Learn Chinese at LTL Mandarin School in Beijing, Shanghai & Taiwan

Video and Photos

A Birthday at LTL
A Birthday at LTL
LTL Activities
LTL Activities
LTL Friendship
LTL Friendship
Roast Duck with classmates and teacher
Roast Duck with classmates and teacher
Our group class
Our group class
Roast Duck in Beijing with classmates and teacher
Roast Duck in Beijing with classmates and teacher
Summer Camp Students at LTL
Summer Camp Students at LTL
Enjoying Homestay Dinner in China
Enjoying Homestay Dinner in China

About

LTL Mandarin School is a perfect fit for students who looking to improve their Mandarin quickly! Our comprehensive Chinese programs allow students to create the perfect program. You can study at LTL from as little as two weeks and up to a full year. Choose between studying in Beijing, Shanghai and even lesser-known Chengde, where you won't see a foreigner or speak a word of English. This is the jewel in the LTL crown and the reason so many students have seen 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!

Highlights
  • Experience Full Immersion into Mandarin Language.
  • Learn from the best Chinese teachers in China.
  • Meet and make new friends from around the globe.
  • Choose from 3 brilliantly diverse locations.
  • Speak Mandarin 24/7 with your Chinese host family.

Brand New School in Taiwan - Study Chinese with LTL in Taipei!

We are delighted to announce the opening of our new school in Taiwan! Taipei is a city our students love, we've listened to their feedback and made their dreams come true. Delicious food, laidback lifestyle, spend your weekends on the beach, all while learning Chinese in Taipei. LTL students can now experience something completely different, or even combine their Taiwan adventure with a trip to mainland China!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 45 reviews
  • Academics 9.7
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.6
  • Growth 9.5
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
  • Instruction 9
  • Support 9
  • Fun 8
  • Housing 5
  • Value 9
Showing 31 - 45 of 45
Default avatar
Anatalia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

Default avatar
Kallle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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...).

What would you improve about this program?
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.
Default avatar
French_mushroom
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

Default avatar
Bjoern
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Two City Combo

School:
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.
Support:
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.

Default avatar
jv1981
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved it

Spent a truly amazing two months with LTL. I would recommend them for anyone who wants to seriously improve their Chinese.
China is not easy at the beginning and I know I would have not enjoyed it as much without the great support from them.

Default avatar
Stiebke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

four weeks in China

I studied three weeks in Beijing and one week in Chengde with LTL this summer, staying with a homestay family in both places.
The school is great and the combination of the two cities was a great way to see two very different parts of China. My last week in Chengde was the most intense language wise but also where I progressed the most.
Teachers and homestays great, service fantastic, I had a great time. I would strongly recommend LTL for anyone who wants to seriously study Chinese.

What would you improve about this program?
to organize payment was time consuming
Default avatar
Meg
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Holiday

I loved Beijing and LTL. The school is very nice and has a great student community. It was a lot of fun and Beijing is an amazing city. Go to China guys!

Default avatar
Darky
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good teachers

I studied five months individual classes with LTL in 2011, four hours a day.
When I got to Beijing, I did not know a word of Chinese. When I left talking was not really a problem anymore. I came to China with the aim to learn some basics, as I have never been good in learning languages. Today I can write emails in Chinese (with not too many mistakes) to our business partners in Shanghai, have no problems chatting to people in Chinese (for most topics at least) and my progress has by far surpassed what I had expected.
I think that had a lot to do with the school and especially my teacher. Four hours a day is pretty intensive but she made it fun and obviously loved her job.
Living with a family who did not speak any English (like really none at all!) was tough for the first few days, but in the end I think helped me a lot with the language. They were great people also.
Organization wise LTL are excellent, I found them very trustworthy and nice to deal with and overall am very happy.
Will be back if I manage to get the time off again.

Default avatar
dreaming
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would call them friends

I studied at LTL for five weeks last month and I loved it. It was my first trip to China and the school felt a bit like a family away from home, in a city that did not feel very much like home. I made friends with several of the staff there (all Chinese - got a lot of free classes in the evening) and still stay in contact.
I miss you guys!

Default avatar
WanttogobacktoBeijing
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship in Beijing

I study Media and PR and was looking for an internship in China in my field and hired LTL to help me to find an internship for me.

Internship: After several interviews I chose to do an internship with a Chinese PR company for five months. It was an amazing experience. I was the only foreigner working in the company and my Chinese colleagues came to me very frequently to help them when there were any cultural differences they had trouble understanding. Together with my manager I was in charge of the BMW account, which was very interesting. I did two business trips to Shanghai for meetings with BMW and we organized a big event for them in Wuhan. I think in China you get the opportunity to do a lot more as an intern than you would do in other countries, because even though I didn't really have any work experience, they saw me as their only "foreign" staff which meant I was asked to do quite a lot of things. Never had to make coffee for anyone.

Beijing: It is a great city, miss it a lot still. Exciting, big - very different to home. I will definitely go back.

Service: LTL was great. First they found me a great internship, but they also helped me a lot with sorting out accommodations, Chinese classes etc. I think after one or two months in China you dont necessarily need that anymore, but in the first few weeks, I dont think I would have survived without them.

Default avatar
Marakanka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Recommended

I can recommend them. My teacher was not only nice but you could tell she had learned her job. The staff are nice, they are incredibly organized (when does one say that about someone in China...), the accommodation was great.

Default avatar
Pekina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Immersion in China

I have been studying Chinese for a while, first at university and then at different schools by myself.
I did the Chengde Full Immersion Program with LTL and have to say it was probably the best Chinese study experience I have had.
For me the problem was always that I spoke too much English even when studying in China and was looking for a full immersion experience.
The program was great for that, I lived with a retired lady who had a lot of time on her hands, so we spent a lot of time making food together and talk. She is a real "Chengdenese" and has lived there her whole life and obviously enjoyed showing the city to a foreigner.
She did not speak any English, which was what I was looking for, but I guess for a complete beginner that would have been difficult.
The classes were good too, but I have had similar experiences at other schools. What really made the program great was my host mother and living in Chengde, which feels much more like a "real" Chinese city than Shanghai or Beijing.
For LTL, the thing that mostly stood out was the organisation, from the course organisation to the airport pick up everything worked perfectly.

Would definitely recommend for someone who wants to see real China and have a full immersion program.

Default avatar
Suni
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

好好学习

I had studied mandarin for a semester at a university in Beijing and while it was fun, we really did not learn a lot in terms of language and had very little contact with other non-foreign students. I heard similar stuff from other students at universities in China so chose a private school for my three months course this time.
I cannot compare them to other private schools, but I would say I learned in those three months a lot more there than I did in a full semester before. The organisation was a lot better, the teachers more motivated and the environment far more pleasant.

Default avatar
Fred
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Trip

I studied at ltl in 2011 for a month and it was fantastic. Especially liked the social program and our teacher was great, even though I probably wasnt the best student always....
I would recommend the homestay option.
Hope to be back in China soon.

Default avatar
Patrick
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Chinese in Beijing

I have been studying at LTL for three months so far and will continue to do so for another six months.
The teaching quality has been excellent, but what I like most is the individual attention given to each student. You are not treated like a number but like an individual. This can be quite important in a country with a culture as different from Switzerland as China.

I staid at a homestay family for the first three months and this has been a great experience. Moving into an apartment of my own for the rest of the course now.