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Learn Mandarin Chinese in China All You Need to Know About Studying in-Country

Most people we talk to, who are serious about studying Mandarin Chinese, all express a preference to study the language in China if they have the opportunity. They feel that immersion in Chinese society and culture will help them improve their language skills and become fluent speakers quicker than through other ways of study.

Yet, planning to spend some time in China studying has always had a number of challenges and uncertainties, with lots of research and planning needed—that is, until now!

Why? Because we decided to make it easy for potential students to find out what they need to know by putting all of the important, helpful information they need to know in one place—and help you make your decision that much easier…

So…, read on at your leisure!

Chapter 1 Chapter 1

Choosing the right way to study

Chapter 2 Chapter 2

Tuition options

Chapter 3 Chapter 3

Application procedures

Chapter 4 Chapter 4

City comparisons

Chapter 5 Chapter 5

List of Private Language Schools and Universities in China

1 Choosing the Right Way to Study

Everyone has their preferred way to study a new language. However, if you are really objective, reality is that, to truly get to grips with becoming fluent in a new language, it’s best to get immersed in the country whose language you plan to learn. In other words, to study Mandarin Chinese you really need to be in China!

Why? Because we decided to make it easy for potential students to find out what they need to know by putting all of the important, helpful information they need to know in one place—and help you make your decision that much easier…


Why learn Mandarin Chinese in China

Before we start looking at the why’s, how’s and wherefores of actually getting on a plane and heading off to China to study, it’s worth taking a few moments to pause and reflect on the benefits of being in a country when you want to learn a language.

Learn languages through books, dictionaries, course materials, Skype, YouTube

Nowadays, there are many opportunities for students to learn languages through books, dictionaries, course materials and even Skype, YouTube and other applications.

However, from our perspective, there is no better way to learn
a language in its country of origin.

Why? Here are a few reasons:

  • Opportunity to practice Chinese in markets and shops

    You will be totally immersed in the language, hearing it on the street, in restaurants and in the shops; on the TV and radio; and as you travel around on trains or trams or buses; and hopefully having the opportunity to practice it in markets, shops and as you ask for tickets or are buying things

  • Face-to-face teaching has always been more effective and there are many experienced, capable teachers around to give you their undivided attention and benefit from their knowledge

  • With native speakers around you, it will be easier to pick up local expressions and colloquialisms than if you were sitting in a classroom in your home country; whilst it is, of course, important to know the correct way to speak and about grammar structures etc, day to day communication is always going to get you ahead faster and more effectively

There are plenty of willing helpers around
  • There are plenty of willing helpers around if you have any questions and who are also keen to practice speaking with foreigners. You might be able to do some trade-off whereby you practice your Mandarin Chinese with someone and teach him/her your native language in return (even if English is not your native tongue)

  • You will get more insights into Chinese culture and, hopefully, will have the opportunity to travel around the city you live in, plus maybe even get to see some of China’s amazing sites!

What more can you want…
Learn a language and have fun at the same time!

Learning Mandarin Chinese: which type of study is right for you?

Second step to learning Mandarin Chinese: deciding which city to live in

Actually committing oneself to studying is the first and often most difficult step to learning Mandarin Chinese. Yet, once you have decided that going to China is your best option, everything will start to fall into place and you’ll soon start feeling the excitement of a new challenge!

The second step is deciding which city to live in, and this largely depends on your budget and lifestyle choice.

Let’s take a look at some of the key options for studying Mandarin Chinese in China…

Studying at a Private Language School

Private language school

When you first think about studying a language overseas, a private language school is often the first option you might consider.

If you have the time and sufficient funds available, attending regular classes at such a school can be well worth while. However, it’s important to decide upon what you wish to achieve as there are different classes in most language schools geared at students wanting to become conversational, gaining business level Mandarin Chinese or passing the relevant certificate or examination.

Skype interview or discussion with one of the principals or senior teachers

It’s not uncommon for certain universities to have a language school department and this is a subset of the option below. There are vast differences between and within private language schools in China and it’s wise to do some quality research in the early stages after making your decision. It might also be worthwhile to have a Skype interview or discussion with one of the principals or senior teachers to ascertain as much as you can about teaching style, whether the course is a language immersion class, as well as about the pace and process of teaching. The workload will vary greatly from school to school and it’s vital to select a learning environment that fits your own learning style as far as possible.

Studying a University Language Programme

University language programme

Generally speaking, most universities have a better track record in teaching Mandarin Chinese than any private school and will have the most experienced teachers who, possibly, even wrote some of the textbooks you will be learning from!

For those with a more flexible schedule or who have a clear objective of what they want to do after learning Mandarin Chinese i.e. work and live in China, enrolling in a university language programme is one of the best ways to pick up Chinese in a relatively short amount of time.

University courses tend to be more productive but also more intense

University courses tend to be more productive but also more intense and classes be up to 4 hours a day, five times a week for writing, speaking, and reading.

As a result, whilst university courses will almost certainly provide a great foundation for learning the language, some students may find it hard to keep up.

However, for those who have more experience or have a greater aptitude in studying foreign languages, plus have more time, this type of programme is well worth considering.

Some key differences between studying at a Private Language School compared with studying at a University


Private Language Schools

By and large, private schools represent the most flexible and economic way to study Chinese in China, and offer a number of attractions to students:

  • Private schools represent the most flexible and economic way to study Chinese in China

    Flexible start and timing of lessons, with little lead time needed to enrol and get started

  • Smaller class sizes, even as small as 2-3 students, and which can be arranged as quickly as students require

  • You can usually choose a learning schedule to meet your requirements in terms of when to learn and your budget

  • These schools are more than likely going to be geared towards students who already have some basic grasp of the language and are looking for a commitment to keep on studying Chinese and taking their language skills to the next level

  • The flexibility and the fact that there are no strict rules and methods make lessons easier to follow and more enjoyable funnier than the lessons at a university

On the other hand, there are also some things you need to watch out for:

It’s wise to avoid the cheapest schools and try one that is well known for quality or has been recommended

As with many businesses in China, there’s usually more supply than demand and to survive many schools will keep fees as low as possible, yet sacrificing quality, of course, at expense of the quality. It’s wise to avoid the cheapest schools and try one that is well known for quality or has been recommended by others

Both student and teacher turnover can be high

Offering flexibility in start or dates of learning can mean that students may join and leave courses at any time, meaning that both student and teacher turnover can be high—and it might be easier to lose focus on what you are trying to achieve

Make sure that the school you chose can provide or help you obtain the appropriate visa

If you go to China and want to get a student visa by joining a course in a private school, make sure that the school you chose can provide or help you obtain the appropriate visa and that you attend the minimum classes hours per week to fulfil your visa conditions


Universities
There is also the possibility that you may qualify for a university scholarship

A major advantage of enrolling on a university course is that it will almost certainly be easier to obtain your student visa and there may well be relatively cheap accommodation on-site or in a nearby foreign student’s block.

Furthermore, if you are serious about either living or working in China for the long term, it’s important to establish a strong base for the language so that you can improve much faster later on and only universities can provide students with such a strong basis.

