Chinese Immersion Program in China

In need of the perfect Chinese Immersion Program? You are in the right place

Our Chinese Immersion Program is a combination program where you will first settle into China with a course at a school in Beijing and then have an intensive and complete immersion experience in Chengde.

Chengde (not Chengdu) was the imperial summer capital in the Qing dynasty and people here are famous for speaking the best and most standard Mandarin of all in China.

The Great Wall - Chinese Immersion Program

  • Ultimate Chinese Immersion Program
  • Study in two different cities
  • Start in Beijing
  • Continue in Chengde
  • No English spoken in Chengde
  • Homestays & shared apartments
  • Full support from LTL

At the same time no foreigners live there, nobody speaks English and students are completely immersed into a Chinese language and cultured environment.

  • The perfect combination

    The perfect combination

    Adventure - start in Beijing, settle into China and improve your Mandarin

    Finish - completely immersed in Chengde, speaking Mandarin 24/7

    Diverse - life in Beijing is very different to a smaller city like Chengde

    Ready - gain the skills you need first and then dive into real immersion

  • Learn Mandarin Fast

    Learn Mandarin Fast

    Immersion works - in Chengde your Chinese will progress very fast

    Speaking - quickly gain confidence especially in speaking Mandarin

    Homestays - live with a Chinese family to get ahead faster

    Continuation - your course continues when moving to a new city

  • Service and Support

    Service and Support

    Community - meet other students and make friends easily in Beijing

    Activities - join our many school activities and events in Beijing

    Preparation - pre-Chengde meeting before you move

    Chengde support - our team in Chengde are always available to help

  • Pick your options

    Pick your options

    Choose - combine small group and/or 1 on 1 Mandarin classes

    Choose - 95% of students in Chengde choose Homestay. You can also stay in a Shared Apartment

    All inclusive - survival kit and transport to Chengde already included

Chinese Immersion Program – Speak Mandarin 24/7

Chinese Immersion Program – Detailed Info

The Chinese immersion program combines a Chinese language course in Beijing with studying in a complete immersion environment in China’s old summer capital, Chengde.

Pagoda in Chengde in the sun

Chengde in the Sun – A great place to enjoy Chinese Immersion

Living completely immersed in Chengde is a great way to experience the real China and improve your Mandarin fast. However, for someone who is not familiar with China yet, this can be a bit too much at the beginning.

Therefore you will first settle into China at our language school in Beijing where we have a fun international community of students studying abroad. There are plenty of foreigners around and even some local Chinese can speak English. You can choose to study in a small group or individually, live in a homestay, shared or serviced apartment or your own accommodation.

During this time, you will improve your Mandarin, learn how China and its society work and get ready to take the next big step into a real immersion environment.

First we will get you ready for the real China with the pre-Chengde meeting.

After this, you will move to Chengde where you will not speak a word of English anymore and be speaking, dreaming and living Mandarin 24/7. Accommodation options here are homestay or shared apartments and your friends will exclusively be local Chinese.

Chinese Immersion Program – Standard

Study 20 hours a week of small group in Beijing, followed by 20 hours of 1 on 1 in Chengde.

If you studied Mandarin previously you can start the program on any Monday, but if you are a complete beginner you should start on one of our beginner group starting dates. The program can be taken for as long as you want from four weeks to 12 months.

Chinese Immersion Program Intensive

The fastest way to learn Mandarin there is.

You will study 20 hours of small group and 10 hours of individual Chinese classes in Beijing, followed by 30 hours of 1 on 1 in Chengde.

Like the Chinese Immersion Standard Program you can start on any Monday if you already know some Mandarin, but can only start on a complete beginner date in Beijing if you don’t. The program can be taken for as long as you want from four weeks to 12 months.

Chinese Immersion Program – Individual

Your Mandarin classes will be tailored just for you and you will study 20 hours of individual classes both in Beijing and Chengde.

You can start the program on any Monday, independently of your level and can study it for a language holiday of only four weeks or up to complete fluency for 12 months.

You can also find information about the Chinese Immersion Program on our LTL Mandarin School Beijing website.

Learn about Chengde

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Chinese Immersion Program Start Dates

If you already have some knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, then you are welcome to start your Immersion Program on any Monday of the year.

If you are a complete beginner there are a number of set dates that depend on the city of your arrival. Please speak to us and we will confirm the dates for you depending on your arrival city.

Chinese Immersion Pricing (Chinese Yuan)

Weeks Standard Individual Intensive
4 wks 17,032 21,662 26,049
6 wks 22,765 29,375 35,638
8 wks 27,914 36,303 44,250
10 wks 32,522 42,503 51,959
12 wks 36,630 48,030 58,830
14 wks 42,130 55,430 68,030
16 wks 47,630 62,830 77,230
+2 wks +5,500 / 2 wks +7,400 / 2 wks +9,200 / 2 wks

Prices are all in CNY (Chinese Yuan/Renminbi)

Includes: Survival Kit Standard Beijing & Chengde, transport from Beijing to Chengde and back by train, all tuition fees, Beijing or Shanghai airport pick-up, all text books and 24/7 support

Does not include: Accommodation

Note: like with all LTL programs there are no hidden fees. Your textbooks are already included in the price and there are no registration, accommodation finding, high season or other additional fees.

