Chinese Language School Gap Year

Ever fancied taking a Gap Year Abroad?

Course you have, and now is your chance to do just that with our once in a lifetime Gap Year Program at our Chinese Language Schools in China.

Experience Beihai’s beautiful beaches and then move onto Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and/or Chengde. Mix and match the cities as you please and create your own gap year abroad.

There are four Gap Year Abroad programs to choose from or you have the power to tailor your own. Speak to us if you aren’t sure which program suits you best and we will help you create the dream Gap Year Abroad in China.

Beihai Beach - Gap Year Abroad

  • Gap Year Abroad in China
  • Travel China, Learn Chinese
  • Group or 1-on-1 classes
  • Fully Certified and Qualified Mandarin Teachers
  • Stay in a Homestay or Apartment both provided by LTL
  • Beihai, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Chengde
  • Make friends to last a lifetime
  • Choose from four programs
  • Or build your very own gap year
  • Experience of a Lifetime

    Experience of a Lifetime

    Travel – Discover everything China has to offer. From bustling Beijing to beautiful Beihai

    Friends – LTL have hosted students for all four corners of the world. Make friends to last a lifetime

  • Top Teachers

    Top Teachers

    Enjoy – LTL classes are designed to be fun, friendly and engaging. Never stop learning with our top rate teachers

    Carefully selected – LTL only hire the best teachers throughout China. All teachers must have experience and the relevant qualifications

  • Around the Clock Support

    Around the Clock Support

    Accommodation – Choose from Homestay or Apartment accommodation and receive 24/7 support from LTL

    Visa – Applying from a Chinese Visa can feel overwhelming. We are the experts, we will guide you along.

  • Get Fluent Fast

    Get Fluent Fast

    Group of Individual – You choose what class you want. Individual students can tailor their own study program and gain fluency faster.

    Immerse Yourself – Change your phone language to Chinese. Make Chinese friends, live with a Chinese Homestay... possibilities are endless.

Gap Year Abroad with LTL

We have four Gap Year Abroad Programs to choose from. If you really aren’t sure which suits you best you can build your very own Gap Year Abroad, but of course feel free to speak to us about what you want to get out of your time with LTL. We will help you create the perfect program.

Full Immersion Gap Year

Beihai and Chengde provide two completely different China experiences!

You’ll start your experience in sunny Beihai. Beautiful weather and gorgeous beaches await as you study Chinese on the south coast. Clear air and the cheap cost of living are two further excellent draws to this largely untapped city, which is home to just a handful of foreigners.

After that you make the long journey north to Hebei province (the province surrounding the capital, Beijing). 

Chengde awaits you. Beaches and sun will be replaced, but wondrous sights await and more importantly, full Chinese immersion due to the fact there are no foreigners in Chengde (just our students)!

Chengde is where your Chinese level will begin to sky-rocket. All lessons in Chengde are individual around various locations that you agree with your teacher. This immersive environment has seen our students reach fluency in quicker times even we ever thought were possible!

Gap Year Abroad - Experience Chengde

Experience Chengde

Starting Dates

Our courses are all flexible so if you wish to discuss the length of your program just contact us and we’ll gladly assist. Here are the prices and starting dates for the popular three month and six month full immersion courses in China. Bare in mind the starting dates are for complete beginners. Anyone with some Mandarin knowledge can start any Monday. 

  • 18 November 2019
  • 09 December 2019
  • 30 December 2019
  • 06 January 2020
  • 03 February 2020
  • 24 February 2020
  • 09 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 11 May 2020
  • 01 June 2020
  • 22 June 2020
  • 13 July 2020
  • 27 July 2020
  • 10 August 2020
  • 24 August 2020
  • 14 September 2020
  • 19 October 2020
  • 16 November 2020
  • 07 December 2020
  • 28 December 2020

Immersion Gap Year – Prices

NOTE – All prices are in Chinese Yuan

Duration Beihai Chengde Price
3 months Immersion 6 weeks small group class 6 weeks 1-on-1 class 33,264CNY
6 months Immersion 12 weeks small group class 12 weeks 1-on-1 class 57,360CNY

Immersion Gap Year – Accommodation

NOTE – All prices are in Chinese Yuan

Duration Beihai Chengde Price
3 months 6 wk shared apartment 6 wk homestay 21,126CNY
3 months 6 wk homestay 6 wk homestay 24,300CNY
6 months 12 wk shared apartment 12 wk homestay 37,320CNY
6 months 12 wk homestay 12 wk homestay 40,704CNY

For information regarding accommodation please visit our Accommodation page or drop us a message with any questions you may have. In Beihai you will have the choice of staying in an apartment or a homestay. In Chengde generally all our students stay with homestays to make sure you maximise the immersive experience.

Mandarin Language Year

Spend your Gap Year Abroad at our Chinese Language School in China and enjoy 36 weeks of world class Mandarin language lessons.

You will be placed into small group classes that allow each and every one of you to talk, write, speak, read, listen and everything else in between!

That works out at 20 hours per week, for 36 weeks. That’s 720 hours of Chinese in total!

Semesters last 18 weeks and the Mandarin language year covers two full semesters. Even complete beginners will expect to make significant progress in this time.

