What You Can Expect
Thousands of students have chosen Go Abroad China when they come to China to learn Chinese. Why? At Go Abroad China we do the best we can to ensure you get value for money and that you have a fantastic experience learning Chinese in China - from the start of your application through to going home. We are here to look after you around the clock and make sure you are happy, safe and comfortable.
We aim to give you the best value for money, with many extras included in our standard program price. We are well-known for making sure our students have a fulfilling experience in China, comfortable, safe, and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture.
When you take part in a Learn Chinese Program with Go Abroad China, you will:
- Learn Chinese faster through our immersive language classes and by interacting with locals
- You’ll explore your city like a local
- You’ll gain independence and grow in confidence
- You’ll make new friends for life
- You’ll study with other international students
- You’ll take part in professionally planned and prepared Language Programs with a full range of support services
- You’ll receive transfers, certificates and, where relevant, credits towards your university degree.
Your typical day will include up to six hours of Chinese classes and up to two hours of homework. You’ll also have out-of-school activities like tours to historic sites, social or cultural activities and field trips. Read more about Daily Life in China.
Learn Chinese Program Inclusions
Our standard service package includes all the essential things you need to have a memorable experience including pre-departure support, visa support documentation, accommodation, insurance, transportation, medical aid and more.
Chinese Lessons Suitable for Everyone
Whether you just have a few hours to spare, or have come to China to explore or work, Go Abroad China can help you create the Chinese learning experience you want. With a range of choices available, from the level of language proficiency through to when you are available to study, GAC will tailor a package perfect for you.
Chinese classes are usually separated into three main categories: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Within in these groups, for example, the beginner level might be broken down into two further subgroups: an absolute beginner group for those who’ve never been exposed to Chinese before and a higher beginner group for those who’ve previously learned some basic Chinese but who are still not confident enough to speak Chinese. Our students all get placed in the classes that suit their level for the best results.
Your learning experience can be tailored to helping you with Business Chinese, day-to-day Chinese or preparing you for HSK test examinations. Before you start, we’ll assess your proficiency in Mandarin so we can ensure you get the right level of teaching for your ability.
There are generally three levels of study. However, these are flexible depending on your skill level and goals and contain many sub-levels.
- 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.
- 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 taking part in daily activities.
- 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.
- 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 main objective of the HSK is to evaluate the level of standard Mandarin that one has learned.
- 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.
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.
What are you waiting for? Apply online now!
Learn Chinese the fastest way in an immersive and culturally rich experience which will fast track your learning experience. Have all your needs taken care of and broaden your horizons, be more independent and make friends for life!
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about our internship programs? Here are some commonly asked questions for you to look at. If you can’t find your question here, contact us, and we’ll be glad to help.
- Program registration and enrolment
- Visa support documentation
- Airport transfers
- Orientation on arrival with a welcome pack
- Welcome dinner and networking session
- Program courses and materials including electives
- Business networking events
- Social and cultural activities, guided tours and excursions
- Charity excursions
- Your internship placement
- Travel coordination and assistance
- A Skype account for international calling
- 24/7 support hotline and assistance
- Day-to-day living set-up and support
- Farewell dinner and more
- Knowing 200 characters is enough to survive at a basic level on a day to day basis, that is; introduce yourself, give directions to a taxi driver, order basic food and drink.
- Knowing 800 characters will allow you to hold a simple conversation in Chinese, for example talking about the weather, your likes and dislikes, shopping and almost effortlessly getting around town.
- Knowing 1 500 characters will allow you to be able to read a newspaper; although you might not recognize every character, you will still be able to grasp the overall meaning of an article.
- Knowing 2500-3500 characters puts you at roughly the same level as a local Chinese high school student. At this stage, you will be able to fully read and understand newspapers and television programs, and converse easily on a wide range of topics.
- Mastering 4500-5500 characters will put you around the same level as a local Chinese university student. At this level, you are expected to speak fluently in any situation, be able to translate, as well as understand and speak as a well-educated ‘local.’
- Getting to the level of 20 000 – 30 000 characters puts you within a very small group of linguistic, academic experts who command a very rare knowledge of all non-standard vocabulary and subtleties contained in Mandarin Chinese. Not many people, foreign and even local ever reach this level, but there is no harm in trying!