CLI was founded in 2009 by brothers Robert and Bradford Fried. Drawing on a combined 20 years of experience in China, they created an educational model that provides students a unique path to learning Chinese and understanding the PRC through a high degree of customization and complete immersion within the language learning environment.
One of CLI’s most valued assets is its community of local and international educators. When applying to CLI, many students first meet Nancy Fried, a world traveler who knows what it’s like to prepare others for their adventure abroad. Nancy first helped facilitate study abroad experiences in 2001 and again in 2007 when her sons Bradford and Robert, respectively, embarked on life-changing journeys to southern China. When the brothers co-founded CLI, Nancy was a natural fit for Director of Enrollment. She now shares admissions responsibilities with an equally dedicated team member, Tania Yeromiyan.