Immersive Chinese Program

Need to learn Mandarin the quick? Want to experience China firsthand instead of just hearing about it on the news? Come to our campus in Hangzhou for an unforgettable immersive experience.

Lakeside’s full-time Immersive Program provides everything you need in a fully customizable package. We’ll take care of your whole experience from beginning to end.

Program Overview

WHAT

Full-time learning programs with Chinese classes, activities, and housing

WHO

Suitable for adults, youth, and children aged 10+ (with parent or guardian)

WHEN

Programs running from 1 week to 6 months are available year-round

WHERE

Lakeside campus in Hangzhou (1 hour south of Shanghai)

HOW

Choose your program length, class type, accommodation, and start date.

We’ll apply for your visa, prepare your apartment, and send you a pre-trip information package. All you need to do is show up!

Why this program?

Fast learning

Fast learning

There’s no question that immersion is the quickest way to learn a language. Learn Mandarin in class, then get outside and spend the rest of your day using it!

Fun community

Fun community

Join group events and make friends with other students, expats, and local Chinese.

Exciting activities

Exciting activities

Have a blast at our weekly hikes, bike rides, city walks, and interactive cultural workshops!

Beautiful Hangzhou

Beautiful Hangzhou

Spend your days in one of China’s most scenic cities. Hangzhou is famous for its lakeside pagodas, elegant gardens, lush forests, lotus-filled lakes, and mountainous landscape.

Comfortable accommodations

Comfortable accommodations

After a long day of studying and exploring, you need a comfortable place to relax. Our serviced apartments make your stay in Hangzhou as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Easy visa

Easy visa

Applying for a China visa can be confusing. We’ll help you prepare your application and ensure a smooth process.

Curriculum

One-on-one tutoring

One-on-one tutoring

Private tutoring gives you a controlled environment and maximum talk time. This is the best way for beginners to learn Mandarin fundamentals, and for advanced learners to focus on specific targets.

Group classes

Group classes

Study Chinese with a group of 2 to 6 students. Group classes offer a less-controlled environment with more spontaneity and challenge.

Field trips

Field trips

Explore Hangzhou and learn about Chinese culture on field trips to sites around the city.

Buddy Program

Buddy Program

Opt into our buddy program and get matched with a local Chinese buddy who can show you around, help you practice Chinese, and teach you to live like a local!

Bracelet program

Bracelet program

Opt into our bracelet program and enter a 100% immersion challenge! When you put on the bracelet, you are only allowed to speak Chinese, and other people are only allowed to speak Chinese to you. This is the best way to build confidence and fluency!

Chinese Corner & Games Night

Chinese Corner & Games Night

Learn while socializing in our weekly community events! Practice your spoken Chinese and discuss diverse topics in our Chinese Corner, or clink drinks and play poker and board games with locals at our biweekly Bilingual Games Night.

Included in Tuition

🗸 Free program consultation 

🗸 Visa assistance

🗸 Airport pickup 

🗸 Chinese SIM card

🗸 Furnished apartment (optional)

🗸 20 hours of class a week 

🗸 Lakeside Swag Bag 

🗸 Learning assessment & testing

🗸 Textbooks & coursepack

🗸 Hangzhou orientation tour

🗸 Weekly cultural activities & field trips

🗸 Online & offline study help

🗸 Office hours & tutorials

🗸 24-hour practical assistance

🗸 Post-program certification

Housing

Private apartment

Hover Box Element

Shared apartment

Hover Box Element

Local homestay

Hover Box Element

Recommended hotels & Airbnbs

Hover Box Element

Prices & Packages

Shared Flat at Laskeside Private Apartment Local Homestay Without Accomodation
Duration Short programs
2 Weeks 1,240 1,760 1,470 890
4 Weeks 2,390 3,440 2,870 1,570
6 weeks 3,570 5,090 4,250 2,355
8 weeks 4,460 6,650 5,540 2,890
10 weeks 5,840 8,340 6,950 4,335
Duration Extended programs
3 Months 7,370 10,080 8,770 3,909
4 Months 9,520 13,030 11,330 4,825
5 Months 11,550 15,800 13,740 5,870
6 Months 13,450 18,410 15,990 6,812
9 Months 18,410 25,190 21,890 9,638
1 year 22,390 30,650 26,650 12,850

*All prices are in US Dollars (USD)

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