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That's Mandarin, Shanghai

#1
That's Mandarin

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in China
Jing'an District
|School Size:
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.03 reviews
Quality of teaching:

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0
Social activity and excursion program:

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0
Intensive Group - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
5000CNY 4775CNY
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Mandarin Rocks, Shanghai
|School Size:
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.011 reviews
Quality of teaching:

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0
Social activity and excursion program:

Rating: 3.3/5.0

3.3/5.0
General Group 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
755US$ 722US$
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SN Mandarin, Shanghai

#3
SN Mandarin

Jing\'an
|School Size:
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open

Rating: 3.0/5.0

3.0/5.03 reviews
Quality of teaching:

Rating: 3.3/5.0

3.3/5.0
Social activity and excursion program:

Rating: 2.3/5.0

2.3/5.0
Intensive 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 10
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
567US$ 542US$
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EF International Language Center, Shanghai
General Course + Accommodation - 26 lessons per week | Max. group size: 17
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
Includes accommodation -
1325€ 1325€
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LTL Mandarin School, Shanghai
|School Size:
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Quality of teaching:

Rating: 3.0/5.0

3.0/5.0
Social activity and excursion program:
Small Group - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 6
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
5008CNY 4778CNY
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Hutong School, Shanghai

Hutong School

Jing’an District
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Intensive Chinese Program - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
7400HKD 7055HKD
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Mandarin House, Shanghai
|School Size:
Covid-19 Status:
School re-opening on 07 September 2020
Conversational Intensive Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 10
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
669€ 640€
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Intensive Mandarin Course - 16 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
3500CNY 3350CNY
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Group Course 4 - 4 lessons per week | Max. group size: 5
FREE cancellation
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944¥ 897¥
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What our students said about Shanghai

10
Interesting city to visit. Difficult sometimes...

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

Gabriela
Singapore
2
Shanghai is not clean but there are many sights...

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

Akiho
Japan

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Shanghai

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 3 reviews

Friendly, helpful, clean, drinks available.

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

Gabriela
Singapore

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 11 reviews

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

Alexander
United States

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 11 reviews

school environment

15 April 2011
Course: General Group 20 - 1 week
Student age: 30 years

Kristen
United States

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 11 reviews

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

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

Kenneth
United States

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 11 reviews

Willingness to help & kindness of staff

17 December 2008
Course: General Group 20 - 9 weeks
Student age: 25 years

Hebe
Nederlands

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 11 reviews

Accomodation
You should have enough free time to enjoy the exciting city of Shanghai! Visa info: if you are Japanese, you don't need a visa up to 2 weeks of stay/language course in China (June 2008).

30 October 2008
Course: General Group 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Natsuki
Japanisch

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 11 reviews

location, room, classmates

26 October 2008
Course: General Group 20 - 4 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Wouter
Nederlands

Key Facts about Shanghai

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: 22,316,000

Time zone: +18h. (GMT +8)

Region: Shanghai Shi,

Currency: CNY (1 CNY = 0.1428 USD)

Name of city in Chinese: 上海

Shanghai quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.0 (44 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA require a visa to enter and study in China. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

universities: 30 (rankings of universities in Shanghai)

High season: July

Low season: February

Average course price per week (High season): 309 US$

Average course price per week (Low season): 2,676 CNY

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:65* (35% cheaper than New York)
  • Student 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):21.35 CNY (47% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type I
  • Plug Type C
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

Arrival Airports

Shanghai Hongqiao International (SHA) - 11 km. from Shanghai city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 10 minutes, 7,00 CNY, 15 minutes.

Main stops: Hongquiao Airport T2, Weining Road

Taxi: 75 CNY, 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, 62,00 CNY, 15 minutes.

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

Taxi: 225.372 CNY, 45 minutes drive to city center of Shanghai

Direct international flights from:
  • New Zealand: Auckland International
  • USA: Boston Logan International, Chicago O'Hare International, Detroit Wayne County, Honolulu International, Los Angeles International, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, San Francisco International, San Jose International, Seattle / Tacoma International
  • Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne Tullamarine, Sydney Kingsford Smith
  • United Kingdom: London Heathrow
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi
  • Canada: Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International

Weather in Shanghai

Climate Table
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Water Temperature
50 °F46.4 °F48.2 °F53.6 °F60.8 °F68 °F75.2 °F78.8 °F77 °F73.4 °F64.4 °F55.4 °F
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Events in ShanghaiBest time to take a language course in Shanghai

September
Expat Show Shanghai
Expat Show Shanghai

September 2020At 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

15 September 2020 - 19 September 2020The 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

28 October 2020 - 31 October 2020Music 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 2020The Shanghai Jewellery Expo brings together thousands of jewellers, each with a stand exhibiting their wares.

Shanghai International Marathon Expo
Shanghai International Marathon Expo

November 2020The Shanghai International Marathon Expo is the perfect place for those who love running. You will find the full panoply for the perfect marathon runner.

What to do in Shanghai

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
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    FAQ about schools in Shanghai

  • 'Shared Apartment' at Mandarin Rocks is the best rated accommodation in Shanghai.
  • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations.
  • The student price index in Shanghai is 64.9. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Shanghai with 4.6 stars out of 5.
  • In Shanghai electricity is 220 Volt and 50 Hz. Plug type A, I, C.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Shanghai is Shanghai Hongqiao International (11.9 km from city center). Alternative airport: Shanghai Pudong International (34.2 km). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Shanghai.
  • In Shanghai the following courses are offered specifically for business Chinese: Business Group, Business One-to-One.
  • Schools in Shanghai offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: HSK.
  • See the climate table of Shanghai and the event calendar of Shanghai with events such as Expat Show Shanghai, New Energy Auto Show, Music China.
  • 542US$ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a Chinese course in Shanghai. The average cost of a language course in Shanghai is 2,981US$ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at LTL Mandarin School as the best.

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