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Check Out Rients's Story

How Kunming Became His Second Hometown

Check Out Rients's Story

How Kunming Became His Second Hometown
  • Duration

    1-52 weeks

  • Lessons Per Day

    4/6 Hours

  • Accommodation


  • Daily Meals

    Included in Kunming

  • Student Number

    One on One

  • Program Start

    Any Monday

  • Tuition Starting From

    US $672

  • language levels

    Any level

Course Features

In this Chinese language program, I will:
  • Improve my Chinese skills quickly with intensive and private immersion one-on-one instruction.
  • Get a customized curriculum based on my Chinese language level at the best Chinese language school in China. It is an excellent option for an intensive summer Chinese language program.
  • Have an academic advisor who will help make my transition to studying in China smooth.
  • Explore unique China in 9 locations. Learn Chinese in China while immersing myself in the beautiful scenery. Gain skills and spend a fruitful and brilliant vacation in a stunningly beautiful place in China.
  • Be provided full accommodation  – especially study, dining, single room accommodation, and gym in one building at Kunming campus.
Program Intro

Is this programfor me?

Personalized Study Plan
Personalized Study Plan

Personalized Study Plan

    The private one-on-one Chinese language program has been the most popular program since the school started in 2004. We develop personalized learning materials exclusively for you to meet your learning goals and requirements. Intensive and immersive one-on-one Chinese instruction provides you with more opportunities to practice your spoken Chinese and get a real-time correction. We will develop a curriculum for you based on your Chinese language skills. In this way, you will maximize the amount that you learn at Keats. You can tell us whatever you want to learn. Before starting the lessons, you will talk with your teacher so that the teacher can prepare the lessons according to your requirements and preference.

    Start Anytime + 9 Locations
    Start Anytime + 9 Locations

    Start Anytime + 9 Locations

      Keats School opens all year round, including the national holidays. You can come to study ANYTIME according to your schedule. You will be assigned an academic advisor who will help make your transition to studying in China easier. Your progress will be tracked, and teaching strategies will be adjusted to meet your learning requirements. The one-on-one Chinese immersion program is the best way to study Mandarin in China. If you want to be fluent in Chinese and master the Chinese language, we suggest a one-year Chinese language course in China at Keats. Keats has 9 locations available for you to choose from. You can combine different locations to enjoy the beauty of each place to make your vacation unbelievable. 

      Study, Live and Dine in ONE Building
      Study, Live and Dine in ONE Building

      Study, Live and Dine in ONE Building

        You do not have to catch a bus and rush to school in Kunming from where you live, and you do not have to search for where to eat after class; because you can study, eat and live in ONE BUILDING at the Kunming campus. This is really hard to find when you study Chinese in China and take a full-time Chinese immersion course in China. Keats owns 54 single dorm rooms with private bathrooms at the Kunming headquarters. Most of the time, the school is fully booked. Make sure you register early enough to get a room in the school building.

        Chinese Language Immersion Program
        Chinese Language Immersion Program

        Chinese Language Immersion Program

          There are two choices for one-on-one Chinese language classes: 4 hours per day (20 hours per week) and 6 hours per day (30 hours per week). You can choose the level of intensity according to your needs. If your time to study in China is very limited and you want to make the most out of your time at Keats, 6 hours per day is recommended. If you are on vacation and want to have a relaxed schedule while making solid progress, 4 hours per day is recommended. The intensive one-on-one Mandarin course is the best language immersion program in China for adults/teenagers. If you want to take a summer Chinese immersion program, this is the best for you.

          Locations Available for the Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes


          If you are interested in Chinese culture, you are very welcome to take some Chinese culture lessons while you take the one-on-one Chinese language class at Keats. The Chinese cultural classes are only offered at Kunming Keats Headquarters.

          If you want to bring back gifts for your family and friends, a beautiful work of Chinese calligraphy written by you couldn’t be better. After taking 3 to 5 lessons in Chinese calligraphy, our students can write their own works of Chinese calligraphy. One Chinese calligraphy lesson is 2 hours, and there are two lessons per week. They are arranged either in the evening or when you are not taking the Chinese language course. Your Chinese calligraphy teacher Master Liu is a famous calligraphy artist who can also speak English.

          If you want to keep healthy, Tai Chi/Taiji or Kung Fu can be an excellent choice when you learn Mandarin Chinese in China. When you practice Tai Chi, you will learn the hard and soft martial art technique and enjoy the philosophy of Yin and Yang. Tai Chi and Kung Fu are suitable for self-defense, aesthetic appeal, and physical and mental health. One Tai Chi/Kung Fu lesson is 2 hours, and there are two lessons per week.

