High School Study Abroad Program in China

There are few things in life which can make you feel more grown-up or prepared for life like living and learning in another country can. Studying abroad will open your eyes to new concepts, ideas and knowledge like few other experiences will. Pack this with fun activities and cultural experiences, and you have a recipe for a new and exciting learning opportunity. Combine this with learning the most spoken language in the world, Mandarin Chinese, and you’ll find your future open up in a way you won’t believe!

China has a rich culture that mixes modern China with ancient China. You might walk around a corner in a town and suddenly feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Coming to China to study as a high school student will make learning feel so much more fun, tangible and meaningful.

Go Abroad China (GAC) are one of only a few providers who are able to offer you the whole hog – mix and match intensive Chinese language classes with internships, adventurous travel and volunteering opportunities – giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in China. Learn about our culture, our history, gain business insights, understand our value systems and grow your ability to think critically and have a global mindset. Be ready for university. Take your future to another level and start preparing for the future by joining the GAC High School Study Abroad Program in China.
Come to Zhongguo (China in Mandarin), and you will be amazed at what you see!

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One of the only platforms in China to offer study abroad, internship, travel and volunteering program combos tailored for you.

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Why come to China to Learn Chinese?

Here are reasons why you should learn Mandarin Chinese, and more so, why you should come to China to learn it:

  1. Experience one of the world’s oldest civilizations juxtaposed with modern living; get immersed in the rich sights, sounds and flavors of China, they’re unique!
  2. Learn to speak the world’s most spoken language faster than you ever could by learning at home (and get in loads of practice with the locals while you’re here).
  3. Challenge yourself and grow; develop critical thinking and confidence, learn to adapt, get to know yourself better, and develop skills that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life.
  4. Add an experience to your résumé that will make you stand out from the crowd. Both college and employers value the characteristics you have and develop as an international student and intern.
  5. See some of the world’s oldest buildings, meet endangered pandas, explore the vast regional areas of China that range from mountains to deserts, and get the chance to see record breaking bridges and futuristic architecture.
  6. Make new friends for life that live all over the world (you may even have opportunities to visit them in their countries later on!).
  7. Gain global perspectives from the world’s largest exporter, get to understand international trade and how to do it well.
  8. Many companies across the globe, especially multinational corporations either have a presence in China or do business with China. The demand for English/Mandarin Chinese speakers is high, but the number of people who are fluent in both is low. This opens up amazing opportunities for your future!

A Chinese Learning Experience Perfect for Teens

Go Abroad China's High School Program is geared towards foreigners of high school age (13 to 18 years). The program has been developed to help high school students gain global exposure, develop their critical thinking skills and prepare them for the challenges their future might bring them. The program can be combined with other programs such as internships, volunteering and travel opportunities.

Our High School in China Program combines Chinese lessons with other learning modules relevant to their studies. These are selected in consultation with teachers and parents to ensure a well-rounded study experience. In addition to this, outdoor excursions, day trips to fascinating historical sites, cultural immersion activities all form part of the curriculum and study plan. To round their experience in China off, we help students get involved in community building projects or volunteering projects. Students are encouraged to interact with Chinese people or practice Chinese amongst themselves to accelerate their learning and make it fun!

How it Works

Students apply online to join the program. We then work with them to plan their program. Students are placed in a reputable Chinese university in China or a GAC Chinese language school. Students can come for a season, a semester or even a year. Their program will include immersive Chinese language lessons, opportunities to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture and regular opportunities to practice their Chinese with their peers and other Chinese people. Our team of highly experienced teachers and program coordinators will guide, mentor and assist these students with whatever they need. Lessons will combine modern teaching methods, field trips, audio, video and many practicing opportunities. When you study abroad in China, we ensure your Chinese language classes are conducted by native Chinese teachers who are qualified and experienced in teaching the Chinese language to foreigners.

High School Chinese Language Program Types

There are many options when planning your High School experience in China, learning Chinese and experiencing the Chinese culture. Go Abroad China will work with you to create the right program for your teenager, so you know they’ll enjoy a fun, safe and life-changing time away. Some of our more popular high school programs are:

