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Best Chinese schools in Shanghai by category - student age group, value for money

TOP Rated by
Students 18-30 years
That's Mandarin
Students 18-30 years
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(4)
TOP Rated by
Students 31-49 years
LTL Mandarin School
Students 31-49 years
4.5

Rating: 4.5

(2)
TOP Rated by
Students all ages
That's Mandarin
Students all ages
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(6)
TOP Rated by
Quality of teaching
That's Mandarin
Quality of teaching
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(5)
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Value for money
That's Mandarin
Value for money
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(5)
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Location of school
That's Mandarin
Location of school
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(6)

11 language schools in Shanghai from 525CNY for a 1 week Chinese course

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Shanghai ratings & opinions

How our students rated their experience in Shanghai

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Shanghai
49 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Shanghai
Nightlife
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Friendliness of locals
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Interesing things to do
4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Geographic setting
3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Public transport
4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Climate
3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Cleanliness
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Affordability
4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Shopping
4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Safety
4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

What our students said about Shanghai

For me as a first time traveler to China, Shanghai was probably the best Chinese city to visit as a foreigner since it was very internationally orientated, offered both a lot of Chinese (also from many different provinces) and western cuisine and had enough attractions and landmarks to easily fill two weeks of stay.

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Max Germany

Interesting city to visit. Difficult sometimes if you don't know mandarin!

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Gabriela Singapore

Shanghai is not clean but there are many sights to see.

1.0

Rating: 1/5

Akiho Japan

What school directors said about Shanghai

Jane Feng

1. One of the most developped but oldest cities in China to experience the newest development and business and the history & culture

Jane FengDirector of SN Mandarin, lives in Shanghai since 2005

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Shanghai

That's Mandarin

The teaching software used in the classroom was very great; Teachers were nice and qualified; Students from many different countries visited this school, so I was not only able to learn about Chinese culture through our teacher but also gained diverse insides through other students

4 September 2023
Course: Intensive Group - 2 weeks
Student age: 21 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 6 reviews
That's Mandarin

Friendly, helpful, clean, drinks available.

21 January 2020
Course: Intensive Group - 1 week
Student age: 52 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 6 reviews
That's Mandarin

The teachers are all really friendly and helpful. With the help of the App, course material can also be worked on online. In addition, the material is always printed out after the lesson. At the beginning of each lesson there is a small repetition, which I personally find very good, because this strengthens what has been learned. Every question, including organizational questions, was thoroughly dealt with and answered. Although you are not the only student in the school, concerns were dealt with attentively and quickly, so that no questions remained unanswered. This applies both to the lessons themselves, as well as to the organizational aspects (e.g. app access, etc.). The location is great, directly at the Jing'n Temple metro station.
I am really very happy to have chosen this school. At the beginning I was not sure at which level my language skills were. But already after 1 day my courses were adjusted so that they were perfect and individually tailored to me. In unclear cases just talk to the teachers, they always do their best to put together the ideal package for everyone. So in the end I had a mixture of part-time and full-time and 1 on 1 classes. So if you can't decide what to choose, just talk to the teachers. It can always be customized afterwards. This flexibility is really not a matter of course for language schools. Also, emails or inquiries were answered quickly.

30 April 2018
Course: Intensive Group - 3 weeks
Student age: 25 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 6 reviews
Mandarin Rocks

The location is very good, many restaurants, cafes, shops in the area. The atmosphere at the school is very cozy and friendly. The lessons were instructive and interesting (at intermediate level). The teachers had a real enthusiasm for teaching. Small class size gave everyone an opportunity to interact and practice. Staff offered very useful travel assistance.
A good school in a good city

19 April 2011
Course: General Group 20 - 1 week
Student age: 37 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 11 reviews
Mandarin Rocks

location, atmosphere, teachers, activities... everything.

