At SexyMandarin we were thinking of resources students and perspective students alike could benefit from and so, we decided to create this little cheat sheet for you. Below we have put together 10 of the best Mandarin learning programs throughout China. They include the location, accommodations offered, description of the program, and tuition fees. We know it’s not easy to just pick-up and move to China, but we have seen it happen.
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Aston Language Center:
Location: Wuhu City, Anhui Province. Wuhu is a medium sized city that offers a genuine Chinese and cultural experience. Due to the small expat community in Wuhu, the option of speaking your mother tongue is very difficult. This allows more opportunity to speak with locals and work on your Mandarin in everyday social encounters.
Accommodations: Living in Wuhu is quite affordable when compared to major metropolitan areas such as Beijing or Shanghai. Through the Language Center, a student can find affordable living ranging from: 280RMB – 700RMB (per week). These prices are roughly $46USD – $115USD (per week) respectively.
Program and Tuition: 8100RMB ($1330USD) for the entire academic program; the duration of the program lasts 5 months and includes 15 hours of Mandarin per week and includes cultural activities outside of class such as: Caligraphy, tai chi, cooking etc… Morning and afternoon classes are available Monday – Friday and for students that need or want extra help, private 1 on 1 lessons are available at 60RMB/50 minute lesson ($10USD).
Support: help with visa, accommodation, airport pickup, etc…
The Chinese Language Institute:
Location: Guilin city, Guangxi Province. Guilin is located in the south of China, northwest of the Macau and Hong Kong. CLI is located in the heart of the city and boasts that its location and program structure are the best for true student immersion.
Accommodations: While studying at CLI, students have 2 choices for their accommodations. The first and recommended choice is to stay in integrated housing. The integrated housing pairs the foreign student with 1 or 2 graduate students at the university so the student is constantly surrounded by Mandarin speakers even while outside the classroom. The 2nd option is to have a private room with up to 1 foreign roommate. Although the option is available, CLI claims this inhibits the fully immersive experience. For the integrated housing plan prices range from 4 weeks all the way up to 1 year. 4 weeks is $2205USD, a full semester $5910 and 1 academic year $11,560. The private room ranges from 4 – 12 weeks and costs $3565 – $6935 respectively. With a roommate the cost ranges from $4490 – $8970 for the same time periods.
Program and Tuition: For academic semesters (Sept 1. – Dec 15 or Feb 22 – June 15) the program fees are $5910. Summer sessions (June 29 – Aug 10) are $3495. Short terms can be purchased on a monthly basis and are roughly $2200. The programs include pre-semester seminars to prep new students, 3 travel excursions, 4 and a half hours of 1 on 1 instruction per day by 4 different teachers, full enrollment at Guangxi Normal University and the option of taking up to 20 hours of cultural Chinese classes like: Kung Fu, Tai Ji, Yoga, and many others. Pre-arrival assistance: taking care of passport and student visas.
Beijing Hutong School:
Location: The Hutong School is located in a traditional Chinese courtyard in the Shuangsi Hutong in central Beijing. Located just inside the second ring and conveniently close to the Gulou metro stop, the school also shares a view of the Drum and Bell tower and is merely walking distance away from the inner lakes of Houhai and Qianhai. Beijing is the capital of China and literally translates to “City of the North”.
Accommodation: While studying at the Hutong School, accommodations ranging from 1 – 6 months are 820euro – 3570euro ($1110 – $4830USD) respectively. These fees also include the cost of enrollment but only for their Internship and Intensive Chinese programs.
Program and Tuition: As stated above the costs range from $1110 – $4830USD for 1 – 6 months. The program itself includes 10 – 20 group hours/week, all learning materials cultural activities (transport and entrance extra), airport pickup and assistance with visa application.
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International Person Learning Center:
Location: The InterNational Person Learning Center is located in Wudaokou, Haidian district, North West of Beijing. It is the capital’s famous international student area with a large number of universities including Beijing Language and Culture University, Peking University and Tsinghua University. The Center is close to the subway station, and close to Lama Temple and Tian’anmen Square. The area is filled with historical significance and beauty.
Accommodation: for the Intensive Chinese program offered. The occomodation is included in the price of admission. The living quarters include gas, water, electric, ADSL internet, heating and airconditioning.
Program and tuition: The intensive Chinese program lasts from 1-6 months and includes the cost of living. 1, 3, and 6 months are priced as: $1070USD/month, $990USD/month, and $760USD/month respectively. The program includes 1 on 1 tutoring or group classes (2min – 6max), 10 hours a week of private classes adapted to the students level, reading based on topics the students pick, accommodation (listed above), airport pickup, and help with visas, job assistance etc…
Location: Mandarin House is located in 2 of the largest and most well known cities in China, Beijing (The Capital) and Shanghai. Depending on whether you want to stay in the “North City” by The Great Wall of China or watch the sun rise over the eastern coastline in Shanghai you can master Mandarin with one of many flexible Mandarin learning programs at Mandarin House.
