China: Mandarin Language Intensive (Summer Abroad)
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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (Summer Abroad)

Language in China has always been a dynamic and powerful force. As we enter a contemporary reality of emerging powers and dominant cultural influence, the voice of this great country speaks louder than ever before. Dragons’ Mandarin Language Intensive is designed to help students find their own voice, offering comprehensive instruction through formal language classes, home-stays and independent study projects (ISPs).

Chinese Language-Intensive summer program, we expertly combine in-depth and rigorous language study with out-of-the-classroom experiences. Our Mandarin-speaking instructors offer precise, relevant language guidance while also providing a vision that encompasses the broad scope of this course’s ultimate goals of cultural and personal discovery.

4 and 6 week options available.

We offer comprehensive, personal home visits so that we can answer your questions in person. One of our expert staff members will present on our program options and share stories from their own formative Where There Be Dragons program. To request a home visit in less than 2 minutes, fill out this form.

  • 3-4 hours of daily Mandarin instruction, occasional, rudimentary Tibetan and Cantonese, dependent upon itinerary.
  • 10-day homestay in Kunming, cultural center of Yunnan Province, 10-day village homestay in Lashihai with Naxi ethnic minority community.
  • Language and culture, ancient, imperial and modern history, political studies, development of market economy, gender and race studies.
  • Minority issues and status, socio-economic issues, health, land-use and environment, tourism, cultural survival.
  • Learning service in cooperation with a rural community. Approximately 10 hours of service credit earned.
Asia » China » Kunming
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2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
Host Family
Age Min.
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Price Details
The land cost for China: Mandarin Language Intensive is 7,350$ for 4 weeks, or 8,475$ for 6 weeks. Flight costs are estimated at $2,030. Need-based scholarships are available.

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Program Reviews (1)


China Language Immersion 4 week summer program


I spent an amazing month in China with the Dragons program. The highlights were two homestays - one in the city of Kunming and the other in a small village in South East China called Nan Yao. I spoke only one word of Chinese when I arrived ("Hello") and left with a growing vocabulary and a grasp of the basics of this complex language. More importantly, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in both city and rural culture.

The organization of the trip was superb. The 3 trip leaders were fun, creative, and had great in-country experience. They gave the group a great deal of independence while maintaining a high level of support and safety. Communication was excellent - Dragons kept our families well updated on how the group was doing, and the "Yak Board" communication site was excellent.

I would HIGHLY recommend WTBD as an organization that knows how to lead youth in international trips.

How can this program be improved?

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About The Provider


Dragons programs are authentic, rugged and profound learning adventures that expose the beautiful and complex realities of the countries in which we travel. Featuring extended itineraries, Dragons programs encourage deep immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel,