Chinese Immersion

Live and breathe Chinese 24/7 with the LTL Chinese Immersion Program

We pride ourselves on the fact we are experts when it comes to Immersion into the Mandarin language. Join our Chinese Immersion School in Taiwan to experience 24/7 Mandarin inside the classroom and out.

We help you achieve total immersion with our Immersion program which starts in Taiwan and will conclude in little known Chengde (not the famous home of the panda’s, that’s Chengdu)!

Chinese immersion in Chengde

  • Experience total immersion
  • Learn Chinese in Taipei and Chengde
  • Live and breathe Mandarin 24/7
  • Start studying in Taipei first
  • Move onto Chengde for full immersion
  • No foreigners in Chengde
  • No big name foreign brands

Chengde is a place very few foreigners know and with good reason. We think it’s one of the best places to learn Chinese in China. No foreigners reside in Chengde and this is where you will enjoy absolute total immersion into Chinese culture and the surrounding environment. No other Chinese language program boasts an immersion program like Chengde and this is where you Chinese language proficiency will sky rocket!

  • Total and Full Immersion

    Total and Full Immersion

    Chengde - Not the well known Chengdu. No foreigners around

    100% Mandarin - You'll be speaking and living Chinese all day everyday

    Progression - There's no better place to learn Mandarin fast

    1-on-1 everyday - All lessons in Chengde are 1 on 1

  • No Foreign Contact

    No Foreign Contact

    No expats - The only foreigners you'll see are fellow LTL students!

    No Mother Tongue - Make Mandarin #1

    Standard Mandarin - Chengde is the birthplace of Mandarin

    Homestay - Live with a Chinese family and make even quicker progression

  • Take Advantage of the Homestay

    Take Advantage of the Homestay

    Great food - Our families prepare incredible home cooked food

    Apply your Knowledge - Practice what you've learned and consolidate

    Facilities - Your own private bedroom, WiFi, Air Conditioning and Bathroom

    Interact - Meet the family and even their extended family and friends

  • We are always here

    We are always here

    Taipei - You'll see us at school everyday if you need help

    Chengde - Dedicated support team in Chengde also

    Around the Clock - 24/7 help and support. You are ever alone with LTL

    Community - Everyone at LTL from staff, students and teachers

Chinese Immersion School – Alumni Students at LTL

Chinese Immersion School Program

We are huge believers in total immersion in China and that’s because we know it works when studying Chinese.

Our first student went to study Chinese in Chengde in May 2010 and ever since it’s been a huge success. With this, however, comes a huge cultural challenge which must not be understated when coming to study Mandarin.

Studying Chinese in a bigger city like Shanghai, Beijing of Taipei is great and you’ll learn a lot quicker than in another country without doubt. However, there are many opportunities in these cities to slip into the familiar and comfortable trap of speaking to other foreigners too much. This is the difference between progressing, and progressing fast. If you truly want to make the most of your stay in China, immersion is necessary, as we’ve been discovering since 2010.

Immersion School – Program Options

There are different Immersion programs you can join at LTL Mandarin School. Below is a summary of them. If you have questions, we are here to help.

Immersion Program Taipei Chengde
Standard 20h/wk Small Group 20h/wk 1-on-1
Individual 20h/wk 1-on-1 20h/wk 1-on-1
Intensive 20h/wk Small Group & 10h/wk 1-on-1 30h/wk 1-on-1

More about Chengde

  • Extreme Immersion

    Real and true immersion is a passion and a commitment that is not easily achieved. There are many steps that must be made and we are the experts in guiding you along the way.

    Extreme Chinese Immersion

  • Life in Chengde

    Life in Chengde is a far cry from life in Beijing, Shanghai or Taiwan. Before committing to studying Chinese in Chengde we ask students to be sure immersion is for them.

    Life in Chengde

Immersion Program – 2019/2020 Start Dates

Complete beginners who want to do the Standard Immersion Program start on one of our Small Group start dates, which you will see below.

If you already have some knowledge of Chinese already, then you are welcome to start your Immersion Program on any Monday of the year.

  • 11 November 2019
  • 9 December 2019
  • 6 January 2020
  • 3 February 2020
  • 17 February 2020
  • 9 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 11 May 2020
  • 1 June 2020
  • 22 June 2020
  • 13 July 2020
  • 27 July 2020
  • 10 August 2020
  • 24 August 2020
  • 14 September 2020
  • 5 October 2020
  • 26 October 2020
  • 16 November 2020
  • 7 December 2020
  • 28 December 2020

Immersion Program – Pricing (New Taiwan Dollars)

Weeks Standard Individual Intensive
4 wks 76,644 97,479 117,221
6 wks 102,443 132,188 160,371
8 wks 125,613 163,364 199,125
10 wks 146,349 191,264 233,816
12 wks 164,835 216,135 264,735
+2 wks 24,750 / 2 wks 33,300 / 2 wks 41,400 / 2 wks

All prices are listed in New Taiwan Dollars (TWD). Overall we have three courses, the standard, individual and intensive. If you aren’t sure what the courses entail, or which is best suited to you, please speak to us.

Please Note: Accommodation is not included in the price. The price above is the Chinese Immersion Course with LTL. For accommodation please read below or contact us to discuss your options.

Living with a Chinese family

Maximise your Chinese by staying in a homestay in Taipei and Chengde.

The facilities are all of a high quality with your own bedroom, bathroom (either private or shared with the family), kitchen, living area and then WiFi, Air Conditioning and Heating.

You will have the chance to speak Chinese all day everyday and your lessons may sometimes even take place at your homestay in Chengde. In Taiwan all lessons will be at the LTL Taiwan School.

We find many of our students stay in touch with their homestay families in all of our cities which is a testament to the families, and how much students enjoyed the programs.

If you wish to be put into contact with a previous Immersion student, then let us know and we can arrange this. Your preferences are also taken into account when staying with a homestay family, Special requests like pets, vegetarian or vegan food and allergies are all issues we can resolve.

Throughout the LTL schools about 80% of students stay in Homestays and in Chengde 95% of our students live with a homestay.

Shared Apartments in Chengde

With a shared apartment your room is ideally located in the heart of Chengde. You will have access to a kitchen, living room, and WIFI with all bills included. Some apartments have a private bathroom whereas others do not. This will depend on the apartment.

You will be the only foreign resident in the apartment so use this to your advantage and start striking up some conversations with your roommates.

Shared apartments are a great choice if you are on a tighter budget. For further information on shared apartments and homestay’s just speak to us via the Live Chat at the bottom right hand side of the screen and we will find the perfect solution for you.

Accommodation Prices

All our accommodation option for Taipei, including prices are listed on our Taipei accommodation page. Below is some sample prices for our Homestays in Chengde, in which 95% of our students stay at for a full immersive environment. For Shared Apartment in Chengde prices please contact us or visit our Apartments in Chengde page.

Homestay in Chengde (New Taiwan Dollars)

Duration Homestay Prices (NTD)
2 weeks 25,642
3 weeks 37,343
4 weeks 48,340
8 weeks 85,899
12 weeks 114,480
extra week +9,540/wk

All homestay accommodation include meals, you can decide whether you want just Breakfast and Dinner or all meals included.

Homestays include bedroom, bathroom, WiFi and Air conditioning plus access to all other common areas such as kitchens and living areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go to Chengde before Taiwan?

Generally we always recommend going to a more international city before diving straight into Chengde. This applies even more so if you’ve never been to China before. In Chengde you will experience a huge culture shock so you should ideally be eased in. This is what we recommend and with good reason. Chat to us if you wish to discuss this further,.

What if my Chinese level is poor going to Chengde?

By coming to Taiwan first this should give you the level of Chinese you need, This is why we always say it’s best to come to Taipei first. In Chengde there really is no other language bar Mandarin. You will pick things up quickly in Chengde but having a little knowledge before is ideal. You’ll pick up the level of Chinese you need in Taiwan and then you can tackle Chengde head on with confidence.

What if I need help?

We have a dedicated team of staff in Chengde and although we don’t have an actual school there, we have a team of staff ready to help you. We’ll have all contact details handed over to you so when you get to Chengde there will be people ready to welcome and support you.

Is it safe in Chengde?

You really won’t find many safer cities than Chengde. People there are friendly and welcoming, Even if you are roaming the streets alone at dark, you will feel incredibly safe there.

Which Chinese level will I be able to achieve?

It’s almost impossible to judge given the fact every individual studies at different speeds and abilities but as a very rough guide:

  • Four-Five months Intensive Immersion Program – A complete beginner taking the intensive would usually reach HSK 4 (B2) level.
  • Seven Months-One Year Intensive Immersion Program – A complete beginner can achieve full fluency which is HSK 5 and HSK6 (C1 and C2 levels), depending on the options chosen.

Students who live with a homestay improve faster due to constant Mandarin immersion, especially with spoken Chinese.

Generally the higher the HSK grade, the harder it is to jump to the next one as you need to know double the previous amount of characters. If you want to know more, check out our HSK levels page.

Where are my Chinese lessons in Chengde?

Lessons in Chengde are based in either your homestay or a local coffee shop which are always quiet and tranquil. this helps avoid any temptation of speaking with other foreigners.

What can I do in my spare time in Chengde?

Although Chengde is much less international that doesn’t mean there isn’t a wealth of things to do. You will have many chances to mix with locals whether that be by yourself, through our staff or through your homestay. You’ll have chances to visit the local parks, play some table tennis, go dancing, go hiking, enjoy the fantastic local cuisine or just enjoy some drinks in the city. You’ll certainly not be short of things to do and if you want to meet friends, then get yourself out there and improve that Chinese even further. We can help you with this also.

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