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Gap Year in China

Learn Mandarin and experience the amazing history and culture hidden in bustling metropolis and beautiful ancient towns with a gap year in China. Choose from one of LTL’s four programs, each designed to provide you with an unforgettable experience…

  • Study & Intern

  • Learn to speak Chinese
  • Gain work experience
  • Choice of 2 metropolitan cities
  • Chinese Language Year

  • Academic year of study
  • Small group classes
  • Live in Beijing or Shanghai
  • Full Immersion Program

  • Learn Chinese fast!
  • Live with a Chinese family
  • Experience old and new China
  • Chinese & English

  • Study and teach
  • Experience multiple cities
  • Great budget option

Study & Intern

Our Study & Intern Gap Year Program is ideal for those who wish to have an amazing gap year experience whilst preparing for the future. For those of you looking to get ahead and boost your CV, this is your perfect gap year in China program. Not only do you get to learn another language, you get invaluable international work experience.

The program begins with 18 weeks on Chinese language classes. You will do 20 hours of Chinese class a week, divided into 4 hours a day, Monday to Friday. The classes will be in groups of no more than 6 students to ensure you get the attention you need in the classroom to advance quickly. Group classes allow you to make quick friends so you have someone to explore the thriving social scene in Beijing or Shanghai.

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Once your Chinese language program ends, your 18 week Internship program begins. LTL will strive to find you an internship placement in the industry of your choice. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about your preferred industry on an international scale and allow you to continue to practice those Chinese language skills. At the end of the 18 weeks, LTL can help you extend your Internship, should you wish to, at no extra cost.

Accommodation and extras

Accommodation

The preferred accommodation choice for those taking the Study & Intern Gap Year Program in Beijing is the shared student apartment. This is situated on Line 1 which takes you straight to LTL Language school for your language classes and also into Tiananmen in the old city centre. The apartment is shared with Chinese University students so you will be sure to practice your language skills and get top tips to the best spots in the city.

In Shanghai…

You can sign up for 4 weeks accommodation, after which you can extend or find your own accommodation, or if you want total piece of mind, you can sign up for accommodation in our shared apartments for your full 36 week stay. Alternatively, you are welcome to find your own accommodation for your stay in China.

Extras.

There are many add-ons to your  Gap Year program that be purchased either before or once you arrive in China. These include Culture classes such as Tai qi, Cooking and Mahjong. A great way to learn a little more about the wonderful culture in which you’ll be living.

Prices and dates

Study and Internship.  Starting dates:

Beijing

  • 6th of Feb 2017 to 9th of Jun 2017
  • 18th of Sept 2017 to January 19th 2018

Shanghai

  • 13th of Feb 2017 to 16th of Jun 2017
  • 11th of Sept 2017 to January 12th 2018

18 wks study, 18 wks internship (option to extend internship at no extra cost)

Prices

No accommodation = 30,756 CNY

+ 4wks accommodation* = 34,452 CNY

+ Full 36wks accommodation* = 64,020 CNY

*Based on stay in shared apartment small rooms. Upgrade available.

NB. We can be flexible on durations of study so please contact us if you have a specific request.

If you would like any more information about our Intern and Study Gap Year Program or a Quotation, please Contact us .


Chinese Language Year

Our Chinese Language Gap Year Program consists of one full academic year of Chinese language classes. Unlike many of the colleges and Universities, LTL ensures small class sizes of no more than 6. This is incredibly important in language learning and allows you to ask your teacher any questions you have and get some more individual help in the areas in which you’re struggling. Our courses are designed to get you speaking Chinese as soon as possible.

The academic year is made up of two semesters, each of these lasts 18 weeks. Each week there are 20 hours of Chinese language class. The is split into 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. The semester is broken up by a 6 week holiday which begins around Chinese New Year. This is a great opportunity for you to travel around China and practice some of the language skills you have been learning. A great gap year program for those looking to gain an invaluable skill.

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Accommodation and other extras

Accommodation

Many long term students who come to Beijing or Shanghai choose to stay in our shared student apartments. These are situated close to a subway line which means an easy commute to LTL Language school for your language classes and also into the city center. In both cities, the journey from the apartments to school is no more than 45 minutes. The apartments are shared with Chinese University students so you will be sure to have many opportunities to practice the Chinese you are learning.

There is no obligation to book your accommodation through LTL Mandarin School. You are welcome to find your own accommodation for your stay in Beijing or Shanghai.

Extras.

