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Learn Mandarin in China

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Mandarin Language Course in China
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Trip Code: CNCML1
Duration: 4 Weeks - 16 Weeks
From £1595 for 4 Weeks
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Take part in our Mandarin language course in China and have the incredible opportunity to gain first hand experience learning Mandarin, interacting with locals and taking in China’s rich and diverse culture. See this intriguing country in a new light as you immerse yourself in the community and dramatically improve your verbal and written language skills.

Learning Mandarin in China
China has always captivated and intrigued the rest of the world with it’s ancient civilization, cultural landmarks and rich cuisine. However in recent years it has become much more than this; a technological hub and cosmopolitan centre China has sure enough become a world leader in many respects. This melting pot of old and new makes China a fascinating place to explore and perfect for those wanting to experience an exciting, stimulating culture with the comfort of modernised living. Every one out of five people in the world are chinese and Mandarin Chinese is swiftly becoming the largest international language after English. The Mandarin language course will help to enhance your future career on an international level and set yourself apart from other potential employees as you grasp one of the most useful cultural commodities in the world. 

The Mandarin language course is based in the thriving, lively city of Yantai along the Eastern coast of China. This is the perfect environment to gain a thorough understanding of the language, people and culture and is steeped in Chinese history. Yantai will be your classroom as you immerse yourself in the community, make friends with locals and converse in Chinese on a daily basis. There will be plenty to do in your spare time and you are encouraged to visit historic sites such as Yantai Consular Hill, the Mou’s Manor and Penglai Pavillion to expand your knowledge of China’s rich tapestry of culture. Or just make like a local and try a spot of chess or Tai Chi in a local park, enjoy afternoon tea tasting or some delicious authentic cuisine at one of Yantai’s many restaurants. 

Your Mandarin Course
This course is designed for international students who are beginners of Mandarin Chinese and are keen to rapidly expand their knowledge of the written and spoken language. Based at the prestigious Yantai University and Ludon University this course is designed to be an extremely effective and successful method to developing Mandarin Chinese language to a high level.  This course involves a series of practical and theoretical classes and your daily routine will include grammar classes, small drill sessions and hour long private tutorials to help you get the very most out of the experience. The course runs for four hours a day, four days a week and this intensive structure aims to increase the speed at which you learn and ensures you are developing as quickly as possible. Classes are usually scheduled for the morning, leaving the rest of the afternoon free for you to explore the city and test out your favourite new phrases! Learning by firsthand experience is by far the most effective method and you will be surprised at how quickly you can pick up the language when you put it into practise. Furthermore the classes are always small which means that you are able to get personal advice and ensures that the class is going at a comfortable speed for your progression. There is the option to join this project for four weeks, one semester or two semesters depending on what you wish to gain from the programme and how much time you have available. 

You will also have the opportunity to take on some extra paid work in your spare time, either as a private English tutor or as a teacher at the local kindergarten. This would be a fantastic way to help fund your trip and certainly compliment your Mandarin language course. 

Gap Year and Career Break Mandarin Language Courses in China
Learning Mandarin on this intensive language course is a fantastic way to experience China’s lively, captivating culture. Experience the joy of chatting to the locals as you learn the language in a real life setting, all whilst making amazing friends and having the trip of a lifetime and enhancing your CV! 

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Learn Mandarin in China
Trip Code
Yantai Laishan Airport (YNT)
Minimum Duration
4 Weeks
Maximum Duration
16 Weeks
Minimum Age
Trip Type
Courses & Qualifications
From £1595 for 4 Weeks
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This course is a minimum of one semester which is 4 months.
You do not need to have any Mandarin language experience to take part in this course.
Ideal for
Gap year and career break Mandarin courses in China, Mandarin language qualifications overseas, China language holidays.
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Arrival Dates

February and August each year

Note 1: The semester begins on 1st of the month so you will have a day to settle into your surroundings beforehand.

Note 2: Dates are flexible for the four week placement. Please contact a travel advisor for more information.

Note 3: To take part in a two semester placement your start date will begin at the first start date of the year.

British Nationals will require a visa to enter China. You can click here to read more about visa requirements.

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Shared accommodation on the university campus
Airport Pick Up
Airport pick up on arrival form Yantai airport.
Univeristy Tuition Fees
University application fees, all tuition and textbooks.
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Equipment and Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; Extra activities and excursions not on itinerary; Return Airport Transfer.
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Course Duration and Prices
There is the option to complete the Learning Chinese Mandarin course for four weeks, one semester or two semesters depending on what you wish to gain from the programme and how much time you have available. 

