Chinese Semester Program

Experience a full Semester program in Beijing and learn Chinese every day. We offer 18 week semester programs where you can truly enhance your Chinese language skills abroad and in many instances reach HSK3 after one semester, and HSK4 after two semesters.

At LTL class sizes average less than three students. The maximum number of students per class is six, meaning every student gets a chance to speak up and have their say. The Semester program is competitively priced and a great way to fast track your Mandarin language skills. Make friends from all four corners of the world and enjoy being part of a tight knit LTL Family every day.

Full Time Chinese Courses at LTL Mandarin School

  • Full Semester Program in Beijing
  • Study abroad for 18 weeks
  • Improve your Chinese language skills
  • Fixed Semester schedule
  • Excellent value program
  • Smaller classes than college or university
  • Progress quicker at LTL

    Progress quicker at LTL

    Small class sizes – Means the focus is on you

    Hour long – Lessons are 55 minutes, not 45 or 50

    18 weeks – Get your Mandarin up to HSK3 in a semester

    Certified – Our teachers are the best in Beijing

  • Excellent Value

    Excellent Value

    Never miss out – Don’t lose out on classes due to public holidays

    Materials included – Study materials and books included in the price

    Support – Got a question, we are here to help you

    Discount – Great value option compared to other LTL programs

  • The LTL Family

    The LTL Family

    Lunch – Share lunch with fellow students and staff every day at school

    Worldwide – We’ve had students from over 100 countries

    Social Events – Join us every week on our student socials

    Friends for a lifetime – We bring people together from all over the world

  • Top Class Teachers

    Top Class Teachers

    Experts – Reach HSK3/4 after a semester

    Qualified – All teachers have a degree in teaching Chinese

    Diverse – Our teachers provide fun, engaging and unique lessons

    Pride – Once our teachers join us, they generally stay with us

Beijing Semester Program

Studying Chinese abroad with our Semester program is an experience that will remain with you forever. Our 18 week program will get your Mandarin ahead fast. Small group classes, fully certified teachers and a comfortable teaching environment means you have all you need.

Our Semester course runs from Monday to Friday every week and will include 4 hours a day of Mandarin lessons. Many students reach HSK3 level after one semester and can reach HSK4 after two but this can improve further with the inclusion of a homestay and extra individual classes. Hard work outside, as well as inside of the classroom is essential in helping you achieve the best Chinese language level possible. You will have the opportunity to make friends for life, just like at university or college. We are a small but tight knit family at LTL and every student who joins us is welcomed with open arms.

Be a part of our community with our daily lunch club and weekly social events. If to wish to push your Chinese at an even faster rate, then it’s worth checking our our Immersion Program or looking at staying with one of our Beijing Homestay families.

Dates and Pricing

Our Semester program has fixed starting dates and they run for 18 weeks at a time. Prices for our Spring Semester and Fall Semester are the same.

Semester 2018 Date Price
Spring Semester 5th Mar. 2018 – 29th Jun. 2018 23,256 CNY
Fall Semester 3rd Sep. 2018 – 4th Jan. 2019 23,256 CNY

Within this price you receive the following:

  • Chinese Tuition
  • Textbooks along with your Learning Materials
  • 24/7 Support of the LTL Staff
  • Access to the LTL Social Program
  • Student Visa Support

Please note – Accommodation in Beijing, flights and student visa support is not included in the China Semester Program price.

What Our Students Say

Alana Raymond Testimony for LTL
Alana Raymond

"The Chinese Semester Program is fantastic for absolute beginners and those with a minimal knowledge of Chinese. Each day of studying Chinese is satisfying and rewarding because the results are tangible outside of the classroom."

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Alana Raymond Testimony for LTL
Alana Raymond

During my stay at LTL I participated in the Chinese Semester Program, which is 18-weeks of intense Chinese study. In my opinion, this program is fantastic for absolute beginners and those with a minimal knowledge of Chinese. Each day of studying Chinese is satisfying and rewarding because the results are tangible once you are outside of the classroom. The teachers are fantastic and classes are always interesting and fun. The first time you understand someone speaking Mandarin to you is a glorious moment!

Alana in The Forbidden City

Alana in The Forbidden City

Group class is great because of the engaging and fun atmosphere it provides. Each day you have the same classmates, and sometimes new ones who only stay for a short time. This creates a fun dynamic, and in my class we were laughing every day. Studying Chinese can be difficult and frustrating, and some days you think your brain is exploding with information. Being able to have fun in class is a true blessing.

By the end of the semester we were regularly using inside jokes (in Mandarin) to describe certain situations. On a more studious note, often a classmate will ask a question that you wouldn’t have ever thought of, which is one of the main reasons I found group classes so valuable.

The major benefit to the semester program for me was having consistent friends. Many people come and go from LTL, as it’s quite common for people to stay a few weeks at a time. When you are alone in China, being able to have people to rely on, people to grow with, and people to be joyful with is a fortunate experience. By the end of the semester you will have formed a bond with your teacher(s), your classmates, and if you’re lucky made lifelong friendships.

Alana With Friends

Alana With Friends

Outside of the classroom, the semester program is great if you are also new to China itself! Having never visited China – let alone Asia –  I found it a real struggle to assimilate into the culture, society, and day-to-day life of the Chinese people. Unusual circumstances, and problems are always bound to pop up in the chaotic city of Beijing (it’s what makes it so memorable). Sometimes things became too overwhelming, and I often wondered how I could keep going, but having the time and the support from the friends I made at LTL is what made my experiences all worthwhile.

– Alana

Vera Nedelhiuk Testimony for LTL
Vera Nedelhiuk

"The best thing about LTL school, in my opinion - is the informal atmosphere in class and school. The teachers really became my friends. I studied with Lucy and Felix and we would do things together outside of class which included ice skating."

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Vera Nedelhiuk Testimony for LTL
Vera Nedelhiuk

My name is Vera and I come from Russia. I attended LTL School for about four months and I studied the LTL Semester Program.

Alana and Vera Ice skating with Teacher Felix and Lucy

Alana and Vera Ice skating with Teacher Felix and Lucy

In such a short time my Chinese grew incredibly, beyond levels that I did not expect. When starting school at LTL I had zero knowledge of Chinese, and also with a very low level of English (although I knew that the classes be in English). This added to the challenge for me and I feel actually helped my Mandarin improve quicker because I did not have the temptation to speak in English, because I couldn’t. It was this and the situation in the school helped me even faster to speed up my training.

The best thing about LTL school, in my opinion – is the informal atmosphere in class and school. The teachers really became my friends. I studied with Lucy and Felix and we would do things together outside of class which included ice skating and going for dinner. My teachers and my classmates became real friends and made my time at LTL a pleasure.

Beijing Semester Students with their Teachers

Beijing Semester Students with their Teachers

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a complete beginner, is this OK?

Yes, most of our Semester program students are also beginners. We will find a class that fits your level.

Why can I progress quicker at LTL than at a university or college?

It is genuinely true by the way; you will progress faster here! Small class sizes are crucial to this. Imagine being in a class of 15 or 30, you can’t speak up. Your teacher cannot correct you. There is no personal focus. With us there is. You will form a close bond with your teacher(s) and they will get to know your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t underestimate those extra 5/10 minutes per class as well. 55 minutes compared to 45 minutes make a huge difference over a Semester.

How about the Social Life, is there much for me to do?

There certainly is. We are fully prepared every week. Our staff produce a list of weekly social activities which students can partake in at their own free will. These range from visits to our favourite restaurants and bars, to trips to museums, art districts and much more.

How about applying for the Visa?

Visit our Visa Application page for more information on this.

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