China Study Abroad Language Programs

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We maintain that for anyone to understand China, you need to have at least a basic foundation of the language. It doesn't matter if fluency is your goal, or you're just looking for a fun trip abroad, having an understanding of the language is hugely valuable for learning about the culture and experiencing what China is all about.

We offer short and long term university language programs in cities all over China. From mega-cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Chongqing to scenic Kunming or tropical Hainan island, we'll help you arrange your program and can sort out all the basics for you - visa help, choice of housing, airport pickups and 24/7 support. We also give you plenty of other customizable options to enhance your experince in China. After all, it isn't only about learning the language so jump in by adding options to travel, intern, volunteer or job hunt.

By having every option customizable, we are able to keep your costs down by only providing you with the services you need.

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based on 35 reviews
  • Academics 8.7
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 8.6
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
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Q
10/10

Awesome program!

The team is great and the level of support given is amazing! My stay in Beijing could not have been any better. The teaching facility is great and I would recommend signing up for a tutoring session, it definitely speeds up learning the language. I would definitely return anytime!

How can this program be improved?
More get-together and variety of programs!
Yes, I recommend
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Solumto
10/10

Best Summer Ever!

Not gonna lie, I was kind of nervous about going to a whole new continent where I wasn't even fluent with the language. I didn't know what people were going to be like and had expected that the program would walk me through in the first days then leave me on my own but it was nothing like that.

You become good friends with the CSA staff and even party with them on occasion. Everyone knows that experiencing a new culture is even better when you have a good group around you. Whenever you need anything, the CSA staff are just a phone call or a text away. (you get a free cellphone on your first day by the way)

The activities they set up for you to do are amazing. You get to go bungee jumping, zip lining, sleep on the Great wall, try out so much new food and so much more. They are young so they definitely know the type of things that students would be interested in. This summer was exciting and full of new experiences for me.

I am thinking about coming back to China next summer for an internship program and if I did, I would definitely do it with China Study Abroad.

Yes, I recommend
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Meredith
9/10

Summer in Beijing with CSA

I had an amazing time in Beijing, and CSA was a huge part of that. I went to China with no Mandarin experience at all, and CSA made the experience much easier (pricier, too, but it was worth it). They set up my BLCU enrollment, my taxi from the airport, and most of the sight-seeing trips I went on.

CSA also set up my housing. I chose to stay with a family in Beijing. I think that living with a family helped me learn Chinese faster and forced me to practice it more. The family CSA put me with was really supportive of my studies and lenient about when I got back at night.

That's another thing I'm grateful to CSA for--they set me up with a great group of friends from all around the world. I had people to hang out with from day one, and the social scene in Beijing is totally awesome. The staff members themselves are young, and they are extremely approachable and helpful.

I was in the beginner class at BLCU, and there were about 25 people. As others have said, all of the grammar and vocabulary we learned was useful in everyday life in Beijing. Based on my experience and the experience of some of my friends at BMA, I think that BLCU is more intense. I strongly recommend the CSA tutoring program.

The only major downside of staying with a family was that I lived farther from the university. I had to leave about 40 minutes for commute to class because I took the subway; however, it would have been only 10 minutes by bike. You should get a bike, and you should get it quickly.

Don't freak out too much about getting sick because you'll be fine. Convince yourself to be adventurous about the food!

I would strongly recommend this program to anybody who wants to learn Chinese. I think that immersion is the way to go, and I think that CSA is the group to go with for a fun, convenient, and interesting experience. I had a great summer. But ultimately, like anything, it's what you make of it.

How can this program be improved?
I have no complaints at all about the CSA staff. They were always friendly, even when I was annoying with all my questions. I hope they find a permanent office soon, though!
Yes, I recommend
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Hisham
9/10

My Summer in Beijing

My summer in China was a very enjoyable experience, and was made better through the help given by the CSA staff, and my own teachers at BLCU. I have made many lasting friendships here, and we have visited the spectacular sights of Beijing together, and have always felt very safe here. BLCU itself is a great place to learn the Chinese language and the best part was that we were taught Chinese language that could be applied in our daily lives here, and were not taught irrelevant things. It was extremely beneficial living in Beijing while learning Chinese because that way, our learning of the Chinese language did not end at 'xiake' (when class ended) ! Overall, it was a very enjoyable and wothwhile experience here with CSA and BLCU, and i would definitely recommend it to my friends back in Pakistan.

