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Experience China in unique fashion with our Gap Year in China Programs.

We have a number of excellent study abroad programs aiming to provide you with the experience of a lifetime.

Allow LTL to help you become fluent in Mandarin with our Full Immersion Gap Year program or you can even build your own China Gap Year if you wish for added flexibility.

At the same time you have the chance to make friends for life whilst you are learning Chinese.

In total we have four China Gap Year programs, each providing a different and unique experience.

No matter which program you decide on, you will experience China’s rich history as you study Mandarin in some of China’s finest locations.

  • Become fluent in Mandarin
  • Experience a Gap Year in China
  • Full Immersion to speed up learning
  • Make friends worldwide
  • Discover China’s incredible history
  • Study abroad in a comfortable environment
  • Round the clock support from LTL

Unforgettable experience

China – Explore this incredible country
Friends – Make friends for life, from around the world
Fluency – Study daily to help achieve fluency
Flexible – Four excellent programs for you to choose from

Everyday support from LTL

Reliable – We are here to help, talk to us and we strive to help
Accommodation – Problem? Let us help resolve any issues
Social Life – Want hints on where’s best to go? We know!
Visa – We can help and advise with any visa issues

Learn from the best

Teachers – Fully certified and experts in teaching
Enjoy – LTL classes are fun and engaging, not a chore
Carefully selected – We make sure we employ only the best
Experienced – Speed up your Mandarin progress, with our help

Explore China

Unique challenges – Something for everyone
Opportunities – Endless travel options to explore
Social – Join our LTL Events each week
Diversity – Modern day skyscrapers or ancient history

CHINA GAP YEAR #1 – Full Immersion Gap Year

Experience and study the Chinese Language in the most exciting way imaginable. The China Gap Year in Beijing provides a unique experience which includes the first half of your adventure in Beijing followed by a trip to Chengde where your Chinese Language ability will increase hugely.

Beijing will kick start your Chinese adventure as you delve into the historic setting that is China’s Capital City.

After experiencing one of the world’s biggest and most bustling cities you will then head north to Chengde which is a world apart from Beijing. No foreign contact, no English language used, everything will be in Chinese. This is full immersion and this is how your Chinese will rocket to the next level.

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 for the popular three month and six month full immersion courses in China which start in Beijing and move onto Chengde.

Anyone with some Mandarin knowledge can start any Monday.

On the Great Wall in China
On the Great Wall in China
Students sat a table at a restaurant in Beijing
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Full Immersion Program Prices (Chinese Yuan)

Total DurationBeijingChengdePrice in CNY
3 months Immersion6 weeks small group class6 weeks 1-on-1 class35,730
6 months Immersion12 weeks small group class12 weeks 1-on-1 class67,830 

Prices includes return train ticket from Beijing to Chengde. You will also receive Beijing and Chengde survival kit including SIM card, maps, rental bike, bank account and much more.

Immersion Program Accommodation Prices (Chinese Yuan)

Total DurationBeijingChengdePrice in CNY
3 months6 wk shared apartment6 wk homestay25,967
3 months6 wk homestay6 wk homestay31,054
6 months12 wk shared apartment12 wk homestay47,160
6 months12 wk homestay12 wk homestay52,560

The Beijing apartment included here is the small room option in our standard apartment. An upgrade to the large room or downgrade to the economy apartments are all possible. Contact us for more information.

The homestays in Beijing all include Breakfast and Dinner and in Chengde include all meals. Options for vegetarians, vegans and those with special dietary requirements can be provided.

In terms of accommodation, for complete immersion we do recommend the homestays. The ability to use your Mandarin with a family everyday will enhance your experience further.

In Chengde you will stay at a homestay but in Beijing you have the option of this or the Shared Apartments. Likewise, you are welcome to find your own if you so wish. Let us know what you’d prefer when we speak to you.

CHINA GAP YEAR #2 – Chinese Language Year

Study Mandarin abroad over two semesters in small group classes to vastly improve your language skills.

Each week you receive 20 hours worth of lessons and each semester lasts 18 weeks, giving you a total of 36 weeks of intensive Chinese Language study. Our Shanghai school offers the same Gap Year Experience if you wish to be based there. Prices are the same but starting dates are slightly different.

What’s Included

  • Course Books and Study Materials
  • 20 hours of small group classes per week
  • Two 18 week semesters totalling 36 weeks overall
  • Survival Kit including Mobile SIM card and other useful items
  • 24/7 support from the LTL staff

Chinese Language Year Program Prices

Program with no accommodation: 53,488 CNY
+36 weeks accommodation (Standard shared apartment – small room): 111,088 CNY

Upgrades to large rooms or homestay can be provided at an extra cost.

If you’re looking to save a bit of money you could also consider our economy shared apartment.

You can further enhance your skills by choosing to live in a Homestay at one of our Beijing families.

Put your Mandarin to positive use daily by chatting about all things China with your family.

Shared apartments are also available if you wish to live with fellow students.

Please do talk to us if you wish to discuss further details regarding accommodation and your options.

Starting Dates

Each semester consists of 18 weeks of 20hr/week group classes. One Full Academic Year equates to 36 weeks.