4 weeks: £1595
One Semester (4 months): £2895
Two Semesters (10 months): £5595

Social Life in China
China has a unique and intriguing social life with a vast array of activities to keep you entertained. China still embraces its ancient customs and traditions whilst moving forward into the technological, globalised world. This clash of worlds allows for a thriving and exciting social scene where traditional tea tasting still takes place alongside colourful street festivals, and modern club nights. There is no shortage of activities to keep you busy and our in country team will be on hand to make sure you get the very most out of your experience. Furthermore there will be plenty of opportunities to visit local restaurants and try out some delicious, authentic Chinese food. 

Travel and Adventure in China
Make the most of you free time and explore your surrounding area. Your in country coordiantor knows the area inside out and will be there to give you a helping hand on the best places to visit and so that you don't miss a thing! For those wanting to continue your travels China’s vast landscape has so much to offer the adventurous and you are sure to never get bored. For a taste of historical China head off to the Great Wall of China to experience one of the great wonders of the world or visit the Terracotta Army, one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century in the province of Shaanxi. For those wanting to get their blood pumping take a hike to one of the deepest gorges in the world, the Tiger Leaping Gorge or head North and trek into the clouds at the beautiful Huang Shan mountain. 

Accommodation in China
You will be staying in a shared room on the campus of the university. These are equipped with a private bathroom, TV, phone, internet access, bedding and air conditioning. There are 7 dining halls and one cafeteria on school campus, and quite a number of restaurants, snack shops and cafes just opposite to the campus, so you will have plenty of choice for food whilst you are here. 

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China is a country of immense cultural and geographical variety where East meets West and old collides with new. A real treat for the curious traveller this fascinating country offers a unique blend of traditional customs, history and outstanding natural beauty. Perhaps most well known for it’s ancient civilisation, world famous cuisine and historic, treasured landmarks China has always drawn in visitors from around the world.

It is however, in recent years that that China has undergone an enormous social and economic change and remerged as an economic superpower and a hub for technological advances. This mix of the globalised, cosmopolitan world and traditional, historic customs makes China a fascinating and surprising land to discover.

Quick Facts
People's Republic of China
Bordering Countries
Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Capital City
Communist State
1.3 billion
Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
People's Republic of China
13.4% live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Office machines, Data processing equipment, Electrical machinery, Telecommunications equipment, Clothing
China's climate varies from region to region. In the northeast the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the southeast there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers and cool winters.
Time Zone
GMT +8
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Fun Facts
• Almost one-fifth of the world's population lives in China
• According to legend, tea was discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 B.C. when a tea leaf fell into his boiling water
• The world’s tallest man is Chinese, Bao Xishun is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as 2.47m (8 ft 1 in) tall

Travel Highlights
• Marvel at the hugely impressive Giant Buddha of Leshan, standing 73m high and carved out of a cliff face in Sichaun, Western China.
• Visit the worlds largest palace, the Forbidden City, in central Beijing.
• Take in the monumental scale of China's wonder of the world, The Great Wall of China.
• Soak up the breathtaking scenery on a a Li River cruise. So far removed from China's concrete metropolis cities
• Discover the secretive life of the Giant Panda, at the dedicated breeding centre in Chengdu, central China

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Where is China?
China is located in the East of Asia and is the second largest country by land area. Due to it’s large size China is bordered by 14 countries including, Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Japan and the Philippines. It is also bordered by the Pacific Ocean on it’s East Coast. With a population of over 1.3 billion China consists of twenty-two provinces, four municipalities, five autonomous regions, and two specially administered regions.

Climate of China
Due to the vast amount of land the climate varies significantly between different regions in China and tends to be split into four different temperature and rainfall zones: North, Northeast and Northwest, central, South and Tibet. In the North, Northeast and Northwest summer falls roughly between May and August and can get extremely hot and dry, while the winter, which falls between November to December and March to April can sometimes drop to -40C. In Central China the summer tends to be extremely hot and humid and the winter a lot shorter than in the North. The South is significantly warmer than the rest of the country with temperatures often reaching 40C between April and September. Tibets weather can vary dramatically throughout the day with temperatures below zero during the early morning and evening and up to a scorching 40 C at midday.   

