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

You are interested in learning Chinese in Shanghai? We have researched all the details about the best Chinese language schools in Shanghai for you so that you can easily compare prices, reviews, courses for adults and teenagers and special offers.

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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.
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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.


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: 4.1

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: 4.1

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

Key Facts about Shanghai

Mercer placed Shanghai in position 103 in their latest ranking of quality of life.

Population: 22,316,000

Time zone: +2h. (GMT +8)

Region: Shanghai Shi,

Currency: CNY (1 CNY = 0.1302 EUR)

Name of city in Chinese: 上海

Shanghai quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.6

4.6 (44 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from Nepal 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: 2,611 CNY

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in Kathmandu

  • Student price index excluding rent:191* (91% more expensive than Kathmandu)
  • Student price index including rent:269* (169% more expensive than Kathmandu)
  • Price index food only:256* (156% more expensive than Kathmandu)
  • Big Mac price (China average):19.71 CNY (26% cheaper than in United Kingdom)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type I
  • Plug Type C
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation 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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