          If you want to take tasty Chinese cuisine back home, take our Chinese cooking class because we will teach you how to prepare delicious Chinese food. You may wonder why the Kong Pao Chicken served at Keats is way more delicious than the one served in Chinatown in your country. At Keats, you will find the answer and the secret behind Chinese cooking. After taking the Chinese cooking class, you will be able to prepare your own food at home and surprise your friends at a party or family gathering. You will learn to cook two dishes in each cooking lesson and two lessons per week.

          The Chinese musical instrument can be chosen from Guzheng, Erhu, Pipa, and Hulusi. Guzheng, Erhu, and Pipa have thousands of years of history and have distinctive sounds. Guzheng and Pipa were critical musical instruments in ancient Chinese palaces and were favored by many Chinese emperors. Erhu, which originated from Tang Dynasty, was very popular in the northern area. Hulusi is a typical Yunnan musical instrument and a classic representation of minority music. The Chinese musical instrument is 2 hours per lesson, two lessons per week.


          One-on-one Chinese lessons


          • You can choose to study for 4 hours per day (20 hours/week) or 6 hours per day (30 hours/week).
          • We use unique teaching methods developed by Keats. Your Chinese teacher(s) will prepare your lessons according to your level of Chinese and your learning goals to ensure that you learn the most Chinese in the shortest possible time.

          Single Room with Private Bathroom

          • Located in the SAME building as the school.
          • Clean, safe, convenient, and comfortable.
          • The room contains a bed, bedsheets, desk and chair, wardrobe, fridge, water dispenser, 24-hour hot water, safe, and wifi.
          • Free room cleaning service is offered once a week.

          Program Certificate

          As an outstanding Chinese language institute that has been well-established for nearly 20 years, we offer students program certificates at the end of the program. You can use it for:

          • Job application
          • Degree program application
          • Proof of a memorable experience
          • Proof of your Chinese level

          Free Services

          FREE - Airport Pick-up and Drop-off (Offered at All Locations)

          Free Services

          We also offer train station pick-up and drop-off. If you choose multiple locations, we will take you to the airport/train station and pick you up at the next location.

          FREE - 3 Meals a Day (Only Offered in Kunming)

          • Authentic Chinese Cuisine: Keats Cafeteria uses fresh produce to prepare delicious Chinese meals with top-quality oil.
          • We offer various choices for vegetarians.
          • Keats Cafeteria is the best place to meet and chat with other students. It is also a good time to practice your Chinese with Keats teachers during meal times.

          Free - Access to All Keats Facilities (Only Offered in Kunming)

          You will have FREE access to Keats Fitness Center, Keats Library, Keats Cafeteria, Keats Time Cafe, self-study rooms, and laundry rooms.

          Free - Evening Activities (Only Offered in Kunming)

          • Every Monday & Wednesday: Movie night. With the big movie screen at Keats, you can choose any movie from our thousands of options.
          • Every Tuesday: App night. Learn to use Chinese mobile apps.
          • Every Thursday: Chinese culture night. Learn to play mahjong, taste Chinese tea, make dumplings, watch traditional opera, make Chinese snacks, do Chinese painting, etc.
          • Every Friday: Fun night. Visit night markets, Karaoke TV, play badminton, role play, etc.

          FREE - Saturday Excursions (Offered at All Locations)

          To make the most out of your time at Keats, we take you to explore various exciting places during the weekend to help you have a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

          Chinese Language Partner (Only Offered in Kunming)

          • To create more opportunities for Keats students to practice Mandarin Chinese outside of classrooms and immerse in a better Chinese learning environment, the Friends Program at Keats provides the opportunity to make friends with Chinese people.
          • You will be paired with a Chinese who can speak standard Mandarin. Keats has strict criteria for selecting Chinese people with standard accents to join the Friends Program. You and your language partners are encouraged to take part in all activities at Keats.

          Life Advisor (Offered at All Locations)

          Your “Life Advisor” will be helping you with

          • School orientation;
          • A tour of the surrounding area (supermarket, hospital, SIM card, metro station, restaurants, post office, etc.)
          • Accommodation registration;
          • Arranging room cleaning and bottled water ordering;
          • Arranging airport drop-off.

          Study Advisor (Offered at All Locations)

          Your “Study Advisor” will be helping you with

          • Collecting your learning feedback;
          • Tracking your satisfaction with the program;
          • Answering questions in learning Chinese;
          • Adjusting your class to meet your requirements;
          • Arranging make-up lessons;
          • Arranging lessons if you want to extend your stay or add extra lessons.

          FREE 24/7 Support (Offered at All Locations)

          • Whenever you need help, we are here to help. We understand that living abroad can be stressful, especially for the first time. We are here to ease your concerns and make your transition smooth.
          • Keats is your home in China and is with you all the time. Get started to plan your trip to learn Chinese in China!

