Fancy taking on a Gap Year Experience you’ll never forget?

Want to make the most out of your Gap Year and learn Chinese whilst also exploring Chinese culture in a completely unique way?

We have programs to suit each individual with four different Gap Year China programs so that you can find the ideal program for you.

The LTL Gap Year in China program is a year that our students will never forget as they forge lifelong friends and make unforgettable memories.

No matter what you want to achieve out of your Gap Year, we have you covered.

Do you want to become fully immersed in Chinese culture and experience the “real China” developing into a fluent Mandarin speaker?

Or perhaps you want to gain work experience interning in a top class company while studying Mandarin at the same time.

LTL Mandarin School Xi'an
  • Gap Year in China
  • Study Abroad
  • Become fluent in Mandarin
  • Full Chinese Immersion
  • Four Programs
  • Meet international friends

Maybe you want something completely different, but with our tailored programs we can make sure you have the Gap Year you want.

Your Very Own Gap Year

Experience China – Explore and delve into the Middle Kingdom
Four Programs – Something for everyone
Learn Chinese – Become fluent as you journey through China
For life – Build strong relationships with students and teachers

Top Team

Our Teachers – Certified and here to get you fluent, fast
Our Staff – Always here to lend a helping hand
Our Students – Motivated to learn Chinese together
Together – Have a great time learning Chinese & socialising

Gap Year Experience – Learn Chinese

Beijing – Awash with authentic Chinese culture
Shanghai – China’s biggest city with opportunities galore
Taipei – Try something different? Try traditional
Beihai – Sun, sea and beach dreams! Live the life

Around the Clock Support

Never Alone – We know China inside out, we can help
Community – Staff, teachers and students join forces to help
All Included – WiFi, drinks and even beer is included. Jackpot!
Convenient – All Schools are ideally located and easy to access

Gap Year Experience in China

We offer four different but equally excellent Gap Year programs in China.

We are sure that whatever Gap Year in China you choose it will be the experience of a lifetime, getting to know one of the world’s most fascinating and historical countries.


This Gap Year focuses on getting your Chinese as fluent as possible.

Made up of two university style semesters you will study in small group classes with an average of three or less students and a maximum of six. These small classes allow students to form close bonds with both teachers and students.

Classes run Monday to Friday and are four hours a day, giving a weekly total of 20 hours per week.

The semesters are 18 weeks long, meaning you will get 36 weeks of Chinese study overall, but of course this can be extended if you’d like to study for a longer period.

If you really want to give your Chinese even more of an extra boost then you can stay at one of our amazing homestays in China. This intensive program coupled with a homestay has led many students to reach HSK4/5 fluency in Chinese.

PLEASE NOTE – The Chinese Language Gap Year takes place over TWO Semesters

Starting DatePrice
Fall Semester12 Sep. 2022 – 13 Jan. 202322,491 CNY
Spring Semester20 Feb. 2023 – 23 Jun. 202322,491 CNY
Fall Semester25 Sep. 2023 – 26 Jan. 202422,491 CNY

Please Note – that Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei and Xi’an courses start on different dates. More info can be found on our main website.


Please note if you wish to upgrade your accommodation to a Chinese Homestay then contact us and we can arrange this at an extra charge.

Your Mandarin will naturally progress quicker staying in a homestay and overall, 80% of our students opt for a homestay.

NOTE – If you wish to include accommodation please contact us and we will discuss your options and the prices.

Included in the price of the Chinese Language Year:

  • Study materials
  • 20 hours of small group class
  • 36 weeks of Chinese study
  • Survival Kit
  • Support from LTL staff 24/7


The fastest way to reach fluency in Chinese is definitely through experiencing full Immersion in China.

You will spend the first part of your Gap Year getting eased into Chinese culture in one of the bigger cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei or Xi’an then move onto the much smaller city of Chengde (not Chengdu, no pandas will be found here!)

This city has no expat community, giving you the chance to only interact with locals and enabling you to become truly immersed in Chinese culture and language.

Stage 1 – Beijing / Shanghai / Taipei / Xi’an

Your trip will start in either Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei or Xi’an where you will spend time getting used to Chinese culture and language.

Settling in a bigger and more international city is always a good start. You’ll be able to adapt to the country and get used to speaking Chinese.

These famous cities will be a whole adventure in themselves bringing memories you will never forget.

Stage 2 – Chengde

Compared to the big, cosmopolitan cities Chengde will seem like a different world, there is no foreign community there.

