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Welcome to LTL Mandarin Schools best value course, in our best value location – The Beihai Semester.

Our Semester program is already a top quality value 18 or 36 week Chinese language program… but there’s more.

Add in the fact Beihai is cheap as chips to live in, and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe – high quality, yet great value.

We don’t compromise on quality either.

All our teachers are fully certified and have years of teaching Chinese to foreigners experience.

Beihai really is the perfect option for students on a budget, who want to experience a different side of China. What’s more our Semester program is the best value program of all!

  • 40% CHEAPER than Beijing and Shanghai
  • 18 or 36 Week Semesters
  • Groups kept purposely small
  • Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening
  • Fixed Spring and Fall dates

Beach Life

Relax – Kick back and enjoy the wonderful scenery
Great Weather – It never drops below 15C in Beihai
Immersive – Plenty of local friends to be made in Beihai
Support – Our team will assist you on where to go in the city

Our Semester Program

18 weeks or 36 weeks – You decide what you want
4 hours per weekday – From Monday to Friday
Small groups – So you can get the attention you deserve

Cheap as Chips

Discounted – 40% Cheaper than Shanghai and Beijing
Homestay Time – Live with a Chinese family in China
Cheap Costs – Beihai is very cheap for daily life
All Classes – 55 minutes per class. No cutting corners at LTL

Our Unique Community

Worldwide – We welcome students from everywhere
Weekly Events – Our social calendar brings you all together
Our team – We are there to help and make you feel welcome


A Semester by the Beach entails 18 or 36 weeks of Chinese language study in the coastal city of Beihai, Guangxi (a city unbeknown to many).

Our Semester program has ran for years in Beijing and Shanghai and due to it’s great success and huge popularity we wanted to offer this in a location that provides our students with something different.

Beihai is not the hustle and bustle of Shanghai or Beijing, the pace is much slower, the cost is much cheaper – but you still get a great immersive experience. How good is that?!

Our teachers, across all LTL schools, all boast degrees in teaching Chinese to foreigners as a second language, and therefore come with bags of experience so you are getting a high quality product, for a fraction of the value of Beijing or Shanghai for example.

You can decide to study for 18 weeks (1 semester), or 36 weeks (2 semesters). 

Upon signing up you will be placed in a small group class with no more than 6 students (the average is around 3), and receive 4 hours of Mandarin class every day from Monday to Friday.


Included in the price is:

  • All your Chinese classes
  • Certified, native speaking Mandarin teachers
  • Learning materials and textbooks
  • Around the clock support from our team
  • Access to our social event calendar
  • China Visa Support

Not included:

USD 3,116 / 18 WEEKS


What’s it like to live in Beihai?

Beihai is much more relaxed and slower paced than China’s tier 1 and 2 cities.

In Beihai, you’ll be graced with lovely weather pretty much all year round, despite the odd spot of rain. Plenty of local Chinese eateries and a variety of accents to get to know.

It’s a very “under-the-radar” part of China to learn Chinese but with an increasing north-eastern population (Dong Bei) moving down south, there is plenty of standard Mandarin around.

Our students thus far have reported strongly on Beihai so we are sure if you like the beach, a chilled way of life, and China, you’ll love it here.

How much can I learn in one semester?

A tricky question to answer but as a rule of thumb, a complete beginner can achieve HSK 3 after a Semester by the Beach.

HSK 4 may even be possible with particularly hard-working/immersive students, but the key is what you do outside of the classroom. Success is defined by you putting into practice what we teach you. This is why homestays are so widely recommended by us, and our previous students.

How do I apply for a China visa?

More details about gaining a China Visa can be found on our Chinese Visa Application page.

You can also find out more about China visa’s on our blog post.

How does this program differ from a University Semester?

The crucial difference is the size of our classes.

University or college will always have big classes or lecture halls of at least 30 people. At LTL we do the opposite. Imagine trying to gain personalised advice off your lecturer in a group of 30 people. Chances to speak are minimal but at LTL, this is not the case. Every student gets feedback and the chance to speak.

This breeds quicker progression with Chinese which ultimately, is what you want.

What are my accommodation options?

80% of our students live with a Chinese family.

This is where you can really put into practice what you learn day to day at LTL.

Other than that, you can choose to stay in our apartments, and either have a shared or studio apartment. Chat to us to discuss your preferences.

You are based in many cities, can I study in those also?

Absolutely, this is a great way to get a feel for China. It’s so broad, and so diverse that just visiting one city is never enough in a country the size of China.

Check our Multi-City Program for more information.

I was in a very small 4 person class for my group class and learnt a huge amount. All in all a great, productive trip. I can’t wait to hopefully be back soon.

– Finn from the UK


There are new people every few days and LTL is incredibly diverse, so no one feels out of place there. My anxiety about studying abroad was gone after the first day.

– Derek from the US


I met great people and had a really fun time (eating together for lunch, going to Karaoke Bar…) I learned a lot, got to see a lot of cool places and didn’t want to leave in the end.

– Patricia from Germany


Everything was splendid! A lifetime adventure that has imprinted an amazing amount of positive memories to continue building on for the future!

– Elvira from Sweden


They provided us students with a family like feeling and I have never felt such a warm learning environment before. The homestay LTL provided has been very good.

– Elvira from Sweden


The attitudes from everyone on the LTL team are amazing and I’d highly recommend them to anyone getting started on their language learning journey.

– Joshua from the US



Our student advisor will reach you within 24 hours and get your course booked up in no time.