationalities eligible

2. Lotus Educ. Foundation:
(High School & University)
The Lotus Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization based in San Jose, California, with an office in Beijing. They offer quality Mandarin Immersion Programs for students & afford them the opportunity to live with a host family. Programs also include cultural excursions and extracurricular activities.

Info: No Chinese required prior to departure, Extensive student support in China

3. AFS:
(High School)
abroadco AFS is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities.  Students live with a host family, attend a local school and become involved in community.

Info: All nationalities welcome, Extensive student support

3. IES:
IES offers a Beijing Language Intensive Program which is designed for students who have already begun studying Chinese. The program provides the opportunity to rapidly expand one’s knowledge of written and spoken Chinese.

Info: Chinese knowledge required, Scholarships available

5. Center for Study Abroad:
Center For Study Abroad (CSA) has been providing affordable, high quality, and fully accredited study abroad programs overseas since 1990. They offer programs in three major Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Info: No Chinese knowledge required, Flexible duration of program

6. AIFS:
AIFS was founded in 1964. Every year nearly 5000 U.S. undergraduates choose to study with AIFS at one of their 24 international campus locations.  Several programs to study in China are available including those in Beijing, Shanghai and Naijing.

Info: Extensive student support in-country, No previous Chinese required

7. SUNY – Brockport:
The College at Brockport offers a Three Cities Program, which is designed to provide participants with a perspective of China through experiencing three distinct Chinese cities and three separate Universities. Brockport also offers semester programs in Shanghai and Beijing.

Info: No previous Chinese language required, Only 3rd or 4th year students are eligible.

7. World Link Education:
World Link Education (WLE) provides high quality China Study Abroad programs hosted by Universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Kunming, Qingdao, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Dalian, Nanjing, Guilin, Guangzhou & Tibet. All programs combine core classes with after-class tutorial, interaction with native speakers & electives.

Info: Programs tailored to all proficiency levels, Multiple housing options

9. Intrax:
(High School)
Intrax Study Abroad is a premier organization dedicated to international education and cultural exchange with operations in over 80 countries worldwide.  The Summer Chinese program for High School students is located in Kunming, with many excursions to other parts of the country.

Info: High degree of external cultural programming, Extensive student support

10. CIEE:
For U.S. high school and university students, CIEE administers approximately 104 study abroad programs in over 35 host countries.  In China, CIEE administers several language, culture, business, and topical studies programs in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai.

Info: US students eligible, No Chinese proficiency necessary

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