Yes, I recommend
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Shobes
9/10

Brilliant Experience

I had a brilliant month in Beijing thanks to CSA. The team went out of their way to make sure we settled in well and made the most of our time there. It was the perfect mix of learning Mandarin, immersing ourselves in Chinese culture and partying! I can't wait to go back.

Yes, I recommend
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ShamrockLass
9/10

Amazing experience

I wanted to come to Beijing to study Mandarin but had no idea how to go about finding good schools or what part of the city I should be living in. I found China Study Abroad on the Internet and it was a great help. The staff helped me to register with BLCU, obtain my student visa and also picked me up from the airport and dropped me straight to my apartment which they had organised. On the same day of arrival they gave me a tour of the local area and introduced me to people in a similar situation to me, just arrived in China and didn't know a single person! They made it very easy to make friends as they were always organising social events as well as being at the end of the phone to help with any problem that came up. They office was also a great place to meet with tutors as well as other students.

The course in BLCU was challenging and I learned a lot very quickly. The teachers were very helpful and patient when you just didn't get it. After one semester i was able to converse with the locals, read menus and even seriously bargain in the markets! I didn't do the intensive course which meant I had every afternoon to explore the city and get to know my surroundings. It's was an amazing experience and I can't wait to start my next semester.

Yes, I recommend
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allyrose
8/10

Challenging and Fun Language Learning Program

Classes were challenging, but I learned an immense amount in a very short span of time. The teachers were knowledgeable and kept class interesting. They did teach in Chinese the entire time, almost never speaking in English which is among the best ways to learn a language. The program staff for CSA was always available when I needed help. They also had great suggestions for places to see or for good food. I felt safe the entire time I was there. Even when I decided to adventure out on my own into the downtown area and became lost,the CSA staff helped me out. I recommend the program and the CSA group. I plan on going back to China to learn Chinese and use CSA to coordinate my trip.

Yes, I recommend
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Jason
9/10

CSA Beijing at BLCU

My CSA experience in Beijing was absolutely fantastic.

The CSA staff arranged for me to live with a Chinese host family. This was perhaps one of the best experiences as got to see how local people lived, and I got to practice my Chinese everyday. Apart form that, CSA arranged everything ranging from helping get settled in and set up with a local phone etc, to excursions and activities for me and my fellow students.

This was great because it left nothing to worry about except just enjoying my time in Beijing.

The language program at BLCU was challenging but very manageable. It was incredible to see how much my Mandarin improved in the one month I studied at BLCU.

Overall the program was perhaps one of the best months of my life to date! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Mandarin, see Beijing, and have a great time.

Yes, I recommend
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Filipa
9/10

Great support and friends

I really enjoyed my time in BLCU and with China Study Abroad. I found the progamme by accident while I was searching courses in intensive mandarin on the internet and I'm quite glad I did!
I chose China Study Abroad because they took care of everything, from enrollment to housing to fun activities. Their support was great, especially when my wallet was stolen and if I was to return I think I would most likely choose China Study Abroad again. They're a cool bunch and the activities they plan are fun and cultural at the same time.

Yes, I recommend
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annie1212
10/10

BMA-the best choice for part time students

I was presented with an internship opportunity here in Beijing following my university graduation, which as a Chinese major, was perfect for me. This was my opportunity to put my 3 years of learning to good use and practice, so to make my experience more worthwhile, I wanted to take extra Mandarin classes outside of my working hours.

I started searching for language learning options online prior to my departure, but all I could find were textbook curriculum based programs offered by universities – a lot like what I’ve gone through at my home university already. My internship was at an international company where the lingua franca was English; the last thing I wanted in addition was to study at a university in a class full of English speaking students. Where’s the advantage of being present in China if my work and study environment remains the same?

Then I came across CSA, a study abroad company in China who after consultation recommended BMA (Beijing Mandarin Academy) for me, a private language institute that offers practical, conversational lessons in smaller classes with flexible class hours ranging from mornings to evenings. It was everything I needed; I couldn’t study during the usual class hours, I didn’t need to learn the order of strokes of characters or memorize long lists of vocabulary, I wasn’t looking for homework and exams and I didn’t require a certificate upon completion of the course. All I was looking for was to polish on my under-utilized Mandarin skills and familiarize myself with the local usage of the language; and I was able to do just this at BMA, by participating in interactive, practical lessons with professional and experienced instructors. The best thing was that it was all at my own discretion.

