A high school year in China is all about learning Mandarin, experiencing Beijing from a local’s perspective and making friends for life. You can even join the high school year program with only basic Mandarin skills and by doing a course at our Mandarin language school in central Beijing before the first semester starts. Together with other international students you will first improve your language skills before joining the Chinese education system. Once you get to your high school, classes will be taught in both Chinese and English and your Mandarin language skills will improve very quickly.


  • A full high school year in Beijing
  • 24/7 service and support
  • Live with a homestay family
  • Learn Mandarin
  • Experience China’s culture
  • Safe & fully organised
  • Adventure


    Friends: Meet both Chinese high school and international students
    Culture: Experience 5000 years of history first hand
    Explore: Camp on the Great Wall, eat scorpions and discover China
    Travel: Trips to Xi'an, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu etc.

  • Safe


    Support: We're available for questions or advice 24/7
    Multi-lingual: We speak English, German, French and 15 other languages
    24/7: Emergency support in Beijing available around the clock
    Experienced: LTL has been organising programs in China since 2007

  • The Homestay Family

    The Homestay Family

    Modern apartments: Choose between private room or shared room options
    Great food: Home cooked Chinese food is a daily treat
    Immersive: Become part of a Chinese family and make friends for life Welcoming: Your family is your home-away-from-home

  • Learn Chinese

    Learn Chinese

    Chinese classes: Study Mandarin before or during your high school year
    Speak: Practice and use your Chinese skills every day
    Have fun: Make Chinese friends and learn to speak like them
    Fluent: Speak fluent Mandarin after just one year

Your Year in China

Spending a year at a high school in Beijing, China is probably one of the most exciting choices a young, motivated and curious future leader can make today. You will experience a world so different to your own that sometimes it might feel a bit like space travel. At the same time however Beijing is one of the world’s safest cities, and you’ll have access to a multi-lingual support network available for you around the clock. Together with other international students from around the world you will discover an ancient culture, learn Kong Fu, practice Tai Qi, climb the Great Wall of China, eat strange food, meet even stranger people and make friends for life.

Safety and Support

Beijing is probably the world’s safest capital city. Wherever you are from, Beijing will most probably be one of the safest cities you have ever lived in. At the same time we have a very strong local support team that is available for advice and support at any time. You will have a personal guardian that will be the main point of contact for you and your parents during your year in China. In addition, your homestay family will be providing you with a home and become your “Chinese parents” during your time here.


The Choices

You can choose to either come to China for a whole academic year or just one semester. Accommodation will be with a Chinese homestay family in Beijing while you are attending high school, and you can choose the shared or single room option. There’s also an option to book an intensive Mandarin course in China before you start high school and you can sign up for additional Chinese lessons during your high school year.

How to apply

The first step is to send us a message (link) telling us a bit more about your plans and ask any questions you might have. You will have a reply in your inbox within less than one working day (check your Spam folder if not). We will then organise a phone call with you and your parents to discuss the different options together.
Once you’ve decided which program you want, you will be asked to fill out a registration form so we can organise your high school registration and choose the right homestay family for you. You will then get your Chinese visa invitation documents and pre-arrival information. And that is about it – you are ready to fly to China and let the adventure begin!

Your High School

You will be studying at Beijing Southwest High School, along with around 1200 students between the ages of 12 and 18. The school was founded in 1934 – which is a long time ago for a school in modern China – and is today considered one of China’s best schools. You will be joining the international school track, where students prepare to go to university abroad after graduation. That’s why many classes are taught according to the US Advanced Placement curriculum and mathematics and science are taught bilingually in both English and Chinese. Your classmates will be mainly Chinese, but you might also have a few other international students in your class. The school is a 15 minute walk away from the nearest subway station and about 40 minutes to the city centre. It has great sports facilities including a full size football pitch, running track, swimming pool, a gym and a very tasty canteen serving both Chinese and western food.


Single room

As a standard default option you will share your room with the child of the homestay family you are living in, i.e. your homestay brother or sister. If you want to have your own single room, just book the single room upgrade.