There are many add-ons to your Gap Year program that be purchased either before or once you arrive in China. These include Culture classes such as Taiqi, Cooking and Mahjong. A great way to learn a little more about the wonderful culture in which you’ll be living.

Volunteer Program

Why not give something back to your community whilst living in Beijing? LTL can organise for you to teach English to local migrant children at weekends in the city of Beijing. The program has been set up by an NGO to provide a free education to Chinese children who are not entitled to state education in the city. We provide this service free of charge.
*We are currently trying to organise similar opportunities in Shanghai and these should be available soon.

Prices and dates

Chinese Language Year – upcoming dates.  

Beijing:

Semester 1: 6th of Feb 2017 to 9th of Jun 2017

Semester 2: 18th of Sept 2017 to January 19th 2018

Shanghai:

Semester 1: 13th of Feb 2017 to 16th of Jun 2017

Semester 2: 11th of Sept 2017 to January 12th 2018

Each semester consists of 18 weeks of 20hr week Chinese group classes.
(Totaling One Full Academic Year – 36 weeks)

Price

Program with no accommodation: 46,512 CNY

+36weeks accommodation (Shared apartment – small room) : 79,776 CNY

*Upgrades to large rooms can be provided at an extra cost.

If you would like any more information about our Chinese Language Year Program or a Quotation, please Contact us .


Full Immersion Gap Year Program

Our Full Immersion Gap Year Program is designed for those who really want an authentic China experience. Beginning with a group Chinese language course in Beijing and finishing with an intensive 1-on-1 Chinese language course in the ancient Chinese city of Chengde. Your group classes in Beijing are great for making friends and settling into city life. The classes are in groups of no more than 6 and are chosen to suit your level. Chengde is a completely different experience. Located in the hills two hours from Beijing, Chengde is the ancient summer vacation choice of the old Ming emperors. With so much nature, history and culture, it’s a perfect place to relax and explore after the hustle and bustle of Beijing. The 1-on-1 intensive program is designed to improve your Chinese quickly and stop you from speaking any English! This programme will have you speaking Chinese faster than any other. All weeks consist of 20hrs of class, split into four hours a day, Monday to Friday.

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We have carefully selected local Chinese families in both Beijing and Chengde for you to live with. The homestay package also includes breakfast and dinner. Sitting with your family around the dinner table is a great way to practice your Chinese and grow some confidence when speaking. Many of our students have found life long friends in their homestay families and they are also a great source of information for when you want to explore the city.

Accommodation and other extras

Accommodation

Accommodation in both Beijing and Chengde is with a homestay family. You will get your own room and also be the only foreigner living in the house which is great for you Chinese language skills. In China, most socializing happens at the dinner table and eating with your homestay family will provide valuable Chinese practice, life-long memories and a great insight into Chinese life.

Homestay families have apartments within the CBD area of Beijing, making travel to the LTL campus fast and convenient. Most LTL homestays are within walking distance of campus and all are within a 30 minute commute.

Our homestay questionnaire form also ensures you are placed with a family compatible with your living preferences. LTL has a number of different food options available, including vegan and vegetarian Chinese homestays in Beijing.

 

Extras.

There are many add-ons to your  Gap Year program that be purchased either before or once you arrive in China. These include Culture classes such as Tai qi, Cooking and Mahjong. A great way to learn a little more about the wonderful culture in which you’ll be living. For more information on these, please contact our team.

Volunteer Program.

Why not give something back to your community whilst living in Beijing? LTL can organise for you to teach English to local migrant children at weekends in the city of Beijing. The program has been set up by an NGO to provide a free education to Chinese children who are not entitled to state education in the city. We provide this service free of charge.

Prices and dates

Full Immersion Gap Year in China dates.  

This program has 2 starting dates every month. Programs always begin on a Monday.
Start dates for 2017 are as follows…

  • January 9, 2017
  • February 6, 2017
  • February 27, 2017
  • March 20, 2017
  • April 10, 2017
  • May 8, 2017
  • May 29, 2017
  • June 19, 2017
  • July 3, 2017
  • July 17, 2017
  • July 31, 2017
  • August 14, 2017
  • August 28, 2017
  • September 18, 2017
  • October 16, 2017
  • November 6, 2017
  • November 27, 2017
  • December 18, 2017

Prices

3 months Full Immersion Program:

  • 6wks in Beijing with Chinese group classes,
  • 6wks Chengde with 1-on-1 classes,
  • Return train ticket from Beijing to Chengde
  • Beijing and Chengde survival kit  including SIM card, maps, rental bike, bank account and much more.