High School Semester
Students spend a semester in China learning Chinese and immersing themselves in the Chinese culture. Classes can be taken for the first semester, the second semester, in winter or in summer. Students will take part in enjoyable and immersive Chinese language classes, go on exciting field trips, take part in fun cultural activities and outings, see historical Chinese landmarks, and more. Courses cater for all levels of language proficiency, from absolute beginners to advanced learners. Focus on writing, reading or speaking; learn business Chinese or all of these. Hard working students can benefit from the course by receiving either a high school or college credit for their efforts. Program Highlights Go Abroad China organizes tailored Chinese learning experiences based on your needs, goals, and interests with internationally accredited institutions. Your program will include:
  • Rich curriculum combining immersive Chinese language classes with other cultural or language-based electives to choose from
  • Opportunities to work in the community or volunteer
  • Opportunities to interact with native Chinese people and see how they live on a typical day
  • Regular trips to historical and tourist areas in the city together with people from your Chinese class
  • Safe and comfortable accommodationwith established and vetted Chinese families (we try and ensure the family have a similar aged child)
  • 24/7 service support and assistance from our trusted Go Abroad China team
  • Opportunities for part-time job introduction, as well as taking part in an internshipfor students who are over 18
Well-structured program to ensure you have fun, study efficiently and observe China first hand.
Summer/Summer-break Program
Take part in a High School Summer Camp in China. A short-term program in their summer break packed with opportunities; this is an excellent option for students who don’t want to miss out on school back home. Summer camps allow students to develop independent thinking, build their confidence and learn Mandarin with other international students. Program Highlights Go Abroad China organizes tailored Chinese learning experiences based on your needs, goals, and interests with internationally accredited institutions. Your program will include:
  • Immersive Mandarin classes with other international students of similar age
  • Rich curriculum combining language classes with other cultural or language-based electives to choose from
  • Opportunities to work in the community or volunteer
  • Opportunities to interact with native Chinese people and see how they live on a typical day
  • Regular trips to historical and tourist areas in the city together with people from your Chinese class
  • Safe and comfortable accommodationwith established and vetted Chinese families (we try and ensure the family have a similar aged child)
  • 24/7 service support and assistance from our trusted Go Abroad China team
  • Opportunities for part-time job introduction, as well as taking part in an internshipfor students who are over 18
  • Well-structured program to ensure you have fun, study efficiently and observe China first hand.
Gap Year in China
Take time out between high school and college with a gap year in China. Prepare yourself for college, gain confidence, learn a new language and develop independence. Spending a year abroad, learning Chinese and potentially taking part in internship or volunteering opportunities will also look fabulous on your college application form, showing you have initiative. Program Highlights Go Abroad China organizes tailored Chinese learning experiences based on your needs, goals, and interests with internationally accredited institutions. Your program will include:
  • Immersive Mandarin classes with other international students of similar age
  • Learn about business in China through networking opportunities
  • A chance to work in the community or volunteer
  • Free guided city tours, outings, and other activities
  • Accommodationwith established and vetted Chinese families
  • Opportunities for part-time job introduction, as well as taking part in an internshipfor students who are over 18.
High School Internships
For students turning 18, we can organize an internship. China has the largest and fastest growing economy. China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, steeped in history while driving change and racing into the future full speed. Many of the world’s fortune 500 have offices here and we have the second largest number of start-ups in the world. What better place to gain work experience? As the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer goods China offers the business minded many opportunities to learn. When you Intern abroad in China, you have a unique opportunity to gain international work exposure, be completely immersed in the Chinese culture and history, and learn the most spoken language in the world: Mandarin. The experience and knowledge you will gain will change your perspectives on life, give your résumé an edge, and set you up for a global career.
Volunteer in Your Gap Year
For high school students who want to give back to the community, Go Abroad China offers some of the most meaningful travel and volunteer experiences right here in China, fulfilling the needs of both locals in unideal situations and giving you a valuable opportunity to get involved in our social improvement efforts. Choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities from teaching English to community development, conservation or helping to rebuild infrastructure or help with agriculture. Without a doubt, one of the most effective ways to get to know local people and understand them is to mingle with them in their daily life, all the while making a lasting impact in the community. For many years, Go Abroad China has been contributing to the betterment of Chinese children living with special needs and disabilities, children in orphanages and those that attend poor schools for migrant children. As an international volunteer, your contribution will undoubtedly improve not only their situation physically, but more importantly in their psychological state of mind as opportunities like these are not very common for them. The memories are bound to last for a lifetime for all sides involved.
Travel Tours
One of the greatest ways to explore and get to know a new culture and country is to travel. High school students can come and take part in a summer, winter, spring or fall travel tour. China offers a rich and diverse range of historical sites, cultural experiences, and regional activities. With many famous landmarks and even more little known places to visit, China is sure to offer you the opportunity to explore and find adventure… See the Great Wall of China (where the mortar that holds the stones together is made with sticky rice), or the Forbidden City which has over 9 000 rooms! Meet Pandas and see the diverse ecology of China, where you could explore vast mountain ranges, stunning rivers and deserts. Travel and learn to speak Chinese by conversing with locals, get to know our culture and broaden your horizons in the experience of a lifetime. Go home feeling like a new person who has grown in confidence, seen amazing things and learned the most spoken language in the world - something that will enhance your future opportunities significantly.
Customize it
Personalize your experience abroad with a customized High School program. Combine your Chinese learning experiences with volunteering opportunities, one-on-one tutoring or working in an internship. Speak to our team to plan the perfect program for you with the best inclusions for what you pay. Inquire Today

