Spend a Gap Year in China

Sometimes we simply need a year off (or even just a semester)... A gap between high school and college or university, or break halfway through an intensive degree or course, or if you’ve reached a crossroad in your life and don’t know which path to follow.

Taking a gap year in China can be the perfect solution! You can join students from across the globe in an unrivaled Gap Year Study Abroad 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.

Why Take a Gap Year in China?

Few other countries can offer the diversity and experience you’ll get living, studying, working or traveling in China. China has many faces; it’s a myriad of culturally rich and diverse cities. As you move around you’ll experience modern China around one corner and ancient China around another. China has the world’s largest and fastest growing economy. It’s a culturally rich country that is continually adapting to stay abreast of world changes.

Few other countries can offer the diversity and experience you’ll get living, studying, working or traveling in China. China has many faces; it’s a myriad of culturally rich and diverse cities. As you move around you’ll experience modern China around one corner and ancient China around another. China has the world’s largest and fastest growing economy. It’s a culturally rich country that is continually adapting to stay abreast of world changes. Stay with a local host family and deepen your cultural experience daily through interaction and daily practice. You’ll get personal experience of what to do and not to do, master the art of eating with chopsticks and enhance your experience through cultural excursions and social events.

Many companies are offering a Gap Year in China, so why choose GAC? For a start, our standard program already includes most of the add-ons that competitors make you pay extra for. Our company has been delivering programs to satisfied customers for over a decade, and we work tirelessly to improve our services and programs. With GAC you are in good hands.

Why choose us? Go Abroad China arranges paid Internships for our participants with a range of companies, from small start-ups to large, multinational corporations. We ensure your entire year is planned and you’ll know you are in good hands. Join thousands of other people from all over the world in our much loved Gap Year Internship Program.

Gap Year Program Types

Personalize your gap year by choosing the gap year program types you like most. Combine learning Mandarin, internship, volunteering, travel and entrepreneurship for the ultimate gap year

Can you guess what the most spoken language in the world is? If you guessed English, you guessed wrong! Mandarin has overtaken English as the most spoken language in the world. This being the case, learning to speak Mandarin can open doors for you globally and make a positive impact on your future. You don’t have to attend a university or school to learn Chinese either; we have a range of courses available to suit you, from one-on-one personal tutoring through to small group classes and university programs. Click Go Abroad China Learning Chinese Programs for details.

Gap Year Program Highlights

With over a decade of experience in delivering high-quality programs in China, our team at Go Abroad China can offer you a customized, high-quality gap year program with more inclusions in our standard program that our competitors.
Join thousands of other students who have chosen Go Abroad China to deliver their international Gap Year Abroad program, and you’ll get:

  •  International exposure and experience; broaden your horizons and challenge yourself
  • Intensive Mandarin Chinese classes at recognized universities, language schools or through personal tuition
  • Language exchange with native Chinese speakers to help accelerate your Mandarin proficiency
  • Guaranteed placement in a paid internship in China (if you intern for four weeks or more) or a part-time job opportunity
  • Placement with a Mentoring and Coaching option to help you improve your skills, profile and grow professionally
  • Network, socialize and meet people from all over the world; make friends for life
    1. Try something new with well-structured cultural electives
    2. See the country with guided tours in the city, outdoor excursions and networking activities
    3. Safe and comfortable accommodation; with choices including living with a Chinese host family, dormitories, shared apartment or private apartment
    4. A chance to take part in meaningful volunteering opportunities
    5. Around the clock support and assistance.


Chinese learners giving five together

Taking a Gap Year in China isn’t just an opportunity to spend a year abroad, it’s an opportunity to get to know yourself, to grow in confidence and independence, to challenge yourself in new ways. You’ll gain life skills that will help you in your future challenges. Your time in China will help you focus on what you want from your future and help you make decisions if you are at a cross-road in your life.

Our team can work with you to help crystalize your career plans and to make decisions about your work life. You can mix and match a wide range of program options and be exposed to many different international experiences. Gain work experience in your field of study/career field, network and develop your list of global connections, learn a new language, travel and explore, volunteer, meet and interact with the local people. We offer you a unique experience. Our program is a complete package that allows you to choose which elements you want to take part in. Come for the experience of a lifetime…

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.

Details for the table:

Price for Go Abroad China Gap Year  Program

Program Length Program Type Full Service with Homestay Full Service with Shared Apartment Full Service with Private Apartment
1 Semester Standard US$8,800 US$9,680 US$11,280
Intensive US$9,860 US$10,780 US$12,980
1 Academic Year Standard US$15,430 US$16,980 US$20,880
Intensive US$17,760 US$18,980 US$23,860
  • Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule.

Apply today for a life-changing experience

Take a semester or a year off in China; apply for a paid internship, travel, teach or volunteer; meet new people and make friends for life and take your life in a whole new direction! What are you waiting for?












Four Easy Steps to Go Abroad China

Step One: Apply online

Review program info and complete our online application form to get the ball rolling.

Step Two: Application Assessment

You will have a 15-min Skype interview with your program advisor to discuss your motivation, goals, needs, destination and duration. From this, we can make sure we tailor the right service package for you. We’ll also know if this is the right program for you. Within two to three days after the interview, the advisor 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 program deposit. Once this has been done, we’ll send you all the documents you need: your contract and all the required documents for your visa application as well as your pre-departure package via email, which contains all the information you’ll need regarding your trip and stay in China.

Step Four: Start your wonderful China journey

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.


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


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


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


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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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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