Learning centers offering Mandarin and other language programs for expats and locals in Shanghai.
Mandarin school just north of People’s Square. There’s a placement exam for general group classes, after which you’re placed with students at a similar level; the classes roughly correlate to HSK levels, up to HSK6. The normal options (small groups, 1-1, business Chinese) are offered here, with intensive or part-time schedules. There are also classes for more specific needs or interests: Shanghainese, social media literacy, literature, debate and drama sessions are all advertised.
Nationwide Chinese education service offering online and offline Mandarin programmes. Their online platform, Mandarin Café, is a hub for managing class membership as well as reviewing course content. As well as part-time and intensive group/1-1 classes, That’s Mandarin also facilitate summer and winter camps for young people, and support students with visa applications. School trips for overseas schools are also a specialism here.
Nationwide Mandarin Chinese language service, offering classes from online tutoring to business Chinese. They are an official HSK online test center. As well as the usual group and 1-1 sessions, Mandarin Inn also organize summer programmes for young people. Every month or so, they also host a Chinese culture workshop: calligraphy, zongzi making or oriental flower arrangement, for example. If you can’t get enough, you can also book in-school accommodation through their website or AirBnB.
Mandarin school with offices in Jing’an and Pudong. Group classes, 1-1 sessions, corporate training and online learning options are all offered, as well as student visa services for intensive courses. Classes are levelled, and there are groups for beginners up to around HSK6. There are also occasional cultural activities and an annual summer course.
Mandarin school with campuses in Shanghai and Suzhou, established through a Chinese and Dutch business partnership. The usual range of course options (intensive, part-time, online) is offered, as well as summer camps. Their learning philosophy claims to link Western and Chinese ways of learning, and all teachers have a university degree in Chinese. They also offer accommodation in Shanghai; there are hotel and homestay options.
With a campus near Shanghai Library and a campus in Yangpu, GoEast offers Mandarin courses such as HSK preparation, survival Chinese and business Chinese. Their USP is their range of learning options: group classes or 1-1 tutoring; online, off-site or at the any of the GoEast campuses. They also hold regular community events for their students, such as movie nights, mahjong lessons and Chinese ink painting sessions.
Vast nationwide Mandarin teaching service with five locations in Shanghai: Jing’an, Xintiandi, the K11 Tower, Jinqiao and Xujiahui. Students can choose between different time commitments and learning styles; group, private and online courses are available. The school also organizes summer camps for children and specific HSK preparation courses – written and oral. Perks of student life at iMandarin include accommodation and visa support, airport shuttles and weekly day-trips.
Shanghai-based Mandarin tutoring service, offering face-to-face or Skype lessons as well as online learning materials. Language courses are available for all ages; there are also Chinese culture courses focusing on, for example, history, kong fu or Chinese opera.
Mandarin school with fifteen years of teaching experience and, apparently, a 98% HSK pass rate. There are six campuses in various locations across Shanghai: Xujiahui, Zhongshan Park, Gubei ,Hongqiao and two in Pudong. Small group classes with specific foci, from spoken Chinese to hanzi and business Chinese, start monthly, although their English language website hasn’t been updated since 2015.
University teaching Chinese as a foreign language since the 1990s. They offer degree courses for students, and there are also full- and part-time courses for non-students. These courses focus on either business or comprehensive Chinese; the latter is a little cheaper per semester, and the former requires at least HSK4. There are also taught undergraduate and postgraduate programs in English, French, Chinese and medicine, with links to other global universities.
A mandarin school in downtown Shanghai that offers 1:1 private lessons. They do not have website or WeChat account but you could reach them by phone calls.
International Mandarin teaching company with a Shanghai centre on West Nanjing. Usual range of teaching options (small group, 1-1, business) and time commitments (evening, part-time, intensive), with a comparatively well-developed online presence. Self-directed and teacher-led video courses can be accessed through their website. They also specialize in IB preparation for young people taking the Chinese A or B courses.
Shanghai-based language learning app with three offices across the city. Visit their website to download the app.
University with its own Chinese language programs through the International Cultural Exchange School (ICES). It offers single semester and full-year programs for students of foreign nationalities. During July and August, they offer short-term summer studies and a Professional Chinese Business Immersion Program (PCI) for students who want an internship. There are also long-term programs about Chinese society and the Chinese economy, both in Mandarin, which you’ll need to have passed HSK Level 5 for. The program is divided into three different levels: fundamental, intermediate, and advanced.
Professional language institute with 20 teachers and a range of course options, from HSK preparation to business and daily Chinese. They also offer one-off cultural courses in cooking, painting, ta'i chi, calligraphy and crafts. Corporate training programs are also available. There are two campuses: one on Yan’an West Road and one on Changping Road.