Chinese language preparation

The program is open for students of all Chinese language levels, including beginners. As many classes are taught bilingually, many of your classmates will be able to speak at least some English too and your Mandarin will improve rapidly while studying at a Chinese high school. As an introduction however, it can be a good idea to first spend a month studying Mandarin at our language school in downtown Beijing. It is also an easier way to get accustomed to China and the Chinese education system, as you will spend the first month learning Mandarin with other foreign students before moving to the Chinese high school.

Part-time Chinese language classes

To further improve your Chinese while studying at high school you can take additional Mandarin lessons after class or on the weekends.

Starting Dates


Fall Semester             2018.09.03—2019.02.01

Spring Semester         2019.02.20 – 2019.07.05


Fall Semester                         2019.08.27 – 2020.01.20

Spring Semester                  2020.02.12 – 2019.06.30


Cost Two Semesters: 87,778 CNY

Cost for one semester: 72,646 CNY


  • High school tuition and placement (international department)
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Homestay accommodation
  • 24/7 support from the LTL team
  • Legal guardian during the whole stay
  • Visa invitation letter
  • Orientation day at LTL
  • Trip pre-preparation

Additional Costs

  • Four weeks small group classes & homestay, starting on August 18th (recommended, but not required)
    School uniform: 400 CNY
  • Books: approx. 200 CNY
  • School Trips to Xi’an, the Great Wall and other locations Cost: 1,000 – 3,000 CNY to be confirmed at the time
  • Insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Flights
  • Pocket Money


All accommodation costs are already included in the price. You will be living in a shared room with a Chinese homestay family, with max. 45 minutes’ travel time to your high school.

Upgrade Single room: 15,000 CNY/semester net

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I travel during the program?

Yes, of course. We organise regular weekend trips to other cities in China and the high school usually organises two trips per semester. Your homestay family will also take you on weekend trips around Beijing and you can use the Chinese New Year break for traveling around China too.

Can my parents or friends visit me?

Of course they can. If you are coming for a whole year, the Chinese New Year break in January/February is a good time to travel around China with your family, but visitors are welcome all year round.

What if I get homesick?

China is far away and very different. No two students are exactly the same, but in our experience usually the first week is the hardest. Once students settle into China homesickness is not usually a problem anymore, because China is not only a very fascinating country, but the homestay family and school also provide our students with a very welcoming and supportive environment. If you feel like you want to experience a bit of the “western world” then you can of course also head to Beijing’s international/diplomatic areas, which are home to plenty of western restaurants, English-speaking staff and international nightlife. It’s not the real China, but it can be a nice break if needed.

What is life in a Chinese family like?

In Chinese culture family and children are very important. To look after and care for your children is the foremost duty of any adult – just like it is the duty of children to look after their parents in old age. Your family and host brother or sister will be very excited to have a new international family member. The main focus point of Chinese life in general is food though. Your family will be cooking delicious meals daily and you will notice that a lot of conversation in China is about where to find the best food, your favourite dishes, what you had to eat yesterday, what you want to eat tomorrow and so forth. Food will definitely be plentiful.

Will I be able to make friends?

Definitely. If you choose the language course option first you will be meeting a lot of other international students learning Mandarin in Beijing and you’ll participate in the weekly school dinners and weekend trips. Our Chinese language school in Beijing feels a lot less like a school and more like a home-away-from-home for explorers from all over the world.

At your high school your classmates will be very interested in you, as most of them will never have had a foreign friend. There is usually a bit of competition to do with who will be allowed to sit next to you – usually it ends up being the best English speakers – and you will have a personal high school counsellor at the school to help you with settling in. You will be having lunch together with your classmates every day at the school canteen and will be asked to join one of the school sports, arts, music or acting clubs.

Can I continue to pursue my hobbies and interests in China?

Yes of course. Please let us know what you are interested in and we will organise for you to join a club related to what you enjoy doing.

What else do I need?

Insurance, flights, clothes and a bit of pocket money, though you will not need much, as most day-to-day expenses are already included in the program – and of course, you’ll also need a will to explore China’s culture and meet its people.

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