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Learn Chinese at University / College in China

What do you think the most spoken language in the world is? No, it’s not English! Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world, with English not too far behind. This being the case, learning to speak Mandarin can open doors for you globally and make a positive impact on your career.

Study abroad at one of China’s top universities, with all the arrangements taken care of for you, and learn Mandarin faster than you ever thought possible!

With Go Abroad China’s university Mandarin Chinese courses, you get to study Chinese for credits at our partner universities/colleges, some of the best in China all while experiencing China like a local in one of our vibrant cities and complete your qualification. Studying Chinese in China will give you the chance to culturally explore some of the world’s most diverse cities while developing your sense of independence (and you’ll be able to transfer your credits to your current university once you’re done).

You can choose to come and learn Chinese from a minimum of one week through to a 12 months or more, from beginner to advanced levels. Here’s your first lesson: China in Mandarin is Zhongguo!

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Tuan - Australia Internship Program in Beijing

Living and working in Beijing really opened my eyes. The people are extremely nice and helpful. During work, even though there is a huge language barrier, my colleagues do try to communicate with me and the manager was able to organise me to learn from different departments. I was able to make new friends and visit many places in Beijing. Everyone from GAC are very helpful and supportive. Overall I am satisfied with the program. Read More

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Laura - USA Internship Program in Shanghai

Go aboard China was the one of the best things to happen to me!!! I did the homestay program where I stayed with the cutest family they were so kind to me!!! Kinder then the family I have now lol I actually miss them and think of them often even though it's been a few months since I left the program. I also got to work in an amazing engineering firm Wison were I had the most loving and hilarious coworkers, I literally just fit right in ! GAC I would recommend to a friend or any one reading this. Even when i wasn't in the city of Shanghai , GAC still helped me, plan , get and make sure I was safe during my trip to Beijing. I love GAC!!! Read More

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Chris - United Kingdom Internship Program in Beijing

My time in China has been extremely rewarding. When I arrived, the culture shock was immense but I quickly settled into Chinese life, thanks to Gina and the GAC team. My internship was exactly what I was looking for, and it gave me the opportunity to work in a fantastically social co-working space in the heart of Sanlitun SOHO, a cosmopolitan and refined area. Read More

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David - Australia Internship Program in Shanghai

Overall I enjoyed my experience with GAC. I was pleased with the amount of knowledge I learned and the new experiences I went through during my internship as a financial analyst at a finance company which GAC found on my behalf. The internship made me realize how fast things move in the finance industry and I feel it has prepared me well for the transition from university to the work force. Read More

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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!

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!

GAC’s Learn Chinese at University Program

Our university Chinese language courses are designed to immerse you in the Mandarin Chinese language, from classes to day-to-day living, helping you develop your language proficiency as fast as possible. For those of you who have a lower proficiency level, our accelerated teaching methods allow you to acquire the tools you need for effective oral communication within a relatively short period. Courses will include:


Formal Class
Instruction

After-Class
Tutoring

Language Exchange with a Native Mandarin Speaker

Cultural Electives and Outdoor Excursions

For the more advanced student, our courses will help you develop your proficiency with more complex Chinese expressions.

Our Chinese Language immersion programs integrate all aspects of the Chinese language: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics, and vocabulary. We cover topics from daily situations, culture, and society to history and business so that you get to live the language. We use teachers who are highly experienced and professionally qualified Mandarin native speakers, with a university degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Tailor your experience, and master the Chinese language in our exciting and comprehensive language immersion program… choose your preferred city, the length of time you want to study Chinese for, the type of accommodation you would prefer and even the time of year you’d like to come! You’ll go home feeling like a whole new person – get to know yourself, study with and befriend other international students from across the globe, learn to think critically, gain global perspectives and open doors to a whole new future.

Combine your intensive Chinese language course with an Internship to gain invaluable work experience while you are here. Find out more about our internship programs.

Example Course Curriculum

For undergraduates or older high school students who would like to have an in-depth understanding of China and the World. Age requirements: 18-40 Choose from up to 21 modules Credits: 2 per module, 1.5 for Chinese language Main modules available across semester A and B 2018:
  • Arts of Chinese and Traditional Performance
  • Asia Pacific Security
  • China in the Global Economy
  • China’s Original International Strategy: the Belt and Road Initiatives
  • Chinese Folklore and Culture
  • Chinese Traditional Body Exercise, Diet and Health Preservation
  • Chinese Traditional Identity and Its Transformation after 1949
  • Classical Chinese Poetry
  • Culture, Behavior and Brain
  • Environmental China: Nature, Culture and Development
  • Heritage, Tourism and Globalization
  • International Human Resource Management: West, East, and the Emerging Markets
  • Introduction to Chinese Economy
  • Modern Chinese Fiction through Film
  • The Rise of China and Change in World Politics
  • Transition and Public Policy in China
  • Understanding China: From Its Media, Communication and Culture

Study at university through Go Abroad China
and gain a fuller experience.