There is also the possibility that you may qualify for a university scholarship, thereby enabling you to have free Chinese classes for a year.

However, studying Mandarin Chinese at University also has some drawbacks:

  • Courses are fixed in terms of when to start and when you need to attend

  • Usually only full-time courses are available, with a minimum of compulsory lessons four hours per day, Monday to Friday

  • Studying Mandarin Chinese at University also has some drawbacks

    During the first few months, you will focus on Chinese characters and phonetics. Teaching methods are generally more traditional as they are geared to the longer term needs of students

  • The quality of teachers varies with some experienced teachers and some relatively inexperienced master students teaching to you

  • Larger class sizes and, therefore, less personal attention from tutors

What to expect from studying at a Private Language School compared with a University

There are always plenty of things to do, see, enjoy and it is a very safe environment to live in

Living in China will be a unique, exciting experience. China is an amazing country and you will become familiar with it faster than you think. There are always plenty of things to do, see, enjoy and it is a very safe environment to live in.

However, there will be some differences between the way you study and live, depending on whether you’re attending a Private Language School or a University.

Private Language School

Studying at a Private Language school usually means flexible study hours and tailor made study programmes ie business-oriented, intensive and so on.

Typically, language schools can offer:

1-1 Chinese courses

Intensive 1-1 Chinese courses

Smaller classes

Smaller classes between 5 to 15 students

HSK Test Preparation courses

HSK Test Preparation courses (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì 汉语水平考试), the exam that is known as the Chinese Proficiency Test and the equivalent of TOEFL

Online Chinese learning

Online Chinese learning


In addition, schools might also offer the following:

Chinese language courses with volunteer work or internships

A package involving Chinese language courses together with volunteer work or internships in the country

Chinese language courses for children

Courses for children

The best language schools are fully licenced and have university-educated professionals who use the latest tried and tested teaching methods. Many schools can assist students with visas and offer help with accommodation and meals—in fact, some include classes, accommodation and meals in one building.

Also included:

  • Affordable, flexible tuition fees

  • Many schools are open all year round, and you can begin one-on-one courses at any time

  • Classes are typically two-three hours per weekday; most schools offer beginner, elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels

  • Some schools will offer support via an academic advisor who will help make the transition to studying in China go as smooth as possible, as well as tracking progress and adjusting the teaching strategies to the student’s learning requirements

However, it is not all about studying and working! You will have some free time to explore China and get to know the people around you. In fact, some schools arrange interesting Chinese cultural activities each week to help the students experience the culture whilst they are in China, as well as offer other fun free time activities such as day trips or typical Chinese activities.

University

Once you are at university you can expect to meet an interesting variety of people/students from all over China, as well as people from all over the world who have travelled to the country to study Mandarin Chinese.

Some university campuses are complete with a gym, restaurants, free Wi-Fi

Some university campuses are complete with a gym, restaurants, and good quality international student’s dormitories. Many have good classrooms, free Wi-Fi, fast internet in the dormitories and, in the bigger cities, probably a large foreign student community. However, such places are obviously more expensive than some boutique schools and smaller universities without such facilities.

Of course, even though the focus is learning and the tuition more rigid, there will be plenty of extra-curricular activities and plenty of opportunities to meet local Chinese students from all different provinces.

Classes tend to be quite large and it may be that there are 15-20 other students in your class so it will be important to maintain your focus as you are not getting personal attention for your studies.

Learning tones and basic phrases using English letters to write Chinese words

For the first few weeks, you’ll be mostly learning tones and basic phrases and using pinyin to start, which means using English letters to write Chinese words. Obviously pinyin is easier, which is why you start with it, but characters will probably start being introduced within another couple of weeks.

A high percentage of your study will revolve around learning new vocabulary and phrases with the odd grammar point here and there. Most students usually manage to learn around 30 new characters a week on average.

Exams at the end of the term

Towards the end of the first term of six months you’ll be expected to be able to get around on your own, perhaps on public transport, as well as being able to read and write related simple phrases in Mandarin Chinese.

You will have exams at the end of the term. If you are a beginner, you will probably have to write on topics such as your daily activities and what you do in your free time. If you are an intermediate/advanced student, you will probably be learning more difficult characters and grammar, reading Chinese novels and, naturally, having more homework to do.

A sample class schedule may look like this:
(the actual times of courses vary by level and the class schedule below is for reference only)

  • Intensive Reading

  • Listening

  • Spoken Chinese

  • Writing

  • Reading

A sample class schedule

Whether you study in a university or private school, you will usually take a placement test of Chinese on your first day to be placed in the right class level. The level system can be on a scale of 1 to 10 or can vary from beginner, intermediate and advanced classes.

Also note, in universities, the first term runs from September to January, and the second term usually from February to July. In between, you will have a winter and a summer break. Private schools don’t usually have such breaks and holidays are weekends and public holidays in China.

2 Tuition (Private Language Schools and Universities)

Costs can vary greatly depending on where you choose to study and the programme you decide to follow

Costs can vary greatly depending on where you choose to study and the programme you decide to follow.

Although universities are beginning to offer flexible programmes adjusted to market needs, most of them are limited compared to the ones in private schools; typical programmes in universities can last 1 term, 1 year (2 terms) or for the summer period.

To give you an idea, tuition fees can be as below:
(these don’t include accommodation and living expenses)

1 term programme

1 term programme
(approximately half a year)

about
US$1,500-2,000


1 year programme

1 year programme

about
US$3,000-4,000


Intensive summer programme

Intensive summer programme of,
typically, 4-6 weeks

about
US$700-1,000

Private schools usually offer more flexible programmes, adapted to individual needs. Indeed, some of them can even break down their course into minimum periods of one or two weeks. The students have a wider variety of options for the programme they wish to select.

As an example, here are some typical costs for tuition and accommodation if you are
studying at a Private Language School:

Small Group Classes
Duration Tuition Fees Accommodation Meals
16 Weeks $580 $1160 $928
32 Weeks $1131 $2319 $1856
One-on-One Lessons
Duration Tuition Fees, Accommodation & Meals
4 Weeks $1798
8 Weeks $3595
12 Weeks $5392
16 Weeks $7189
20 Weeks $8986

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Spring Term 2017

Dates Length of Program Number of Hours Class Schedule Time Tuition Fees (with X2 Visa) Public Holidays
Mar 6 - Jun 9 14 Weeks 20 hrs/week Mon-Fri 10-11:50 & 13-14:50 RMB 23,000
(around US$3500)
May 1 - May 3
6 hrs/week Mon,Wed,Fri 10-11:50 / 19-20:50 RMB 8,000
(around US$1200)

Summer Term 2017

Dates Length of Program Number of Hours Class Schedule Time Tuition Fees (with X2 Visa) Public Holidays
Jun 12 - Jun 23 2 Weeks 22 Hours Mon-Fri Mon,Wed,Fri
10-11:50 & 13-14:50

