High School in Beijing

Study at a high school in Beijing, become fluent in Mandarin, make friends with Chinese high school students and have a year full of adventure in Beijing.

If you want, you can also get your Mandarin skills up quickly with a Chinese course at our Beijing Chinese language school before attending a high school in China.

Students live with a Chinese host family while studying abroad and experience the international Chinese education system first hand.

High School in China with LTL

  • Attend a top Chinese high school
  • Beijing Southwest School
  • International students between 14-16 years old
  • Make friends for life
  • Become fluent in Mandarin
  • Adventure and explore
  • 24/7 local support
  • The Beijing Southwest High School

    The Beijing Southwest High School

    Great education - attend a top High School in China

    School facilities - football field, running track, swimming pool, gym

    International - classes are taught in both Chinese and English

    Friendly - you will quickly make friends with your class mates

  • Learn Mandarin

    Learn Mandarin

    Fluent - become fluent in Mandarin within your high school year

    Learn Mandarin - take a Chinese course in Beijing before high school

    Study - additional 1 on 1 Mandarin classes while attending high school

    Speak - many will know English, but at school everyone speaks Mandarin

  • Support


    The LTL family - join our little study abroad family & make friends quickly

    Homesick? - Call us, come by for a chat or join us for lunch at any time

    Local - our team is in Beijing and always available

    24/7 - in case of emergencies our support is available at all hours

  • Experienced


    Established - China’s first professional China high school program

    Beijing based - we are right in the heart of China for you

    Support - we are always there for you before and during the program

    Planned - pre-departure briefings, great homestays, fully organized

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Beijing Southwest – Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1934.
  • Approx. 1,200 students.
  • 15 minute walk to subway stop.
  • International Department: Students in the international department are mainly Chinese students who plan to attend university abroad.
  • Some classes are taught according to the USA AP (Advanced Placement) curriculum.
  • Students with no previous Chinese knowledge are also welcome to apply.

IMPORTANT – The Beijing South West High School accepts international students between 14-16 years old interested in attending one or two semesters.

Studying at a high school in China is a once in a life time opportunity.

You will experience a completely different culture, people, education system, and language while living in one of the world’s most exciting and fastest changing cities, Beijing.

A Chinese high school might be quite different to the education system you are used to, yet in many ways quite similar too.

High School in China – Beijing Southwest

high school in beijing

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Beijing Southwest High School is an elite school that prepares Chinese high school students for attending university abroad, usually the United States.

Classes are taught in either Mandarin or English, however because all teachers and most students are Chinese the common language throughout the school and most of the classes is Chinese.

The school has excellent facilities, with a football court, swimming pool, track and field courts, two canteens, modern class rooms and a highly qualified teaching team.

There are many after school activities and clubs, including music, sports, dancing, painting, calligraphy and so on. Students eat lunch together at the school canteen, but breakfast and dinner will be eaten with the homestay family.

Your class will have approximately 20 other students in it and most likely you will be the only non-Chinese student. This means you might be a very popular person to sit next to, as there is usually quite a bit of competition who will sit next to the foreign exchange student next semester.

Getting into this Chinese high school is quite competitive and your class mates will be performing academically quite well.

However, the general atmosphere is a bit more relaxed than at most other Chinese high schools, because the students plan to study abroad. This means they will not have to take the super competitive Chinese gaokao university examinations that most teenagers between 15 and 18 spend almost all their time studying for, leaving little time to enjoy life outside school. Most students will have traveled abroad and speak comparatively good English.

Facts About the High School in China

  • Roughly 1,200 students, from 12 to 18 years old
  • 15 minute walk to the next subway stop
  • Approximately 40 minutes travel time to the city center
  • Founded in 1934, one of Beijing’s top high schools
  • International education focus school
  • Students in the international department are mainly Chinese who plan to attend university abroad
  • Some classes are taught according to the USA AP (Advanced Placement) curriculum

The Chinese Language Course

Inside a High School in China

Inside a High School in China

To give yourself a bit of time to settle into China and improve your Mandarin before starting high school, most students do several weeks of Chinese language course in Beijing first.