Accommodation: Mandarin House offers 3 different levels of living while attending the Mandarin immersion program. These 3 accommodations are:
Homestay (single room) – Breakfast and dinner. Single room with bed, desk, chair, wardrobe; broadband Internet access included; bed linen, towels, blanket; access to equipped shared kitchen; shared bathroom; washing machine, refrigerator; TV, air-conditioner with heating; water, gas and electricity included; travel time is average 30 minutes on public transportation. The cost at the homestay ranges from 1770RMB/1week ($290USD/week) with discounts built in the longer the student stays. Students that stay for more than 12 weeks get a rate of 1260RMB/week ($210USD/week).
Shared Apartment (single room) – Single room with bed, desk, chair, wardrobe; broadband Internet access included; bed linen, towels, blanket; access to equipped shared kitchen; shared bathroom; shared washing machine, refrigerator, TV, air-conditioner with heating; water, gas and electricity included; cleaning service once a week; apartments of 2 to 8 bedrooms shared by Mandarin House international students; travel time is from 5 to 25 minutes on foot or public transportation. Costs for shared apartments range from 1930RMB/week ($320USD/week)for 1 week to 1400/week ($230USD/week) if the student stays for more than 12 weeks.
Private Studio Apartment – Studio apartment with bed, desk, chair, wardrobe; broadband Internet access included; bed linen, towels, blanket; equipped kitchen; bathroom; washing machine, refrigerator; TV, air- conditioner with heating; water, gas and electricity included; cleaning service once a week; travel time is from 5 to 25 minutes on foot or public transportation. Prices for studio apartments range from 3230RMB/week ($530USD/week) for only one weeks stay, or 2590RMB/week ($425USD/week) for students staying over 12 weeks.
Program and Tuition: the Mandarin House offers a very diverse course listing to accommodate anyone looking to start from scratch, freshen up on their Mandarin Fluency, or ascend to reach Mandarin Mastery. The intensive program listing includes 4 different levels for students to take and include:
Intensive 30: Six group lessons per day. One week: 2640RMB ($435USD) or 12+ weeks at 1950RMB/week ($320)
Standard 20: Four group lessons per day. One week: 1870RMB ($310USD) or 12+ weeks at 1400RMB/week ($230USD)
Combined 30+5: Six group lessons per day + one private lesson per day. One week: 3850RMB ($635USD) or 12+ weeks at 3050RMB/week ($500USD)
Combined 20 + 5: Four group lessons per day + one private lesson per day. One week: 3080RMB ($505USD) or 12+ weeks at 2500RMB/week ($410USD)
Work Experience program:
4-8 weeks of Chinese courses – 20 group lessons per week, 50 minute sessions (average class size: 5)
8-24 week unpaid internship. Cost for 4 weeks plus internship: 10800RMB ($1775USD) or 8 weeks plus internship: 16560RMB ($2720USD)
Location: If you aren’t sure where you want to learn Mandarin in China, iMandarin is a good place to start. The Mandarin school has 10 campuses located in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou (close to South China Sea, Hong Kong, and Macau) and Dalian (in the eastern Liaoning Province of Northeast China). With so many places to choose from you can pick the area that is right for you fiscally and culturally.
Accommodation: iMandarin offers 3 levels of accommodation to students they can be seen below:
Single room: Access to shared kitchen, shared washing machine, refrigerator, gas and electricity costs, cleaning service once a week. Costs for the single room range from $225USD/week for a single week, to $160USD/week for students staying longer than 12 weeks.
Private studio apartment: Kitchen, washing machine, refrigerator, gas, and electricity costs, cleaning service once a week. Costs for private studio apartment range from $355USD/week for a single week, to $310USD/week for students staying longer than 12 weeks.
Homestay (single room): Access to shared kitchen, shared washing machine, refrigerator, gas and electricity costs. Costs for the homestay range from $260USD/week for a single week, to $190USD/week for students staying longer than 12 weeks.
Program and Tuition:
Academic courses: 30 lessons per week; start dates: Jan 5, Apr 6, and Sept 14.
12 weeks: $3,390USD
24 weeks: $6,290USD
48 weeks: $12,100USD
Courses General Fees: $80USD registration fee, books/materials $35 per level, accommodation placement $80USD, Airport transfer $65USD
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Location: Situated near one of Kunming’s central business districts on bustling Dongfeng Road, Kunming Keats School is a short walk away from restaurants (Chinese and Western), cafes, bars and gyms. The rest of the city’s hot spots are but a bus or cab ride away. Kunming is the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million people. Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions. Yunnan province is endlessly fascinating and is an excellent location to base yourself. The province mixes mountainous inlands with the tropical forests in the south. Bordering provinces to Yunnan are Tibet, Sichuan, Guizhou and Guangxi. Yunnan also borders Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.
Accommodation: is included in the price of admission through the school. The accommodation offers: a single dorm room, separate bathroom (western style), TV, Fridge, DVD player, desk, bed with sheets, a wardrobe, clean water dispenser, unlimited internet access, laundry, medicine for minor illnesses.