Tue/Thu
10-11:50 & 13-14:50 & 15-16:50
RMB 5,000
(around US$750)
N/A
Jun 12 - Jul 7 4 Weeks RMB 10,000
(around US$1500)
Jun 26 - Jul 7 2 Weeks RMB 5,000
(around US$750)
Jun 26 - Jul 21 4 Weeks RMB 10,000
(around US$1500)
Jul 10 - Jul 21 2 Weeks RMB 5,000
(around US$750)
Jul 10 - Aug 4 4 Weeks RMB 10,000
(around US$1500)
Jul 24 - Aug 4 2 Weeks RMB 5,000
(around US$750)
Jul 24 - Aug 18 4 Weeks RMB 10,000
(around US$1500)
Aug 7 - Aug 18 2 Weeks RMB 5,000
(around US$750)

Fall Term 2017

Dates Length of Program Number of Hours Class Schedule Time Tuition Fees (with X2 Visa) Public Holidays
Sep 4 - Dec 8 14 Weeks 20 hrs/week Mon-Fri 10-11:50 & 13-14:50 RMB 23,000
(around US$3500)
Oct 1 - Oct 7
6 hrs/week Mon,Wed,Fri 10-11:50 / 19-20:50 RMB 8,000
(around US$1200)

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Short term study

Duration Private room at CLI Homestay Private Apartment* Apt. w/ Chinese roomates*
2 Weeks* 1,180 1,390 1,680 N/A
4 Weeks 2,290 2,730 3,280 N/A
6 Weeks 3,390 4,050 4,860 N/A
8 Weeks 4,440 5,280 6,340 N/A
10 Weeks 5,560 6,620 7,940 N/A

Long term study

Duration Private room at CLI Homestay Private Apartment* Apt. w/ Chinese roomates*
3 Months* 6,990 8,350 9,580 10,560
4 Months 9,070 10,790 12,390 13,650
5 Months 10,980 13,090 15,050 16,560
6 Months 12,790 15,240 17,530 19,280
7 Months 14,490 17,240 19,830 21,790
8 Months 16,060 19,090 21,980 24,180
9 Months 17,530 20,860 23,990 26,390
10 Months 18,890 22,480 25,850 28,440
11 Months 20,160 23,990 27,590 30,350
1 Year 21,330 25,380 29,190 32,090

All tuition amounts are listed in US Dollars (USD)
CLI Programs: (https://www.studycli.org)

All costs and fees are approximate and for reference only and may vary city to city, province to province.

3 Step by step procedure to apply for a course and obtain a visa

Decide to study at a learning centre in China

Let’s assume you have completed your research about which type of programme is suitable for you and decide to study at a learning centre in China. What’s the next step?

Easy… just follow us as we take you through the application
and visa procurement procedures step by step:

Step 1

Register online

Register online on the website of the private language school or university you have chosen, where you can usually book accommodation as well. Most universities will post the Letter of Admission for Overseas Students and Visa Application Form for Overseas Students (JW202 Form) to successful applicants within one month after receiving their online application. Applicants can also log on to their accounts to check their status.

Step 2

Make the payment

After your online application has been approved, make the payment to the private school or university.

Step 3

Apply for the visa

Obtain your notice of admission and take this and a visa application form (JW202 form) to one of the nearest Chinese Embassies or Consulates or representative agencies to apply for the visa.

Step 4

The Admission Letter, the JW202 Form, and the Foreigners’ Health Certificate

Students need to register at their chosen university or private language school within the required time period stated in the Letter of Admission for Overseas Students. You will need to take the original copies of the Admission Letter, the JW202 Form, and the Foreigners’ Health Certificate (obtained after a physical examination and valid for 6 months) to apply for a Residence Permit after entering China.

Submit the completed Foreigners’ Physical Exam Record with your visa application

In some cases, you must have a health check before you apply for a X1 (study) visa and it’s worth to check with your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate to find out if this is a requirement. If so, you will have to submit the completed Foreigners’ Physical Exam Record with your visa application and then take the original medical documents with you when you go to China, otherwise you will have to re-do the physical examination.

If you are not required to undergo the examination in order to apply for a visa, you will need to do it in order to obtain your residence permit in China.

Step 5

Once your visa is granted, your adventure to China can begin

Once your visa is granted, your adventure to China can begin! Most courses start early in the year or around autumn time but the specific dates will be shown in the Letter of Admission. Some schools provide greeting and airport pick-up services.

Many private schools will also provide support and guidance to students as part of their services and all you need to do is simply get in touch by email if you have any questions or a particular situation you don’t know how to deal with.

4 Comparison of cities where to study Mandarin Chinese

Before we look at some of the cities where you might enjoy studying Mandarin Chinese in China, let’s talk a little about certain misconceptions about learning standard Mandarin Chinese.

Misconceptions about learning standard Mandarin Chinese

If you search the internet, you will see that there always seems to be some posts or debaters arguing that, if you want to learn standard Mandarin Chinese, you should go to Beijing. Some people claim that speakers of the language in other cities have heavy local accents and only speak their local, colloquial language and you may end up learning inappropriate Mandarin Chinese. However, in our view, that’s generally an exaggeration.

To better understand the traditional grouping
of Chinese dialects, see below:

Chinese dialect group

Mandarin
  • Mandarin
    836 Million

    (Worldwide)

Wu
  • Wu
    77 Million
Gan
  • Gan
    31 Million
Hui
  • Hui
    3,2 Million

    (Usu. grouped with Wu)

Hakka
  • Hakka
    34 Million

    (Worldwide)

Xiang
  • Xiang
    36 Million
Min
  • Min
    60 Million

    (Incl. Taiwanese)

Yue
  • Yue
    72 Million

    (Worldwide)

Ping
  • Ping
    2 Million

    (Usu. grouped with Yue)

Jin
  • Jin
    45 Million

    (Usu. grouped with Mandarin)

Most of the younger generation can speak standard Mandarin Chinese because they have learned proper Mandarin Chinese

However, things are changing and local dialects are becoming less pronounced. One key reason for this is that, nowadays, countrywide most of the younger generation (especially people born after 1980) can speak standard Mandarin Chinese because they have learned proper Mandarin Chinese, typically from primary school until secondary and university levels (with lots of practice and examinations). Most people, therefore, have very mild accents when they speak Mandarin Chinese.

Even for native Chinese speakers, if you talk to others in your office, it’s not easy to tell if he/she is from, say, Beijing or Hangzhou unless they emphasise their accent on purpose or are making a joke about it.

Indeed, with countrywide migration for work and travel, it’s not uncommon for, sometimes, up to 40% of residents or visitors in a city to be non-native to such city. This is especially true for larger cities such as Beijing or Shanghai.

There are some cities and regions where it might be not ideal to practice your Mandarin Chinese, ie Hong Kong and Macau

However, having said the above, there are some cities and regions where it might be not ideal to practice your Mandarin Chinese, ie Hong Kong and Macau. People there still speak mostly Cantonese and/or English; although they can understand Mandarin most of them may find it hard to practice and talk Mandarin Chinese with you. Also, maybe you should avoid some really rural cities and underdeveloped areas where people, unfortunately, cannot afford to have a proper education. Their language skills might be poor or they only speak their local dialect.

POPULAR STUDY DESTINATION

China is a huge country with hundreds of cities; below is a brief introduction of just some of the popular destinations for foreigners to study Mandarin Chinese in China.