You have to be ready to embrace the full Chinese Immersion experience which may sometimes mean stepping outside of your comfort zone.

The Mandarin spoken in Chengde is the most standard, it is the perfect environment for learning Chinese.

When can I start?

Dates for our courses vary per location. If you wish to start from Beijing or Shanghai for example.

Check out our main website at for more details or contact us and we’ll confirm the dates for starting.


Our pricing below covers 3 month and 6 month Immersion Programs.

Included in the price is a return train ticket from either Shanghai or Beijing to Chengde and also a Survival kit which you can find out more about on our Services page.

NOTE – All prices are in Chinese Yuan

3 months Immersion6 weeks small group class6 weeks 1-on-1 class33,264 CNY
6 months Immersion12 weeks small group class12 weeks 1-on-1 class57,360 CNY

Accommodation Prices

We have two main accommodation options with our Immersion program which are either shared apartments or homestays.

Almost all of our students in Chengde opt for the homestay option as it is a great chance to experience real Chinese family life. However, if you are on a budget our shared apartments are also a great option.

Homestays include home cooked meals. If you have any dietary requirements such as being vegetarian or vegan then this is also no problem, just inform us of your needs.

NOTE – All prices are in Chinese Yuan

3 months6 wks shared apartment6 wks homestay21,126 CNY
3 months6 wks homestay6 wks homestay24,300 CNY
6 months12 wks shared apartment12 wks homestay37,320 CNY
6 months12 wks homestay12 wks homestay40,704 CNY


Our Chinese and English Gap Year is ideal if you are on a budget but still want to learn Chinese in China.

The program totals 22 weeks with your first four weeks spent learning Chinese at either our Shanghai or Beijing school, you choose the city.

After you’ve settled into China and have some Chinese under your belt you will enjoy 18 weeks teaching English in a smaller city outside of Beijing or Shanghai.

It’s a truly great opportunity to explore China’s wonderful history and culture, whilst still learning the language on a budget. LTL will provide you with 2,000 CNY per month and an apartment while you teach English to Chinese students. This is ideal if you are on a budget or looking to spend less money.

Included in the price of the Teach English in China Gap Year is:

Dates for our courses vary per location. If you wish to start from Beijing or Shanghai for example, check out our main website at for more details or contact us and we’ll confirm the dates for starting.


We also give you the chance to build your own gap year in Asia. Build the program you want, when you want and where you want.

You can build pretty much anything… 8 weeks in Shanghai learning Chinese in one of the world’s biggest and most exciting cities, then head to Beijing for a further 12 weeks and kick on your Chinese further with individual Mandarin classes in China’s capital.

Continue with 16 weeks in Chengde where you will be sure to achieve a high level in Mandarin!

No foreigners, no English. Welcome to real China.

You have ultimate flexibility with the Gap Year program, chat to us and let’s come up with a perfect plan for a memorable year with LTL.


Can I travel between classes?

Absolutely. This is something we wholeheartedly encourage! China is a country you have to take advantage of whilst you are here.

You can for example join one of our weekend trips to see the Terracotta army in Xian, the gardens in Suzhou or the beer festival in Qingdao.

You can also spend vacations like Chinese New Year or long weekends exploring other parts of the country from visiting the Ming Tombs in Nanjing to climbing the Himalayas in Tibet.

Do we commit to lessons during Christmas?

Christmas isn’t an official holiday in China so we do have lessons but you are welcome to return back home whenever you wish.

How are living costs in China?

The smaller cities are incredibly affordable. Beihai and Chengde will cost you next to nothing day to day. 

Of course Beijing and Shanghai being bigger cities are more pricey but in comparison to other larger cities around the world actually Beijing is very affordable (bar rent perhaps) and Shanghai just a bit more expensive.

If you want more details we recommend going to Numbeo’s Compare City feature for cost of living breakdowns.

What happens with the internship?

We will set you up with one. Let’s chat about your preferences regarding the Internship and city and we’ll get you matched to the perfect company.

Further details we can discuss with you personally to make our experience in China as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Will I reach fluency after a gap year in China

It’s possible but it takes graft, effort and a will to want to learn Chinese.

Taking a 36 week Chinese course doesn’t mean it’ll fall into your lap. You’ll need to interact, talk, probably stay at a homestay, study hard, make friends… and immerse yourself. It’s possible, don’t believe us…?

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