Program and Tuition: The program runs for 1-24 weeks depending on how long you would like to study, and can include 3 meals a day and 1 cultural option per week if you so choose. The basic fees for the school range from 1 week: 2770RMB/week ($455USD), 12 weeks: 2530RMB/week ($415USD) or 24 weeks: 2430RMB/week ($400USD). In addition to this if students wish to get 3 meals a day from the school, simply add 320RMB/week ($55USD). Lastly, students that want to enjoy cultural experiences, exclusive to China such as: Caligraphy, Kung Fu, or cooking may do so on a weekly basis for 400RMB/week ($65USD) extra.
Konall Culture Exchance:
Location: Shijiazhuang is the ideal location to study Chinese. Standard Mandarin is spoken on the street and there are very few foreigners. In a city of over 8 million Standard Mandarin speakers, there are fewer than 200 foreigners at any given time. This means that you MUST speak Chinese all day, every day. The daily practical immersion you will experience in Shijiazhuang is perfect for serious learners that want to make rapid progress. This type of environment is very different to the larger more westernized cities in China (Beijing, Shanghai etc) where there are literally crowds of foreign students, tourists and ex-pats as well as numerous English speaking Chinese.
Accommodation: Keats offers 2 different options for living while going to the Mandarin school. The first is the Home-Stay. This option is an excellent way to fully immerse oneself in Chinese language and culture. Home-stay students receive a private room with internet connection and two meals per day. Home-stay is a great way to save money and besides a one-time fee of 500 RMB is completely free. The second option is the Private apartments. These come fully furnished (internet, cable-TV, fridge, air-con, washing machine, bedding/linen etc) and are within 10mins walk of our school facility. The monthly rental fee is 2,750 RMB ($455USD) which includes all utilities and unlimited broadband internet.
Program and tuition: Konall Culture Exchange is one of the only Mandarin schools in China that has an exclusive 1 on 1 teaching policy. Students take 4 hours of class per day in a 1 on 1 setting, all books and study materials are included, daily lunch at the school canteen is provided, full visa and travel assistance, bi-weekly group activities, and 24 hr support. The price of admission for this very intimate learning environment is 8450RMB/month ($1390USD).
Location: Hangzhou is one of the seven ancient capitals of China, and also a famous destination for students and tourists alike. Praised as a “paradise on earth” it is a city full of life and excitement. The city has wonderful weather, a well balanced economy, efficient public transportation, and wonderful living facilities. It is one of the best places to find yourself in China.
Accommodation: Living in Hangzhou includes 3 types of living: Single rooms in shared apartments, Private Apartments, or Home-Stay (personal room). Single rooms in shared apartments are $140USD/week; Private apartments are $238USD/week; and home-stays (with personal room) are $140USD/week.
Program and Tuition: lessons are 50 minutes long and range from total beginner all the way up to advanced. Class sizes are capped at 5 and average about 3 per class. Programs include 2 types of intensive courses:
Intensive 20: 20 hours of class per week, 4 hours per day. Cost: $175USD – $233USD per week depending on length of program
Combined 20+5: 20 hours of class per week with an additional five personal 1 on 1 lessons. Cost: $257USD – $320USD per week
General course fees include: $80USD registration and books/materials $30 per level.
Omeida Chinese Academy:
Location: Located far from the expensive cities on the Chinese coast, Yangshuo is one of the most inexpensive towns in China. Food, accommodation and entertainment costs are usually one-half to one-third of China’s coastal regions. In Yangshuo, unlike in China’s remote locations, you have access to western goods and services you might need.
Accommodation: Omeida Language School offers spacious, clean rooms at a subsidised rate to the students. All of the rooms are a 2-10 minute walk to Omeida Language School. All of the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, heating, internet access, a desk and chair. You also have your own ensuite bathroom including a toilet, a shower and your own hot water tank for 24 hour hot water service. Students also have access to the washing machine. For an additional 100RMB per week, Omeida Chinese Academy can provide a fully furnished single room with a private bathroom to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Yangshuo. For an additional 200RMB per week, Omeida Chinese Academy can provide a very comfortable single room with a private bathroom at Tiffany’s Hostel to ensure you enjoy a high-quality hotel service during your stay. Rooms are available all year round but please be aware that they cost more outside of the low season (October 8 to March 30).
As with the shared accommodation, please note that there is an additional charge for electricity. This is usually between RMB 50 and RMB 150 per month, depending on usage, in particular how much the air conditioner and shower heater is used.
Program and tuition: Omeida offers 2 programs, one intensive Mandarin course and one standard course. The Intensive course typically ranges from 1 – 12 weeks and has the option to extend if you so choose. The course includes six 45minute sessions per day, 5 days per week. 12 weeks will run you 21700RMB ($3565USD) and each additional week after 12 weeks are 1000RMB ($165USD)
The standard course is similar to the intensive but only includes three 45 minute lessons per day and costs 10300RMB ($1690USD) for 12 weeks. Additional weeks after 12 are 600RMB/week ($100USD).
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P.P.S. We hope this post has been helpful for you and increases your desire to learn Mandarin. If you know of other Mandarin Programs worthy of the list that you didn’t see, please let us know in the comments section.
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