Language in China
The language of China is internally diverse and comprises of seven main dialects, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Wu, Min, Xiang, and Gan. Mandarin is however, the official language of the People’s Republic of China and is the most widely spoken, recently becoming the most widely spoken language in the world after English with about 800 million speakers. This is followed by the language Wu, which has about 90 million speakers, and Cantonese with about 80 million in China.

Due to tourism English is now widely spoken throughout the larger cities and tourist destinations and has recently become a key subject in the school curriculum. Nowadays many Chinese people can speak basic English, especially the youth, students, and staff of service trades like hotels, restaurants, airlines, banks and post offices.

People of China
China’s population currently exceeds 1.3 billion people, which is by far the most populated country in the world so as you can imagine customs, traditions and general way of life vary dramatically from place to place. This only adds to China’s charm and you are bound to experience a diverse mix of interesting and unique communities wherever you travel. It is inevitable that with such a long history, spanning 5000 years, that China has developed some unique and traditional customs and traditions many of which are still prevalent in their modern society. Much of these are apparent through colourful festivals, street parties and traditional sports much of which are accompanied by singing, dancing and instrumental performances.

Present day China is an amalgamation of old world traditions and westernized lifestyles with much of the larger cities at the centre of a globalised world. Over recent years China has become the world's fastest growing economy, it’s easy to see why when you realise the hard working and determined work ethic of many of the Chinese.

Travelling in China
The sheer size of China may be daunting to navigate your way around however there are some real gems in this fascinating country so it’s worth doing a bit of planning! Make sure to add to your list the famous Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders in the world which are steeped in history and has been incorporated into much Chinese mythology and symbolism.  

For another insight into China’s history make sure to check out the Terracotta Army  or "Terracotta Warriors and Horses", which is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

For the more adventure inclined, there is plenty to keep your heart pumping as you climb into the clouds on Huang Shan , trek the Tiger Leaping Gorge or trek your way to the beautiful Tibet.

Gap Year and Career Breaks in China
Visit one of the most intriguing countries in the world on your gap year or career break and get a real taste of China’s traditional, cultural past in contrast with it’s cosmopolitan and thriving modern cities. This is the perfect destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in the Eastern world with the comforts of westernized living.

When you chose to further your career and give your CV that added boost by gain qualifications and completing courses overseas, the costs incurred go towards setting up your chosen course, and giving you a great environment to live in for the duration of your time overseas. Your money goes on many benefits around your placement, to make sure you have the best experience possible.
Placement Assessment
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to your career development.
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which course, qualification or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to work in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after you have completed your course or been awarded your qualification. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival in your chosen destination and help you settle in. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation so you can get used to your new home.
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and course induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placement’s, however in some cases this is not always be possible. Please see the Project Summary tab for further details.  
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our in-country staff members live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy on your chosen course.
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Giving Others Similar Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants to our courses and qualification placements overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on giving other people like you the same opportunity to bolster their CV with a new qualification. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions! 
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There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your trip or tour with us.

Flights and Insurance
Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic, this is simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – StudentUniverse, part of Flight Centre. They will guide you every step of the way.

Please only use this service here and do not go into one of their branches as this can complicate things for us.

Browse or book flights using our search engine. Click here to access it.

Alternatively you can call them on 03300 585032 and mention you are considering or are going away with Changing Worlds and let them do the hard work. They will also be able to provide you with adequate travel insurance.

Travelling after your trip with us? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem... just discuss this with them too.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner.

What happens when flights and insurance are booked?
When you book any trip with us, you will gain access to our online Travel Centre, personalised for you. In here you will have all the information about your trip and how to plan for it, including the contact details for our in-country team and address you will be staying at.

There are also some forms we need you to complete before you depart, covering areas like your dietary requirements, next-of-kin, medical information, flight arrivals details and more.

Do I really need travel insurance?
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

Some of the countries where we work will require you to have a visa. We provide guidance for this against the Trip Summary tab so you can check whether your nationality requires it. If a visa is required we will provide a letter of invitation, if the embassy requests this, as well as all the relevant information you will need to complete the visa application process. This information is provided after you book with us. With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Please note we have no control over the issuing of visas and this is at the embassies discretion. We will help wherever possible though.

At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!

Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to volunteer or take part in a placement overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project fee in easy-to-manage installments.
Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.
Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any relevant previous experience you have, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your project. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project.
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