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Shanghai - Residence Program for 13 - 15 year olds

2012 Teen Summer Program in Shanghai, China
13 to 15 years old
Course Length
From 2 to 8 weeks, all programs finish on August 13, 2011
Dates 2012 - June 25 to August 17
Start Dates
2012 - June 25, July 02, 09, 16, 23, 30, & August 06*
Starting Dates for Beginners 2012 - June 25 or July 23
There are no national holidays that affect this summer course in 2012
5 levels from absolute beginner to advanced
Class Size
Maximum 10 students per class
Program Size
30 to 40 students per week
Nationality mix German, North American, French, Swiss, British, Spanish and Swedish
School Accreditations IALC, CSN, WYSE & ALTO

Is this program for you?

The Teen Residence Program in Shanghai is suited to the student who is looking for a high-quality language immersion program in the heart of China's most cosmopolitan city! The program is ideal for students who want to combine daily Chinese (Mandarin) language classes with organized afternoon and weekend activities/excursions.


With a population of over 20 million, Shanghai is one of the fastest growing and most cosmopolitan cities in the world.  For anyone interested in the modern history of China, Shanghai - or the Oriental Pearl as it is affectionately known - is the perfect starting point.  In this booming, bustling, vibrant and every-changing city, ancient temples and European-style architecture stand alongside modern skyscapers as the "Paris of the East” chases the latest fads in fashion, food and technology.  Where else can you go from shopping in a European boutique in the Bund, to eating dumplings at a street stall, or gazing at a 10th-century Buddhist monastery, in the space of a few hours.  This is a city full of energy, glamour and history.

The School

The school is located in the heart of the city just off Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, one of the busiest shopping streets in the world!  It is within easy reach of some of Shanghai's most popular shopping and entertainment districts and close to three subway lines. School facilities include:

The Course

Classes take place Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 13:30 PM.  Classes cover all aspects of Chinese. Each lesson is 50 minutes in length. Lessons 1, 2 and 3 are integrated Mandarin with a focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Lesson 4 is where you put what you learned in the morning into practice with a focus on role plays, supplementary materials and games.  The emphasis is always on speaking and you will be encouraged to use Chinese when you are with your host family and out exploring with your classmates.  Please see our sample schedule for more information.

The Culture & Leisure Program

There are 5 afternoons each week of organized culture and leisure activities including martial arts demonstrations, visiting historic sites, making Chinese dumplings and sports (sometimes with Chinese students). There is also a full-day excursion every Saturday to places of interest in and around Shanghai including the Great Wall, the Empress' Retreat and a visit to a traditional Chinese farm (help pick fruit and enjoy a healthy farmer's lunch!).  Activities and excursion vary from week to week. Please see the sample schedule for more information.


You will stay in an apartment with other international students which will allow you to make friends, study and explore together.  You will share a double room in a simple but furnished and equipped apartment.  Each apartment has between 3-6 rooms and is restricted to students studying at this language school.

This program is an excellent opportunity to become deeply immersed in the culture and daily life of urban China while developing Chinese language skills and making new friends! 

For general information on residence accommodation please visit our Residence Q & A page.

The following program features are included in the price:

Please note: Non-Chinese nationals require a visa to enter China. Please visit our China Visa page for details.

For more information or to book this program please call us toll-free 1 888 386 1411