          Benefits for Keats Students

          50% Off at Keats Time Cafe (Only Offered in Kunming)

          Benefits for Keats Students

          We use the arabica coffee grown in Yunnan to prepare espresso, latte, cappuccino, and mocha. Keats students will receive a 50% discount for all drinks at Keats Time Cafe, located in the school building. Each day we strive to deliver an exceptional hospitality experience at Keats. A day full of energy starts from a cup of good coffee or tea.

          Keats Student ID (Offered at All Locations)

          As a Keats student, you can request a student ID. With a student ID, you can receive student prices or discounted prices at 80% of parks in China. This saves you a lot of money you can invest in your Mandarin Chinese classes. The student ID provides the best opportunity to travel in China on a budget. Don’t know what to do after your Chinese class? Check out things to do after class.

          VISA APPLICATION ASSISTANCE (Offered at All Locations)

          Keats is one of the very few private Chinese language schools in China that can provide X1/X2 student visas and study resident permits. After you complete your registration at Keats, we will send you instructions on how to get your student visa with help from Keats. Keats can also provide dependent visas for your spouse and children.

          Internships Available (Only Offered in Kunming)

          To create more opportunities for Keats students to have a deep insight into Chinese culture and work with Chinese people side by side,  Keats officially works with China Science and Technology Service Cooperation Center for South Asia and Southeast Asia. If you want to do an internship while you study Chinese in China and put what you have learned in the Mandarin language into practical use, we have positions such as assistant project manager available. If you want to start your own company in China, we can also offer consultation on legal issues and office rent.

          A FREE Trip to Chengde - the birthplace of Standard Mandarin

          All students who signed up for a program that is longer than 30 weeks, will be offered a FREE trip to Chengde.

          Accommodation, transportation and excursion entrance fees are included.

          Chengde is a city one hour away from Beijing by high-speed train. Walking through its streets and engaging with locals offers a unique opportunity to experience the purity and original intonations of Mandarin that have spread to become the world’s most spoken language. It is renowned for its historical significance and cultural heritage, most notably the Chengde Mountain Resort (UNESCO World Heritage site) and its Outlying Temples.

          What's a Typical Day Like at Keats?

          8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast

          8:30am – 12:30pm Intensive one-on-one Chinese lessons or free time on your own

          12:30pm – 1:20pm Lunch

          1:30pm – 5:pm Intensive one-on-one Chinese lessons or free time on your own

          6:00pm Dinner

          7:00pm – 9:00pm Movie night/Cultural activities


          Access to Online Learning Materials

          Access to Keats Fitness Center


          High speed internet and use of the computers

          Saturday Excursion

          Medicine for minor illnesses


          Jope testimonial for keats chinese school

          Joep | Netherlands

          Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

          I have been to Keats School to learn Chinese for 4 times now. The reason for coming back to this school is pretty much that the teachers I did work with were very good Chinese teachers. I make it a 5-year plan or even a 10-year plan to come back to this school.  All the teachers have methods of looking at what your skills are. They are aware of at what level you are. I think it is worth for everyone.

          Shihori | Japan

          Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

          In the one-to-one intensive Chinese course, you can choose the learning method you like. The small group Chinese class in China at Keats follows the HSK textbook. Teachers often collect feedback from the students, teachers listen to our requirements and opinions. I felt that my oral level is better than before .

          Sanny | USA

          Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

          I have to say it’s tons of fun. I have been here for 2 weeks. Not knowing what it was gonna be like, I was more than surprised at how great it is. The teachers are great, they are understanding. They do a Chinese language program that suits just you. The location is perfect for learning Chinese in China.

          Jean | USA

          Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

          I can’t tell you how much I liked it. The thing I liked about the teachers and the teaching method is that there is so much flexibility. The other thing I liked about the teaching is the combination of classic textbook learning and going outside. I loved it! I like getting to know other students. Everybody shared the same goal and that’s making their Chinese better. Kunming is a big city, but it is very safe to live here. Another thing I liked about Keats is the idea that people here help you. I can’t recommend it enough. I think it was a valuable experience. Looking forward to coming back!

          星河明 | Japan

          Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

          I took the one-on-one Intensive Chinese class for 6 hours a day. The classes are very interesting. The teachers are caring and the content the teacher teaches me is suitable for my level. It is an easy way to learn Mandarin. I have a lot of time practicing Chinese in class. The food is great here. I have improved my Chinese through this program at Keats.

          Kim | UK

          Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

          I’ve had an amazing time at Keats. I am amazed at how much I’ve learned over the last 3 weeks and I will be really sad to go. We are already planning on our next trip of coming back because we had such a fantastic time here. They really tailor the Chinese language course to you and your individual needs.