The classes are small which means that the teachers are able to establish a closer rapport with the students paying more attention to each individual. I had at maximum 6 people in my class and on some days as little as 2 including myself – on days like this I almost felt like I was getting my own private lesson. The majority of the students at the school were non-English speakers; in my class there were Korean, Indonesian and Hungarian students and one American student, so nobody used English and all discussions were carried out in Mandarin, helping each other out if somebody got stuck on a word or a phrase. BMA has really creates an environment where you have to force yourself to learn and speak the language, all the while having fun doing it without any pressure or stress. I always came out of my classes having learnt something new and feeling good about the progress I had made. It was the perfect way to end my day after work.

I can feel that I have improved rapidly since coming to China and attending these lessons, and I’m not the only one to have noticed it. My Chinese colleagues at work tell me that I sound much more confident and professional with my Chinese now than when I first came. CSA was right in recommending BMA to me and I’m absolutely glad I took their advice, now I give the same advice to people around me who wish to learn Mandarin in China. As long as you’re not looking for a certification or a credit transfer to your home university, I strongly recommend BMA or other private language institutes; they offer a much more worthwhile and effective way to learn the language.

Yes, I recommend
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Rosa
10/10

Beijing in a nutshell

From start to finish it was such an amazing experience. Due to the extreme wind turbulence my flight was delayed by a couple of hours and I was scared that there'd be no one to greet me. Wrong, a CSA staff was waiting there! With the orientation, getting started and registered on the course, the staff was there to help me every step of the way. With awesome activities planned by CSA, there was never a dull moment. If you go to Beijing, you have to go on the Great Wall camping trip. It's one of the best trips I'd done and I like to think I've done quite a few. Going to a deserted section of the wall, hiking up vertically, camping in a guards' tower... It was an incredible experience. All in all, I'd do it again and again!

Yes, I recommend
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Ana
10/10

The best experience I have had in many years

Going to China was a hard decision, but going with CSA made it easy and fun. I had a really good time and did not have any problems. The CSA staff help me solve all my problems

Yes, I recommend
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Domenik<3
10/10

CSA BMA Trip = Awesome

I went on a 10 week trip to China in January of 2011 with CSA and it was awesome... So awesome, in fact, that I went ahead and stayed for a year. There were super awesome and their help was great and they were flexible with their plans and schedules and let change stuff around quite a bit. They even let me overstay for a week or so. The apartment I stayed in was really good too and way exceeded my expectations by like 100 times. Also my roommate (Jessica, who also happens to be member of the staff) was super cool and accommodating. I'll admit I was skeptical at first, but once I got there it was better than I ever could have imagined. Also BeiJing and China in general was super amazing and the trips to the Great Wall and stuff were awesome. I would totally without a doubt do it again.

Domenik<3

Yes, I recommend
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ikeaunited
9/10

BLCU and China Study Abroad "Outstanding"!

BLCU is a great university. Has a lovely campus, a great international student base and most of all, has excellent Chinese teachers! I did a semester at BLCU and I found that the teachers made a massive impact on my learning; being able to fully understand what my teacher was telling me and finding the classes interesting and getting to grips with the chinese language, helped me progress faster. The teachers are very helpful, and are very good at setting homework so I am always studying hard! My class mates were great as well. Most of my class mates couldn't speak english very well, so we would spend the breaks and off campus talking in Chinese! Another way I felt helped me progress more. BLCU is a great way to meet loads of students from many different nationalities, you will be amazed what you learn from being away from home!

The China Study Abroad staff are friendly, helpful and are always there to help if you have any problems! They picked me up from the airport and showed me around Beijing so I got to know the area. They helped sort out my visa and registration with BLCU so was very convenient for me to have someone being able to help me for a first timer to China! I also had a CSA network of friends out side of BLCU which was nice to go around places with CSA students that already knew Beijing very well. CSA also organise trips to the Great Wall, Forbidden City and more which were all once in a lifetime opportunities to visit these amazing place!

I would definitely recommend China Study Abroad and the BLCU program.

Yes, I recommend
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Bjorn
10/10

Chinese in 4 weeks!

Chinese in 4 weeks!
Had a truly awesome time at the CSA Beijing, where I did a 4 week Chinese course.
Despite the fact that 4 weeks really is a short time, I accomplished to reach a level of 5-6 month students with the from the best tutors in the world from CSA and classes that could challenge my level daily.
In the weekends and also during some week days, many social events where up for the taking and many good friends were quickly made.
Overall, an experience I'll never forget!

Yes, I recommend

About China Study Abroad (CSA)

China Study Abroad is a comprehensive, affordable, service-oriented company offering language programs, higher education, and enriching opportunities in China. We pride ourselves on keeping our costs down in order to keep studying abroad in China...