Hutong School: Study Chinese in China

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Study Chinese in China with Hutong School and discover a fascinating culture whilst learning highly sought-after language skills! Join us in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou or Chengdu where you’ll take small group classes tailored to your level, aims and interest with our experienced native Chinese teachers. Whether you’re just starting out or already know some Chinese, our quality teaching, personalised study plan and free tutorial sessions will help propel you to the next level.

Our fully supported program offers you the chance to immerse yourself in Chinese language and culture whilst making friends and connections from around the world. Alongside your classes, you’ll get to join various cultural activities, ranging from calligraphy and cooking classes to trips to major attractions to help enrich your experience and broaden your knowledge of China. When you’re not busy studying, you’ll be out exploring your host city with new friends and classmates.

  • Chinese classes suited to your needs
  • Start at the beginning of any month
  • Learn from outstanding teachers
  • Take group or private lessons
  • Take part in additional cultural activities

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based on 57 reviews
  • Academics 8.7
  • Support 8.9
  • Fun 8.1
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 9.2
  • Program Selection 10
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 10
  • Value 10
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Hutong School is awesome

It was already a great start when Evan from HS picked us up at the airport and took us around Shanghai the whole day. It's good to know that you can count on somebody like him, no matter what problem you have.

The apartments are great, you have everything you need, social contacts as well because of the shared apartments. It's great to live together with the other HS students and share experiences.

During classes you get a lot of attention from the teacher because of the small amount of students in each group. They really train you well by giving you homework daily and doing some tests now and then.
Also pronunciation is a main point we practiced very good and delivered great results.

In HS there's the awesome opportunity to take part of some activities like chinese painting, calligraphy, cooking, ... that are most of the time for free, that's great! Also the weekend trips are well prepared and the price for that is fare for what you get (great guide included!).

In general my experience was more than awesome. HS is a great language school where people from all over the world meet and have a great time together.
There's a wonderful mood that's hanging around this school.

Thanks a lot!!

How can this program be improved?
I seriously can't say anything...
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hutong School - Study Chinese in Beijing

From the start till the end they will help you if you have any problems or questions. If you want to visit something after you courses and you don't know how to get there or you just don't know what to visit, just ask them and they will explain you the way and give you more information about the do's and don'ts.

Studying at Hutong School is more than learning Chinese. It's an opportunity to make friends and travelling partners. When I was there last summer, I made amazing friends! It's more pleasant to travel around in Beijing in group.

If I had the chance to go back, I won't hesitate a minute!

How can this program be improved?
I was a bit disappointed with the cooking classes. I expected more interaction. But it was still interesting.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Great experience

Hutong School is a great experience for foreigners who are looking for a foothold in China. They take care of you from the start, picking you up from the airport, giving you quick tour, and setting you up with a cell phone and metro pass. These kinds of things are very valuable for helping you get over the culture shock you'll inevitably experience when arriving in China.

Classes are small and teachers are dedicated to helping you learn as much as possible. Office staff is very friendly and accommodating to all requests.

Hutong School might be a little bit expensive compared to other options, but I felt it was money well-spent. I wish I could have stayed longer!

How can this program be improved?
When I signed up, I thought my classes would be taught in the courtyard classrooms advertised on the website. Upon arrival, I found out my classes were in a modern office tower in the CBD. The new facilities were fine, but not what I expected. This should be better represented on the website.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hutong School Beijing

Actually i was not satisfied at all with the "service" and the "housing". It took weeks to get what i asked for. The service personal was absolutly overburdened and our apartment was a disaster. I think if you go there in off-season (not between June and Oktober) it could be quite nice.

No, I don't recommend this program
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The better school ever in beijing

I wanted first to stay 1 month and once I was there, I decided to stay more! The staff always help you : I broke my computer the first day i arrived and they brought me to the store to fix it.
There are only 2 to 6 students in each class, the teachers are really good, they always encourage you to talk so you can learn very fast! It's surprising!
The staff arrange your schedulde in the way you need and it's always possible to change your class or to switch to private lessons.
And you can meet a lot of people from everywhere thanks to the welcome party, and all the activities they organise each month.
So welcome to hutong school, you will really enjoy to learn chinese in their way!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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A year long stay at Hutong School

I've studied at Hutong School twice. Once for three months and once for a year. And I think that tells enough.. The first time was a great experience, but way too short, so I came back. The staff is great, helpful and nice to everybody. It's really convenient that HS offers apartments, so you don't have to worry about paying your electric bill of your internetconnection. I mean, that's already a hassle in your own country, let alone in China! Believe me, everybody is scared or nervous when they arrive at BJ airport for the first time. So it's really good that a HS employee is there to pick you up and show you around. The welcome parties are great to meet new people and of course your first friends are your classmates. You see them every day in class but most likely also fo lunch and dinner (going to a restaurant is so cheap that you can do that twice every day!) and for partying afterwards.
What I also really like about the school is their flexibility. My workinghours changed a lot but we could always figure out a way so that I could continue my clases. My time in BJ has been the best time of my life so far! If you wanna talk to me about the school of my experiences, send me a message on facebook. Wieteke Erkens

Yes, I recommend this program
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fantastic ! that's all I can told you !

ambiance super sympa, cours très très adaptés, pas de fausse note: tout le monde nous encourage et j'encourage tout le monde à venoir étudier "à la Hutong"! merci à tout le staff !

Yes, I recommend this program
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Fun, challenging & useful

Had - after many foreign study and work experiences abroad (Spain, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Sweden, Germany) - again the time of my life. Great time off from work and even better preparation for my new job, Sales & Marketing Manager China (& India) for a huge German industrial firm. You dive into the depths of Chinese culture, get taught Chinese language and thinking from scratch by knowledgeable, friendly teachers and have the opportunity to participate in interesting and fun excursions. Available housing is between perfectly fine and fantastic. And honestly after many business trips through China, Beijing is the place to be to experience China.
I've been recommending HTS to anybody who wanted to hear me and so I will in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Great way to start your China experience

I had a great experience at Hutong School. The school building is beautifully located in what's left of the old part of Beijing. I did the Intensive for about 8 weeks. The teachers were very dedicated and the study schedule pretty intense (after all it was an intensive course, no?)but we covered more than 5 semesters of University Chinese in that short time, amazing but 25 caracters a day is possible!...The staff was very supportive in all situations, at school, housing, visa, they even sorted out my personal travel plans to Corea. Nice and fun activities in the evenings or on the weekend. Good vibes ;-). Great way to start your China experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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A great way to learn Chinese

The teachers were lovely. The program attacked reading and speaking simultaneously and gave you a rounded experience and understanding. The intensive Chinese program is a great way to learn Chinese and get an understanding of the fundamental structure of the language. After about 2 months I was thinking Chinese!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Study Chinese the Right Way!

Set in a beautiful, traditional courtyard, the Hutong School is a great program to completely immerse yourself in not only the studying of the language, but of the Chinese culture as well. With group trips, daily outings, and helpful teachers, the Hutong School makes sure that each student has a truly unique experience. They provide small class sizes which provides for more interaction with your teacher, allowing you to really understand what you are learning. There are a variety of courses ranging from beginning to intensive, also with a business focus. Not only does every teacher have excellent academic backgrounds, but they are extremely welcoming and will help with any questions you may have as you come to live and learn about China.

Yes, I recommend this program
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good choice

Hutong school is a good choice; the teachers are nice and strict, the groups a really international (my class was dutch/french/portugese/american!) The staff is very supportive and the Gulou branch has a lot of charm, while the sanlitun branch is located extremely convenient..

The best choice for a crash course Mandarin!

Yes, I recommend this program


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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...