Depending on when your summer holidays start this can be for anything from one to eight weeks.

During the Chinese course, you will be studying four hours of Chinese in small group classes with other international students and be staying with a homestay family.

NOTE – It is also possible to add an additional two hours of individual Chinese lessons to the group classes to get ahead faster.

At the language school a lot of social activities are offered and you will very quickly meet other students from all over the world who also came to China to learn Mandarin. English is widely spoken and this is a very good first step to ease into China before immersing yourself fully into the culture and language in your new Chinese high school.

Once you are at your high school it is also possible to take individual Chinese classes during the weekends to help you to improve your Mandarin.

The Homestay Family

Tereza and her Homestay Sister

Tereza and her Homestay Sister

You will be living with a friendly Chinese family that will be looking after you during your stay.

Your room will either be shared with your host sibling or you can book the single room upgrade to have your own private room.

The homestay is really the most fun and interesting part about spending a year abroad in China.

You will eat daily freshly prepared Chinese food and be part of a Chinese family where you will practice your Mandarin every day and really get to know Chinese culture.

At the same time there will always be someone to help and support you. Our families are famous for going out of their way to make sure host students feel comfortable.

High School in Beijing Prices (Chinese Yuan)

One Semester: 76,434 CNY

Two Semesters: 124,501 CNY


  • High School Tuition and placement (international department)
  • Homestay Accommodation half board – Breakfast & dinner
    • Please note: Standard accommodation can be shared
  • 24/7 Support from the LTL team
  • Legal Guardian Program for the duration of the stay
  • Visa invitations
  • Orientation Day at LTL Mandarin School Beijing
  • DHL Service for Visa Letters from LTL
  • Survival Kit (includes Airport Pick up)
  • Airport Drop off

Additional Costs

  • School uniform: 1,100 CNY
  • Books: approx. 250 CNY
  • Visa fees (visa issuance)
  • International Health Insurance
  • International Flights (your location to Beijing)
  • Spring Festival Break accommodation
  • School Trips to Xian, the Great Wall and other locations: 1,000 – 3,000 CNY
  • Spending Money

High School Accommodation

Accommodation is already included the price. You will live with a Chinese family in a shared room, with maximum 45 minutes travel time to the high school. WIFI, air-con, heating and all other bills are already included.

Upgrade Single room: 15,000 CNY/semester net

Possible Add-Ons

  • Preparation Chinese month (4 weeks, 20 hours/week): 8,528 CNY
  • Preparation Chinese homestay month (single room): 10,388 CNY
  • Spring festival Break (4 weeks, Homestay Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) = 10,320 CNY
  • 1-on-1 weekend Chinese classes: 17,544 CNY (80 hours) or 9,216 CNY (40 hours)
  • Single room upgrade: 15,000 CNY per semester (upgrade subject to availability)

High School China Starting Dates

Season Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2019 27 August 2019 20 January 2020
Spring Semester 2020 14 February 2020 10 July 2020
Fall Semester 2020 31 August 2020 3 February 2021
Spring Semester 2021 04 March 2021 09 July 2021

Note: Small changes in the dates are possible, as the Education Ministry sometimes adjusts school starting dates by a few days.

We will communicate any changes in dates with you in as much advance as possible.

What Our High School Students Say

Anna Testimony for LTL
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I always wanted to go abroad, since the 6th grade, like maybe America, but I discovered other possibilities like China and it always stuck with me. After a while I thought, yea, why not!

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Ronja Testimony for LTL
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When you come to a High School in Beijing you have to start very early, I was really nervous before but I can say it's not as hard as I imagined. The people are really nice.

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Shelley Testimony for LTL
Czech Republic
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I was surprised how much everyone wanted to make friends and how nice and welcoming everyone was. Nobody is excluded, it doesn’t matter how old or where people are from.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any extra-curricular activities?

