Learning Chinese in a small group is a great way to get quality teaching for a really attractive price. At LTL we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, since every student who comes to Shanghai to learn Chinese with us is different.

We therefore keep our groups small, with a maximum of 6 students per class and an average of 3. That way everyone gets the chance to practice their pronunciation and ask questions – every lesson, every day. In such a tight-knit group you’re also sure to quickly build friendships with your fellow classmates.

  • Small Groups (max. 6 people)
  • Certified Teachers
  • Academic Curriculum
  • Interactive Lessons
  • Monthly Start Dates
  • Central Shanghai Location
  • Make Rapid Progress

    Make Rapid Progress

    Max. 6 students per class: Each student gets individual attention and practice.

    Expert teachers: Our teachers have dedicated their careers to teaching Chinese.

    Modern teaching methods: Lessons are centred around gaining fluency.

    Start from your current level: Free language assessment and streamed classes.

  • Experience Shanghai

    Experience Shanghai

    Historic area: Live and breathe beautiful Shanghai's history.

    Convenient location: Only 5 mins walk from the subway, shops and bars.

    Live with locals: Stay in a homestay with a local Chinese family.

    Expert guides: Let us introduce you to the city we call home.

  • Get Value For Money

    Get Value For Money

    Get what you pay for: Each and every class is 55 minutes long, and no less.

    No hidden fees: Even your textbook is included in the tuition price.

    Learn more in less time: High-quality teaching = less time in the classroom.

  • Become Part Of A Community

    Become Part Of A Community

    Diverse student body: Students of all ages and nationalities study together.

    Daily Lunch Club: Every day we share food from a different local restaurant.

    Weekly Social Calendar: Join us for a karaoke night or a weekend day trip.

Start Dates

Already know some Mandarin Chinese? You can start on any Monday of the year.

Our language programs are super flexible. You can sign up for classes for any length of time, whether you want to study for one week or one year.

We ask that complete beginners start their Small Group program on one of our beginners’ start dates, as listed below. Here are the beginners’ start dates for 2017:

  • January 2, 2017
  • January 23, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • February 27, 2017
  • March 6, 2017
  • March 27, 2017
  • April 17, 2017
  • May 15, 2017
  • June 5, 2017
  • June 26, 2017
  • July 10, 2017
  • July 24, 2017
  • August 7, 2017
  • August 21, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • October 30, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 11, 2017


Below are the tuition prices in Chinese New Yuan (CNY) for some sample durations of the Standard and the Intensive LTL Small Group programs. All prices include your textbook and learning materials.

As you can see, the longer your course, the greater the discount on the base tuition price – up until 12 weeks, after which the minimum rate applies. For alternative durations and prices in other currencies, please contact us.

NUMBER OF WEEKS 1 2 4 8 12 > 12
PERCENTAGE DISCOUNT 0% 4% 17% 24% 30% 30%
Small Group 20h / week
2322 4442 7673 14,054 19,385 +1615
Small group 20h / week
+ 1-on-1  10h / week
4644 8885 12,115 15,346 28,108 38,769
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What Our Students Say

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a Small Group for my level?

Small Group classes for complete beginners start at least once a month on the start dates listed above. If you’ve studied some Mandarin Chinese before,  you’ll get a personal language assessment with our Director of Studies before your arrival. You’ll then be assigned to the appropriate group for your level.

How much will I learn?

The amount of progress you will make obviously depends on how hardworking you are, and how you choose to spend your time in Shanghai outside of the classroom. From experience, those who stay in an LTL homestay with a local family will gain oral fluency more quickly than those who live with other foreigners. But as a general guideline, a student on the Small Group program could expect to reach at least HSK 2 level after 8 weeks, if not HSK 3.

How can I apply?

Simply click here to contact a Student Advisor directly!

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