Learn Chinese at LTL Mandarin School
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(41 Reviews)

Learn Chinese at LTL Mandarin School

Study Chinese on the Great Wall - Brand New for 2018

It's as crazy as it sounds. Imagine combining first class Chinese lessons with the country's most famous landmark. Well with LTL you can! Brand new for 2018, all food and accommodation are included alongside your classes. Study Chinese between one and six weeks for a once in a lifetime experience.

LTL Mandarin School is the place to be for students who wish to get their Mandarin ahead fast. Our comprehensive Chinese programs allow students to tailor the perfect program. You can study at LTL from anything between two weeks and a year. Options include studying in Beijing, Shanghai and even little known Chengde where you will not see a foreigner or speak a word of English. This is the jewel in the LTL crown and the reason so many students have achieved such brilliant results with LTL.

Options include 1-on-1 or group classes, to maximize each students desired exposure to the language and preference of the teaching style. Internship and volunteer options are also available. Accommodation is also encouraged with carefully selected Chinese host-families to maximize each participants personal exposure to the language and culture. For all of the details on the available options, please consult the LTL website!

  • Experience Full Immersion
  • The best Chinese teachers in China
  • Meet friends from around the globe
  • Choose from 3 brilliantly diverse locations
  • Speak Mandarin 24/7 with your Chinese host family
Program Type
Subject Areas
Cultural Studies
Global Studies
Academic Year
Short Term
Host Family
Online Application
Visa Requirement
Starting Price
Price Details
The price quotes a 2 week small group class at either our Beijing or Shanghai centre (exchange rate will fluctuate slightly up or down). This does not include accommodation. You can study up to 1 year with LTL Mandarin School and enhance your experience at a Homestay or by living in Chengde. Please visit our website or contact us for more pricing options.
Other Locations
Beijing, Shanghai, Chengde

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Program Reviews

based on 41 reviews
  • Academics 9.7
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.6
  • Growth 9.5
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
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好好学习 - Great school, great country, fantastic experience

Despite having studied Mandarin at University for 2 years, nothing can quite prepare you for actually turning up in China - but that is part of the experience! Everyday brings something new.

LTL provided tremendous support throughout my time in China, and I never felt uncomfortable. The social nights were generally well organised, and you are never short of opportunities to meet new people, whether that be at school dinner, or in Sanlitun (Smugglers in particular).
The school also seems to have a knack for selecting fantastic teachers - all 4 of my teachers (2 in Beijing, 2 in Chengde) were incredibly patient with me, particularly when my brain refused to function properly (which happened rather often!). They were more than happy to go out of their way to ensure I was learning in the best way I could. It is testament to their teaching ability (and a willingness on my part to converse with locals) that I went from being unable to ask for a map at my hotel on my first day in China, to holding a 4-hour conversation with some Chinese people (a train conductor included) on the train from Chengde to Beijing on my last day.

For all students coming to LTL, you'll likely experience life in Beijing. It can be easy sometimes to get lost in the pollution (which wasn't at all that bad during my 6 weeks in the city), the traffic, and the constant honking, but taking a step back reveals so much more to the city - a thriving culture, and so many things to see that you'll never be short of options.

For those opting to do the full immersion in Chengde (and I would urge you to do so), you'll be greeted by a quaint city (by China's standards), surrounded by some incredible scenery and mountains, providing something a little different from the constant hustle and bustle of the capital. It was in Chengde that I really found my Chinese progressed, with far more opportunities to converse with the locals (who were often much easier to understand than those in Beijing) - one example was when I ended up having lunch for over an hour with 4 older Chinese men who offered me their food and Baijiu (the main Chinese spirit), even though I had originally turned up at the restaurant to order a takeaway of dumplings!
The surrounding areas of Chengde are truly stunning, with some very interesting and unusual temples, while the Mountain Resort was a fantastic place to go for a leisurely hike on a nice day.

In both Beijing and Chengde, I opted for the homestay option of living with a local family, and their kindness, the food and a willingness to converse with me really helped me settle into both cities. I truly felt like part of the family by the end of my stays with them. This is definitely the best option if you want to really progress your Chinese.

Overall, I had a fantastic experience in China, and it was with a heavy heart that I had to leave at the end of my 3-month stay. Huge thanks go to the people behind LTL, and also to the countless people I met along the way. I left China with some great memories that I hope to add to in the future.

Go there with an adventurous and open mind, and I promise you you'll have one of the best times of your life. 我想念你中国!

