Learning Chinese in Shanghai via a small group is a great way to get quality teaching for a really attractive price. Our Chinese Courses in Shanghai are the perfect solution!

No two students are the same and we make sure every single person who comes to LTL Shanghai enjoys their experience as much as the next.

We keep our groups small, with a maximum of six students per class and an average of three.

That way everyone gets the chance to practice their pronunciation and ask questions – every lesson, every day.

In such a tight-knit group you’re also sure to quickly build friendships with your fellow classmates.

  • Chinese Courses in Shanghai
  • Small Groups (max. six people)
  • Certified Teachers
  • Monthly Start Dates

Chinese Courses in Shanghai

Maximum Six Students: Each student gets individual attention
The Experts: Fully Qualified Teachers
Modern Methods: Lessons are centred around gaining fluency
Start From Your Level: Free course prep before you start

Get Value For Money

Get What You Pay For: Each and every class is 55 minutes long
No Hidden Fees: Textbooks are included in the tuition price
Learn More In Less Time: High-quality teaching means you win

Experience Shanghai

Historic Area: Live and breathe beautiful Shanghai’s history
Location: Only five mins walk from the subway, shops and bars
Live with Locals: Stay in a homestay with a local Chinese family
Expert Guides: Let us introduce you to the city we call home

Become A Part Of Us

Diverse Student Body: Students of all ages study together
Lunch Club: We share food from a different local restaurant
Weekly Socials: Join us for a karaoke night or a weekend trips


Already know some Mandarin Chinese? You can start your Chinese Course in Shanghai on any Monday of the year.

Our Mandarin language programs are super flexible. You can sign up for classes for any length of time, whether you want to study for one week or one year.

We ask that complete beginners start their Chinese Small Group program on one of our beginners’ start dates, as listed below. Here are the beginners’ start dates.


How much Chinese can I learn at LTL?

The amount of progress you will make obviously depends on how hardworking you are, and how you choose to spend your time in Shanghai outside of the classroom.

From experience, those who stay in an LTL homestay with a local family will gain oral fluency more quickly than those who live with other foreigners.

As a general guideline, a student on the Small Group program could expect to reach at least HSK 2 level after 8 weeks, if not HSK 3.

Coming to China to Learn Mandarin requires far more than just four hours of classroom study.

You must try and make every effort to immerse yourself into Chinese culture, the language and everything that comes with the country.

How many students are in each class?

Our class sizes are never more than six students in a class, but actually the average is less than three students per class.

We are huge believers in getting our students speaking.

There’s no big lecture halls, no big class sizes – it’s incredibly intimate and this is part of the reason why our students learn Chinese in Shanghai so fast.

Will levels between students vary and detriment others?

Remember, when you sign up you are placed in a group with students who also share your level.

There is a complete level playing field here.

Obviously when you start learning Chinese some learn quicker than others but the level never fluctuates too far.

If you ever feel concerned with the level of Chinese you possess compared to your classmates please speak to us but you will always be set off at a level playing field.

Can I study with LTL in other cities?

You absolutely can!

Why not experience other parts of China after all?

Your options lie in 7 other cities, of which can you find out more on our main website.

Do you have a small group for my level?

Small Group classes for complete beginners start at least once a month on the start dates listed above.

If you’ve studied some Mandarin Chinese before, you’ll get a personal language assessment with our Director of Studies before your arrival.

You’ll then be assigned to the appropriate group for your level so you are safe in the knowledge that when you come to Learn Chinese in Shanghai, you’ll be set!

Do all lessons take place in your school?

Yes, all our group classes take place at our Chinese language school in Shanghai.

You will receive a schedule from our staff showing you when you have classes.

As a general rule of thumb, Mandarin classes in Shanghai run from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm with an hour break for lunch at 12pm.

This can vary slightly so be sure you know your schedule. Ask us if you are unsure.

How do I apply?

Simply click here to contact a Student Advisor directly and we’ll be in touch quickly to get you sorted out!

Can I also study Chinese Online with LTL?

Of course! We have a wide range of online Mandarin classes as well!

What Our Students Say

Elisabeth Testimony for LTL
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I had a great time at LTL, the student environment was very friendly, and I really had the feeling I made immense progress in my 5 weeks here. I really enjoyed my summer.

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James Testimony for LTL
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I was doing small group classes. I was able to cover a lot of material in my short stay, learning new material in the morning and then applying and seeing how it was used in the afternoon.

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Joel Testimony for LTL
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My Small Group class was taught by two different teachers. Both were very good, and I really liked them. By their attitude and energy level, you can just tell they are passionate about it.

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Roberto  Testimony for LTL
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My study program was perfect, suitable for my learning needs. The teachers were friendly, professional and patient with me. I highly recommend LTL.

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George  Testimony for LTL
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'During my stay in Shanghai and with the everyday classes I can say that I met my Chinese goal. Overall, I am very happy with the teachers and the study program.'

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