Price = 32,377 CNY

Accommodation Prices

6 weeks in Beijing in a shared apartment and 6 weeks in a Chengde homestay* = 18,368 CNY
6 weeks in a Beijing homestay* and 6 weeks in a Chengde homestay* = 25,648 CNY
*All homestays include Breakfast and Dinner. Options for vegetarians, vegans and those with special dietary requirements can be provided.

6 months Full Immersion Program:

  • 12wks in Beijing with Chinese group classes,
  • 12wks Chengde with 1-on-1 classes,
  • Return train ticket from Beijing to Chengde
  • Beijing and Chengde survival kit including SIM card, maps, rental bike, bank account and much more.

Price = 61,453 CNY

Accommodation Prices

12 weeks in Beijing in a shared apartment and 12 weeks in a Chengde homestay* = 33,739 CNY
12 weeks in a Beijing homestay* and 12 weeks in a Chengde homestay* = 45,302 CNY
*All homestays include Breakfast and Dinner. Options for vegetarians, vegans and those with special dietary requirements can be provided.

For more information on our Full Immersion Gap Year Program or a quotation, please Contact us


Chinese & English Gap Year Program

Discover China and have the experience of a lifetime whilst teaching English. You will spend the first month in Beijing or Shanghai studying the basics of the Chinese language so that you’re well equipped for living in China for the following 4 months. You will take 20 hours of Chinese group classes a week for 4 weeks. Studying at the school will give you a great opportunity to make friends and will leave you with a little time to explore your city of choice, be it historic Beijing, or the metropolitan Shanghai.. The next 18 weeks you will be teaching English in one of China’s main cities. The teaching hours will be approximately 20 hours a week. Explore, discover, experience, and teach in China.

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This is a great gap year option for those on a tight budget. The school you will teach at will provide you with accommodation during your time there. They will also provide you with your lunches whilst you are working and give you a monthly stipend of 2000 CNY for expenses.

Accommodation

Accommodation

There are 2 different options for your initial 4 weeks in Beijing whilst you undertake your Chinese language course.

1. Homestay

This is a great option for those who want to get a real authentic Beijing experience. You will leave with a local family and be provided with both breakfast and dinner. All homestays are within 30 minutes from the school and are often in walking distance. If you want to absorb as much of the Chinese language as possible in these 4 weeks, a homestay is the best option for you. Chatting with your Chinese family at the dinner table is great practice!

2. Shared Apartment

Our slightly cheaper option is a small room in a shared apartment. This is situated in the Communications University close to Line 1 and will take around 30 minutes to get to the LTL school. The shared apartment option leaves you with lots of independence and sharing a communal space with Chinese students also gives you the chance to practice your Chinese and get top tips from the locals.


The accommodation for the second part of the Chinese & English Gap Year Program is provided by the school in which you’ll be teaching and will differ slightly from school to school.

Prices and dates

Start dates 2017

Beijing

  • January 9, 2017
  • February 6, 2017
  • February 27, 2017
  • March 20, 2017
  • April 10, 2017
  • May 8, 2017
  • May 29, 2017
  • June 19, 2017
  • July 3, 2017
  • July 17, 2017
  • July 31, 2017
  • August 14, 2017
  • August 28, 2017
  • September 18, 2017
  • October 16, 2017
  • November 6, 2017
  • November 27, 2017
  • December 18, 2017

 

Shanghai

  • January 2, 2017
  • January 23, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • March 6, 2017
  • March 27, 2017
  • April 17, 2017
  • May 15, 2017
  • June 5, 2017
  • June 26, 2017

 

  • July 10, 2017
  • July 24, 2017
  • August 7, 2017
  • August 21, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • October 30 6, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 11, 2017
Prices

Homestay Option

  • 4 weeks in Beijing with Chinese group classes
  • 4 weeks of homestay accommodation with 2 meals a day*
  • 18 weeks in an teach English program in China with  school organised accommodation
  • Transportation from Beijing to the school where you are to teach

Price = 18,500 CNY

*Options for vegetarians, vegans and those with special dietary requirements can be provided.

Shared Apartment Option

  • 4 weeks in Beijing with Chinese group classes
  • 4 weeks accommodation in a small room in a shared apartment
  • 18 weeks in an teach English program in China with  school organised accommodation
  • Transportation from Beijing to the school where you are to teach

Price = 15,000 CNY

For more information on our Chinese & English Gap Year Program or a quotation, please Contact us