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CIEE Nanjing Intensive Chinese Language and Culture

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Nanjing, China




2.75 GPA; 2 semesters of college-level Chinese

Application Due:

- Fall/Academic Year 3/15

- Spring 10/15

- Summer 3/15

Program Cost:

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CIEE's Semester Intensive Chinese Language and Culture Study Abroad Program in Nanjing, China, is designed for students with two to six semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese and an interest in Chinese studies who wish to immerse themselves in a more traditional and accessible locale against the backdrop of a large developing Chinese city. The UI offers resident credit for this program as well as other CIEE programs in China.

CIEE's Summer Chinese Studies Study Abroad Program in Nanjing, is designed as an opportunity to explore pressing social issues in contemporary China. It also helps you develop basic Mandarin skills and allows you to immerse yourself in local culture through field trips, activities, and community engagement. There are two sessions of this program, so you can choose either early or late summer!


The goal of the Intensive Chinese Language and Culture program is to increase students’ language proficiency and cross-cultural competency through close interaction with community life in Nanjing. This is achieved through an integrated curriculum of intensive Chinese language training in small classes, a unique area studies course taught in English and Chinese, and a research project with guidance from individual advisors.

Cultural Activities

Approximately xix trips are integrated into the academic curriculum focusing on topics covered in the language and area studies courses. The city trips include visits to museums, the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, a home for the elderly, a cooking school, and a population management training institute, as well as various neighborhoods, temples, and historical sites around Nanjing. Each semester, Nanjing University sponsors a two-day trip to a nearby city, or to a rural area in Northern Jiangsu Province. Extracurricular classes in Chinese—calligraphy, Taiji, and Chinese painting—are held on weekday afternoons. Once a semester, students will take a week long excursion to another part of China. Past excursions have taken students to Sichuan, Yunnan, Ganxu, or Xianjiang provinces.


Fall Semester is from late August to mid December

Spring Semester is from late February to mid June

Summer Session I is from late May to late June and Summer Session II is from late June to late August

Students can opt to do both summer sessions if they so desire for a more immersive and longer program

For More Info

Please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353.

Nanjing University

Founded in 1902, Nanjing University is one of the most prestigious universities in China, and is best known for its liberal arts and social science disciplines. It has established academic cooperation with more than 200 universities and research institutes in some 70 countries. The campus is centrally located in downtown Nanjing on a beautiful campus, and has over 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The local neighborhood features shops and restaurants from both Asia and the West. The city’s two main commercial centers are within walking distance.


Nanjing is regarded as one of China’s most important commercial centers, as well as one of the most livable cities in the country. Just an hour from Shanghai by high-speed train, Nanjing prides itself on maintaining the atmosphere of a traditional Chinese city with its classical temples and 600-year-old city wall while welcoming industrial development in designated zones. Literally named “Southern Capital,” Nanjing was the seat of power for Imperial China in the Six Dynasties and is remembered as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.


China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is the second largest country in the world by land area. Its 1.3 billion citizens live mostly near the eastern seaboard. China has grown and evolved for over 5000 years and due to its growing economic power, is set to be one of the world’s superpowers during the 21st century.

Living Arrangements

Housing is included in the program fee, and students may live in a Nanjing University dormitory or in a homestay. Students in Nanjing University’s international student dormitory, Zeng Xianzi, live in a double room with one Chinese roommate studying in the Chinese Department or Institute for International Students. The Chinese roommates are also CIEE peer tutors. Each room contains a bathroom and small closets. The 12-story Zeng Xianzi building also houses classrooms and administrative and faculty offices. Additional facilities include a library, basketball court, laundry facilities, small kitchen, and outdoor fitness field. Private accommodations outside of CIEE housing may not be arranged. Meals are not included in the dormitory option and are the responsibility of the student.

Depending on availability, the travel distance to Zeng Xianzi and the language classrooms from the homestays varies. Most homestays are located within 30 minutes from campus by bus or bike. Homestay families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and most weekends. Students should expect to buy their lunch every day, but may be asked to eat lunch with their host families on weekends. A homestay orientation is offered to students prior to moving in with host families.

Housing between the fall and spring semesters is included in the academic year fee. Instead of staying in their original accommodations, students may be moved into single-bed rooms or share a double-bed room with another student. Students remaining in China between semesters may choose to travel during this period to enhance their language fluency and cultural understanding.

Travel Arrangements

Airfare is not included in the program fee but students will work with CIEE to determine the best time for arrival. Students will also receive support from CIEE when applying for a Chinese visa. More information on travel arrangements will be provided by CIEE after the application cycle has concluded.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, and 2 semesters of college-level Chinese. One Chinese area studies course is recommended, but not required.

Students who meet/exceed the GPA requirement must still be in good disciplinary standing in order to be eligible. No exceptions will be made on the disciplinary standing requirement.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Fall of 2014. This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application for the spring session of this program will be available from 8/1 to 10/15.

The online application for the summer session of this program will be available from 1/1 to 3/15.

The online application for the fall and academic year session of this program will be available from 8/1 to 10/15.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out CIEE's application. BEFORE applying to CIEE, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation and preparation after the application cycle. Please contact the program advisor if you have questions - call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Acceptance Materials

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Pre-departure Materials

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Orientation Information

UI Study Abroad will offer a large group pre-departure orientation for all outgoing study abroad students. Activities may include meeting with study abroad returnees. CIEE will also run both a pre-departure orientation as well as an on-site orientation. In the pre-departure orientation, UI students will meet CIEE's resident director as well as other program participants. The on-site orientation will help students acclimate to life in their host city and in Chinese culture.

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The University of Iowa
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Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343