Yes there are but they can vary from seasons and years.

Generally you can expect activities such as Sports, Calligraphy, English, Drama etc.We can help get this set up if anything takes an interest.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes all Chinese schools have their own school uniforms.

Can I use my Mobile Phone at school?

No, this is strictly forbidden during class but before or after any class this is no problem.

If there is any emergency at any stage, the school phones can be used.

What should I do if I feel homesick?

While everyone sometimes misses home, surprisingly homesickness has never been much of a problem for our China high school program participants.

Beijing is an amazing city and once you are in it you will not want to leave.

However, usually in China the first two weeks can be quite challenging. The food is different, nobody speaks English, Beijing is a very big city and often even smells differently.

During that time many students require quite a lot of support from our team both practically and sometimes a bit emotionally too. We are here for you at all times, whatever you need. This is the great thing about having the whole LTL support team being based in Beijing.

We will see each other regularly for school events, trips and dinners while you are at the high school and even more so if you do a preparation Mandarin course in Beijing before going to high school.

What can I do during the Spring Festival Break?

Students can decide to travel home during the break or stay in China. The break of Spring Festival lasts four weeks generally but these dates are always subject to a little change each year.

As accommodation is not included for the Spring Festival Break we can arrange a homestay during this time (a great time to experience these celebrations over the holidays) and additional Chinese classes to reenforce their Chinese knowledge.

Likewise, travel home of course is a possibility. Communicate with us and we’ll make sure whatever solution you are after, we resolve.

The dates of Chinese New Year/Spring Festival Break are different every year, but it is usually either in late January or early February.


Can my parents come and visit me?

Yes of course they can visit you. Your parents are welcome to visit you in China at any time. We can also help them with their visa invitations and organization of the trip.

Are there any rules at the homestay I should adhere to?

Our homestays are lovely places to be but of course, general tidiness, politeness and genuine etiquette around the house are important.

You may help around the house with little chores here and there but just being kind and respectable on a daily basis is all that will be asked.

Whom should I talk to if I have a problem?

Us of course.

In addition to your high school, you will be part of the LTL social community here and we organize events, dinners and trips every week. We will see each other regularly, but if you have a problem, call us or come by our office at any time.

Many issues we will be able to help you solve over a cup of tea in our office, but for anything serious we of course also offer 24/7 emergency support.

How much Mandarin will I learn?

While this of course depends on each person, students studying at a Chinese high school in Beijing for a year usually reach full fluency.

What definitely helps is a preparation Mandarin course in Beijing at the beginning – the longer the better.

Once you are at the high school, all your class mates will be Chinese and you will be speaking Mandarin every day. You will also soon discover that outside the tourist and expat areas in Beijing basically nobody speaks English and you will be speaking Mandarin pretty much all the time. You will discover that learning Mandarin is actually not as difficult as many people think it is.

Once you got your tones under control and learn how the Chinese character system works, Chinese grammar is actually quite simple.

How do high school students in China connect online?

Mainly through China’s most popular messaging platform: WeChat. The software is a bit of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp rolled into one. You will definitely need a WeChat account when living and studying in China. For the aforementioned 3 previous apps you will need a VPN.


What about keeping in touch with friends back home?

The best thing we can recommend here is getting a VPN sorted out before coming to China.

We’ve covered VPN’s extensively on our blog. Take a look and your questions will be answered there.

Likewise we also recommend getting things like a Chinese SIM card sorted out and of course with the powers of technology these days, we are closer to home than we ever have been before.

China VPN

How to apply for the High School program in Beijing?

We have been doing this for many years and the process is actually a lot simpler than many people think.

Send us a message to let us know a bit more about you, when you want to come to China and ask any questions you might have. We will then organize a WhatsApp or phone interview with you and your parents to go through the program together and get to know you a bit more.

After this you and your parents will have to fill out our registration forms, we will register you for the program, apply for the visa, you book your flight and you are on your way to China

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