Short-Term Study Abroad in China Programs

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, suited to a wide range of budgets. Programs run throughout the year. So, you can choose to stay home and do the same old things… or you could come to China – learn Chinese faster than you ever imagined possible, see awe inducing places (both ancient and futuristic), meet interesting people from across the globe (and make friends for life), taste authentic Chinese food, and grow in unimaginable ways!

Are you thinking: ‘Surely a short-term Mandarin Chinese language program isn’t worth it?’ You’re wrong! Studying Chinese in China, even for as little as four weeks, will benefit you more than learning Chinese for longer periods at home. How so? Well, when you come to China to learn Chinese, you learn under native speakers and get to live the language in your everyday life. There’s no better way to accelerate your learning.

Short-term programs can also enable you to specialize. These programs give you an opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of Mandarin, such as learning business Chinese, prepare for HSK examinations or learn vocabulary for a specific industry. You can concentrate on speaking Chinese, writing Chinese or reading Chinese too. It’s entirely up to you.

For people who have already started learning Chinese, short-term programs offer the opportunity to hone your skills, extend your knowledge and correct your tones and pronunciations. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn Chinese and travel around China!

Choose How Long You Want to Learn Chinese

Short-term could be anything from four weeks to a quarter (12 weeks). With Go Abroad China, you can choose your length of study. We offer programs for four, five, six, eight and twelve weeks. You can tailor your program further by selecting your preferred time length, or by combining a four-week program with four weeks of travel - the choice is yours.

Choose How You Want to Learn Chinese

There are three types of learn Chinese programs available for you to take part in while you spend your time in China (all of which include traveling and experiencing the many landmarks and historic sites China has on offer). Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to fast track your mastery of the Chinese language.

Go Abroad China has developed a reputation for delivering fun, meaningful and engaging year abroad programs - ask one of our alumni to hear how much they enjoyed their time in China!

Learn Chinese at University
Learn Chinese in a Small Group class
Learn Chinese One-on-one
Take your Chinese language skills to the next level by studying Mandarin at one of China’s top universities. When you study abroad, you get to immerse yourself in another culture and learn the language faster than studying in your home country. 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. You also get to experience real life in one of our vibrant cities, while completing your qualification or degree. Depending on the university you choose, you may be able to study additional subjects. Studying Chinese in China will let you 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). Check out our STUDY ABROAD UNIVERSITY PROGRAM
The small group Chinese language program is perfect for individuals who prefer smaller classes, groups wanting a personalized experience or even families. The program is flexible, and you will start speaking Mandarin in a few weeks. Class sizes rarely exceed 15 students and depending on your needs and goals; you can join a weekday program or a weekend program. Go Abroad China have partnered with internationally recognized and award-winning Chinese language schools to bring you an all-inclusive package that lets you live and study in China. Our program packages include social and cultural outings so that you are immersed in the Chinese environment, fast-tracking your knowledge and understanding of the Chinese language. Check out our STUDY ABROAD SMALL GROUP PROGRAM.
Not everyone wants to study in a formal class environment, even if it’s a small class. Others may find that they need even more flexibility with when they can learn, like business executives, busy individuals or Interns. It may be that you want to learn only specific aspects of the language, rather than follow a structured class curriculum. If that’s you, then private Chinese lessons may be just the thing; lessons customized to your requirements, availability and learning goals. Bring Mandarin to life and learn to use it sufficiently for your needs in the setting of your choice, with a personal tutor who is experienced in teaching Chinese to a foreigner. Check out our STUDY ABROAD ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING PROGRAM.

GAC Business Lecture Series

GAC organizes business lectures for our Learn Chinese program participants, featuring presentations from academics, expats, and entrepreneurs, including representatives of the Chinese business community.  These lectures have been developed to provide you with an in-depth insight into critical issues and shed light on opportunities available for young graduates as the Chinese economy develops.  Lectures will cover topics such as the Chinese Development Model, Cross-Cultural and Exchange Management, Business Trade policies of China, the historical development of China, development of the ‘eChinese financial system’ and the future, and the Chinese Stock Exchange.

Program Highlights

GAC organizes tailored Chinese learning experiences based on your needs, goals, and interests with internationally accredited institutions. We are happy to completely tailor your Learn Chinese program based on your budget, goals, and interests. With Go Abroad China you get:

  • Come for as long or as little as you want; short term programs range from four to twelve weeks.
  • Available for any level of Chinese language knowledge.
  • Learn anywhere between 100 and 800 characters (amazing!).
  • Programs for any budget with more inclusions.
  • Award winning international quality Chinese teaching methods.
  • Make international friends for life while exploring the rich sights, sounds and tastes of China.
  • Support throughout including during your application, pre-departure and visa, around the clock while you are here and after.


Apply today for a Life-changing Experience

Continue your studies and learn the most spoken language in the world through an immersive language program that will fast track your Chinese language proficiency and take your life in a whole new direction!


Making it Easy

Planning time abroad in China, organizing your sight-seeing, accommodation and tuition can be complicated! Making sure you have everything sorted, from choosing the right place to study to transferring credits, organizing visas and getting around can do your head in. 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 make sure you get into your choice of program, organize all the details for you, help you with your visa and arrange the little extras that make the experience worthwhile! GAC arranges affordable, accredited and quality Chinese language programs. We’ve placed thousands of happy students and would love to do the same for you.

With GAC you get:

University Placement

All Course Materials

Visa Support

Orientation and Welcome Support and Activities


Networking Opportunities

Airport Transfers

Cultural and Outdoor Experiences

Certificate and Course Credits

24/7 Support Hotline

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.


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:

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!

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.

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).

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.

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.

Make new friends for life that live all over the world (you may even have opportunities to visit them in their countries later on!).

Gain global perspectives from the world’s largest exporter, get to understand international trade and how to do it well.

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!

Get an internationally recognized credit for Mandarin

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.


What’s Included?

Your Chinese learning experience will be enhanced with all the extras we include in your program package. We are internationally recognized for making sure our students have a fulfilling experience in China. We make sure all our students are comfortable, safe, and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture.

Our service package includes all the essential things you need to have a fantastic experience, including pre-departure support, visa support documentation, accommodation, insurance, transportation, medical aid and more.

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 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 you get set-up for living in China. Once you arrive, we supply airport transfers to get you safely from the airport to their accommodation and show you around.
Chinese Language Classes
Chinese language classes are the primary focus of our China immersion program. Our programs have been developed to help you learn as fast and effectively as possible, so by the time you leave, you’ve improved your 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. 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.
We offer three different housing accommodation options. 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 safety while in China and we take this very seriously. Our team have many years’ experience in working with and supporting you. 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 you with your 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 you will be 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 you may have before you arrive. We work hard to ensure all our policies are up to the expected standards. You can be assured that we'll look after you.
Welcome and Orientation
To ensure that students and parents understand how the program works, what they can expect, so you 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 students 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 your learning experience 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 your learning experience, enabling you 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 your learning experience through practice.

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!

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.

Have a question?

Our team would be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

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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!


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 range from US$3,280 to US$11,480 depending on your accommodation and length of stay.

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