Yes, I recommend
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Megan's Review

LTL was an overall enjoyable experience. The classes are well structured and the learning environment is easy-going. The staff is quite attentive to the needs of the students, and accommodations were not too bad. It is a tad bit difficult to maneuver through Beijing, but LTL itself plans well organized events and such. An independent personality is definitely required for this experience if you enjoy going out at night, but beyond that I felt well taken care of. The social and educational aspect of LTL is well balanced.

How can this program be improved?
Warning us about the nature of public transportation in Beijing and perhaps making sure we have all made it home safely at night? I know a lot of students, and myself, sometimes had trouble getting home if we were out past midnight -- which honestly, surprised me for a city this big.
Yes, I recommend
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Hao Hao Xuexi

I came to LTL knowing literally two words, and 4 weeks later I can (sort of) hold a conversation with locals about specific conversation topics! The classes are great fun and the teachers are very creative with their teaching methods. I feel like I have been supported all the way through my learning period and the support staff and student advisors have been very flexible and helpful for the entirety of my stay in Beijing.
In terms of the social scene, most students are between 18 and 25, so there are many many opportunities to party, which has been great for me to relive my student life... I stayed in a shared apartment which was very safe, but my friends in the homestays have been very positive about their experiences there also.
Cannot recommend LTL enough - I'm leaving next week and I don't want to go!

How can this program be improved?
The accommodation is far from luxurious but it hasn't really affected my stay at all. Had to clean my flat when I moved in but I didn't mind!
Yes, I recommend
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Four great months

I spent four months studying at LTL and enjoyed them tremendously. My teacher was fun, experienced and very very patient. I enjoyed every single class.
The support and social program at the school is very good, as was my host family, particularly the food.

Yes, I recommend
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Chinese immersion

I was looking for a program that could help me to quickly improve my almost non existant spoken Chinese skills and based on a friend's recommendation chose LTL.

I studied 1-on-1 classes and I found the course was outstandingly well taught. My teacher was well prepared, professional, and very experienced with hopelessly tonedeaf students like me. I found the quality of classes at LTL significantly better than what I had experienced previously at the Confucius Instiute at my university

Living with a Chinese family was what helped me to finally overcome my "fear or speaking Chinese". They were very patient, but insisted on me using my - very limited at the beginning - Mandarin skills to get through daily life, which was a challenge at the beginning, but in the end this was what built up my confidence and got me to start speaking Mandarin in day to day situations. The food was great and the apartment very nice. I had a private, spacious bedroom, with my own en-suite bathroom. It took me about 30 minutes to get to the school by subway.

Studying at 1-on-1 program I was a bit concerned that I would struggle to make friends at the school. This however turned out not to be a problem at all. All students eat lunch together on the balcony and there are a lot of school activities, dinners, trips etc. and it is very easy to make friends.

Yes, I recommend
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I planned my trip to China for almost a year and was quite nervous, as I had never been to Asia before. LTL helped me to not only organize my stay and course here, but to see a side of China I would have not seen otherwise. The family to live with they had organized for me was lovely, the course a lot of fun, and the support from the LTL team amazing.
I spoke to about a dozen Chinese schools before signing up at LTL and it was the right choice for me.

Yes, I recommend
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Great organization, good teachers, nice school

Currently doing a four week summer program at LTL and it has surpassed my epxectations in pretty much every area. It was my first trip to China and I was very impressed by the organization of the school, the airport pick-up, accommodation, class organization all worked out very well - not necessarily what I would have expected in China.
The atmosphere at the school is very supportive and the staff approachable and helpful. The teachers are great and I have very much enjoyed my time here. Would like to stay longer if it was possible.

How can this program be improved?
More information about homestays on the website. I thought it was not possible to live with a Chinese homestay for beginners so I took the shared apartment option. At the school then I realized that all my other classmates live with homestays and it helped them a lot with their Chinese. If I had been aware that a beginner could do a homestay too, I would not have chosen the shared apartment option.
Yes, I recommend
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the highlight of my stay with LTL was definitely my teacher. Having studied Chinese during school for 8 years my situation was quite different to most other students learning Mandarin in Beijing, who tend to be at beginner level. I was looking for a school with teachers that could teach an advanced course and customize it to my situation. I narrowed it down to three candidates and picked LTL mainly because they seemed to be the most responsive when I sent emails and appeared professional in their communication.
For me it was a good choice. My teacher was experienced, patient, always on time, and helped me to progress a lot more than I had expected. Classes were fun and I found the atmosphere in Beijing were good for learning Mandarin up to the level that I wanted (business).
The accommodation was clean and I found quite good value for the price, my visa extension organized without problems, and it was an overall very enjoyable experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Loved LTL

Great school. It was my first trip to China and I was quite nervous about it, but LTL was incredibly supportive, especially when I had visa troubles.
Once in China it was a fantastic experience. I did the 8 weeks Two City Combo and would recommend that program to anyone who wants to see two very different cities in China. Be ready for Chengde being indeed very different to what you are used to from back home, so I am not sure if this program is for everybody.
My homestay family was amazing, the staff at LTL very friendly, and the student community a lot of fun. I met people from at least a dozen countries there, we went out together on weekends and had a lot of fun in Beijing.
I recommend a trip to China with LTL to anyone who is up for an adventure.