          Josephine testimonial for keats chinese school

          Josephine | Indonesia

          Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

          I think Keats is one of the best language schools I have ever been to. My teacher is such an amazing person. She is so good at teaching. She makes classes fun. I have learned a lot of vocabulary during my time here. I would really recommend coming to learn Mandarin Chinese at Keats School.

          Ivo testimonial for keats chinese school

          Ivo | Switzerland

          Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

          They really care about what our interests are, what questions we have, what requirements we have. Then they adjust our Chinese language program content according to the situations. One teacher and one student, so it is easy to keep your focus for the 6 hours of immersion Mandarin lessons. It is very convenient to study, live and eat in one building.

          Locations Available for the Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes


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          Is there an age limit to attend this program?

          There is no age limit to study at Keats. Our previous students are from 5 years old to 85 years old. The intensive one-on-one Chinese program is entirely customized and tailor-made. Your teacher will prepare the lessons according to your level of Chinese and your learning goals to ensure that you learn the most Chinese in the shortest possible time. The Intensive One-on-one Chinese course will be designed to target your weakness and help you learn Chinese at your own pace.

          Wow, this is exactly the program I want to take! How can I enroll?

          You can register here or click the “APPLY NOW” button on the right top and send the deposit of USD 200 to reserve your room and your teacher at Keats. After we receive your deposit, we will send you a booking confirmation and an invoice with payment details for the balance. Then you can arrange the payment through bank transfer. We will send you the official Admission Notice to apply for an X2 student visa. After you receive the visa supporting materials from us, you will be ready to apply for a student visa at the Chinese embassy or visa center in your country. Once you get the visa, you are ready to start a wonderful journey at Keats! Click here for a detailed description of the enrollment process.

          Can I choose multiple locations and combine them? Would I be able to vary the cities every two weeks? For example, 2 weeks Kunming, 2 weeks Dali, 2 weeks Lijiang, etc.?

          Yes, definitely. Offering these locations for studying Chinese is to encourage students to combine different places so that students can have an immersion experience in the Chinese language and culture. Feel free to combine any of the places and adjust the course duration for each place.


          • If your goal is to improve your Mandarin Chinese as soon as possible, and you hope the program to be as intensive and immersive as possible. In that case, you can choose the Kunming campus because it offers more facilities and activities and is located in the city center of Kunming with a metro station downstairs. This offers great convenience for life and opportunities for studying. You can travel to Dali, Lijiang, Xishuangbanna, Tengchong, Puzhehei, etc., on weekends.
          • If you aim to improve your Chinese while exploring the stunningly beautiful scenery and the diverse minority cultures in Yunnan, feel free to combine different locations with setting yourself in vacation mode.

          Anyway, you are so welcome to design a course that fits your schedule and learning goals.

          I want to study at different locations, is the transportation fee between different locations included in the tuition?

          Transportation between different locations is not included in the tuition fee. Since all these locations are in Yunnan, it is easy to get from one to the other. We offer free pick-ups and drop-offs from train stations/airports at all of our locations. For example, after you finish your program in Kunming and would like to start your program in Dali, we will take you to the airport or train station in Kunming. After you arrive at the airport or train station in Dali, we will pick you up there and take you to the school. Below are sample routes and their costs:

          Kunming -> Dali: Bullet train, 2.5 hours, RMB 150 one way

          Kunming -> Lijiang: Bullet train, 3.5 hours, RMB 230 one way

          Kunming -> Puzhehei: Bullet train, 1 hour, RMB 75 one way

          Kunming -> Jianshui: Bullet train, 2.5 hours, RMB 60 one way

          Kunming -> Xishuagnbanna: Bullet train, 3.5 hours, RMB 300 one way

          Kunming -> Tengchong: Flight, 1.5 hours, RMB 400 one way

          Kunming -> Yuanyang: Bus, 6 hours, RMB 140 one way

          Kunming -> Jingmai Tea Mountain: Flight, 1 hour, RMB 750 one way

          You can’t book the train ticket at a very early time. You can book the train ticket around 2 to 3 weeks before the trip. If you decide to take the train, we will be happy to help you to book the train tickets.

          What's the check-in date and check-out date?

          Your accommodation at Keats starts on Sunday. You can arrive on a Sunday and start your lessons on Monday. The check-out date is Saturday after you finish your lessons on Friday. If it is hard to find the best flight to arrive on Sunday or to leave on Saturday and you need to arrive one day earlier or leave one day later, that’s also possible. The extra cost for accommodation is RMB 200/night.

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          What to Pack Practical Manual for New Students

          So, you’ve made up your mind to learn Chinese in China. You will travel to China to take an intensive Chinese immersion language course at Keats and start a wonderful journey. Here is a practical manual for new students, including what to pack, money, medical/health, transportation, and entertainment. Please kindly read it before you arrive. We are looking forward to welcoming you here in Kunming!

          Practical Manual for New Students

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