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Program Description


CIEE Nanjing - group photo
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   Quick Facts

  • Improve your Mandarin through intensive language training in small classes, working with a peer tutor program, and living with a Chinese roommate or host family
  • Learn about contemporary China through a core course and work on a social research project conducted in English
  • Explore southwest China in the spring and northwest China in the fall on weeklong field trips
  • Visit historic monuments and temples in Nanjing and Shanghai in the fall or Beijing in the spring on weekend field trips
  • Get to know different people and places in Eastern China by exploring Jiangsu Province or Shanghai for the weekend


CIEE Student - lion dancePhotos courtesy of CIEE

Location Details

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.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* to participate on this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy.

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

A full course load is three or four courses per semester. All study abroad students are required to take Readings in ChineseSpoken Chinese, and one of the CIEE area studies courses, depending on language level, Contemporary Chinese Studies (in English) or Contemporary Chinese Society Through Media (in Chinese).

In addition, students may take theCIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course as one of their electives. The language courses are offered at intermediate, advanced intermediate, and advanced levels, equivalent to third, fourth, and fifth semester Chinese in the U.S. During the spring semester, academic year students are required to continue with each of the language courses.

Students who test above the advanced level take coursework at Nanjing University’s Institute for International Students or regular courses at Nanjing University and the CIEE area studies course. Academic year students who complete the first area studies course in the fall semester may continue the area studies series in the spring or elect directed independent research instead.

More information about courses is available on CIEE's website here.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

CIEE Shanghai student

CIEE Shanghai students
Photos courtesy of CIEE


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Program Housing

Students may live in a Nanjing University dormitory with a Chinese roommate or in a homestay.

Dorms: Students live in Nanjing University’s international student dormitory, Zeng Xianzi, in a double room with one Chinese roommate. Each room contains a bathroom and closets. Facilities include a library, laundry facilities, small kitchen, basketball court, and outdoor track. Meals are not included in the dormitory option and are the responsibility of the student.

Homestay: Depending on availability, the travel distance between Zeng Xianzi and homestays varies. Most host families live within 30 minutes of campus by bus or bike. Some meals are included. A homestay orientation is offered to students prior to moving in with the families.

More information about housing is available on the CIEE website here.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

CIEE Shanghai students
Photo courtesy of CIEE


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2019 04/01/2019
Rolling Admission 08/26/2019 12/14/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed