Overview

Ni Hao!

Studying abroad in China will give you the chance to choose your own cultural adventure on a daily basis. Located in East Asia, China is world famous for its delicious cuisine, diverse landscapes, rich history and proud people (over 1.3 billion and counting!). Whether you are trying to buy food in one of the numerous wet markets or trying to understand one of the 54 dialects, you’ll never stop learning while studying abroad in China.

ACTIVITIES AND MANDARIN LESSONS

Different provinces have different dialects, but most people speak Mandarin. It is an incredibly exciting and interesting language to learn, but also difficult to gain fluency. Have no fear, a solution is near! You will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive language course throughout your time in China. You will join the other exchange students at your school in learning sentence structure, tones, and encouraged to speak on a variety of topics. These lessons are not included in the program fee but are an effective language learning enhancement.

Table tennis, tennis, soccer, and basketball are very popular in China and your new friends will probably ask you to play some pick-up games. Schools and local communities often offer classes like Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting or Kung Fu. During your exchange you will have the chance to tour some towns & cities with other exchange students and area representatives. These cultural activities provide great insight into Chinese society!

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Most exchange students study in public schools. The Chinese high school consists of Grades 10-12 and is divided into two semesters, the first beginning in September and the second ending in July.

You will go to school from Monday to Friday, from 8 o’clock in the morning until around 4 o’clock. There are four periods of classes in the morning and two in the afternoon, with a long break in the middle. Each session is normally about 45 minutes. Chinese, English, and Math are required subjects. History, geography, chemistry, biology, computer science, physics and other courses are elective subjects.

 

Program Dates

Dates subject to change

Academic Year:
Dates: August – July
Application Deadline: May 15th
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by Feb.2

Fall Semester:
Dates: August – January
Application Deadline: May 15th
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by Feb.2

Spring Semester:
Dates: January – June
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by July 2

Eligibility

In researching a study abroad program, you have already shown you are a leader and open-minded in your academic pursuits. These are just a few of the traits that our exchange students possess. You’re motivated to immerse yourself in another culture and flexible enough to live outside your comfort zone. You should also:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years of age
  • Be from the United States or Canada
  • Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0
  • Be in great mental and physical health
  • Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community
  • Be willing to study and learn Mandarin

Costs

Academic Semester: $10,330
Academic Year: $12,840
Prices subject to change

  • Roundtrip international airfare from designated gateway airport to destination
  • Host family accommodations and 3 meals per day
  • Medical/Accident insurance
  • Support and counseling services from in-country staff
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pre-departure Orientation and Preparation
    • Cultural Pre-departure Orientation (via Skype)
    • General Pre-departure Orientation (in-person or via Skype)
  • Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Letter of Recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program

Accommodation

The best way to learn about a new culture and language is to be fully immersed in it and what better way to do that than to stay with a local family. All Greenheart Travel high school abroad participants live with a carefully screened, local host family and are provided with 2-3 meals per day. All our host families are volunteers and will treat you as a member of their family. By being a part of your family’s daily life, you will learn to live and speak like a local.

While living with your Chinese family you will taste real Chinese food and become an expert in using chopsticks! Meals are served family style so you will have the option of trying several dishes in one sitting. Whether its noodles or dumplings, you will soon discover your favorite Chinese delicacy.

Your host family will probably be as nervous as you are when you first meet. You can help to alleviate nerves by e-mailing and speaking with them before arriving in China. Getting to know them will help break the ice when you finally meet in person. It will also show that you are as excited to live with them as they are to host you!

 

Service Learning

Do you need to meet a service learning requirement?

Does your high school require you to volunteer to complete graduation requirements? Are you applying to top colleges that are asking for your service learning experience? By joining the Greenheart Club during your program abroad, you’ll be able to have an unforgettable year studying abroad, while having a truly, unique cultural experience. Not to mention having a great time while making a difference in your host community! Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Join the Greenheart Club

The Greenheart Club challenges participants to pursue a deeper level of immersion through volunteerism, and acts as a resource to help you find volunteer opportunities while studying abroad.

Create your account at greenheartclub.org and get started! Check out the Greenheart Travel group once you have logged in to meet other members of the travel community making a difference while studying abroad!

Step 2: Log Your Hours

It only takes a minute to join, and once you create your account, you will be able to connect with a community from around the world to inspire you to start volunteering, or log service hours you have already earned. Every hour you volunteer for a service learning project can be logged in our database to help you keep track for your high school requirements and college applications. The more you volunteer the more rewards you are eligible to receive.

Need help getting started? No worries! Greenheart Club staff members are happy to help you identify volunteer opportunities during your study abroad program.

Step 3: Earn Rewards

Here’s what you can earn as a Greenheart Club member:

  • Certificate listing the number of hours volunteered while abroad.
  • 5 hours: A Greenheart Club Certificate and Letter of Recommendation
  • 15 hours: A feature on the Greenheart Travel Website
  • 30 hours: Eligible to apply for a $125 Grant to do a Greenheart project in your home country
  • 75 hours: Eligible to apply for a $250 Grant to do a Greenheart project in your home country

Why Join the Club?

This is your chance to get to know your local community outside of the classroom while you study abroad. There’s no better way to learn a language and understand a culture than working with the community on a project that matters. Boost your college application while you travel for a change!

Profile_Photo__EleanorBrow“While in Spain, I experienced many amazing things and I got the chance to volunteer through awesome organizations. My experience actually inspired me to major in international relations.” – Eleanor Brow, former Greenheart Travel High School Abroad participant in Spain.

 

 

 

Read more about fellow Greenheart Club members on our blog.

FAQs

  1. Do I need to be fluent in another language?
    No. One of the main goals of studying abroad is to become fluent in another language while you live overseas. Your host family and school will not expect you to be fluent when you first arrive and will help you improve your language skills.
  2. Will my language skills be good enough?
    We require two years of foreign language study for Argentina, Spain, France and Japan.
    The language requirement is waived for all other country destinations.
    For English speaking countries (Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand), you are already set!
  3. Can friends study abroad together?
    No. Our programs are based on a full, cultural immersion experience so friends are not allowed to study abroad together. Don’t worry though; making friends in your new host country will happen quickly!
  4. Do I need my parent’s permission to participate in the High School Study Abroad Program?
    Yes. As most high school participants are minors, parental permission is required.
  5. What are my chances of being accepted into the High School Study Abroad Program?
    If you have two years of foreign language experience, at least a 2.75 GPA, and a true passion for discovering new cultures you will have an increased chance of being accepted.
  6. I’ve already graduated, am I still eligible?
    We can accept graduated students on a case by case basis and only for certain countries. The student must be within the age requirements for the program.
  7. How are host families selected?
    Host families go through a thorough interview process and are carefully screened. They must complete an application, their references must be checked, and an in-home interview must be conducted by the partner organization. Many current host families have hosted numerous participants year after year.
  8. I know a family in my program country that would like to host me. Is that possible?
    This can be possible on a case by case basis. Chances improve if there is a school in the same community that is able to host foreign exchange students.
  9. What kind of assistance will I receive while I’m abroad?
    There is a strong network of people working together to ensure your time abroad is successful. This includes your program manager in the U.S., your natural parents, your local coordinator abroad in your program location, your host school, and your host family. Immediate assistance will be provided by your local coordinator and/or host family as they will be in the same region.
  10. What about taking SAT’s while abroad?
    If you choose to take your SAT’s abroad, you will be responsible for finding a testing site. It will be much more convenient to take the SAT’s prior or after your study abroad experience, which is what we recommend.
  11. Can we speak to current participants?
    Yes! Check out our blog or find us on Facebook to talk to current participants right now!
  12. If there is a class I must take in order to graduate, can you guarantee that I will be able to take it abroad?
    There are no guarantees that you can take certain classes at your host school. CCI/Greenheart Travel will be able to provide information about the general curriculum for your age level in your host country; however, in most cases you will not be able to sign up for specific courses until AFTER you have arrived in your host country. Please review classes, transfers, and credits abroad for more information.
  13. Can I go home to visit my family or can my parents visit me?
    No. Visits are not allowed during the high school program. If your family wishes to visit, they should plan to meet you after your program is completed. In this instance, CCI/Greenheart Travel’s National office and international partner office should be informed of your family’s plans.
  14. Can we select a certain city or region in the country abroad?
    We are unable to take your location preferences into account. Our priority is to identify a host family and community that are the best match for you.
  15. Do you offer any scholarships, financial aid, or special discounts?
    We offer special discounts for students whose families have hosted one of our CCI Greenheart exchange students.
  16. How will my son/daughter get money abroad?
    It is best for students to bring an ATM/debit or credit card. Most cards are accepted at ATM machines abroad and this is by far the easiest and most convenient way to access money.
  17. When and where does the orientation take place?
    You will receive one general pre-departure orientation from your local representative here in the U.S. Your program manager in the national office will conduct the cultural pre-departure orientation via Skype. Our partner office in your host country will organize an orientation for you abroad. Normally this is conducted within a month of your arrival to the host community.
  18. Will I have a host sibling my age?
    There is no guarantee that you will have a host sibling your age. Your host family may have young children, teenage children, or grown children who no longer live at home.
  19. When is the application due?
    Applications for the fall start are due by April 15 and there is an early bird discount for applications received by February 2. Applications for the spring start are due by September 15 and there is an early bird discount for applications received by July 2. We may be able to accommodate late applications on a case-by-case basis; contact us for details.

Application Process

You should apply by April 15 for an August departure and October 15 for a February departure.

Complete the Online Application

There are 4 short steps in the application process which are outlined below. Please answer the application questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. This is the most important step in getting to know you and assessing your best host family match.

  • Step 1: Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. Once completed, you will be connected to a High School Abroad program manager, who will send you a link to begin the application.
  • Step 2: Provide general information about yourself. Once completed, you will receive a link in your email for the next part of your application (5 minutes)
  • Step 3: Provide more detailed information about yourself, why you want to study abroad, and what you hope to gain from your experience. Once completed you will receive a link in your e-mail for the final part of your application (2 hours).
  • Step 4: Submit your $500 deposit and program documents. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. Once the deposit, general profile, and signed polices are submitted we can begin preparing you for your adventure abroad. You will have 1-2 weeks to submit your remaining documents.

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to schedule a time to speak about the next steps in the application and acceptance process.

You’re Accepted – now what?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an acceptance packet via email within 4-6 weeks of submitting all application documents.

Sound like your kind of adventure? Learn more!

Talk with other students about studying abroad and join our Greenheart Travel Teen Programs group!

Not quite ready to study abroad? Check out our Summer Language Camp in Beijing and learn Mandarin during your summer break!