SMALL GROUP
CHINESE CLASS

Duration
1-52 weeks
Lessons Per Day
4 Hours
Accommodation
Included
Daily Meals
Included
Student Number
No More Than 6
Program Start
Any Monday
Tuition Starting From
US $650
language levels
Any Level

Course Features

In the Small Group Chinese Class, I will:
  • Improve my Chinese skills through active interaction with my teacher and classmates
  • Be provided with help to obtain a long-term student visa
  • Learn Mandarin Chinese in China in an inexpensive but fun and efficient way
  • Have a structured, immersive, and professional course with accommodation included
  • Make friends with my classmates who come from different parts of the world

Is this program
for me?

Interaction with the Teacher and Classmates

Besides the famous Intensive Immersion One-on-one Chinese language program at Keats, the small group Chinese class is another popular program of Keats. The teachers use plenty of games and activities to get you involved in the class. You will have the opportunity to practice your speaking and get corrected immediately. The teachers for the small group classes are experienced and use unique teaching methods developed by Keats.

Tuition Fee As Low As US$650/week

If you want to learn Chinese in China in a very affordable way, this is the perfect program for you. At Keats, we aim to provide everyone from every country with an opportunity to learn the Chinese language from professional instructors. If you plan to work in China after you study at Keats, this is a great program to get you prepared by steadily improving your Chinese. The tuition fee is as low as US $650 per week, which includes 20 hours of group classes/week and single-room accommodation with a private bathroom.

Student Visa Provided

Keats offers support for your student/tourist visa application. After you complete your registration at Keats, we will send you instructions on how to get your student/tourist visa with help from Keats. Keats can also provide dependent visas for your spouse and children. Get started and plan your trip to learn Mandarin Chinese in China. You may also check out Keats Blog for more information about learning Chinese language in China and news about the visa.

50% Returning Students

Each year, over 500 students choose to enroll in small group classes. Over 50% of them choose to extend their Mandarin Chinese program with Keats. What keeps students studying at Keats is the fast rate of progress and the warm and friendly academic learning environment that helps sustain students’ motivation. The small group Chinese class is 4 hours a day Monday to Friday. If you are not a beginner, you can arrive on any Sunday and start your classes on Monday. The levels for the small group Chinese classes are: beginner, elementary, intermediate, and advanced. 

Locations Available for the Small Group Chinese Class

CLASS OPTIONS

If you are not a beginner, you can arrive on any Sunday and start your classes on Monday. Beginner class starting dates of 2024: Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3, Jul 1, Aug 5, Sep 2, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2. Beginner class starting dates of 2025: Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 3, April 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jun 30, Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1.

Beginner

The beginner class is designed for students who have never studied Chinese.

Topics covered in beginner class are the introduction of yourself, daily life, food, transportation, interests, and hobbies.

The levels of the students in one class might be slightly different. Please bear in mind that you might not have exactly the same level.

Beginner class starting dates of 2024: Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3, Jul 1, Aug 5, Sep 2, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2.

Beginner class starting dates of 2025: Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 3, April 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jun 30, Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1.

Elementary

The Elementary class is designed for students who have learned 500 Chinese words and 48 grammar points, and are able to recognize 300 Chinese characters.

Topics covered in Elementary are “socializing”, family life, study arrangements, shopping, dining, personal feelings, traveling experience, course situation, cultural and sports activities, festivals and customs, and career, etc.

The levels of the students in one class might be slightly different. Please bear in mind that you might not have exactly the same level.

You can arrive on any Sunday and start your classes on the following Monday.

Intermediate

The Intermediate class is designed for students who have learned 2245 Chinese words and 210 grammar points and can recognize 900 Chinese characters.

Topics covered in Intermediate are community life, healthy conditions, campus life, office communication, animals, and plants, interpersonal relationships, lifestyles, studying methods, natural environment, social phenomenon, social contacts, etc.

The levels of the students in one class might be slightly different. Please bear in mind that you might not have exactly the same level.

You can arrive on any Sunday and start your classes on the following Monday.