14 April 2011
Course: General Group 20 - 1 week
Student age: 37 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 11 reviews

Information about Shanghai

Why Shanghai? Today Shanghai offers amazing contrasts between traditional and futuristic China. The once small fishing port is now a world famous international port, the biggest city in China and the 6th biggest city in the world in terms of population density. Shanghai is also the birthplace of China's tourist industry.
Population: XL  22,316,000
Time zone: +18h. (GMT +8)
Region: Shanghai Shi,
Currency: CNY (1 CNY = 0.1376 USD)
Name of city in Chinese: 上海
Visa: Nationals from USA require a visa to enter and study in China. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 04 Jun. 2024 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of China in your country. List of embassies and consulates of China on the official website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.
High season: July
Low season: February
Average course price per week: 3,413 CNY
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Price index excluding rent: 65* (35% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index including rent: 54* (46% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:82* (18% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (China average): 25.86 CNY
    (31% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type I
  • Plug Type C
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz
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Best time to take a language course in Shanghai
March
East China Fair
East China Fair

March 2025For five days every year, the East China Fair exhibitors present different categories of product (kitchenware, home textiles, clothing, decor and consumer goods) to the public.

International Conference on Engineering and Technology
International Conference on Engineering and Technology

March 2025The International Conference on Engineering and Technology brings together academics, researchers, activists, policy makers, professionals and students from around the world.

China International Education Exhibition Tour - Shanghai
China International Education Exhibition Tour - Shanghai

March 2025The CIEET is an educational fair held every year with the aim of helping students who want to participate in an international program.

April
Asia\'s Leading Trade Fair for Solutions on Water, Waste, Soil and Air
Asia\'s Leading Trade Fair for Solutions on Water, Waste, Soil and Air

April 2025Asia's Leading Trade Fair for Solutions on Water, Waste, Soil and Air is the perfect event for anyone who works in the environmental milieu.

May
International Consumer Electronics Show Asia
International Consumer Electronics Show Asia

May 2025The International Consumer Electronics Show Asia is an event focusing on electronic and electrical goods. You can find everything from drones to robots.

China International Robot Show
China International Robot Show

May 2025This show is a major event in the world of robotics. See exhibits and learn about the latest developments in the robotics industry.

September
Expat Show Shanghai
Expat Show Shanghai

September 2025At the Expat Show Shanghai, you can meet representatives of the myriad companies based in Shanghai: from food and beverage companies and tourism companies, to companies from the education industry and more.

New Energy Auto Show
New Energy Auto Show

September 2025The New Energy Auto Show presents new types of motorized vehicles to the general public: cars, trucks, buses, etc, that run on sustainable energy.

October
Music China
Music China

October 2025Music China is the biggest music fair in China. There are live shows and workshops to participate in. It's also a great opportunity to purchase that special instrument you've been looking for.

November
Shanghai Jewellery Expo
Shanghai Jewellery Expo

November 2025The Shanghai Jewellery Expo brings together thousands of jewellers, each with a stand exhibiting their wares.

Shanghai International Marathon Expo
Shanghai International Marathon Expo

November 2025The Shanghai International Marathon Expo is the perfect place for those who love running. You will find the full panoply for the perfect marathon runner.

Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple
Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower
Shanghai World Financial Center
Shanghai World Financial Center
Qibao
Qibao
The Bund
The Bund
Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower
Shanghai Hongqiao International (SHA) - 11 km. from Shanghai city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 10 minutes, 15 minutes.

Main stops: Hongquiao Airport T2, Weining Road

Taxi: 12 minutes drive to city center of Shanghai

Shanghai Pudong International (PVG) - 34 km. from Shanghai city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 15 minutes, 15 minutes.

Main stops: Shanghai Pudong Airport, Longyang Road + Longyang Road, Century Park

Taxi: 45 minutes drive to city center of Shanghai

FAQ about schools in Shanghai

  • The school will test before the course start, and groups will be organized based on the test results.
    Course for juniors should be selected according to the age range marked in the course name.
    Susan Wang, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 27, 2023

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