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Chinese Courses in Beijing

Enroll in EF’s Chinese courses in Beijing and learn the purest form of Mandarin in China’s greatest ancient capital.

Study Chinese in Beijing and discover China’s spectacular capital city. EF Beijing is nestled in a central but quiet neighborhood, perfect for getting your bearings upon arrival. The downtown location of our language courses places students within walking distance of all the essentials; the post office, banks, gym and shopping malls. In the area you’ll also find the bustling Silk Market, as well as both traditional and Western-style cafes and bars. Our full-time activities staff will point you towards Beijing’s major landmarks such as the ancient Forbidden City or newly-built Olympic Stadiums.

EF Beijing’s language classes in Mandarin pronunciation training and Chinese idioms prepare students for real-world interactions on Beijing’s streets. Our language school provides the rare opportunity to study alongside Chinese students who are learning English. You’ll make local connections and gain confidence before even stepping outside of the building. For an even further immersion into Chinese culture, supplement your Chinese courses in Beijing with a special interest class in the art of Chinese calligraphy or traditional cooking.

An Ancient City at a Modern Pace

Though soaring skyscrapers are a standard feature of modern Beijing, you don’t have to look far to uncover the traces of ancient China. This city was founded thousands of years ago and a walk down a Beijing street is a study in contradictions and contrasts. Residents perform centuries-old Tai Chi in the shadow of modern office buildings. Businessmen speak into cellphones outside of 15th century pagodas. Rickshaws share the road with luxury sports cars.

Enroll in a Chinese course in Beijing and start uncovering layer upon layer of Chinese history in this storied capital. Enter the gates of the Forbidden City and walk in the footsteps of emperors. Hop on a bicycle and slowly make your way through the Hutong, a series of old alleyways that reveal what life was like in old Beijing. Wander among the pagodas of the Summer Palace and walk the steps up to the Temple of Heaven. On the weekend, go farther afield and witness the majesty of one of the world’s true wonders, The Great Wall of China. Embrace Beijing and return home with a new language and a fresh appreciation for Chinese culture, both ancient and modern.

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Program Highlights

  • Start any Monday, all year round
  • Study abroad from 2 to 52 weeks
  • Advance one language level every 6 weeks, guaranteed
  • Learn and explore with friends from 100 countries

School Highlights

  • Inviting traditional course center located near Olympic Park
  • Bright and modern classrooms fitted with the latest learning technology
  • Organized excursions to Shaolin Temple, Xi’an, the Great Wall, etc.
  • 5-minute walk to public transportation; easy access to shopping and entertainment in central Beijing

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LEARN MORE, FASTER.

Guaranteed results. You’ll advance one level every six weeks – thanks to our innovative and personalized learning method that blends classroom lessons, interactive tools and cultural immersion.

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  • Intensive Course

    Accelerated language acquisition, our most popular course.

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks

    Ideal course for
    Students wanting to learn a language as quickly as possible for academic or professional reasons.

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  • General Course

    A well-rounded program of language study.

    26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks

    Ideal course for
    Students looking to gain a sound understanding of the essential disciplines of a language through a well-rounded course.

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  • Basic Course

    Combine your language studies with a fun-filled vacation.

    20 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday, summer only

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 12 weeks

    Ideal course for
    Students who want to focus on how to communicate as well as enjoy lots of free time to explore the destination.

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  • EF Internship Program

    Combine a minimum of 8 weeks of language study with 8-9 weeks of practical experience.

    32/26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start Date

    Every Monday

    Level

    Upper Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    Minimum 8 week course with 50-100 internship hours

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AT HOME IN THE WORLD

Live like a local. Come home to a local family after a day of exploring the Forbidden City or live at EF’s residence in the Chaoyang District.

  • EF Homestay

    Experience maximum cultural exchange by living with native speakers in a private home. Gain insight into local culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and return home with a more authentic accent. Enjoy breakfast and dinner with your host family on weekdays, and all meals on the weekend.

  • EF Residence

    Live in the heart of the city alongside EF students from over 100 countries. Enjoy easy access to your course center by public transportation – as well as the city’s shopping, restaurants and sport facilities. Residences vary, but often offer Wi-Fi internet access, meal plans and more.

    Mandarin: Twin room from $180/week. Shared facilities. Half board. 15-minute walk to the school.

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  • “My trip to Beijing has shown me so much more than a unique culture and beautiful sights – this journey has helped me to find myself.”

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  • “My advice for future students is to not afraid of being a part of new group – everyone is always welcoming.”

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Student life in Beijing

There are few cities in the world as fascinating as Beijing, an ancient city in the middle of a major reinvention. The energy here is intense, and every corner of the Chinese capital provides an opportunity to discover something new. EF’s activities coordinators will be onsite to ease your transition and spark your interest in authentic Chinese culture.

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Walk in the footsteps of emperors at the Forbidden City. Discover the hidden treasures of the Temple of Heaven. Tour the ultra-modern architecture of the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium before stepping back in time while cycling through the Hutong, Beijing’s traditional neighborhoods. Sip oolong tea and chat with locals at a traditional tea house. Spend an entire afternoon wandering about the Summer Palace, an imperial escape of temples, gardens, lakes and pavilions. And make a journey to the nearby Great Wall of China where the majesty of ancient China truly reveals itself.
Today’s Chinese fully embrace Western fashions, but you can still find traditional garb among the brand names. The pedestrian area of Wangfujing Dajie is lined with Western boutiques and is home to the Oriental Plaza shopping mall. Haggle for authentic Chinese goods in the bustling Silk Market.
Join locals for early-morning Tai Chi in Beihai Park, an imperial garden in central Beijing. Relax in the tranquil oasis of Temple of Heaven Park. Hike through the thick forests of Fragrant Hills Park, where you’ll stumble upon lakes and centuries-old monuments. Emulate locals by using a bicycle as your major mode of transportation throughout the city.
Discover the multicultural scene of China’s most international city, Shanghai. Spend a weekend in the glittering metropolis of Hong Kong. Get in touch with Chinese spirituality at the Shaolin Monastery’s Pagoda Forest and marvel at the sight of Xi’an’s Terracotta Army.
Hou Hai Bar Street offers a vibrant nightlife scene on the shores of a tranquil lake, while Wudaokou in the Haidian District is a popular student hangout. The trendy set heads to the Dashanzi area where nightclubs are housed in the old warehouse and factory district.

Prices & Dates for Beijing

Personalized and flexible. Your course is personalized to meet your specific needs. With start dates every Monday and programs ranging from 2 to 52 weeks, you can study when it’s most convenient for you. All prices include accommodation with a local host family.

Included in the Price

Course
  • 20,26 or 32 Mandarin lessons per week (40-minute lessons)
  • EF Placement test and progress tracker
  • EF Course Certificate
  • Post course English level report
  • Online pre & post course
  • Free access to My EF – Your Online Campus. Meet new friends, explore your destination and improve your language skills!
Accommodation
  • Monday-Friday: breakfast & dinner
  • Weekends: all the meals
  • Twin room with homestay
Lesson materials
  • Digital learning media (tablet)
  • Academic material
Accessibility
  • Wireless Wi-Fi Internet at EF school
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