Nearly 60 Years of Chinese Instruction

The International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) was founded in 1962 by Stanford University, for the purpose of training and developing the oral discursive ability of America's academic elite. Since its founding, ICLP has grown in international stature and has provided instruction to thousands of students who have served in academia and government. 

Building on ICLP's history, CGY launched in the fall of 2020 to provide a gap year experience for high school graduates who want to intensively study Chinese, immerse themselves in a foreign culture and society, and experience the freedom to grow and make friends.

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Meet the CGY Team

Led by Experienced Teachers & Administrators


Chén Xīnchún 陳欣純

Program Director

Ms. Chen has taught at ICLP for more than 20 years. She served as the academic director for about a quarter of that time, managing all aspects of the educational experience.


Xú Zhìchéng 徐志成

Lead Instructor

Mr. Xu has over 16 years of teaching experience, including over a decade at ICLP. He served as ICLP's academic director during the 2019-20 academic year.


Cory Renzella (Léi Yì) 雷義

Director, International Affairs

Mr. Renzella has taught in and managed international college preparatory programs in both the US and China. He has also lived in Taiwan for over four years and previously studied Chinese at ICLP.


Chén Sīēn (Max) 陳司恩

Program Coordinator

Mr. Chen has teaching experience in several colleges and previously worked at ICLP. He recently graduated with his MA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from NTU.


Lú Jùnhóng 盧俊宏


Mr. Lu has been teaching Chinese for over 12 years. In addition to teaching at ICLP, he has taught at universities in the United States and China.

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Jiāng Měiyí 江美儀


Ms. Jiang has taught at ICLP for over 10 years and has experience teaching overseas. She served as the deputy academic director at ICLP during the 2019-20 academic year.

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Chén Tíngjūn 陳亭均


Ms. Chen has taught at ICLP for eight years and has teaching experience at Hunter College and Middlebury College in the US, as well as at Jeonju University, in South Korea.

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Xiāo Ruìlíng 蕭瑞鈴


Ms. Xiao has taught at ICLP since 2012. She has also taught in the U.S. Language Flagship Overseas Center and served as a Deputy Academic Affairs Director in the ICLP Summer Flagship Program.

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Péng Yùjūn 彭玉君


Ms. Peng has taught at ICLP for nearly a decade. She has also taught at Hunter College in the US, and she serves as a question writer for the TOCFL Chinese proficiency exam.