High School in Beijing

A high school year in Beijing 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.

Italian students in Beijing

  • A year at a high school 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

High School Year 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

Discover China and Learn Chinese at LTL Mandarin School

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

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.

High School in Beijing – 2018/19 Starting Dates

Season Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 03 September 2018 01 February 2019
Spring Semester 20 February 2019 05 July 2019
Fall Semester 27 August 2019 20 January 2020
Spring Semester 12 February 2020  30 June 2019

PLEASE NOTE: There is the possibility small changes in the dates. The Education Ministry sometimes adjusts school starting dates by a few days, you will be informed of this.

Prices for the High School in Beijing

The high school in China program includes the following benefits, you can also add-on additional extras if you so wish.

One Semester: 72,646 CNY Two Semesters: 87,778 CNY



  • High School Tuition and placement (international department)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 24/7 Support from the LTL team
  • Legal Guardian
  • Visa invitations
  • Orientation Day at LTL Mandarin School Beijing


Additional Costs

  • School uniform: 1,100 CNY
  • Books: approx. 250 CNY
  • School Trips to Xian, the Great Wall and other locations: 1,000 – 3,000 CNY
  • Insurance
  • Flight
  • Pocket Money

Accommodation Options

Accommodation is included the price. You will live with a Chinese host family in a shared room. Travel will be a maximum 45 minutes to the Chinese high school. WIFI, air-con, heating and all other bills are also included in the price.

Single room upgrade: 15,000 CNY/semester net

Possible Add-Ons

  • Preparation Chinese course month (4 weeks small group class, 20 hours/week): 8,528 CNY
  • Preparation Chinese homestay month (single room, all meals inc.): 10,388 CNY
  • Individual weekend Chinese classes: 17,544 CNY (80 hours) or 9,216 CNY (40 hours)

What our Students Said

Ulyana Karchina Testimony for LTL
Ulyana Karchina
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We had classes every day and some activities after lunch and trips around Beijing during the weekend. Lessons were interesting and knowledge that I’ve got was really useful in daily life.

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Ulyana Karchina Testimony for LTL
Ulyana Karchina

My name is Ulyana, I’m 15 years old and I’m from Russia. I wanted to study Chinese, so I found some courses on the internet and I chose the LTL Mandarin School.

Ulyana with her older sister Alina in Beijing

Ulyana with her older sister Alina in Beijing

We had classes every day and some activities after lunch and trips around Beijing during the weekend. I enjoyed my course. Lessons were interesting and knowledge that I’ve got was really useful in daily life. There were many cool and clever teachers. When I arrived in China, I didn’t know Chinese, but after courses, I became a “Beijinger”.

During the courses, you can meet people from different countries and it was the most amazing thing for me. The organization of courses and accommodation was on a high level, and thank you to student advisers for their help.

Shelley Pleva Testimony for LTL
Shelley Pleva
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The minute I walked into LTL school on Monday I started to feel at home. I was surprised how much everyone wanted to make friends and how welcoming everyone was.

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Shelley Pleva Testimony for LTL
Shelley Pleva

My first week in China

Shelley at LTL Beijing

Shelley at LTL Beijing

The first day was very challenging with the time difference, moving into a Chinese family that spoke very little English and being homesick. I was not so happy. However the minute I walked into LTL school on Monday morning I started to feel at home. I was surprised how much everyone wanted to make friends and how nice and welcoming everyone was. Nobody is excluded, it doesn’t matter how old or where people are from, everyone talks to each other.

After a week now I feel like I am settled. I know how to navigate the Beijing subway – which was quite a challenge at the beginning as it is huge -, got better known to my homestay and it now feels like I have another family here in China, and made a lot of new friends. I am really looking forward to the rest of my year in China.

Henrik & Jacob Testimony for LTL
Henrik & Jacob
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Henrik & Jakob came from Norway to study Chinese with us this summer. They mixed with students from around the world and were very popular at LTL. Watch to find out all about their time at LTL ...

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Henrik & Jacob Testimony for LTL
Henrik & Jacob

Henrik & Jakob came from Norway to study Chinese with us this summer. Watch to find out all about their time learning Chinese, living with a homestay family and exploring Beijing…

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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