Friends: Meet Chinese high school & international students Culture: Experience 5,000 years of history first hand Explore: Get to know this incredible country Travel: Trips to Xi’an, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu etc.
The Homestay Family
Modern Apartments: Choose between private room or shared Great food: Home cooked Chinese food is a daily treat Immersive: Become part of a Chinese family
Support: We’re available for questions or advice 24/7 Multi-lingual: We speak English, German, French and more 24/7: Emergency support in Beijing available 24/7 Experienced: Organising programs in China since 2007
Chinese classes: Study Mandarin before or during your program Speak: Practice and use your Chinese skills every day 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
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.
High School Program in Beijing – What They Said
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 – 2021 Starting Dates
31 Aug 2021
20th Sep. 2021 – 21st Jan. 2022
18 Feb 2022
7 Jul 2022
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.
Legal Guardian Program for the duration of the stay
Orientation Day at LTL Mandarin School Beijing
DHL Service for Visa Letters from LTL
Survival Kit (includes Airport Pick up)
Airport Drop off
School uniform: approx 1,100 CNY
Books: approx. 250 CNY
Spring Festival Break accommodation
School Trips to Xian, the Great Wall and other locations: 1,000 – 3,000 CNY
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
Preparation Chinese month (4 weeks, 20 hours/week): 8,528 CNY
Preparation Chinese homestay month (single room): 10,388 CNY
Spring festival Break (4 weeks, Homestay Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) = 10,320 CNY
1-on-1 weekend Chinese classes: 17,544 CNY (80 hours) or 9,216 CNY (40 hours)
Single room upgrade: 15,000 CNY per semester (upgrade subject to availability)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 our Students Said
I've been here for almost 10 months. I always wanted to go abroad, since the 6th grade, like maybe America, but I discovered China and it always stuck with me.
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.
You can see how the rest of Shelley’s year went with her video interview here
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