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.

Learn Chinese
Int'l Work Experience
A New Culture
Grow Personally
Customize It
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.
With Mandarin being the most spoken language in the world, coming to China to learn to speak Mandarin is great way to gain experience about a new culture while learning new language skills that can benefit you far into the future. You can choose from a range of learning styles – a university language course, a small group class or one-on-one tutoring – suitable for any level of proficiency from absolute beginners to advanced speakers. 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.
Most of our programs come with cultural activities included. You’ll get to see the famous and not so famous sites in and around your chosen city. You may be able to take the opportunity to travel further into China, taste the sights and sounds of different cities like Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong or see the exquisite mountains or rivers in the regional areas while volunteering. Take a class. Try some calligraphy or a Thai Chi class, learn to make dumplings. It’s possible you’ll get a culture shock, but it will be an exciting one that gives you a broadened perspective on life (and perhaps even a better appreciation of your own culture!)
Taking a gap year or semester in China can help you grow, you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone as you live and experience a new culture. Gain a world-wide perspective you can’t find in any textbooks. Our team can work with you to identify opportunities and help equip you to make decisions about your future. Go Abroad China’s gap year program will provide you with all that you need; take a year off, and experience China with us in a complete and comprehensive program.
Create a customized program just for you, mix and match different opportunities for a year filled with fun, variety, personal and professional growth in a country renowned for its contrasts. Go Abroad China, will help you organize a fulfilling and significant gap year program which can incorporate:
  • Internship placement in China
  • Learning Mandarin
  • Work with entrepreneurs
  • Taking part in a study tour
  • Exploring China
We welcome applicants of high school, college and university age to join us for a semester or full-year programs - promising you an educational, career-inclined, fun-filled time in China. Contact us for more information.

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 GAC 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.


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…

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

Learn Chinese in Your Gap Year
Gap Year Internship
Travel in Your Gap Year
Teach English
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.
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.
One of the greatest ways to explore and get to know a new culture and country is to travel. 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.
For those of you 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 supplying health care, to teaching or go into the heart of rural villages and help 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.
What better way to spend your Gap Year than in the exchange of languages? Come and spend your Gap Year teaching in China and share your language with us, while we teach you ours! Go Abroad China can organize a range of teaching opportunities for both qualified teachers or people with no teaching experience at all. Our Teaching Programs offer you a generous income, accommodation, travel, immersive Mandarin classes, and meals. Our team have a good reputation in the industry and will match your skills to your opportunities and expectations. Apply today for a customized experience with one of China’s most reputable Gap Year in China organizations.

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?


Why Choose GAC?

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.

The standard package with go Abroad China includes:


  • Customized program options
  • Visa support
  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 support hotline
  • All course materials
  • Orientation and welcome support and activities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Cultural and outdoor experiences
  • Certificate and course credits if relevant

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 are you waiting for?


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:

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.
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.
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.
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.

Four Easy Steps to Internship in China


Step one: Apply online

Before you apply, remember to do your research, so you have an idea about where, when and for how long you want to intern abroad. When you have an idea of what you’d like, complete our online application form to get the ball rolling.


Step two: Assessment

To make sure we know what you want from your internship experience – where you want to work, 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 Internship 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 China Internship experience

Once your flights are booked, let us know the 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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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!

Come to China for your internship. You’ll get to learn Chinese the fastest way possible. Have all your needs taken care of, 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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