Beijing Opera
Beijing Opera

CHINA GAP YEAR #3 – Chinese and English Gap Year Program

This is the perfect option if you are on more of a budget and still want to learn Mandarin abroad. Overall the program lasts 22 weeks.

Your first four weeks will be spent at our Beijing school where you will be placed in a small group class learning Chinese.

You will get to know China’s capital city, it’s culture and history alongside informative and exciting lessons each day. You receive 4 hours of lessons per day for these four weeks.

After this you will go to a smaller city near Beijing to teach English for the remaining 18 weeks. An apartment will be provided and paid for and LTL also provide you with 2000 CNY of spending money each month. A great option if you are on a budget.

What’s Included

  • Four weeks of small group classes and either a homestay or shared apartment based in Beijing
  • 18 weeks of English teaching in another city in China. This includes accommodation and 2000 CNY per month courtesy of LTL
  • Transportation from Beijing to the school where you are to teach
  • 24/7 support alongside access to the LTL student and teacher community
  • Airport pick up

Program Prices

Homestay Program: 16,000 CNY (homestay accommodation, half board)

Shared Apartment Program: 12,500 CNY (Large Room shared apartment accommodation, en suite bathroom, no board)

Registration fee: 500 CNY

All prices are in Chinese Yuan

Starting Dates

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CHINA GAP YEAR #4 – Build A Gap Year

If you want to create a completely tailored plan for your China Gap Year, then this is the program for you. Contact our student advisors and they can help you come up with your perfect Gap Year which can include any of the following:


You can enhance your Mandarin further by staying with a Chinese Homestay where you will be given the chance to speak Mandarin to your family in the morning and at night over food. This is invaluable and quickens the speed at which you learn Chinese.

Ultimately accommodation is completely up to you and you are welcome to arrange your own.

That said, we are here to help and we can provide you with shared and large apartments as well as homestays.

Contact our student advisors using the Live chat function now to start planning your adventure in China.


I’m travelling to China alone. Should I be worried?

Absolutely not. The LTL community is a very tight knit one.From teachers, students to staff, everybody speaks to everybody and friends for life are made at LTL.

We often arrange social activities and students meet most nights in the week generally.

Don’t forget, many other students will be in the same situation as you! Likewise, our staff know Beijing inside out, so if you need any recommendations for places you wish to go to, they are on hand to help 24/7. In Chengde making friends is a different experience.

All your friends there will be Chinese. You’ll be treated a bit differently there as you’ll be a very rare breed.

This is a good thing however, you’ll often get invited to events and treated to dinner or drinks by your local friends. Of course we can help put you in contact with local groups, like football teams, hiking groups or music enthusiasts for example.

How about living costs in Beijing?

Although more expensive than most Chinese cities (it’s the capital after all), Beijing is actually very affordable. Rent is the main expenditure in Beijing and as you may’ve taken up our accommodation package you are good to go.

Getting around in Taxi’s or using the Metro is cheap, the city is full of shared bikes which cost next to nothing and is a great way to explore the City. Food is cheap, if you want it to be.

Obviously there are plenty of foreign places but these are generally more expensive, though still perfectly affordable. Compared to the likes of other capitals like Sydney, Paris and London, Beijing is comfortable to live in financially.

I’m not sure which program is most suited to me?

We are always here to help.

You can use our Live chat feature below, or drop us an email.

We can chat through the study abroad programs and internships. Everyone is different and has their own preferences and goals.

We are experienced in this field and know what is best for you so let us help and come and chat to us.

Will I be able to travel outside of class/work?

Of course. We generally organize trips for students every week and these are varied to cater for all needs.

Beijing itself takes months to uncover and you are always discovering something new.

Likewise, there are so many other places to visit and with China’s efficient train service you are never far away from anywhere, even in a country of this magnitude. What about a trip to sunny Beihai?

You are also a short flight from many other Asian cities such as Seoul, Tokyo and Bangkok.

Do we still study/work over Christmas?

Christmas isn’t actually a holiday in China. Therefore, most offices and schools remain open for business. Golden Week (October 1st-7th) and Chinese New Year (varied dates in February typically) are the main Chinese holidays.

That said, you are welcome to go home for Christmas if you wish. We’ll need to make some adjustments to your program. This is something you should discuss with us before coming to China.

Can I be confident the Internship will be right for me?

We will spend time with you discussing your needs and wants regarding the Internship.

It’s important for us that your China Internship suits you.

We will discuss the sort of role you wish to take, the industry and other factors and do our best to place you in just the right role.

What Our Students Say

Noah Testimony for LTL
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At the school it is very easy to make friends and it is easy to meet the new students because everyone is in a similar situation and we end up discovering China together. I am really happy I came here for my Gap year.

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Taitti Testimony for LTL
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I would warmly recommend taking time to learn a language and studying with LTL. I made friends with other students, equally the younger and the older ones. Beijing was great for the social and the sightseeing.

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Katherina Testimony for LTL
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LTL organized a language course, accommodation and an internship for me. There are people from all over the world here I got to meet lots of interesting people. I am really enjoying my time here :)

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Chalid Testimony for LTL
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I found LTL very reliable throughout my son's gap year experience, a great school with a very motivated team. Karim loves LTL, he loves China, the people and the culture. I can say it was the right choice.

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