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Learn Chinese in Shanghai

Chinese Courses

Mandarin Group Classes

  • Small Groups (max. 6 people)
  • Certified Teachers
  • Academic Curriculum
  • Monthly Start Dates
  • Learn Chinese with others
  • Shanghai based courses

Studying Mandarin in a group is one of the best ways to learn Mandarin in Shanghai. LTL group classes are small, with a maximum of six students in Shanghai. Students learn Chinese together, quickly make friends and explore Shanghai together, while classes are still small enough to give everyone the opportunity to speak during class. For students who want to learn quicker and progress faster, studying a combination of studying small group classes and individual classes is also a great option. read more

Intensive 1-on-1 lesson at LTL Mandarin School in Shanghai ChinaMandarin Individual Classes

  • Personalized curriculum
  • Certified Teachers
  • Weekly Start dates
  • 1 on 1 tuition
  • Shanghai based study

Learn Chinese according to your needs, speed and preferences. Individual Chinese courses are fully tailored to a student’s preferences, level, and learning habits and allow very fast progress. For intensive Chinese study individual classes in Shanghai are a very good choice. Also for students who want to improve in specific areas, like tones, pronunciation, Chinese characters, spoken or business Chinese. read more


group of semester program students at LTL Mandarin School in ShanghaiSemester Program

  • Full semester of study (=18 weeks)
  • 20 hours a week of classes
  • Small group class size (max 6 students)
  • Twice yearly start dates
  • Qualified teachers

Learn Chinese in Shanghai with the LTL Semester Program. Aimed at those wanting to achieve a level of fluency by studying over a longer period of time at more cost effective prices. The Semester Program includes a full University Semester of Chinese language study, totaling 18 weeks. All course materials are also included in the price.   read more


Teachers and students taking a lunch break together at LTL Mandarin SchoolMulti-City Programs

  • Study Chinese in different cities
  • Combine courses in Shanghai, Beijing & Chengde
  • Continuity: same Chinese program different cities
  • Total immersion options in Chengde
  • Experience different parts of China, while learning Mandarin

Learn Chinese not only in Shanghai, but also other Chinese cities. While Shanghai is one of the world’s most exciting cities, it is also very different to the rest of China and with a multi-city Chinese program, students have the option to study Mandarin and experience different parts of China at the same time. Study in a combination of place, from international Shanghai to traditional Beijing and historic Chengde. read more


Shanghai Accommodation

Chinese Homestay Host Family in Shanghai ChinaHomestays

  • Be part of a Chinese family
  • Carefully selected Shanghai homestays
  • Modern Apartments
  • Includes meals
  • Experience life in a real Shanghai family
  • Friendly local Shanghai families

Friendly and welcoming Chinese homestays are an LTL Shanghai speciality. Learn Mandarin while living with a Chinese family and practice your Mandarin on a daily basis. In addition to improving your Mandarin skills quickly, you will also get a unique inside into Chinese life in Shanghai and most likely make friends for life. Learn Chinese, speak Chinese, and truly Live the Language. read more

Live & Teach Homestays

  • Carefully selected families in Shanghai
  • Your family chosen based on your preferences
  • Daily home-cooked meals with your Chinese host family
  • Convenient locations
  • Cultural Exchange and language exchange

With our Live & Teach option you get a discount on homestay accommodation for helping teach the host family’s children conversational English, while they in turn encourage you to speak Chinese. This is a great opportunity for cultural exchange as both you and your family can learn together. Study Chinese in Shanghai whilst living with a local Chinese family, all at a very affordable price. read more


Shared Apartments

  • Choose between standard and superior room options
  • Share with other people studying or working in Shanghai
  • Each room has a study area
  • Affordable and close to the LTL Shanghai school

Live in a shared apartment in Shanghai while learning Mandarin with LTL. Apartments are shared with other Chinese students or locals and conveniently located, with plenty of shops and restaurants in the area. Staying in a shared apartment is one of the most affordable ways of living and learning Mandarin in Shanghai. read more


Shanghai Internship Program
  • Interns in Shanghai, ChinaInternship in city of Shanghai
  • International and local companies
  • Variety of industries in Shanghai
  • Optional Chinese language classes
  • Accommodation
  • Support, community & fun

Let LTL find an internship for you in Shanghai. Internships in Shanghai can  be combined with a program for studying Chinese. Choose from companies with either an English or Chinese language working environment. By learning Chinese in Shanghai and doing an internship, you can really jump start your career.Read more

Shanghai Survival Kit

Learn Mandarin in Shanghai with LTL supportShanghai Survival Kit

  • Transport card, map and bike to help you get around
  • Bank and visa support
  • 24/7 emergency hotline

Looking back on our own experiences when we decided to study in China for the first time, we realized that a Mandarin course is not complete without a support system. The Shanghai Survival kit includes:

  • 24/7 emergency support in Shanghai. Do not get into trouble – but if you do, we will be there for you
  • Airport pick-up
  • Your pre-charged Chinese 3G SIM card waiting for you at the airport, incl. 300MB 3G download volume & 200 minutes free local calls during your arrival month.
  • Police registration support – according to Chinese law all foreigners in studying Chinese in Shanghai need to register with their local police station within 24 hours of arrival, let us help you.
  • A Chinese bank account. We will set up a Shanghai RMB, USD, Euro, AUD and SF bank account for you.
  • A bicycle for your entire stay
  • A Shanghai public transport card, to be used on the entire subway and bus system – pre-charged.
  • The Shanghai Map Pack: How to find the bund and the former French Concessions.

