Hutong School

Hutong School

About

Join Hutong School to study, intern or volunteer in China. Founded in 2005 in the Hutongs of Beijing, Hutong School has over 10 years of teaching experience. We now have locations in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Chengdu. All our programs are focused on full immersion in the Chinese culture. We offer weekly activities for our students to experience the Chinese culture. Meet the Middle Kingdom firsthand while making friends from all over the world.

Founded
2005
Headquarters

Gongti Beilu
Chaoyang Qu
Beijing Shi, 100027
China

Reviews

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Wessel
9/10

I did my internship in Shanghai and had a really amazing experience! I made a lot of friends, and a lot of connections. I had a nice appartment, with nice flat mates.
I had a good internship with nice colleagues and a fun working environment.
I have seen a lot of China, and definitly want to see more of the country in the upcoming years.
During my internship I learned a lot about doing business in China, and also developed myself on a personal level while doing this internship.
When I was living in Shanghai I learned to take care of myself, and because I was living in a big city you need to adapt to the city life and don't get to involved with everything that is going on in the city.
I will definitly want to go back to China, and make use of the program that they offer!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just go with the flow! China is a country with many differences that you will going to love once you are there!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Clémence
10/10

I took part in a 6 months "Intensive Chinese Program" at the Hutong school because I really wanted to make a break between my Bachelor and my Master so I decided to face a new challenge and learn Mandarin. I had read that Hutong School was one of the best schools to learn Chinese properly and I can confirm that because the staff is super friendly and the teachers are used to teach international students. What I really appreciated is that they follow the program to teach Chinese (books, vocabulary lists) but they mix it with pleasure: Chinese music, listening to the radio, watching tips videos, etc. So you can find the best way for you to understand the new Chinese characters and to develop some debate about the topics you like. Moreover, I participated to a lot of activities that the school offers so I could practice my Chinese and meet new students (there are always new people arriving and others leaving). We went to KTV (this is actually the funniest activity of Shanghai) then we went to a Chinese restaurant to try Hotpot (typical food), then we visited some districts with the lights show and have some classes of calligraphy (traditional writing art). I think this is an all: learning the culture and immerse in the traditional way of living so you can understand better the language and share moments with locals. I would really recommend this school and this amazing city of Shanghai. If you need more information about my stay at the Hutong School or have some questions about the program I took part in or my experience, feel free to contact me!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I wanted to eat some unfamiliar food like insects so I went to the market with some chinese friends and we bought crickets and cow stomach but this wasn't that difficult for me to eat that as I love chinese food so much (bao zi, noodle, rice, meat, dragon fruit, etc.).
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hélène
10/10

I took part in the Hutong summer camp in June 2018. It was an amazing experience! We were a group of 5 (from different countries: US, Italy and France) with a Chinese guide 24/7 with us.

The school was located in a very modern building Sanlitun, one of the trendiest district of Beijing and our hotel was 5 minutes away.

Every morning we had 4 hours of chinese class, we were in a group of four with the same level. The teachers were really able to give us personal feedback. With 4 hours of class per day during 2 weeks my level of chinese improved significantly.

Then, every afternoon our guide took us around Bejing to visit the touristic sites such as the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall... and to discover chinese culture, we had the occasion to try calligraphy, chinese chess, KTV... We really felt like locals! My favorite experience was the tour of the Great Wall, our guide took us on a tour on the side of the easy one were every tourists walk, on a really steep path so we were completely alone and the view was amazing. We also ate chinese dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner, I admit we sometimes got tired of it and went to Pizza Hut or McDonald's. Our guide was very comprehensive and flexible, he brought us where we wanted to go (even if it wasn't in the program), for example we wanted to see the Olympic Park so he brought us during our free time.

I also spent a 3rd week with Hutong school in Shanghai (but not as part of the summer camp). Hutong school almost created a personal trip for us as they had to plan our different train journey and to help us go to the train station.

I would recommend this program to anyone who's interested by China, its language and its culture. It was my first time in China and it made me want to discover it more.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe leave a bit of freedom to wander around Sanlitun by ourselves during free time.
Yes, I recommend this program
Theresa
9/10

After college, I was looking to enhance my resume and continue my studies in Chinese. I found Hutong School. Their staff was very friendly and the teachers were pretty knowledgeable. If there was ever an issue, the staff would respond quickly and try to solve it. The internship was fun and I learned a lot about the different business cultures between the U.S. and China. Hutong School organized various events so that you can learn more about the culture and meet other people in the same program. Overall, I would recommend this program!

What would you improve about this program?
Better organization before the trip. Include housing arrangements, what to expect when coming to China: for example, VPN, phones, etc.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Keyi
10/10

It was such a nice experience in Shanghai, all the people there are very friendly and the food is absolutely amazing!! The accommodation was very comfortable as well and the classes are fun. It’s incredible i made such good friends within two weeks. I would everything about the trip was amazing apart from the last day- the day you say bye to all your friends. And I hope HuTong School will have winter camps as well.

What would you improve about this program?
May visit some more meaningful places
Yes, I recommend this program

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