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Reviews of Global Exchange Education Center, Beijing, China

Total number of reviews: 83
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

Average Rating

Based on 83 reviews of former students of Global Exchange Education Center
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Global Exchange Education Center, Beijing, China
4.0/5.0 
City 4.5/5.0 
Organisation 3.9/5.0 
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Social activities 3.5/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.0/5.0 
Value for money 4.1/5.0 
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Shared Flat 3.7/5.0 
other 3.7/5.0 

Individual Reviews

Global Exchange Education Center
31. Oct. 2014
1.  (65 years) - Ireland
101. Course:  20 group lessons per week - 4 weeks

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Friendly teachers and helpful staff.
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Always carry loo paper in your backpack.
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Few students when I was there (in four weeks I only saw 3 other students), and only 2 two teachers. One of the teachers was quite good but the other was excellent.
22. Jul. 2014
2.  (46 years) - 
102. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 3 weeks

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The teachers, very good, very good and textbooks. The property was well equipped, with air conditioning, cool water, internet and Wi-Fi
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Personally I recommend avoiding the lessons in the morning because you need to take the Beijing subway during the rush hour, and it's really an unspeakable nightmare
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The teachers are well prepared, they adapt the teaching to the level of the students and deepen the culture and history of the country.
23. Mar. 2014
3.  (27 years) - 
103. Course:  Standard group course - 16 weeks

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the one to one teaching with my professor
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attend a unique course between student and professor
25. Feb. 2014
4.  (43 years) - 
104. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 6 weeks

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very good level of competence of teachers
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do not forget to bring a travel guide for Beijing tourist as there is no info available there.
23. Dec. 2013
5.  (25 years) - 
105. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 4 weeks

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flexibility of the teachers, though poorly organized among themselves
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this school is good for speaking Chinese, not for those who's already studying it at university, teaching methods too different
28. Aug. 2013
6. Daniel (33 years) - Germany
106. Course:  Standard group course - 2 weeks

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8. Apr. 2013
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107. Course:  Standard group course - 4 weeks

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Mary Rose teaching method
8. Apr. 2013
8.  (24 years) - 
108. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 4 weeks

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Close contact to teachers.
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Check out the Wudaokou area for the night life!
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Very small school, but it has all what you need!
3. Nov. 2012
9.  (24 years) - 
109. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 22 weeks

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Despite the small size it is a school that I would recommend to everyone, I had a wonderful experience with them.
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Small class size = better learning. I used to live with a Chinese family and it has been one of the most interesting and beautiful experience of my whole life.
2. Oct. 2012
10.  (40 years) - 
110. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 2 weeks

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As there were fewer students at school just after the summer holiday, the school offered private lessons with a price of group course to each of us. I liked the clear and crispy attitude of the school director. As the management seems to be very flexible, I really liked it for the point.
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The teachers were young and seemed to have graduated from a university between 1 and 3 years ago. Therefore, they might not know the frequent-used business vocabulary. It may not a big issue for the beginners who want to study the language from the scratch. As most of the students came from Europe and their level was elementary, we spoke English after school.
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The school was good, but the accommodation was ok. I stayed at a dormitory which seemed to be more like a normal cheap hotel. It had some privacy and was safe, however was not very clean. I couldn't expect more than the Chinese standard quality. They offered bed sheets, but not towels.
4. Sep. 2012
11.  (35 years) - 
111. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 3 weeks

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it was a small structure and therefore very flexible and very efficient. Rosemary, the owner, really organized and efficient
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the Haidian District is an hour away by subway (outstanding service) from the center of Beijing.
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the lessons are held in small groups (in my class eravano in 3), and this helps a lot the learning. The school teaching materials really exceptional. The students very young but very knowledgeable, helpful and with the same method of teaching.
30. Jul. 2012
12. Chantal (25 years) - 
112. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 2 weeks

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27. Jun. 2012
13.  (63 years) - United States
113. Course:  Standard group course - 8 weeks

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Great mix of international students from 11 countries. Helpful staff.
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Best progress if you: take group classes and at least a few private lessons a week, review lessons outside of class every day, and save your barhopping and clubbing for the weekends!
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Staff is great! Classrooms were too hot in late May and early June... need electric fans in classrooms.
5. Dec. 2011
14.   - Japan
114. Course:  Standard group course - 3 weeks

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Join many social activities.
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Staff, teachers are friendly.
18. Jul. 2011
15.  (25 years) - Sweden
115. Course:  Standard group course - 4 weeks

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That the school administrator listened to my needs and suggestions.
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Dare to explore, but be aware that one block on the map is at least a 15 minute walk.
15. Jun. 2011
16.  (49 years) - 
116. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 3 weeks

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Competent and friendly teaching staff
30. May. 2011
17.  (43 years) - 
117. Course:  Standard group course - 2 weeks

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Reasonable course book, some teachers enthusiastic, very good value for money.
30. Aug. 2010
18.  (61 years) - France
118. Course:  Standard group course - 3 weeks

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The school is very welcoming. Good atmosphere and relations between teachers, students and classmates.
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For French-speakers, like myself, you should know in advance that everything is either in Chinese or in English. Alternatively, you might want a teacher who speaks French.
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I am happy because I made a lot of progress, but for people my age it's difficult. Private classes are a good solution as they allow you to go at your own speed.
7. Jun. 2010
19. Christian (37 years) - 
119. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 3 weeks

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14. Dec. 2009
20.  (22 years) - 
120. Course:  Individual Chinese - 4 weeks

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The relation with the professors
14. Dec. 2009
21.  (30 years) - 
121. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 3 weeks

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8. Dec. 2009
22.  (26 years) - New Zealand
122. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 4 weeks

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Try everything once
12. Oct. 2009
23.  (26 years) - 
123. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 4 weeks

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Everything!
12. Oct. 2009
24.  (23 years) - 
124. Course:  Standard 20 - 4 weeks

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9. Sep. 2009
25.  (21 years) - 
125. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 7 weeks

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all the teachers are very kind, always ready to help you (not only studying problems)
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if you wanna do this kind of trip you have to know that you will find different habits so you must be ready to adapt
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it's a wonderful experience and very useful
1. Jul. 2009
26.  (38 years) - 
126. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 2 weeks

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teachers spoke very good english. much light in the classrooms.
24. Feb. 2009
27.  (26 years) - United Kingdom
127. Course:  Standard group course - 30 weeks

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cheap school fees
16. Dec. 2008
28.  (38 years) - Belgium
128. Course:  Standard group course - 4 weeks

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20. Jun. 2008
29. Ana Lucía (34 years) - 
129. Course:  Standard group course of 20 lessons per week - 1 week

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7. Jun. 2008
30. Matthieu (27 years) - 
130. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 3 weeks

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9. May. 2008
31.  (53 years) - 
131. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 4 weeks

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very friendly atmosphere and teachers
7. May. 2008
32.  (20 years) - 
132. Course:  Individual Chinese - 2 weeks

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20. Mar. 2008
33. Maria Pilar (34 years) - 
133. Course:  Standard group course of 20 lessons per week - 1 week

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22. Nov. 2007
34.  (37 years) - 
134. Course:  Standard group course of 20 lessons per week - 2 weeks

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Cliché: the Great Wall
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Small groups & great teachers. Very good experience, but 2 weeks is nothing. I'll have to go back next year. Host family was very nice for me, but if I go back for a langer time, I would prefer a dorm.
8. Nov. 2007
35.  (33 years) - Spain
135. Course:  Standard group course of 20 lessons per week - 12 weeks

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Teachers are very friendly and proffesional
1. Nov. 2007
36.  (21 years) - 
136. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 2 weeks

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don't worry if you don't know the language, in a week time you'll be already able to speak something and be undestood!
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Very nice people, they really take care of you. If you have any problem, just ask them!
10. Oct. 2007
37. Sonja (32 years) - 
137. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 4 weeks

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3. Oct. 2007
38. Katharina (21 years) - 
138. Course:  Standard group course of 20 lessons per week - 3 weeks

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13. Sep. 2007
39. Ann Christin (23 years) - Germany
139. Course:  Intensive Mandarin course - 4 weeks

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29. Aug. 2007
40.  (23 years) - 
140. Course:  Individual Chinese - 4 weeks

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teachers are very helpful.
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It's a very good school to improve your chinese language and to understand chinese culture. Staff are very nice and helpful. School is well-organised. It is located in a beautiful building.
15. Aug. 2007
41.  (19 years) - United Kingdom
141. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 1 week

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The people were so friendly and great teaching
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The beer garden
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Very good, upbeat and nice communal computer area
8. Aug. 2007
42.  (23 years) - Netherlands
142. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 4 weeks

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1. Aug. 2007
43.  (38 years) - United States
143. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 3 weeks

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Global Exchange Center in Beijing is a great school for those who are interested in learning Chinese. The teachers are all very interesting and bright and are for the most part excellent teachers. The classes are small and the materials and resources available for class are effective. I would definitely recommend this school for anyone traveling to Beijing and will myself return in the future.
5. May. 2007
44. Yves-denis (35 years) - 
144. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 3 weeks

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buy yourself a bicycle
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The food at the canteen is not really good. Try to find a other place for lunch
13. Feb. 2007
45.  (24 years) - 
145. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 5 weeks

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small classes, not every day the same teacher
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The teacher are very friendly and young. They always help you.
16. Jan. 2007
46.  (22 years) - 
146. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 14 weeks

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They help you with any kind of problem and all the staff is nice and friendly
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How much you learn really depends on how much effort you put into your learning
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Great Location and Capable Staff
30. Oct. 2006
47. Nancy (56 years) - 
147. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 3 weeks

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This was my fifth Attendance by Global Exchange Education Center, Beijing, China
11. Oct. 2006
48.  (60 years) - 
148. Course:  Individual Chinese - 4 weeks

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very flexible scheduling
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My problem was that I already knew quite a few words but could not use them. the private conversation lessons with the excellent teachers really made a huge improvement to my chinese.
8. Oct. 2006
49.  (31 years) - 
149. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 3 weeks

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teacher's irony
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to study after the course
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it was a good experiece
29. Sep. 2006
50.  (28 years) - 
150. Course:  General Chinese (22 hours/week) - 2 weeks

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helpful staff, good lessons
19. Sep. 2006
51. Kraxner (25 years) - Switzerland
151. Course:  General Chinese (22 hours/week) - 3 weeks

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4. Sep. 2006
52.  (36 years) - 
152. Course:  General Chinese (22 hours/week) - 3 weeks

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My classmates
30. Aug. 2006
53.  (32 years) - 
153. Course:  Individual Chinese - 2 weeks

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Dorm is very good option
30. Jul. 2006
54.  (31 years) - 
154. Course:  General Chinese (22 hours/week) - 6 weeks

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Lessons in small groups and very flexible, if you want to change the schedule
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Try to find an own accomodation where chineses students live as well
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This school focus more on speaking and accepts an "easy" way of studying. If you search for a serious fast way where you are forced to do a lot of studying, pick a different school.
17. Jul. 2006
55.  (69 years) - United Kingdom
155. Course:  General Chinese (22 hours/week) - 4 weeks

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possibility to have private lessons instead of group course
30. Apr. 2006
56. Daniel (24 years) - 
156. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 1 week

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25. Apr. 2006
57.   - France
157. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 8 weeks

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The flexibility of the teachers. Some of them were very patient and helpful.
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Try to speak Chinese most of the time you can, speaking English with other students doesn't help much!
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Some of the teachers are very efficient and do the best they can to help. If they had a library..., it would really helps the students!
25. Apr. 2006
58.  (45 years) - Great Britain
158. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 2 weeks

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All teachers used same methodology. Hence exposure to different speakers without hickups in course
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All staff extremely helpful and friendly. Very prepared to customize course to requirements of trainees
24. Apr. 2006
59.  (39 years) - Denmark
159. Course:  Intensive Individual Chinese - 2 weeks

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Try to have as few teachers as possible
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Very flexible and helpful. I only had private lessons but still had a good time with other studenst. Well organized and you can study at your own level and speed.
22. Dec. 2005
60.   - 
160. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 2 weeks

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As I was in China it was not high season so we were only 2 students in the first week and 3 students in the second week.
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Send the "Welcome information" to the students in advance.
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I have the impression that the school stresses more teaching the spoken language and if anything was written than in 90% of cases in Pin-Yin. I wanted to learn also Chinese characters. In total I was satisfied and think I was tought by good teachers.
19. Dec. 2005
61.   - France
161. Course:  Intensive General Chinese-small group - 1 week

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the teacher's qualification and the good atmosphere
19. Dec. 2005
62. Daniel  - 
162. Course:  General Chinese (22 hours/week) - 4 weeks

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25. Aug. 2005
63.  (27 years) - Italy
163. Course:  General Course

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The opportunity to meet different people, the really high quality of the teachers, and the fact that the teachers changed each 2 hours.
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Don't forget to bring with you the map the school will give you.
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I found Michael really helpful and committed in all his effort (even when when I got lost in the night and I had to call him). The location of the school is quite close to other schools-university and all the information received the first days helped me to socialize and get around in Beijing. I would only suggest the school to make a kind of selection about levels. I think there should be an "entrance-test" to understand each student level, and then group students in class based on their level.
19. Jul. 2005
64.  (67 years) - United Kingdom
164. Course:  One-to-One

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Teachers and staff very friendly and helpful. One to one lessons excellent value
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Stay with a host family near the school. Buy a 2nd hand bike and explore Beijing. Go on the weekend trips organised by the school, especially the Great Wall at Simatai. Buy a SIM card for your mobile phone
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Although a small school, it is very efficiently run. The administrator, Michael Wang, was very helpful in advising and sorting out any problems
28. Apr. 2005
65. Nina (30 years) - 
165. Course:  General Course

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27. Apr. 2005
66.  (24 years) - 
166. Course:  Super Intensive (+35h)

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the teachers are great!
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great wall at simatai, panjiayuan
7. Apr. 2005
67.  (24 years) - 
167. Course:  General Course

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The very flexible schedule. They keep the school open the whole year. This school program suits better business men and University students.
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If you can't speak Chinese, you need to speak English in the class.
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Now they don't have a study room. The boss and teachers of this school are very friendly and help foreign students very much!!
10. Mar. 2005
68. Christine (47 years) - 
168. Course:  Super Intensive (+35h)

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3. Feb. 2005
69.  (29 years) - Australian
169. Course:  General Course

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classes were small so we could concentrate a lot on our individual needs, and we all had a chance to talk!
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i liked having the two teachers, who were both excellent but obviously taught and explained things in a different way that made it easier for me to pick up chinese.
4. Jan. 2005
70. Anonymous (34 years) - 
170. Course:  One-to-One

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It would be good to have more conversation to get used to new language and its pronouncation.
24. Sep. 2004
71.  (20 years) - 
171. Course:  One-to-One

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Individual tuition
9. Sep. 2004
72.  (45 years) - 
172. Course:  One-to-One

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small and flexible
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private lessons, possibly in combination with group teaching
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Ensure, that if you stay in a Chinese family, at least somebody speaks a little English. Furthermore, ask for a host family, which leaves nearby the school.
3. Sep. 2004
73.  (37 years) - 
173. Course:  General Course

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Very nice teachers. Group classes and one-to-one lesson very good. Special Culture Lessons!!
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Organized transfer from the airport very usefull, if you have never been in Beijing. If you will arrive in summer take good care about the air conditioning. Vitamins or sweaters are useable.
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In any case of quetions ask Michel Wang leader of Global Exchange Education Center: He will help you very quickly!! Special services, very helpful and calmative. With his phonenumber in my pocket I felt anywhere in Beijing very safe.
18. Aug. 2004
74.  (23 years) - Australia
174. Course:  One-to-One

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The People
10. Aug. 2004
75.  (26 years) - 
175. Course:  General Course

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small class size
21. Jul. 2004
76.  (29 years) - Holland
176. Course:  General Course

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friendly staff
12. May. 2004
77. Jakob (23 years) - Austria
177. Course:  One-to-One

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don't take an unofficial taxi when you arrive:-)!
1. Apr. 2004
78.  (27 years) - Germany
178. Course:  One-to-One

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family-like, good advice for sightseeing
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home stay programme
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The stay in Beijing was great. Besides my language improvements I liked to stay within a Chinese family and experience the Chinese culture.
9. Sep. 2003
79.  (34 years) - New Zealand
179. Course:  One-to-One

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It had a nice and friendly atmosphere and the teachers were very sweet.
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Buy the six-ticket deal to the residences of Beijings famous personages - a facinating insight into the contemporary representation of China's modern history.
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I had a lot of fun, enjoyed the lessons and the ma jiang, and appreciated the interest in the other things I was in Beijing to do. It's hard being away from your family but since I felt that I slotted into another one it was made more bearable.
29. Apr. 2003
80.  (29 years) - Germany
180. Course:  General Course

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Perfect individual consideration and help for all needs.
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I was only there for a week so I cannot judge perfectly. Due to SARS, we were only 2 students, so the lessons were very intensive.
22. Jan. 2003
81.  (25 years) - 
181. Course:  One-to-One

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The Greal Wall of course:-)
20. Dec. 2002
82.  (23 years) - Switzerland
182. Course:  One-to-One

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special recomodations for teacher rosmarie
24. Nov. 2001
83.  (47 years) - Usa
183. Course:  One-to-One

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good teacher (rosemary)

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