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CIEE Nanjing Intensive Chinese Language and Culture

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

- Fall, Spring, Academic Year


- Nanjing, China


- Resident

- 15-18s.h./sem


- 2.75 GPA

- 2 semesters of college-level Chinese

Application Due:

- Fall Semester: 3/15

- Spring Semester: 10/15

Program Cost:

- Click the Application tab

Study Abroad Advisor:

Ana Jimenez

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Tasty Bamboo

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.

You will improve your Mandarin proficiency and cross-cultural competency through coursework and community interaction and engagement. With small class sizes, homestays, group excursions, and weekly sessions with peer tutors, CIEE study abroad in Nanjing gives you access to a full immersive cultural experience. The UI offers resident credit for this program as well as other CIEE programs in China.

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With intensive language classes for intermediate to advanced speakers, area studies courses, and elective options encompassing a wide range of subjects, you can build a study abroad program that suits your interests and abilities. Study economics, foreign policy, Chinese history, literature, or film—all in Chinese. Or pursue a particular topic of interest through an independent research project.

Cultural Activities and Excursions

There are six day trips, a weekend trip, and a week-long trip during the semester programs. You can visit the Great Wall and Bund, see Terra Cotta Warriors, and learn about giant pandas habitats and Sichuanese teahouse culture and history. Weekend and week-long excursions to locations including Beijing, Shanghai, Yunnan, and the Gansu Province provide exposure to the linguistic, cultural, and culinary diversity within China.

For cultural immersion, you can utilize sessions with peer language tutors and local graduate students, bi-monthly group meals, and community service activities to improve your Chinese speaking, comprehension, and pronunciation, while gaining insight into the culture.


Fall Semester is from late August to mid-December

Spring Semester is from late February to mid-June

For More Info

If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5).

Ana Jimenez
Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator
Tel: +1 319-335-0353

Nanjing University

Nanjing University campus

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 safest and most livable cities in China. 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 being a base for hundreds of multinational corporations and many Fortune 500 companies. 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. With more than 40 colleges and universities and over 600,000 college students in the city, there are more students as a percent of population than any other city in China, making Nanjing a uniquely student-friendly environment.


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.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Housing and Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee, and students may live in a Nanjing University dormitory with a Chinese roommate or in a homestay.

Students live in Nanjing University’s international student dormitory, Zeng Xianzi, in a double room with one Chinese roommate studying in either the Chinese Department, Institute for International Students, or other social science departments of Nanjing University. Chinese roommates are also CIEE peer tutors. Each room contains a bathroom and closets. The 12-story Zeng Xianzi building also houses the CIEE Study Center language and area studies classrooms and administrative and faculty offices. Additional facilities include a library, laundry facilities, small kitchen, basketball court, and outdoor track. 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 from the host families varies. Most host families are located within 30 minutes of campus by bus or bike. The families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and most weekends. Students should expect to buy their lunch on weekdays, 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 the families.


Meals are not included in the program fee for students living in the dormitory and are the responsibility of the student. Students usually eat at the student cafeterias or at the wide range of inexpensive restaurants in and around campus.

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 must have completed 2 semesters of college-level Chinese. One Chinese area studies course is recommended, but not required.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Spring of 2015. 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
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE

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 will be available from 8/1 to 10/15

The online application for the Fall and Academic Year Sessions will be available from 1/1 to 3/15

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.

Orientation Information

University of Iowa Orientation

You will be required to complete the International Programs mandatory online "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Training" prior to departure. You will also be required to attend a mandatory in-person orientation sponsored by the Study Abroad office. Details of the orientation will be provided to accepted students.

CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Nanjing even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

On-site Orientation

A mandatory three-day orientation session, conducted at Nanjing University at the beginning of the program, will introduce you to the city, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Nanjing. A language placement exam also takes place during the orientation period. A weekend field trip and other group activities are scheduled to enhance group dynamics and introduce you to China through experiential learning.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343