Advanced

The Advanced class is designed for students who have learned 5456 Chinese words and 424 grammar points and are able to recognize 1800 Chinese characters.

Topics covered in the Advanced class are socializing protocols, science and technology, culture and art, emotions, academic fields, political economy, philosophy, history, academic research, laws and regulations, business trade, and international affairs.

The levels of the students in one class might be slightly different. Please bear in mind that you might not have exactly the same level.

You can arrive on any Sunday and start your classes on the following Monday.

INCLUDED IN TUITION

4 hrs/day of Small Group Chinese Classes

  • Each small group class has no more than 6 students.
  • You will have Mandarin Chinese classes for 4 hours Monday to Friday, 20 hours/week.
  • The teacher employs all kinds of activities/games to get every student involved.
  • Improve your Chinese skills through active interaction with your teacher and classmates.

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, 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 - 3 Meals a Day

  • 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.

Airport Pick-up and Drop-off

We also offer train station pick-up and drop-off. Just email us your arrival and departure details, and we will make arrangements for you.

Free - Access to All Keats Facilities

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

  • 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

In order to make the most out of your time at Keats, we take you to explore various interesting places during the weekend to help you have a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. We offer FREE excursions every Saturday. There are so many interesting places to visit in Kunming. We will take you to experience the real Kunming every Saturday.

FREE - PLACEMENT TEST

Each student has his/her Chinese language background. Don’t worry! We will offer a free placement test before you start the small group Mandarin Chinese class. The teacher at Keats will suggest one class that is most suitable for your level.

Life Advisor

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

Your “Study Advisor” will be helping you with

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

Chinese Language Partner

In order to create more opportunities for Keats students who take the small group Chinse class to practice Mandarin Chinese outside of classrooms, the Friends Program at Keats provides the immersion experience by making friends with Chinese people and practicing Chinese. You will be paired with a local 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.

FREE - 24/7 Support

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. Learn Chinese in China and explore China by taking the small group Chinese class.

Benefits for Keats Students

50% Off at Keats Time Cafe

We use the arabica coffee grown in Yunnan to prepare espresso, latte, cappuccino, and mocha. Keats students will receive 50% discount for all drinks at Keats Time Cafe, which is 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

As a Keats student, you can request a student ID. With the student ID, you can receive student’s prices or discounted prices at 80% parks in China. This saves you a lot of money which you can invest in your Mandarin Chinese language courses. The student ID provides the best opportunity to travel in China on a budget. Kunming is an amazing city with great air quality and is an ideal destination for people who love outdoor activities. Check out a list of reasons to learn Chinese in Kunming Yunnan.

VISA APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

Keats offers support for your student/tourist visa application. After you complete your registration at Keats, we will send you instructions on how to get your student/tourist visa with help from Keats. Keats can also provide dependent visas for your spouse and children. Get started and plan your trip to learn Mandarin Chinese in China.

Internships Available

In order to create more opportunities for Keats students to have a deep insight of 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 Mandarin language into practical use, we have positions such as assistant of project manager available. If you want to start your own company in China, we can also offer consultation of legal issues and office renting.

WHAT'S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE AT KEATS?

8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast at Keats Cafeteria

8:30am – 12:30pm Small group Chinese class or free time on your own

12:30pm – 1:20pm Lunch at Keats Cafeteria

1:30pm – 5:30pm Small group Chinese class or free time on your own

6:00pm Dinner at Keats Cafeteria

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

OTHER FREE SERVICES

Access to Online Learning Materials
Access to Keats Fitness Center
Laundry
High speed internet and use of the computers
Saturday Excursion
Medicine for minor illnesses

OVER 7300+ STUDENTS
HAVE STUDIED AT KEATS

Emiliano | Mexico
Small Group Chinese Class

I come to Kunming because I think the environment in Kunming is better and I heard that Keats School is better. I like the small group Chinese class because my classmates study hard and our teachers are very good. I like the teaching method of Keats because I like the activities at Keats. I think Yunnan is a particularly beautiful Chinese province.

