The LTL Community

At LTL we pride ourselves on the sense of community among students and staff at the school. There are new arrivals almost every week of the year, so it’s important for us that there’s a strong support network, especially for those new to the city.

Of course, your Student Advisor can be relied upon throughout your time in Shanghai, both for queries about your chosen program and accommodation and more general support.

  • Meet students from around the world
  • New social calendar each week of the year
  • Regular social dinners and karaoke nights
  • Weekend day trips to local attractions
  • Dedicated Student Advisor for support
  • Active online community

Ask them about the best breakfast near to the school, the most useful phone apps for learning to write Chinese characters, or how to manage cultural differences in your homestay. Your fellow students will also play a huge part in your LTL experience. Having come from all over the world, with a diverse range of backgrounds, students and interns at our school have at least one thing in common – an interest in exploring what Shanghai has to offer.

For that reason, we organise a diverse calendar of social and cultural activities at locations around the city. Students and staff get together throughout the week to share lunch from a local specialty restaurant, go for a few drinks after class, or spend a Saturday exploring sights in and around the city. Outings range from climbing the famous Oriental Pearl Tower to visiting lesser-known cities close to Shanghai. There is no extra charge for the organisation of these activities – you just pay for your own personal expenses on the day.

Typical first week itinerary at LTL Shanghai

MONDAY Evening: After-school drinks @ Leo’s Cafe & Bar

To welcome our new students, we are going to our favourite local bar Leo’s for snacks & drinks!
Meeting point: School Reception at 18:30.
Estimated cost: 0-30 CNY/person (with one free tower of beer)

WEDNESDAY Lunchtime: LTL Lunch Club

Join the LTL lunch club and eat together with other students at the school every Wednesday.
We share food from a local Chinese specialty restaurant and split the cost.
Make sure you sign up through WeChat before 10:30am!
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Estimated cost 20–40 CNY/person

  • In China many Western apps are blocked and WeChat (an instant messaging app) is everyone’s favourite way to keep in contact. You’ll need it to receive updates on LTL social events and also make new local friends. Download it here now!
  • Once you have WeChat, scan this QR code to message the Shanghai Student Advisor directly, and if you like, you’ll be added to the current Shanghai students’ chat group:


WEDNESDAY Evening: School dinner at Spicy Joint Sichuanese Restaurant

School outing to taste delicacies at a well-known Sichuanese restaurant.
Non-spicy options are also available!
Meeting point: School Reception at 18:00.
Estimated Price: 60-80 CNY/person

SUNDAY: Day trip to Nanxiang Ancient Town

Let’s go to Nanxiang together to see a more traditional side to Shanghai.
We’ll check out the Guyi Garden and try the famous Nanxiang soup dumplings!
Meeting point: School Reception at 10:00
Estimated Price: 40-60 CNY/person for ticket and food

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