Our team will help and support you throughout the process; from your application through to visa support, planning your stay, organizing your accommodation, adding in cultural and social activities, ensuring you are safe, comfortable and looked after throughout your stay. Add in some extras like volunteering and internship, all organized for you. GAC are here to ensure you have a hassle-free and exciting time in China.

Program Highlights

GAC organizes tailored Chinese learning experiences based on your needs, goals, and interests with internationally accredited institutions. Your program will include:

 

Extensive Curriculum A balanced yet comprehensive curriculum integrating all aspects of the Chinese language: speaking, listening, writing, grammar, comprehensive Chinese, extensive and intensive reading (including reading newspapers), classical Chinese, Chinese culture, and Chinese affairs. These elements will vary slightly in intensity depending on your Chinese language proficiency and your level of study, i.e., standard or intensive.

There are a range of programs to choose from, from classes for complete beginners to classes for those who have studied Chinese before.

The Standard Chinese Language program has 20 hours per week; the Intensive Chinese Language program is 30 hours per week.

Our Language Exchange Program with native speakers ensures you get plenty of practice.

Classes are taught by Professors and instructors who are native Mandarin speakers with degrees in Chinese Teaching and experience spanning many years.

A variety of free electives to choose from Free electives are included in the program. Electives can be language and non-language focused and are based on your Mandarin proficiency level and the program selected. These electives can  include:

  •   Chinese History
  •  Business Chinese
  •  Introduction to Chinese Characters
  •  Mandarin Proficiency
  •  Chinese Film
  •  Chinese Calligraphy & Painting
  • Chinese Fashion Terms
  • Chinese songs
  •  HSK lessons
  •  Tai Chi
  •  Chinese Martial Arts
  •  Chinese Erhu.

 

Choose how long you would like to study Various course lengths for you to choose from:

  •  Short-term program: 4 to 12 weeks.
  •  Long-term program: a semester or full academic year.

 

Free social and Cultural Activities The GAC Chinese program includes cultural activities, social events, and guided tours designed to broaden your Chinese language skills and cultural awareness.
Make a difference to the community GAC offers you the opportunity to enhance your time with us by making a positive impact on the community through volunteering. Have a chance to help out through a range of meaningful community support and volunteering positions. Go home feeling proud that you’ve improved the lives of others.
Around the clock support from GAC Our team is here to help you out 24/7 with any assistance you may need whether it’s day-to-day support or support relating to your studies or internship.

A Day in the Life: Living in China

Depending on your class intensity (standard or intensive) and the university, your typical day will usually include between four to six hours of Chinese classes. You’ll also get homework that can take up to two hours to complete; this usually consists of revision and practicing your Chinese characters. A typical day for our students is:

  • Start the day at school or university
  • Wander around the city and explore over lunch
  • Take part in cultural classes set to your level of capability
  • Complete homework
  • Enjoy a cultural activity and learn more about China
  • Plan my next activities and spend time with my personal tutor
  • Relax and chill with a host family

Learn Chinese in China’s Top Universities

Can I receive university/college credit points for work completed on my Mandarin course?

Go Abroad China places will place you in an internationally accredited university; therefore most universities outside China accept these credit points. Most of the GAC past participants have successfully transferred the credits that they earned here to their original universities in their own country. Go Abroad China will assist you in transferring your credit points too, as long as you comply with each university’s pass rates and points. It’s important to double check with your destination university about credit transferal options and requirements.

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Join other international students in our popular university study abroad programs. Learn about yourself, make amazing new friends, learn a new language, gain experience, and take your life in a whole new direction!

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Learn Chinese at University: Course options

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Beijing

Prepare yourself for endless adventures in the exciting city of Beijing, China, where you never know which century you’ll be approaching around each corner and business is booming.

Shanghai

Lose yourself in the excitement of China’s largest city where you can  experience living in a vibrant city while studying abroad in a competitive, fast-paced environment.

Nanjing

Experience ancient history for yourself in the home of the Ming Dynasty in Nanjing, the second fastest growing commercial area in Eastern China, right after Shanghai.

Shenzhen

Come and see some of the world's most modern buildings, shop till you drop, and the home to many tourist attractions like the 'Window of the World', home to the replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Tianjin

Charming European styled Tianjin is a large, booming city offering a mix of laid-back living, history and beauty. Tianjin is a vital gateway to the sea for Beijing, which is only a day trip away.

