Chinese Language Schools in Shanghai - Ranking 2022


15 Best language schools in Shanghai (ranked based on student reviews)

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What our students said about Shanghai

Rating: 5/5


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


Rating: 1/5


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


How our students rated their experience in Shanghai


Rating: 0.0/5.0

Overall city attractiveness
44 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Friendliness of locals

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Geographic setting

Rating: 3.7/5.0

Public transport

Rating: 4.5/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0


Most recent student reviews of language schools in Shanghai

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 3 reviews

Friendly, helpful, clean, drinks available.

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


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 3 reviews

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


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 4 reviews

The open-minded, helpful, friendly and cheerful team.

15 November 2011
Course: Standard Course 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 71 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 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

United States

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 11 reviews

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

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

United States

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 4 reviews

teachers' ability to adaptat to different learners' profiles and the quality of the method used.

10 August 2010
Course: Standard Course 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 45 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 11 reviews

Willingness to help & kindness of staff

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


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 11 reviews

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


What school directors said about Shanghai

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

Interesting information about Shanghai

Key Facts about Shanghai

Mercer placed Shanghai in position 103 in their latest ranking of quality of life.
Population: 22,316,000
Time zone: +18h. (GMT +8)
Region: Shanghai Shi,
Currency: CNY (1 CNY = 0.1504 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.
High season: July
Low season: February
Average course price per week (High season): 2,126 CNY
Average course price per week (Low season): 3,006 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):20.27 CNY (47% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type I
  • Plug Type C
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

Map with location of Chinese schools in Shanghai

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Public transportation in Shanghai

Weather in Shanghai

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What to do in Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple
Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower
Shanghai World Financial Center
Shanghai World Financial Center
The Bund
The Bund
Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower
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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

FAQ about schools in Shanghai

  • That's Mandarin has received the best overall rating in Shanghai.
  • That's Mandarin, located in Wuding Road No. 881, Bldg 1, 5/F, Jing'an District has been voted as the school with the best location in Shanghai.
  • Students rated Shanghai with 4.6 stars out of 5.
  • 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 Chinese Group, Business Chinese Private.

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