High School Chinese Language Programs

China Institute currently offers two major Mandarin language immersion programs designed for high school students.

For students with little or no prior background in Mandarin, the Institute offers a six-week long Mandarin Chinese Summer Immersion Academy in New York City.  With generous support from the National Security Language Initiative, a multi-agency U.S. government effort to expand foreign language education in under-taught critical languages, the program offers a full scholarship to twenty-five selected New York metro-area high school students.  The program is directed especially at disadvantaged youth whose families may not be able to provide them with access to the opportunity to learn Mandarin – one of the key critical languages for the 21st century.

For students with a substantial prior background in Mandarin, China Institute offers a seven-week intensive Chinese language program in Beijing, China.  The program provides students with intensive Mandarin language instruction equivalent to one year of study, while at the same time encouraging students to forge enduring relationships with their Chinese host families, helping them to gain an understanding of the issues, opportunities and constraints that face ordinary people in China.