Beijing
Beijing

As the capital city this has it all and is often suggested as the place to go for study given that it has the country’s top ranking universities. You can, of course, enjoy the history and culture of the country; yet, watch out for high living and study costs, as well as the traffic and pollution!

Shanghai
Shanghai

China’s financial centre and a cosmopolitan city. The city is not cheap but if you don’t always go to western restaurants or buy expensive products, you can still live comfortably. There are lots of Chinese language schools and university programmes to choose from and a large foreign population. Post studies, you might even look for a job there as there are many opportunities for foreigners!

Guangzhou
Guangzhou

Previously considered not an ideal city to study Chinese as the stereotypical view was that most people speak Cantonese with a very strong accent when speaking Mandarin. However, the number of migrants to the city has been continually increasing and Mandarin Chinese is becoming more commonly used nowadays in Guangzhou. Even you don’t speak Cantonese, you will not have any problems at all living and studying in the city—possibly at the best university in the South (Sun Yat-sen University). Also, if you prefer warm weather, great Cantonese food, then Guangzhou is a good choice.

Shenzhen
Shenzhen

The city is quite close to Guangzhou (about 1-hour by train) and offers easy access to Hong Kong which is just over the border. Shenzhen is a relatively modern, young and vibrant city with the large population comprising mainly migrants from other provinces and Mandarin Chinese is by far the most popular language in use in the city.

Hangzhou
Hangzhou

A city with beautiful scenery and a number of scenic spots, including the famous West Lake. The lifestyle is relatively relaxed and living costs are lower than first tier cities. Hangzhou has much to offer, from beautiful mountain passes and ancient temples to great restaurants; indeed, the local food is considered as one of the eight basic pillars of Chinese cuisine!

Kunming
Kunming

Renowned for its pleasant weather and often called Spring city, as all four seasons are temperate. Kunming is in the south west of China and is not as developed as Beijing or Shanghai so living expenses are affordable. The city is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, being a gateway to places such as Lijiang, Dali, Xishuangbanna.

Guilin
Guilin

Relatively speaking, Guilin is off the beaten path and is a good destination for study for lower budget students. The city is famous for its fragrant osmanthus trees, beautiful karst topography and great hiking. As foreign English speakers are not altogether common, most locals are more than willing to help you practice your Chinese with them, and are both encouraging and patient.

Chengdu
Chengdu

The capital of Sichuan province, the largest city in the south west is renowned for its hot, spicy tasty food and it’s relatively slow pace of life and relaxed atmosphere. It is also home to the giant panda! Chengdu is a pleasant place to live and has the largest number of universities and research institutes in south west China.

5 LIST OF PRIVATE LANGUAGE SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA

With a view to helping you save time and begin to appreciate just how many places there are countrywide to study Mandarin Chinese in either a private school or university, we decided to assemble a list of such schools and universities in China, covering both major cities and smaller cities.


List of Private Language schools in China

To help you on your way, please see below a list of private language schools in China:

Beijing

Beijing International Chinese College
Beijing International Chinese College
  • Maquanying Campus: No.1 Compound No.72, Shunbai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R.China

    Sanlitun Campus: Baijiazhuang Xili No. 2, behind Beijing No.80 Middle School Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R.China

  • +86-10-65072401 -Maquanying Campus,
    +86-10-59039267 -Sanlitun Campus

  • info@hibicc.com

Beijing Mandarin School
Beijing Mandarin School
  • Room 904-905, 9th Floor, E-tower, Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R.China

  • +86-10-6508-1026, +86-10-6508-1126 -Fax

Capital Mandarin
Capital Mandarin
  • +86-10-85705485

  • capitalmandarin345

  • info@capitalmandarin.com

Hutong School
Hutong School
  • Have more than ten branches in China and abroad like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and London.

  • +86-10-64038670

  • info@hutongschool.com

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu, London, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Moscow, Sydney

iMandarin
iMandarin
  • Have eight campuses in China.

  • +86-4001885151

  • info@imandarin.net

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, Qingdao, Suzhou, Chengdu

LTL Mandarin School
LTL Mandarin School
  • Bldg. C #2910, Sunshine 100,Guanghua Rd. 2. Beijing.

    Bldg. A #910, Modern Mansion, Xiangyang South Rd. Shanghai.

  • +86-10-51001269 -Beijing
    +86-21-33680866 -Shanghai

  • info@livethelanguage.cn

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu

Mandarinzone
Mandarinzone
  • Room 1208,Tongguang Building,12 Nongzhanguan Nanli, Chaoyang District,Beijing,P.R.China

  • +86-10-65380023/+85-13521680097

  • info@mandarinzone.com
    margaret@mandarinzone.com

Mandarin House
Mandarin House
  • Have more than ten branches in China and abroad like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and London.

  • 400 633 5538 -China Toll Free

  • info@mandarinhouse.com

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou, Changchun, Tianjin, New York

South and North Mandarin
South and North Mandarin
  • Have four branches in China

  • +86-21-65078056

  • info@snmandarin.com

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi

Study Chinese in China
Study Chinese in China
  • 12 Xinzhong Street, Bldg 4B, 1/F Beijing, 100027, China

  • +86-10-52186432

  • info@thatsmandarin.com

  • Beijing, Shanghai

Xin Han Ji
Xin Han Ji
  • Have three branches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

  • 400-888-2368

  • infogz@xinhanji.com.cn
    infobj@xinhanji.com.cn
    info@xinhanji.com.cn

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

Shanghai

Easy Mandarin
Easy Mandarin
  • Jing’an Centre (Main Campus): Room 1501, 15th Floor, Bldg A, 172 Yuyuan R, United World Plaza, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • +86-21-5213-1815

  • info@easymandarin.cn

Hutong School
Hutong School
  • Have more than ten branches in China and abroad like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and London.

  • +86-21-34280099

  • info@hutongschool.com

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu, London, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Moscow, Sydney

iMandarin
iMandarin
  • Have eight campuses in China.

  • +86-4001885151

  • info@imandarin.net

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, Qingdao, Suzhou, Chengdu

LTL Mandarin School
LTL Mandarin School
  • Bldg. C #2910, Sunshine 100,Guanghua Rd. 2. Beijing.

    Bldg. A #910, Modern Mansion, Xiangyang South Rd. Shanghai.

  • +86-10-51001269 -Beijing
    +86-21-33680866 -Shanghai

  • info@livethelanguage.cn

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu

Mandarinpi
Mandarinpi
  • Room 305,Building 2,188, Tai Yang Shan Road, Zha bei District. Shanghai, P.R.China

  • +86-21-62415035

  • info@mandarinpi.com

Mandarin Garden
Mandarin Garden
  • Have three branches in China.

  • +85-21-52589885, 400-600-2922

  • Shanghai, Changchun, Wuxi

Mandarin House
Mandarin House
  • Have more than ten branches in China and abroad like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and London.