 

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Seasons

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Summer Chinese Programs Fall Programs Winter Language Programs
For the adventurous soul, Go Abroad China offers a range of outstanding summer programs. Meet people from all over the world, make friends for life, explore the sights and sounds of China’s rich and diverse culture, see futuristic buildings contrasted with ancient history, and gain outstanding new language skills while you’re at it! Find out more >

 

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Fall Programs:

Autumn is a mild weathered time in China, it's a time rich with colour. Lasting from mid-October to early November, Fall is a great time to come and see our cities, enjoy the autumn festivals and enjoy our immersive short-term language programs which will have you speaking Mandarin faster than you ever believed was possible.

Winter Language Programs

Winter in China is an experience not to be missed; the hustle and bustle of the Chinese holiday period - ending in the EPIC Spring Festival – is something else. Play on the awesome frozen Houhai Lake, eat bounteous amounts of dumplings and learn remarkable new language skills while you’re at it, gain a competitive edge in the job market, visit the ancient temples, make friends from all over the world. Find out more >

Length of study

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Short-Term Program Semester Programs Gap Year Abroad Customized length
Love the idea of travelling to China and learning to speak Chinese, but nervous about spending more than a few weeks here? We have a wide range of Chinese Language program options for you ranging from four to 12 weeks, suited to a wide range of budgets. Programs run throughout the year. Find out more >  

 

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Semester Programs

What better way to spend a Semester than learning a new language in another country (and earning credits for your efforts)? Spend a semester abroad that will change your life. Experience the rich sights, sounds and flavors of China, one of the world’s oldest civilizations where ancient China mingles with modern living. You never know what you’ll find around the next corner! Find out more >

Gap Year Abroad

Sometimes we simply need some time away, a year maybe or even just a semester. A gap between high school and college or university, or a break halfway through intensive studies, or if you don’t know what to do next. Taking a gap year in China can be the perfect solution! You can join students from across the world in an unrivalled Gap Year Program and discover the world, grow in confidence and independence, learn Chinese, and add something to your portfolio of life that will stand you in good stead in the future. Find out more >

Program goal

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Basic Intermediate Advanced HSK Preparation Business Chinese
For students who haven’t started learning Mandarin yet, or have just started learning. The Basic Chinese level will help familiarize you with the basic Mandarin language. You will learn basic pronunciations, tones, and rules and start gaining a vocabulary of Chinese words. You’ll learn enough to be able to hold basic conversations in Mandarin to hold short conversations and express yourself in day-to-day or business situations. You’ll also learn some simple Chinese characters and some Chinese culture.

 

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Intermediate

For students who already have a basic grasp of Mandarin. The intermediate Chinese class level is for those who would like to advance their Mandarin proficiency, so they are better at reading Chinese, speaking Chinese and writing Chinese. In this level, you improve your ability to differentiate between the four tones, further review Mandarin phonetic symbols and characters and examine basic sentence structures with regard to application and appropriate use. You will expand on your sentence structures and enlarge your vocabulary, further improving your ability to easily participate in short conversations at work or during daily activities.

Advanced

For people who have intermediate proficiency in Mandarin, but want to advance their skills, especially for business use. In the advanced level, you will improve your comprehensive through improved listening, reading, writing and oral skills. You will add idiomatic expressions, complex sentence structures, complex language patterns and topic-specific vocabulary to your repertoire. Your language proficiency will become more sophisticated, enabling you to communicate in-depth on a wide range of business and social topics and express your opinions.

HSK Preparation

The HSK, known as “Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi” in Chinese, is the standard Chinese Language Proficiency Test for non-native Chinese speakers, such as foreigners and overseas Chinese. The primary objective of the HSK is to evaluate the level of standard Mandarin that one has learned.

Business Chinese

For professionals who already have a sound knowledge of Mandarin, but who’d like to enhance their proficiency in Mandarin specifically for business settings, or who are looking for a curriculum based on business Mandarin. In this class, your language course material is customized to your business goals, enabling you to be able to use Mandarin for your business area, including specialized vocabulary. The Chinese lessons are designed for business people within any industry who need Chinese for work. Lessons could include, for example, vocabulary for meetings, negotiations, and presentations, legal vocabulary, financial vocabulary or Mandarin for business correspondence.

What’s Included?

Accelerate your fluency in Mandarin with our popular internationally recognized Summer Mandarin Language Programs. Our study abroad programs have been developed to include all the extras you need to have a comfortable, safe and enjoyable time in China, from day-to-day support through to visa help, accommodation, medical aid, cultural and sightseeing activities, and more (all included in our standard package at no additional cost).

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Learn Chinese in a culturally immersive program that is internationally recognized, which will open doors for your future career. Live, learn, laugh and experience Chinese in this immersive cultural experience that will leave you feeling like a new person.

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Four Easy Steps to Learning Chinese in China

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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See our FAQs or contact our friendly team for more information.

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Promotions & Financial Aid

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 promotions, full and partial sponsorship opportunities.

Our prices start from US$1,980, depending on your service components, accommodation and length of stay.

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