High School Year in Beijing
Students doing Tai Qi in Beijing
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.
High School in Beijing Choices
Charlotte’s Chinese Class Photo
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.
The first step is to send us a message 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 in Beijing
Beijing Southwest 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.