  • 400 633 5538 -China Toll Free

  • info@mandarinhouse.com

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou, Changchun, Tianjin, New York

Mandarin Morning
Mandarin Morning
  • 12F,No.58 Jiaozhou Road, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • +85-21-52287809

  • info@mandarinmorning.com

Mandarin Rocks
Mandarin Rocks
  • Lane 872 Kangding Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • +86-21-62550715

Mandarin Spring
Mandarin Spring
  • 1065 Zhaojiabang Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • +85-21-51781323 / 51781324

  • info@mandarinspring.com

Meizhi Mandarin
Meizhi Mandarin
  • Room 508, 96 East Rong Hua Rd, Changning District Shanghai, P.R.China

    45 West Guang Yuan Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • +86-21-52300140
    +85-15921668157 -Eng

Miracle Mandarin
Miracle Mandarin
  • 21F, 319 Changde Road, Jing An District, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • +86-21-6247.6388

  • info@miraclemandarin.com

Shuoba!
Shuoba!
  • Shanghai headquarters: Room 401, Building No.7, No.690 Bibo Road, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • 400-821-7565

  • service@hschinese.com

South and North Mandarin
South and North Mandarin
  • Have four branches in China

  • +86-21-65078056

  • info@snmandarin.com

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi

Study Chinese in China
Study Chinese in China
  • 172 Yuyuan Road, Bldg A 23rd Floor, Shanghai 200040, China

  • +86-21-61520017

  • info.shanghai@thatsmandarin.com

  • Beijing, Shanghai

Xin Han Ji
Xin Han Ji
  • Have three branches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

  • 400-888-2368

  • infogz@xinhanji.com.cn
    infobj@xinhanji.com.cn
    info@xinhanji.com

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

Other major and provincial cities

Bincai Chinese College
Bincai Chinese College
  • No.151 Xidazhi Street, Nangang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, P.R.China

  • +85-451-88855777

  • 3342820764@qq.com

  • Harbin

Chinese Town
Chinese Town
  • +86-571-28861598/28905272

  • hzchinesetown@gmail.com

  • hzchinesetown@hotmail.com

  • 1642912017

  • Hangzhou

CLI
CLI
  • Office of Administrative Affairs, The Chinese Language Institute, 31 Chaoyang Xilu, Guilin, Guangxi, P.R.China

  • +86-773-2180150

  • info@studycli.org

  • Guilin

Hanbridge
Hanbridge
  • 3F, Strength Science and Technology Mansion, Gaoxin South 1st Road,Nanshan District,Shenzhen, P.R.China

  • +86-755-2694-2990

  • mary@hanbridgemandarin.com

  • Shenzhen

Hebei Institute of Foreign Languages
Hebei Institute of Foreign Languages
  • HSBC West Road No.29, Hongqi South Street, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, P.R.China

  • +86-311-85237018

  • xueyuan@hbwy.com.cn

  • Shijiazhuang

Huayang Academy
Huayang Academy
  • Have three campuses in China.

  • Dali, Lijiang, Kunming

Hutong School
Hutong School
  • Have more than ten branches in China and abroad like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and London.

  • +86-10-64038670

  • info@hutongschool.com

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu, London, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Moscow, Sydney

iMandarin
iMandarin
  • Have eight campuses in China.

  • +86-4001885151

  • info@imandarin.net

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, Qingdao, Suzhou, Chengdu

Keats Education
Keats Education
  • 80 Dongfeng Dong Lu (Dongfeng East Road) 16th Fl., Guolian Building, Kunming, Yunnan Province, P.R.China

  • +86-871-63128853/63128853

  • info@keatschinese.com

  • Kunming

LTL Mandarin School
LTL Mandarin School
  • Bldg. C #2910, Sunshine 100,Guanghua Rd. 2. Beijing.

    Bldg. A #910, Modern Mansion, Xiangyang South Rd. Shanghai.

  • +86-10-51001269 -Beijing
    +86-21-33680866 -Shanghai

  • info@livethelanguage.cn

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu

Mandarinedu
Mandarinedu
  • No. 155 Xi'an Han Guang Road,Xi'an, Shaanxi, P.R.China

  • +86-29-86273129/ 88316592

  • xian@mandarinedu.cn

  • Xi'an

Mandarin Capital
Mandarin Capital
  • Suite 608, Jiahua International Business Center, 15 Hangda Road, Hangzhou, P.R.China

  • +86-571-56762096/ 56762098

  • info@mandarincapital.net

  • Hangzhou

Mandarin Garden
Mandarin Garden
  • Have three branches in China.

  • +85-21-52589885, 400-600-2922

  • Shanghai, Changchun, Wuxi

Mandarin House
Mandarin House
  • Have more than ten branches in China and abroad like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and London.

  • 400 633 5538 -China Toll Free

  • info@mandarinhouse.com

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou, Changchun, Tianjin, New York

Omeida
Omeida
  • Omeida Chinese Academy, No.49 Longyue Road, Yangshuo, Guilin, P.R.China

  • +86-77-38812233

  • info@omeida.com.cn

  • Yangshuo

South and North Mandarin
South and North Mandarin
  • Have four branches in China

  • +86-21-65078056

  • info@snmandarin.com

  • Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi

The Harbin Mandarin School
The Harbin Mandarin School
  • Room 1401, Unit 3, D No.1 Building, Tao Yuan, No. 31 Aijian Road, Dao Li District, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, P.R.China

  • +86-13654554126

  • info@theharbinmandarinschool.com

  • Harbin

Tianjin International Chinese College
Tianjin International Chinese College
  • No.116 Ya an Road, Nankai district, Tianjin, P.R.China

  • 4006511506, +86-22-23689356

  • recruit01@ticc.xyz
    recruit02@ticc.xyz

  • Tianjin

Xin Han Ji
Xin Han Ji
  • Have three branches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

  • 400-888-2368

  • infogz@xinhanji.com.cn
    infobj@xinhanji.com.cn
    info@xinhanji.com.cn

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Mandarin School
Hong Kong Mandarin School
  • 7/F, Tung Ming Building, 40-42 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, SAR

  • +852-2537 5606

  • info@mandarinlearning.hk

New Mandarin Concept
New Mandarin Concept
  • 13th Floor, Fortune House, 61 Connaught Road Central, Central Hong Kong, SAR

  • +852-28504332

  • help@newconceptmandarin.com


List of Universities in China

As you’d expect, there are numerous universities in a country as big as China. However, there are three popular universities which are considered as being the top universities in China, and which are particularly well known in their own province/region of the country.

1 北京语言大学

Beijing Language and Culture University

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) is a multidisciplinary university which focuses on language studies and likes to describe itself as a Little United Nations, as it attracts students from all over the world.

Programme/curriculum

Schedules are slightly more flexible than other universities
  • BLCU programme is well known in China

  • A top choice for foreign students studying on exchange in Beijing

  • Schedules are slightly more flexible than other universities because they offer short-term programmes (4, 5 ,6 & 12 week terms) as well as traditional longer option terms (18 weeks)

  • A range of starting dates to choose from which adds extra flexibility

  • The spring term begins in March and the autumn term in September


What people say

The Beijing Language and Culture University Chinese Language Programme is highly recommended and the University is considered as one of the top universities for foreigners studying Mandarin in the country—with an impressive record of foreign students consistently winning language competitions.