Cost: 1,650 CNY

Why Shanghai?

Learning Chinese in Shanghai is so much more than just studying a language. It means living in one of the world’s greatest cities, experiencing Chinese culture, cuisine and history, in what is a very unique city. Here some basic information about living in Shanghai.

Shanghai SkylineStudying in Shanghai

The native language in Shanghai is not Mandarin, but Shanghaihua, which is a different language. However, with Mandarin being taught in all Chinese schools from the age of six and millions of migrants living in Shanghai today, Mandarin is very widely spoken in Shanghai. When people in Shanghai speak Mandarin, they have an accent that differs a bit from standard Mandarin, which is based on the language spoken in Beijing. As Shanghai is a very cosmopolitan city, with people from all over the world living here, English is also widely spoken. To learn Mandarin in Shanghai quickly, we suggest that you speak Chinese whenever possible. If someone does not understand you, do not despair. Your Chinese tones might have been wrong or the other person might not be used to your foreign accent. Keep trying to say it in Mandarin and do not use English whenever possible. Learning Mandarin in Shanghai means speaking Chinese, living Chinese and dreaming Chinese. If you would rather study in a city where more standard Mandarin is spoken, check out our Chinese programs in Beijing. If you prefer a city with less English speakers, have a look at our Chinese immersion programs.

Individual Chinese class at LTL Mandarin School in ShanghaiSafety

Like all of China, Shanghai is overall a very safe city. Of course in any city with 19 million inhabitants, crime exists, but especially violent crime in Shanghai is very rare. Should you ever get into trouble, call the police on +86 21 110 and LTL as soon as possible. In the whole history of LTL, during which thousands of students learned Chinese with us, there was not a single crime committed against one of our students. Overall studying in Shanghai and China in general is very safe.

Phone Numbers

The country code for China is +86 and the area code for Shanghai is 021. When calling from abroad you leave the 0 away. As an example, the Shanghai tourism hotline is 962020. If you are in Shanghai you just dial that number. If you are in China, but not in Shanghai, you would dial 021 962020. If you are not in China, you would dial 0086 21 962020. Practicing your Chinese skills on the phone, is a great way to learn Mandarin.


In Shanghai addresses are you usually given as a street, the number and which junction they are close to. So for example a popular Shanghai restaurant like Hot Pot King – if you want to learn about adventurous Chinese food, try their pig brain hot pot – is on 1416 Huaihai Lu. In Shanghai when giving directions, you would say 1416 Huaihai Lu, near Fuxing Lu (in Chinese: 上海市淮海路1416号楼, 近复兴路 or in pinyin Shànghǎi shì huáihǎi lù 1416 hào lóu, jìn fùxīng lù), because roads in Shanghai are very long and it is important to know which part of the road you want to go to. To make sure to not get lost it is always good to take the places phone number (in this case 021 6473 6380) with you as well.



Shanghai is an amazing place to study, experience and learn about China. China’s financial centre, living in Shanghai will quickly teach you about Chinese culture and language, while living in an exciting and international city. Learn Chinese, live Chinese, dream Chinese with LTL in Shanghai.

Social Life

Shanghai student community school trip. Learn Chinese and experience China.
  • Meet students and interns from around the world
  • Buzzing student community
  • School drinks, dinners, Karaoke, outings and many other activities
  • Visit the Shanghai skyscrapers, the French Concession and other famous locations
  • Visit surrounding Suzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing together
  • Spend traditional and modern Chinese Holidays with the LTL students, interns and staff
  • Sample local Shanghainese cuisine, as well as other foods from all over China

Community is an important part of the LTL experience. Our students come from all over the world and have a wide variety of backgrounds, language abilities and aims, but are all united in their love of studying Chinese and discovering the beauty of Shanghai, the financial capital of China. We study together, eat lunches and dinners together, have evening drinks, explore the city and get to know many local and foreign friends on the journey. LTL has a great support network for our students. You can contact us any time of the day with any concerns you may have, whether it has to do with your course, your accommodation or even if you just want some advice and tips on the social scene in Shanghai and the best places to go for traditional Shanghainese soup dumplings.

WechatA big part of the daily communications occurs in the school, but also through our “base of communications”, the LTL WeChat group. In this group, we organize the majority of our weekly events and share them with the students, interns and staff members. The group is very lively and there’s always someone to talk with. The weekly social calendar, posted around the school as well as on the WeChat group and other venues, involves a weekly dinner and a sightseeing event or day trip (The French Concession, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Bund and the New International Expo Center are just a few of the places we visit). These events and activities are always organized for our students free of charge, you just pay for your own expenses on the day.

At LTL, you will make friends for life, while at the same time exploring the multitude of amazing sights the city has to offer, so we promise you won’t be bored!

Contact LTL

If you have any questions regarding our destinations, courses, accommodation or even if you just want to say hello, we are always happy to hear from you. You can contact us using the form below or if you’d prefer, email us directly on Our team will normally be in touch within 24 hrs of receiving your message, although you may have to wait a little longer at weekends.

If you need to speak to us urgently, you can always give us a call on +86 10 5100 1269 for Beijing, or +86 21 3368 0866 for Shanghai,  between 8.30am and 6.30pm local Beijing/Shanghai time.

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How to Sign Up

Know everything you need to know? Ready for your Chinese adventure? You can sign up online for your language course at LTL by filling out the form on our Sign Up page

If you want to learn about the LTL sign up process, you can download our LTL Sign Up Guide for step by step information.