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Nanjing: Intensive Chinese Language & Culture

Nanjing, China

Nanjing, China

Program sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Jiming Temple sunset in Nanjing, China
Jiming Temple sunset in Nanjing, China

The CIEE Study Center at Nanjing University focuses on helping students develop Mandarin Chinese communication skills and explore contemporary Chinese society and culture. The program offers an integrated curriculum that links language classes, a Chinese studies course taught in English, and field trips in and around Nanjing.

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Program Requirements


2.5 overall GPA.


1 year or the equivalent of college-level mandarin, students with near-native proficiency should contact CIEE before applying.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.


1 college-level Chinese area studies course.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Homestays (2 meals/day) or double rooms (self-catered) in an international student dormitory with a Chinese roommate.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $23,605

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $13,796
  • Housing & services: $2,275
  • Visa & insurance: $379
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $19,250

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $400
  • Airfare: $1,550
  • Local transportation: $150
  • Books & supplies: $75
  • Personal expenses: $2,000
  • GeoBlue: $180

Total: $4,355

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the CIEE website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated CIEE programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to a CIEE program, you will be required to pay a participation confirmation directly to CIEE to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay this deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your CIEE program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • CIEE Participation Confirmation: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after CIEE has confirmed the payment.
  • CIEE Scholarships: Most CIEE scholarships will disburse to your CAESAR account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern, while others will be sent directly to you. It depends on the type of scholarship; contact CIEE directly to confirm how your scholarship will apply.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other CIEE Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from CIEE for your program's tuition, housing, or CIEE insurance. You may be responsible for obtaining your own student visa; refer to your program materials and contact CIEE directly if you have any questions.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, meal plans, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to CIEE.

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