FAQs about Chinese Study


These are a few questions we had prepared according to unique categories.  We might not address all your questions, so feel free to address us via our contact us page and we will gladly provide as vivid of explanations as possible.


Who is able to study and apply for the language program?

Anyone over the age of 14 is free to apply from any nationality, regardless of your fluency in mandarin.

Who will be teaching me?

We will introduce you to the best Mandarin teachers in your chosen city in china.


When can i start?

The sooner the better, we have language programs year round.  However, be aware, the visa process may vary depending on which country you are applying from.

When will i hear back from you guys after I’ve applied?

You will generally hear back from us in 24 hours of your application!  We do have a high volume of applicants, but be patient we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


Where in China can I do a language program?

We offer Language Programs all across China.  Most of our applicants choose Beijing and Shanghai.  But we also offer Mandarin Study Program in cities such as Nanjing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.  Please note, we do not offer in either of the specially administrated regions (Hong Kong and Macao).

Where will I stay during my program?

We will arrange accommodation for participants of the program in the city they choose to intern at.  We have a couple types of accommodation to choose from, all of which are clean, modern-style.  These come in your choice of home stays to single or shared apartment-style accommodation with other interns.

After I have sent my application, where do we go from there?

Within 48 hours you will hear our response and we will give you further information regarding the language program. 


What language will the class be taught in?

They will be taught in 65% mandarin and 35% in English or the Native Language of the applicant!  But fear not, the programs are taught at the beginner level and so communication is not an issue if that is your concern.  We have people from all over the world in these classes not just English, but also French, Italian, Korean, Japanese and many more.

What are the size of the classes?

Between 5 to 10.  But no more than 12 in each class.

What are the hours like?

3 classes (an hour each) a day, 5 days a week.

What if i am struggling, or want to learn more quickly?

You may also opt for private 1-on-1 lessons (after your classes) to best suite your individual pace and style of learning.


Why learn mandarin?

China is emerging as the world’s leader in the years to come.  China owns the worlds fastest growing economy and the emerging markets in China are endless.  Those seeking to do business or improve their employability to employers are starting to learn mandarin. Being able to speak English and Mandarin means statistically you can communicate with half of the world population!

Why chose CIP internship?

Good question!  Why would you need a firm to do a task you can organize yourself?  Well to put it simply, it is possible for you to apply yourselves but the difficulty for those who do not understand how China works will struggle if they tried.  The process can be intimidating for those who do not understand the language or culture or policies here.  What if you encounter a problem, who do you contact?  What if you get lost, who will guide you?  We not only organize your program down to every last detail, but we also provide a source of networking and support for any stumbling blocks that you encounter during your stay.


How do i apply?

Send us an application on our Intensive Language Apply Page!

How long will it take for me to hear back from you?

Due to our high number of applicants it may take us up to 24 hours to reply to your questions but we do reply to every email.  Our office hours are between 9am - 6pm Beijing time (GMT +8).

How long will it take to learn mandarin?

For speaking level we generally recommend that you learn from 6 to 12 months, this however depends on your dedication to learning mandarin, some students are able to learn basic speaking, reading and writing in just 3 months!


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