Some students who studied there felt that there were not so many opportunities to speak Chinese with Chinese students or locals

On the other hand, some students who studied there felt that there were not so many opportunities to speak Chinese with Chinese students or locals because there were so many foreign students at the university. Although there were lots of activities and events happening in and around the school, some students felt that their progress with learning the language did not meet their expectations.


Location and facilities

If you are looking for a good location and trendy places to hang-out, the foreign student area of Wudaokou may or may not be ideal for you; the area is:

  • Renowned for its wide variety of foreign supermarkets, bars, international restaurants, nightlight and a large number of foreigners

  • Well served to support the needs of foreign student with shopping centres, chemists, and a cinema

Served by buses in winter
  • A quick ten minute walk from the Wudaokou Subway Station to BCLU on Line 13

  • Served by buses in winter from Wudaokou to the ski slopes of Nanshan and other snow areas further north of Beijing

  • Likely to be a great experience, although the fun can wear off after a term or two


Course tuition/costs

BLCU is on a par with other major universities in Beijing but certainly not considered a cheap option for a university Chinese language programme. Another important aspect to keep in mind is the high cost of living and rent in Wudaokou.

tuition fees:

Full Term Programme

RMB 11,600

around US $1,700

Full year Programme

RMB 23,200

around US $3,400

Full Term Programme

RMB 600

around US $90

2 复旦大学

Fudan University

Fudan University is one of the top universities in Shanghai and actively competes with Tsinghua University and the Peking University in offering high-quality standard Chinese courses.

Professional Chinese teachers will teach about listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese. In order to guarantee the quality of learning, students are separated into 10 levels according to their Chinese language ability. Each class will, typically, have 15 to 20 students:

see http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/en/nondegree.htm

Programme/curriculum

Chinese learning plus enjoying cultural events
  • 1 term programme

  • 1 year programme

  • Summer Chinese programme—Chinese learning plus enjoying cultural events such as short trips to nearby places of interest and cultural visits

  • July and August terms: you can choose to join the July or August term or join both


What people say

One of China’s most prestigious universities with years of experience teaching Chinese as a second language

Fudan University is one of China’s most prestigious universities with years of experience teaching Chinese as a second language. A great choice as it is probably the best university in Shanghai.


Location and facilities

  • Although this university is quite far from the city centre, it is convenient to get there via the underground

  • 10 minutes walking distance from the Wujiaochang subway station on line 10

Good classrooms, free Wi-Fi
  • Great campus complete with gym, large cafeterias, and a good quality international students dormitory

  • Also has good classrooms, free Wi-Fi, fast internet in the dormitories, and a large foreign student community


Course tuition/costs

Half a year to two years; starting each February and September

Tuition per year

RMB 21,000

around US $3,000

Tuition per term

RMB 10,500

around US $1,500

Summer Chinese Learning Programme (full programme fee):

One term

RMB 5,600

around US $800

Two terms

RMB 11,200

around US $1,600

Application fee

RMB 400

around US $60

3 中山大学

Sun Yat-sen University

Known as the best university in Guangzhou, the nearest province to Hong Kong, and where mainly Cantonese is spoken. The city is a historical trading port, and is renowned for its food and temperate climate. With great transport links it’s easy to get to Hong Kong or Macau for some weekend R&R or during your free time. The University has around 1000 international students studying Chinese per year.

Programme/curriculum

Bachelor’s programme for Mandarin Chinese
  • 1 term (non-degree)

  • 1 year (non-degree)

  • Bachelor’s programme for Mandarin Chinese (4 years)


What people say

The high pass rates for the HSK test are indicative of the good quality of the teaching

SYSU is one of the best, if not the best university in Guangdong province (ranked about 10th nationally). Many teachers received education overseas and around 70% of the staff gained teaching experience in foreign countries. The high pass rates for the HSK test are indicative of the good quality of the teaching. Although a lot of the students are local (from Guangdong province), many also come from all over the country so there is a great opportunity to meet a diverse set of students to practice your Mandarin with and learn about other interesting places in China!


Location and facilities

  • The University has four campuses: the Guangzhou South & North Campuses, the Guangzhou East Campus (located in the University Town) and the Zhuhai Campus

  • Each Campus has modern sports facilities including a stadium, swimming pools, tennis courts, volleyball grounds, a gymnasium and so on

  • An official centre for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

  • Guangzhou is a vibrant, exciting city with easy access to Hong Kong and Macau

  • Plenty of extracurricular activities


Course tuition/costs

One term

RMB 8,700

around US $1,300

One year progamme

RMB 17,400

around US $2,500

4 year bachelor’s programme for mandarin chinese

RMB 23,000/yr

around US $3,300/yr

Registration fee

RMB 400

around US $60

All costs and fees are approximate and for reference only and may vary city to city, province to province.

List of Universities in China

Here is a complete list of all universities in China:

Beijing

Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College
Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College
  • Language Program

    North Campus: No.69, Qibei Road, Beijing 102206, P.R.China South Campus: No.39, Fuchengmenwai Street, Beijing 100037, P.R.China

Beijing Foreign Studies University
Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • International Chinese Studies Institute

    19 North Xisanhuan Avenue, Haidian, Beijing 100089, P.R.China

  • Ms. MU: +86-10-88816430

  • china.studies@bfsu.edu.cn

Beijing International Studies University
Beijing International Studies University
  • Chinese Language Courses

    Room102, 1st Floor , Mingde Building , Beijing International Studies University, #1 Dingfuzhuangnanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R.China

  • +86-10-65767014

  • wangxiaocui@bisu.edu.cn

Beijing Language & Culture University
Beijing Language & Culture University
  • Faculty of International Education of Chinese Language

    15 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, P.R.China

  • +86-10-82303114

  • Asian & African areas:
    shenyinghuan@blcu.edu.cn
    American & Atlantic region:
    wnn@blcu.edu.cn
    European Areas:
    cuidongni@blcu.edu.cn

Beijing Normal University
Beijing Normal University
  • Study in China

    19th, Xinjiekouwai St,Haidian District, Beijing, 100875, P.R.China

  • xsgjjyzx@bnu.edu.cn

China Women's University
China Women's University
  • midi@cwu.edu.cn
    aprilzjh@163.com

China Foreign Affairs University
China Foreign Affairs University
  • International Student Section

    Zhanlan Road Campus: International Students Section, China Foreign Affairs University, 24 Zhanlan Road, Beijing, P.R.China

  • +86-10-68323894/68323341/68323348
    +86-10-68323243/86-10-68348664 -Fax


  • International Student Section

    Shahe Campus: Room 131, Building A,China Foreign Affairs University, University Park, Changping District, Beijing, P.R.China

  • +86-10-81754717
    +86-10-81754717 -Fax

  • admission@cfau.edu.cn

Peking University
Peking University
  • International Students Division

    Office of International Relations Peking University, Beijing, 100871, P.R.China

  • Long-term programs: +86-10-62751230
    Short term programs: +86-10-62750592
    Pre-University programs: +86-10-62752611

  • Long-term programs: study@pku.edu.cn
    Short-term programs: shortterm@pku.edu.cn
    Pre-University program: pre-uni@pku.edu.cn

Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University
  • International Chinese Language & Culture Center

    ICLCC, Room 213, Zijing Student Service Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R.China

  • +86-10-62792962/+86-13810366036

  • iclcc@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

Shanghai

Fudan University
Fudan University
  • Chinese Language and Culture Courses

    Room 1216, Guanghua Towers West, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • Tues. 13:30-3:00, Wed. 12:30- 13:30

  • gong.qunhu@fudan.edu.cn

Shanghai International Studies University
Shanghai International Studies University
  • Chinese Language Program

    No. 550 Dalian Road (W), Shanghai 200083, P.R.China

  • +86-21-65360599

  • oisa@shisu.edu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Chinese Courses

    800 Dongchuan RD. Minhang District, Shanghai,P.R.China

  • +86-21-54740000

Tongji University
Tongji University
  • International

    1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, P.R.China

  • +86-21-65982200

Other major and provincial cities

Central South University
Central South University
  • Office of Internatial Cooperation and Exchanges

    932 Lushan Southern Rd, Rm. 301 Computer Science Building, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, P.R. China

  • +86-731-88836661/+86-731-88877515
    +86-731-88710136 -Fax

  • sic-csut@csu.edu.cn

  • Changsha

Chang'an University
Chang'an University
  • International Education School Chang'an University

    Chang'an University, Nan Er Huan Zhong Duan, Xi'an City P.R.China

  • +86-29-82334165

  • apply@chd.edu.cn

  • Xi'an

Dalian University of Foreign Languages
Dalian University of Foreign Languages
  • The School of Chinese Studies

    Lushun South West No.6, Dalian City, Liaoning Province, P.R.China

  • +86-411-86115206/86115286
    +86-411-86115296 -Fax

  • scs@dlufl.edu.cn

  • Dalian

Dalian University of Technology
Dalian University of Technology
  • School of International Education

    No.2 Linggong Road, Ganjingzi District, Dalian, P.R.China

  • +86-411-84706048/84706370

  • dutsice@dlut.edu.cn

  • Dalian

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • Institute for International Education

  • Enrollment Enquiry & Project Management:
    +86-20-36207141/36207142
    HSK Enquiry & Academics and Examination Affairs:
    +86-20-36206282
    Student Affair: +86-20-36206067

  • iie@gdufs.edu.cn

  • Guangzhou

Guangxi University of Foreign Languages
Guangxi University of Foreign Languages
  • Language Program

    No.19 Wuhe Avenue, Qingxiu District, Nanning, Guangxi, P.R.China

  • +86-771-4797111

  • Nanning

Guizhou University
Guizhou University
  • College of International Education

    College of International Education, Guizhou UniversityHuaxi, Guiyang, Guizhou, P.R. China

  • +86 (851) 83627738/88292749

  • cie@gzu.edu.cn

  • Guiyang

Hainan University
Hainan University
  • College of International Cultural Exchange

    No. 58, Renmin Avenue, Haikou, Hainan Province, 570228, P.R. China

  • +85-898-66286676

  • Hainan

Harbin Institute of Technology
Harbin Institute of Technology
  • College of International Education

    11 Siling Street,Nangang District,Harbin, P.R.China

  • +86-451-86402455/86412847/86403741/86412647/86412741
    +86-451-86417792 -Fax

  • StudyatHIT@hit.edu.cn

  • Harbin

Harbin Normal University
Harbin Normal University
  • International College of Harbin Normal University

    50 Hexing Road, Harbin, P.R. China

  • +86-451-88067385/88067309

  • ichrbnu@163.com

  • Harbin

Heilongjiang University
Heilongjiang University
  • International Institute of Education and Culture

    No.74 Xuefu Road, Nangang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang, P.R.China

  • +86-451-86609033/86608417

  • studyathlju@hotmail.com

  • Harbin

Henan University
Henan University
  • International School for Chinese Language and Culture

    85 Minglun Street. Kaifeng, Henan Province, P.R.China

  • +86-371-22868958

  • Kaifeng

Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • International Student Office

    1037 Luoyu Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan 430074, P.R.China

  • +86-27-87542457
    +86-27-87547833 -Fax

  • Wuhan

Hunan University
Hunan University
  • Chinese Language and Culture Programs

    Lushan Gate, Lushan South Road, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan Province, P.R.China

  • xiaoban@hnu.cn

  • Changsha

Jilin University
Jilin University
  • School of International Chinese Language Education

    Qianjin Street No. 2699, Changchun City, Jilin Province, P.R.China

  • +86-431-85166644/88

  • Changchun

Nanchang University
Nanchang University
  • International Exchange College

    No.999 Xuefu Road, Honggutan New District, Nanchang, Jiangxi, P.R.China

  • +86-791-83968702

  • study@ncu.edu.cn

  • Nanchang

Nanjing University
Nanjing University
  • Chinese Language Program

    Zeng Xianzi Building, 18 Jinyin Street, Nanjing, 210093, P.R.China

  • +86-25-83594535/+86-25-83593586
    +86-25-83316747 -Fax

  • issd@nju.edu.cn

  • Nanjing

Nankai University
Nankai University
  • College of Chinese Language and Culture

    Ya'an Road, Haihe Education Zone, Jinnan District, Tianjin, P.R.China

  • +86-22-23503615
    +86-22-23507913 -Fax

  • hyzsb@nankai.edu.cn

  • Tianjin

Northeast Normal University
Northeast Normal University
  • Chinese Language Program

    5268 Renmin Street, Changchun, Jilin Province, P.R.China

  • +86-431-85099754/85685722

  • efly@nenu.edu.cn

  • Changchun

Ocean University of China
Ocean University of China
  • International Education Center

    International Education Centre, Ocean University of China 23 Eastern Hong Kong Road, Qingdao, P.R.China

  • +86-532-85901666/85901555
    +86-532-85901868 -Fax

  • iec@mail.ouc.edu.cn
    iec@public.qd.sd.cn

  • Qingdao

Shandong University
Shandong University
  • International Summer School of Shangdong University

    27 Shanda Nanlu, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, Shandong Province, P.R.China

  • +86-531-88366165
    +86-531-88565051 -Fax

  • chinastudies@sdu.edu.cn

  • Jinan

Shenzhen University
Shenzhen University
  • College of International Exchange

    International Education Centre, Ocean University of China 23 Eastern Hong Kong Road, Qingdao, P.R.China

  • +86-755-26558894/755-26557139

  • szulxs@szu.edu.cn

  • Shenzhen

Sichuan International Studies University
Sichuan International Studies University
  • International Students' Department

    Sichuan International Studies University, No.33, Zhuangzhi Road, Shapingba District, Chongqing, China

  • 0086-23-65380021
    0086-23-65380021 -Fax

  • interstar@china.com

  • Chongqing

Southeast University
Southeast University
  • Southeast University College of International Students

    No.90 Chengxian Street, Xuanwu District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province,P.R.China

  • +85-25-83793022

  • admission@seu.edu.cn

  • Jinan

Southwest Jiaotong University
Southwest Jiaotong University
  • International Students Office

