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Spring Programs

By: Derek Capo

Next Step China’s University Spring term program typically runs from February through July. Each university’s language program consists of studying 4 hours a day in a classroom setting with a 1 teacher to 15-20 international student ratio.

If you are interested in a one-to-one learning experience with an active exchange of Mandarin and Chinese culture, you can choose to add private tutoring sessions for 1 to 2 hours after your class.

It not too late to enroll in a Spring university program. Contact us!

All of the Next Step China programs include the following features:
NSC Standard Program Features
NSC Fun Activities

Below we have provided a list of the universities that offer spring programs in Beijing and Shanghai.

  University Beginner Intermediate Advanced Duration
  • One Month Programs
  • 3 Month Program
  • Semester
  • One Academic Year
  • Semester
  • One Academic Year
  • Semester
  • One Academic Year
  • One Month
  • Two Months
  • Three Months
  • Semester
  • One Academic Year

*The Spring-start Year Long Program has a higher accommodation price due to the fact you will be provided with housing over the summer. If you do not plan to stay in China during the summer break, the price of accommodation will be the same as the Fall-start Year Long Program.

**Next Step China Intensive Tutoring Program has no specific dates, we require that you give us a months advance notice if you plan to add it to all or part of your time on the program.


What is my Mandarin level?

Next Step China provides an easy guide to know what Mandarin skill level you have reached. Keep in mind that the difference in studying back home vs. studying in China is vastly different.

Beginner – You have never studied the language or you have done so at a university or language school for less than a year totaling 100 hours or less. Beginners are also classified as those who know around 800 Chinese characters or less.

Intermediate – You are a conversational speaker in Chinese but forget many of the words, and your pronunciation is not up to par. You have probably studied for about two years at an international university or about 350 hours at a language school. At this level, you can recognize about 2000 to 2500 Chinese characters.

Advanced – You can communicate in more complicated discussions in Chinese, and you can comprehend the subject matter on  TV or radio. Reading a Chinese newspaper is still somewhat, but you can recognize more than 4000 characters. Next Step China’s tutoring program is highly recommended because of  the flexibility of the subject matter we can offer you.

Want to learn Mandarin faster?

Next Step China’s Intensive Tutoring program teaches you Mandarin faster because of the level attention you receive. Our tutors and fine-tuned curriculum will help you improve fast and effectively. Below we have provided a table of expectations if you were to elect our tutoring program for more than six weeks. Although results due vary, we are confident that our tutors will help you exceed the expectations set below.

Spring Programs



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