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Join our High School in China program, learn the most spoken language in the world and make international friends (for life) by coming to study in China for a semester, a year or in your summer break - take your life in a whole new direction!


Making it easy for you

Finding the right school to learn Chinese can be complicated, especially if you want a high level of flexibility! Go Abroad China is here to make the process as smooth as possible; we’ll handle all the details and ensure your stay in China is memorable for the right reasons! GAC can help you define your tailored Chinese learning program, enroll you in your chosen program, organize all the details for you, help you with your visa and organize the little extras that make the experience worthwhile! GAC organizes affordable, accredited and quality Chinese language courses. We’ve placed thousands of happy students and would love to do the same for you.

Why Choose Go Abroad China's Chinese Programs


Internationally recognized language programs
GAC partner with the top universities in China to provide you with internationally recognized language classes that accelerate your mastery of the Chinese language. Learn together with fellow students, business people and expats from across the world. Classes can be supplemented with one-on-one tutoring or additional small group classes. Students can choose a standard 20-hour study week or an intensive 30-hour study week. Classes are taught by qualified and experienced teachers who are bilingual, comprehensively trained, and who have years of Chinese teaching experience.
A Choice of Destinations
GAC offer programs in a number of Chinese cities, giving you the chance to choose the type of experience you would like. Join us in Beijing or Shanghai for the hustle and bustle of a modern city, or go for something quieter in Nanjing, Dalian is great for those that love history while Hangzhou is perfect for those who love natural beauty. We have something for everyone.
Experience all China has to offer
GAC programs include a range of activities to keep you busy exploring and getting to know new people. From visits to the top historical landmarks such as The Great Wall, The Forbidden City or The Pagoda, to social activities and adventure outings such as hiking or rock climbing. Experience the culture through cultural activities such as calligraphy, Kung Fu, Thai Chi or local cooking classes (and more). Meet the locals and practice your Mandarin while you live amongst them, and while you’re at it you may just get to learn the local lingo!
Comprehensive packages that are value for money
Our packages include many of the extras our competitors charge extra for. Your packages include everything you need to enjoy your stay and feel hassle-free; from pre-departure support to visa documentation, insurance and medical aid, orientation, social and cultural activities and more.
Around the clock support
The GAC team are here to support you throughout your experience, from helping you through your application to 24/7 daily support during your stay here in China and even once you’re home through our Alumni team. Our goal is to ensure that we’ve taken care of everything so you have a hassle-free stay.
Customize your experience
As one of the few comprehensive China program providers, we can mix and match the main components of our programs to tailor your stay to match your interests, goals and studies. Combine language studies with additional classes at university, add additional Mandarin classes to extend your learning, take an internship, see China by adding in some extra trips or make a meaningful contribution by volunteering. Come any time of year for any duration, we’ll make it work for you!

Go Abroad China offers excellent value for money.

Our standard packages have more inclusions than our competitors,
and we fully tailor your experience to match your needs.

What's included for the Study Abroad Program for High School Students?