    Room 425, Administrative Building, International Students Office, Southwest Jiaotong University, Western Hi-tech Zone Chengdu, Sichuan 611756, P. R. China

  • Mrs. Ni: +86-28-66367385
    Mr. Xu: +86-28-66367385

  • Niwen@home.swjtu.edu.cn

  • Chengdu

Sun Yat-Sen University
Sun Yat-Sen University
  • School of Chinese As a Second Language

    No. 135, Xingang Xi Road, Guangzhou,P.R. China

  • +86-20-84113110
    +86-20-84113110 -Fax

  • scsl@mail.sysu.edu.cn

  • Guangzhou

Tianjin Foreign Studies University
Tianjin Foreign Studies University
  • Language Program

    No.77 Machang Road, Hexi District, Office of International Students Affairs, Tianjin International Studies University, Tianjin, P.R.China

  • +86-22-23286974
    +86-22-23283806 -Fax

  • wangxiaocui@bisu.edu.cn

  • Tianjin

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Chinese Language Program

    121, Middle Section, Main Building, No.4, North Jianshe Road, 610054, Chengdu, Sichuan, P.R. China

  • Ms. Chunxiao Ma (Nora), Ms. Wang Zhaoxia: +86-28-83202357/+86-28-83202353

  • studyin@uestc.edu.cn

  • Chengdu

Wuhan University
Wuhan University
  • School of International Education

    Luojiashan, Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei Province, P.R.China

  • +86-27-68753912/+86-27-87647553
    +86-27-87863154 -Fax

  • sie_lhb@whu.edu.cn

  • Wuhan

Xi'an International Studies University
Xi'an International Studies University
  • School of Chinese Studis of Xi'An International Studies Universities

    No.1 Wenyuan Nanlu, Guodu Educational Sci-tech Industrial Zone, Xi'an, P.R.China

  • +86-29-85319247

  • jyzxb@xisu.edu.cn

  • Xi'an

Xiamen University
Xiamen University
  • Chinese Language Program

    Room 101, Nanguang Building 1, Xiamen University Fujian, P.R.China

  • Miss Fang: +86-18850516850
    +86-592-2186375 -Fax

  • xmuchinese@163.com

  • Xiamen

Yunnan University of Finance and Economics
Yunnan University of Finance and Economics
  • Chinese Training Courses

    237 Longquan Road, Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China

  • +86 871-6519255/+86 871-65122394
    +86 871-65123634 -Fax

  • Kunming

Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University
  • International Education

    P. O. Box W-99, International College, Yuquan Campus, Zhejiang University 38# Zheda Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R.China

  • Ms SUN Lin: +86-571-87953089
    Ms Cai Dan: +86-571-87951456
    +86-571-87951755 -Fax

  • Ms SUN Lin: linsun@zju.edu.cn
    Ms Cai Dan: caidan@zju.edu.cn

  • Zhejiang

Zhejiang University of Media and Communications
Zhejiang University of Media and Communications
  • International Program of Study

    998 Xueyuan Street Higher Education Zone Xiasha Hangzhou Zhejiang, P.R.China

  • +86-571-8683 2066

  • wsb@zjicm.edu.cn

  • Hangzhou

Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages
Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages
  • Language Program

    No.428 Kuaiji Road, Yue Cheng District, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, P.R.China

  • +85-575-88343188
    +85-575-88365125 -Fax

  • Shaoxing

HONG KONG

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Yale-China Chinese Language Centre

    Fong Shu Chuen Building, CUHK, Shatin, New Terrtories, Hong Kong, SAR

  • +852-39436727
    +852-26035004 -Fax

  • clc@cuhk.edu.hk

The University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong
  • Chinese Language Centre

    Rm 801, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, SAR

  • +852-39171199
    +852-28581334 -Fax

  • chinese@hku.hk

6 Frequently asked questions about studying Mandarin Chinese in China

To help illustrate some of the points we make above, as well as answer some of your likely questions, we’ve put together a great Infographic for you to review at your leisure: enjoy!

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A Final Tip

Try to find local friends and avoid at least for a time communicating in English or your own native language

Just going to university or to private classes isn't enough. Only you, the student, can actually truly learn the language; the institution cannot teach you the language without your participation! So, regardless of whether you are planning on university/private classes/private tuition/language exchange or whatever method, you still need to be unafraid to talk… and talk a lot!

It’s likely to be more helpful try to find local friends and avoid at least for a time communicating in English or your own native language. Especially in the beginning it might be too tempting trying to get by with English and that mind-set is hard to get rid of later on!

Right, so now the choice is yours—but it always helps if you know someone who has studied in China previously to get some more advices, tips and recommendations.
It may be better to choose your place of tuition based on teaching quality

A useful point to remember is that, instead of making your decision on the basis of cost, it may be better to choose your place of tuition based on teaching quality. Try to work out what is the best environment for you personally to learn Chinese!

From our perspective, we are confident that no matter where you go to study Mandarin Chinese in China, you’ll have a great time and a most enjoyable experience!

We hope our guide has been helpful; please feel free to email us with any questions or queries and we’ll do our best to reply quickly!

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Timo
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Interesting to see the different programs and also it is grea to see what this all might cost in the end. I believe this page will shorten for a lot of people the research when planning on going to China for language studies! Reminds me when I was trying to figure out where to study when moving abroad and it was a mess to gather all information, wish that something like this existed back then

Kyle Balmer
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Wow very valuable piece of work here! Great job! I’m sure this is going to make a lot of people’s lives much easier.

Jan Wostyn
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By far the most comprehensive guide on the internet on learning Mandarin ! Excellent job !

ThatsMandarin
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What an adorable and interesting info-graphic! It saves a lot of time for students who are looking for learning mandarin in China!

Livethelanguage China
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Livethelanguage China
Running one of the private Chinese language schools listed in here (LTL Mandarin School http://www.ltl-school.com) I have to say I do not agree with some of the statements regarding private Chinese schools. While each school is of course different, our programs are much more focused and intense than what you would find at a university program and as a result lead to much faster language progress. A lesson at LTL lasts 55 minutes (at universities usually 45), we have an average of 3 students per class (at university usually 10 to 20) and an immersive environment where students speak Mandarin… Read more »
Frank Wu
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Thank you for the great efforts and work! It’s helpful for new learners or those who are planning to go to China to learn Chinese. The differences are general and there are inneed more specific differences among different schools and universities, like prices, class schedules, learning materials, teaching methods… SN Mandarin is a special language academy under university administration, based in Shanghai, combining the stength of both universities (like academic certificate, credit, transcript, student visa supports-both single entry x2 and multiple entry student residence permit…)and private language schools (the high flexibility of enrollment, visa process, small class sizes… And we… Read more »
Boniface
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This blog article was very resourceful to me. Thanks

Peter
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A very good sumerry for studying Chinese in China. You can almost find all the major problems and solutions here. Great job!

CLI
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Thanks so much for including CLI in this excellent and comprehensive guide to selecting a Chinese language school in China. CLI is a world leader in providing Chinese language and cultural eduction. From pre-departure planning to deep immersion in China, CLI provides personalized care and attention every step of the way. Learn more about us at http://www.studycli.org. 加油!

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