 

Amauri | USA
Small Group Chinese Class

The teachers at Keats know how to read the students and how to help students learn Chinese language easily. They know the level of the students. I am a slow learner, but they managed to adapt to my learning. They made the class very fun, very exciting. I am pleased that not only I got to learn the culture and the language, but I also got to make amazing friends, really unbelievable, Chinese friends and European friends, American friends, from all over the world.

Pakorn | Thailand
Small Group Chinese Class

It is very convenient to come to Kunming from Thailand. I really like my Chinese class and my Chinese improved a lot in a few months. There are many benefits of learning Chinese. The best thing I like about Keats is that it is in Kunming, a city with eternal spring. There is so much to see in Kunming and you will love this city after you come.

Steve | UK
Small Group Chinese Class

I really enjoy coming here because it is like kind of a home for me. It is a great environment to learn Mandarin Chinese in China and meet great people from all over the world. Everyone here is extremely friendly. Kunming has a really nice climate. It is a very good mix of the modern city and also a lot of historic Chinese culture. Probably got the cleanest air in China and possibly the cleanest water too. I invite you to come to study Chinese in Kunming.

Josh | USA
Small Group Chinese Class

I really had a wonderful experience at the school. The teachers are very very friendly. In my class, we practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We play games and other fun activities. We have trips around town. The staff at Keats is phenomenal. My teacher is one of the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with a smile every day.

Simon | UK & France
Small Group Chinese Class

The visa application was really straightforward, because Keats School helps us a lot with that. Keats has a big emphasis on conversational practice, so we learn a lot of vocabulary and daily life plans which is very convenient for us to go around town and speak with Chinese people which is the whole point of learning Chinese in China.

Robert | Netherlands
Small Group Chinese Class

Since last semester, we started studying Chinese at Keats. It was the best choice we can ever make. It is a really good school. The classes are a lot of fun, you learn a lot, but very interactive, so you talk a lot which means it is not just books and writing. Kunming is a really pleasant city to live in, especially if you compare it to other cities in the east. If you like to travel, if you like to study Chinese in a fun way, Keats has the best Chinese language program for you.

Ida | Italy
Small Group Chinese Class

I have studied at Keats for 2 semesters. I highly recommend Keats School. If you are very interested in taking a Mandarin course in China, I would suggest you come to Kunming. Kunming people are very friendly. The weather in Kunming is great. So I recommend that you study Chinese at Keats in Kunming.

FAQ

Is there an age limit to attend this program?

Yes, people who can register for this program are from 16 years old to 65 years old. Since there will be other students in the small group classes, you will need to accommodate other students’ learning speeds. The teacher for the small group class will get everyone involved and make sure that each student has enough attention.

If you prefer to take a completely customized course designed exclusively for you, you can take the Intensive One-on-one Chinese program. The teacher for the one-on-one Chinese program 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.

I am a beginner. Can I arrive on any Sunday?

If you are not a beginner, you can arrive on any Sunday and start your classes on Monday.

If you are a beginner, the beginner class starts once a month.

Beginner class starting dates of 2024:

Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3, Jul 1, Aug 5, Sep 2, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2.

Beginner class starting dates of 2025:

Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 3, April 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jun 30, Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1.

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 top right and send the deposit of USD 200 to reserve your room and your spot in the small group class 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.

If I want to accelerate my progress, can I switch to the Intensive One-on-one Chinese program?

Absolutely! You can just let us know at least one week before you plan to switch, and we will make arrangements for you.

You can pay the difference of the programs for the rest of your stay.

If I want to find my own accommodation, can I just take the small group class at Keats?

No problem! The tuition fee for the small group class without accommodation is RMB 4000/week. This includes 20 hours of small group class per week. Since this is a systematic program, 20 hours/week is a fixed amount of lessons. You can’t choose to study for 10 hours/week or any other amount of hours.

20 hours/week of Chinese classes is the minimum hour requirement to be eligible for a student visa.

Living outside of the school does not come with free services. If you need to book any of the free services that come with living at the school, you can contact us for a quote.

You are welcome to join all Keats activities for free.

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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