Chengde Survival Kit Standard
  • Transport from Beijing to Chengde and Back – We will provide you with train tickets for your journey from Beijing to Chengde and the return journey
  • Train Station pick-up – You will be picked up from the train station in Chengde and taken to your accommodation.
  • Chengde Mountain Resort Ticket – We will give you an entrance ticket to the famous Mountain Resort in Chengde.
  • Chinese Culture Class – You will be able to take one Chinese cultural class such as calligraphy or Chinese paper cutting for free.


What our Students Say

Fushu Testimony for LTL
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"Chengde is small but pretty and for anyone who likes hiking or long walks it’s perfect as it is surrounded by hills and mountains. Practically no one speaks English, it is a great place to go if you are serious about speaking."

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Mark Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Chengde is a small city with not so many western restaurants, bars, clubs or foreigners. This is perfect if you want to isolate yourself from all possible distractions and just focus on your Chinese learning."

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Robyn Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"I liked what the Immersion program offered. I love Beijing, it's a really cool city, especially for young people. At one point I will definitely come back to LTL, but in the future. Starting uni in a few months, will be busy with that."

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Max Braun Testimony for LTL
Max Braun
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"In general, I loved my time in China and I can only recommend to anyone to visit this country of the future. And yes, with some commitment and time you are definitely able to master the Chinese language."

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Zander Testimony for LTL
United Kingdom
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"If you are looking for the ‘real China’, Chengde is likely to be the place for you. The food was excellent (best I’ve had in China). I passed my HSK 6 which I was very pleased with. I couldn’t recommend it more."

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Nedd Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"I spent six weeks in Beijing and six weeks in Chengde. The time in Beijing was great. Chengde is a considerably small city. There are incredibly few foreigners which from the perspective of immersing yourself"

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I take the program for?

You can do the Chinese immersion program for as short as four weeks or up to a whole year.

How will I get from Beijing to Chengde?

From Beijing you will be taking the train to Chengde on the Sunday before you start your Chinese immersion program there. The cost of the ticket is already included in your program and we will arrange the tickets for you. In Chengde you will be picked up by our local co-ordinator who will take you to your accommodation and show you around the city.

Who will support me in Chengde?

Our immersion support team will. We have a very dedicated, young and fun local support team who will take you with them for dinners, visits to the ancient Summer Palace, hiking trips or whatever else they are up to. Our students often become very close friends with the LTL local team members, especially when studying in Chengde for a longer period of time.

How much Mandarin will I learn?

While each person is of course different, how much Mandarin you will learn mainly depends on how long you are doing the immersion program for and which options you choose. The intensive immersion program gets you ahead faster than the standard option. Students living in a homestay usually progress faster than those who do not. However, your Chinese language progress in Chengde will certainly be significantly faster than while studying in any other city. If you pass by our schools in Beijing or Shanghai on your way back home, you will be amazed how far ahead you got of your old class mates who stayed there. If you are worried about losing any of your Mandarin skills you gained from your Immersion program then it’s worth visiting our continuation courses page to discover more about learning Mandarin when you go back home.

What is life in Chengde like?

Life is fun, healthy and interesting, but completely different to other countries or big international cities like Beijing and Shanghai. We have a page with more information about life in Chengde with a lot of information about the city and living there. You will definitely need to be ready for exploring and living in a completely Chinese culture environment though.

What accommodation options are there?

If you want us to help you with booking accommodation, we have separate pages for accommodation options in Beijing, as well as a dedicated page for homestays and shared apartments in Chengde.

Can I also combine Shanghai, Beijing and Chengde in one program?

Yes you can. Have a look at our multi city Chinese courses for all the options.

How do I sign up?

Simply send us an email via the contact form to let us know which program options you want to take from when to when and we will have you signed up within less than a day. If you have any questions regarding the program or want some suggestions which options might be most suitable for you, please message us to let us know a bit more about you and you will have a reply in your inbox within less than 24 hours (during working days). We also have a very good info graphic on how to sign up for an LTL course.

Instead of splitting the program half/half are other options also possible?

Yes or course they are. While it is a good idea to start your course in a more international city like Beijing to settle into China it is not necessarily required to spend exactly half the program there and the other half in Chengde. If you want to go to Chengde after just one or two weeks of studying Mandarin in Beijing or Shanghai or only go there for the last few weeks of your program this can be organized without problems. Have a look at our Chinese courses in Beijing to see options there. If you want, you can also combine the program with a Chinese course in Shanghai, or a Chinese course in Taipei. Please contact us to let us know what you are looking for.

Is there a Chinese immersion program for Shanghai too?

Yes there is. Have a look at our Shanghai Chinese immersion program on our LTL Shanghai website.

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