Yes, I recommend
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Good Teaching

The student community is very international and I made a lot of friends from a lot of different countries. The school felt a bit like a home away from home and the staff were very helpful.
The classes were very well taught and I learned a lot more there than I had at university before, especially for spoken Chinese.

Yes, I recommend
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very strong teaching program

I found LTL's teachers highly qualified, professional, and motivated. The teaching quality there has surpassed my expectations in almost every aspect and was much better than what I was used to from university back home.

Yes, I recommend
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Miss studying

An awesome school to study at, an awesome language to learn and an awesome city to live in.
Miss LTL, studying Chinese and Beijing so much. Hope to be back soon.

Yes, I recommend
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Nine months

I spent a year (September to July) with LTL in Beijing after I hadgraduated from highschool, first studying Chinese and then doing a course in Traditional Chinese Medicine (at a Chinese hospital which the school had organized for you).
It was an amazing experience. I studied Chinese for the first nine months first and then did the whole Chinese medicine course in mandarin, which was a challenge at the beginning but by the end of it worked very well, as I was forced to speak Chinese only with patients and teachers.
The language course at LTL was very good, and I do not think I would have been able to do the TCM course in Chinese without my teachers there. The classes were well taught, a lot of fun, and I liked the curriculum used.
I lived for the first five months with a Chinese homestay and then in a shared apartment, both from the school and both very good. I found living with a Chinese family at the beginning very helpful for my Chinese, but after five months I did need a bit more privacy, something a lot of my classmates felt.
LTL is a very nice and supportive place, and I made friends with a lot of students and staff over time there. Accommodation, courses, visas etc. were handled in a very professional way and I found them very reliable. I am very happy I chose Beijing and LTL for my year in China and will be back next year (I start to forget Chinese vocab already...).

How can this program be improved?
For long term students, I recommend homestay for the first few months, but then move into a shared apartment. It is important to talk about this with the school when making the booking.
Yes, I recommend
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I love Beijing

To me Beijing is the best city in the world. It is so vibrant, exciting and full of life I wish I could stay here longer.
I think the support of the school had a lot to do with me enjoying my stay here. Whenever I have a question, there is someone to help me, my guest family is very helpful and friendly and the whole school has a very relaxed atmosphere.
Needless to say, I made a lot of friends at the school. I especially like the fact that it is so international. I have never met so many people from so many different places before.

Yes, I recommend
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Two City Combo

I felt LTL was well managed and run, with a very motivated team that clearly cares about helping their students during their stay in China. The courses follow a clear curriculum, classes start on time and they are very upfront with what is part of a program - and also what not.
After a week in Beijing, I got sick with pretty high fever - quite a scary experience. After calling the school, the owner was at my apartment within half an hour, took me to an international hospital and stayed with me there for half the night. Antibiotics straightened the infection out pretty quickly in the next few days, but that day when I first got sick I do not know what I would have done without them. I feel very appreciative of the help I was given that day, where I am from I do not think a lot of schools would send someone to bring you to hospital on a Sunday night.
The Course
I studied first in Beijing and then in a smaller city in the mountains North of Beijing, called Chengde. I took individual classes in both places as I am a bit of a slow learner and like to be able to study at my own pace. The teachers I had were very professional and supportive of me struggling with some aspects of the language at the beginning. I found the course structure very good, first studying in Beijing to settle into China before then going to the wild China where I was the only foreigner in the whole city I think. It helped me overcome my fear of speaking very quickly.
Social Life
I was a bit worried about not making any friends as I was taking classes alone, but at the school most students have lunch together so I very quickly met a lot of people. The school also organized dinners, welcome breakfast, so taking classes alone turned out not to be a problem at all.
I would definitely do the course again.

Yes, I recommend

About Live the Language

Live the Language (LTL) Mandarin School offers the chance for students around the world to study Chinese culture and Mandarin Chinese language in one comprehensive program. During their time in China with LTL at one of the three locations (Beijing,...