Spend a year by the beach, with fantastic clear air and beaming hot sun, whilst adding a hugely valuable skill to your CV.


  • All text books and study materials
  • 20 hours of Chinese class per week
  • 36 weeks of Chinese lessons (2 x 18 week semester programs)
  • Your own Survival Kit
  • Around the clock support from the LTL team

Mandarin Language Year – Starting Dates and Prices

Spring Semester 2020: 24th Feb. 2020 – 14th Jun 2020

Fall Semester 2020: 14rd Sep. 2020 – 15th Jan. 2021

On the Beihai Beach!


Program with no accommodation: 32,092 CNY
+36 weeks accommodation – Contact us for quotes on homestays and apartments

WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR MANDARIN EVEN FASTER – Living with a Homestay family in Beihai is the quickest way to do this. At the same time it doubles up as a once in a lifetime experience. Become part of a family and use your Chinese every hour of the day while enjoying the joys of home cooked Chinese food and a comfortable place to stay.

Chinese + English Gap Year Program

If you are on a bit of a budget but want to maximise your time in China then our Chinese + English Gap Year Program is just for you.

You’ll spend 22 weeks in China split into 4 weeks studying Mandarin at our Chinese Language School in Beihai, before teaching English at a Chinese School for 18 weeks.

You’ll receive expert tutelage from our Chinese Language teachers during your four weeks of intensive Chinese classes. During this time you’ll become familiar with life in China, get to know the language, the area and the food.

Once these four weeks have passed it’s onto the school, where you become the teacher. It’s now time for you to impart your wisdom on young and hungry Chinese school students.

INCLUDED – LTL provides you with an apartment during your 18 weeks teaching and also a budget 2000 CNY spending money per month. This is ideal if you are on a tighter budget.

Things To Note

  • Four weeks Chinese Group Classes
  • Accommodation for the first four weeks will either be at an apartment or homestay
  • Teaching English for 18 weeks in another Chinese city.
  • 2000 CNY per month spending money included
  • Accommodation at a local apartment
  • Transportation to school
  • Support from our staff
  • Airport pick up when arriving to China.
Learn Chinese in China Cheap

Come to China and Learn Chinese with LTL

Starting Dates

  • 18 November 2019
  • 09 December 2019
  • 30 December 2019
  • 06 January 2020
  • 03 February 2020
  • 24 February 2020
  • 09 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 11 May 2020
  • 01 June 2020
  • 22 June 2020
  • 13 July 2020
  • 27 July 2020
  • 10 August 2020
  • 24 August 2020
  • 14 September 2020
  • 19 October 2020
  • 16 November 2020
  • 07 December 2020
  • 28 December 2020

Chinese + English Program Prices (CNY)

Homestay Program: 9,600 CNY (homestay accommodation, half board)

Shared Apartment Program: 7,500 CNY (Large Room shared apartment accommodation, en suite bathroom, no board)

Registration fee: 300 CNY

Build A Gap Year

Want to mix it up a bit on your Gap Year Abroad? Then let’s build your own!

Beautiful Beihai Beach

Beautiful Beihai Beach

Drop us an email or a call and we can help you create your ideal Gap Year Abroad which can include any of the following:

A Gap Year Abroad program lasts for 36 weeks (two 18 week semesters).

Here are some example ways of covering those 36 weeks

Gap Year Abroad Example Program A

  • Learn Mandarin in Beijing for 9 weeks
  • Learn Mandarin in Chengde for 9 weeks where your Chinese will sky-rocket.
  • Spend your final 18 weeks teaching English to Chinese children to complete your China Gap Year.

Gap Year Abroad Example Program B

  • Study Chinese in Beihai for 6 weeks
  • Study Chinese in Taipei for 12 weeks
  • Do an Internship in Beijing for 18 weeks and gain invaluable experience working in China

The aim of the Gap Year Abroad program is to be as flexible as possible. No two programs are the same.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am coming to China alone. Is it safe?

You’ve really got nothing to worry about on this front.

China is one of the safest countries to be based in. Despite being alone you will fit right into our student community and make friends no matter where you study, or whether you study in a group or individually.

Can I travel China as well as learning Chinese

Absolutely! We wholeheartedly encourage this. What are Gap Years for…?!

The great thing about China is that it opens so many doors, not just inside of China but nearby. Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, South Korea, North Korea. Our school in Beihai is barely a two hour drive from the Vietnam border!

Travel away!

How about living costs in China?

It really depends what you are used to back home but generally China is pretty cheap if you ignore Shanghai and Beijing. 

The cost of living in Beihai and Chengde for example is far cheaper than the bigger cities and the environment is more immersive so it works out a win-win situation on that front!

Are there lessons at your Chinese Language School over Christmas?

Yes there are, we are open 365 days a year!

Holidays in China are very different to the West, and Christmas is not actually a holiday here. Even during Chinese New Year (China’s biggest holiday), we still run our Chinese classes.

Is there an Internship for me?

We always chat to you before and get an idea of what industry you want to gain experience in, and the sort of company you wish to work for.

Remember the key with the internship isn’t the industry the company is in, but the job you are doing. We always find the right internship for our students and spend plenty of time on doing so.

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