Pre-arrival support & Visa
Our program coordinators are here to assist you in any way possible throughout the application process to help you get the ball rolling. We will work closely with you and your teen to plan a tailored program that meets their needs. Once your program has been finalized, we'll supply you with all the documents needed for their Visa application. We also help them get set-up for living in China. Once they arrive, we supply airport transfers to get them safely from the airport to their accommodation and show them around.
Chinese Language Classes
Chinese language classes are the primary focus of our China immersion program. Our programs have been developed to help students learn as fast and effectively as possible, so by the time they leave, they’ve improved their proficiency and can carry out a simple conversation in Chinese, and have a sound understanding of the Chinese culture. The course usually includes 20 hours of language classes each week and cover the intricacies of speaking, writing and reading. The individual study programs will be planned after consultation with parents and teachers to ensure that students have the best language and study programs selected for their interests and capabilities. There are a range of subjects that can also be studied during the program including Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Geography, Chinese Politics and more. All GAC Language and Internship programs include the courses, textbooks, and electives chosen with no out of pocket study expenses.
Dates and fees
Programs can start at any time and run throughout the year, inquire now to find out what programs are available for your preferred dates. Fees will be based on the final package components selected. We want everyone to have the chance to live and study in China; to make this possible we have a range of financial options available to support students who cannot afford full fees. Contact us today to discuss dates, promotions, full, and partial sponsorship opportunities.
City Tours and Excursions
We organize trips to famous and fascinating historical sites such as The Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and many more. In addition to these tourist sites, we organize trips to Chinese schools, universities, business enterprises and the countryside to let students enjoy all the aspects of the region they are staying in. Social activities are also included, enabling students to get to know their fellow participants and make friends for life.
Most of our high school students prefer homestay with a Chinese family as their preferred housing option. However, if the student is enrolled at a university, we can arrange for them to stay on campus. The accommodation fee is already included in the program cost and is guaranteed for the duration of the student’s stay in China.
Our programs are available at a number of Chinese Cities and are run in conjunction with China's Top Universities. The most popular destinations are Beijing and Shanghai, however, other cities also have much to offer. Talk to our coordinators about where you would like to stay while you are here.
Safety and support
We understand your concern for your child's safety while in China and we take this very seriously. Our team have many years’ experience in working with and supporting teenagers in our programs. Safety and security form part of our policies and we provide full support throughout the program (24/7); including travel and living arrangements, visa documentation, pre-departure guide, airport transfers, orientation, study materials, familiarizing students with their university or language school and surroundings, and bilingual program coordinators.
Our service package covers all the day-to-day needs from visa support documentation to insurances and medical aid membership. We understand you need to know your child is safe and looked after while here and that should anything happen, they will have the best medical care. Our team work hard to ensure that these situations do not arise and ensure we understand any health requirements your child may have before they arrive. We work hard to ensure all our policies are up to the expected standards. You can be assured that we'll look after your child while he or she is in our care.
Welcome and Orientation
To ensure that students and parents understand how the program works, what they can expect, so they understand the rules, regulations, city hazards, school rules and receive a cultural briefing, we organize orientation sessions. A parent session is available prior to students departing, while the students will take part in a group orientation once they arrive in China. Students will also be supplied with a welcome pack with necessary information and goodies they need for their stay.
Volunteer Opportunities
To enhance the learning experience of our student’s in China, we have a selection of community projects and volunteering opportunities available. These include helping out at a local hospice, orphanages or poorer schools that need additional support.
Workshops and Seminars
Interactive workshops, group seminars, and discussions are included in the package. These workshops and seminars have been developed to help our participants get well-acquainted life in China, things to expect, components of Chinese culture such as music, art, shows or performances, traditional food, calligraphy, Tai Chi and more.
Language Exchange Program
Living in China is a great way to speed up the learning experience, enabling students to engage with roommates and neighbors, develop great new friendships and learn outside the classroom. Our programs include the opportunity for language exchange with a native Mandarin speaker to help accelerate their learning experience through practice.

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Live, learn, laugh and experience Chinese in this immersive cultural experience that will develop your independence, confidence and leave you feeling like a new person.


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Four Easy Steps to Learning Chinese in China


Step one: Apply online

Once you have an idea about where, when and for how long you want to learn Chinese in China, complete our online application form to get the ball rolling.


Step two: Assessment

To make sure we know what you want from your Chinese learning experience – why you want to study abroad, what you want to achieve, where and for how long you’d like to stay – we’ll organize a 15 minute Skype interview with you. From this, we can make sure we tailor the right Learn Chinese Package for you. We’ll also know if this is the right program for you. Within two to three days after the interview, the coordinator will be in touch by email to let you know if your application has been successful. If so, we’ll send you a formal offer.


Step three: Confirmation

To confirm your placement in our program, you’ll need to reply to our letter of offer and pay your agreed deposit. Once this has been done, we’ll send you all the documents you need: your contract and all the required documents for your study visa application as well as your pre-departure package. The pre-departure package contains all the information you’ll need regarding your trip including where you’ll stay.


Step Four: Start your Chinese study experience

Once your flights have been booked, let us know your arrival details (date and time, flight number) so that we can organize airport pick-up. We’ll be excited to welcome you to our program in person!

Our support doesn’t end when you arrive. We are as dedicated to ensuring you have around the clock support for the duration of your stay as we do in getting you here. Your journey will include your paid internship, accommodation, language courses, cultural experiences, tours, and networking.

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