📖 Introduction

That’s Mandarin is one of the oldest Chinese schools in China. With a unique approach to language learning and their own in-house teaching platform, they focus on providing the smoothest service and the best teaching experience to all their students — whether they are studying Chinese online, or at one of their Chinese language schools in China.

🏫 About That's Mandarin









That’s Mandarin was founded in Beijing in 2005 and has been growing ever since. They now have schools in Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou, with plans to open more locations in more cities soon.

Their talented and enthusiastic teachers are all university graduates experienced at working with students of all ages.

Their cultural and learning activities are engaging, inspiring, and fun, with an emphasis on being educational and, above all, safe!

That’s Mandarin is currently expanding to more cities around China to increase their reach and to impart their knowledge and enthusiasm for Mandarin to more students in China and around the world. They hope to maintain their high standard of customer service and Mandarin teaching, as well as continue to increase and develop their dedicated teaching staff.


The foundation of our Curriculum lies in the combination of individual-focused learning, with the aim of matching our students to a course that suits their motivations. Before signing up with us we will assess your level and work out the best program for you.

We also offer a trial lesson at our schools or online, depending on where you are; that way you can get a feel for who we are!

We can cater for all learning requirements. Whether you’re learning for work, to pass an exam or just for leisure; we have a course to suit you. If you have Chinese language goals to reach we are dedicated to getting you there.



Beijing is well-known for being China’s governing city, as well as its capital. Beijing is a fascinating place steeped in culture, adventure and surprises! When choosing Beijing the main thing to remember is to expect the unexpected! For history, culture & an authentic Eastern experience, the city of contrasts is the place to choose.


Their centrally located Beijing campus is harbored in loftstyle space, taking up 2 levels. Downstairs in the main part of our school, you will find our reception, a number of offices, a lounge area, a large hall and a number of classrooms that veer away from the main hall. Look up & you will see a number of classrooms at balcony level. Our upstairs lounge & rooftop area is the tranquil learning zone, a great place for students to take a minute to escape the city or catch up with each other. Unlike the downstairs sofa area, this space is closed off, offering a private environment. Each lounge area includes a free coffee & tea bar, comfortable sofas and wi-fi.














Shanghai is the fastest growing city in the world — and it’s recently become the city with the most coffee shops in the world. As a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features, Shanghai is firmly marking its place up top with the world’s best, like New York, Paris, and London. If you enjoy bright lights and a big city vibe, China’s urban hub will keep you inspired and entertained.


Their Shanghai campus is conveniently located downtown, within a 5-min walk from Changping Road Station (Line 7) or a 15-minute walk from Jing’an Temple Station. Located in the heart of the city, you can get a panoramic view of the area through the terrace of their school. They have a spacious terrace for students to relax and have a cup of tea or coffee, with a gorgeous view over the surrounding area. You can enjoy a break with other students and then get back to learning & enjoy the comfort of our classrooms. Each of their brightly lit classrooms is equipped with a computer, a whiteboard, and Wi-Fi access to help you learn Mandarin using their Chinese language learning platform, NihaoCafe.

They offer unlimited coffee, tea & water at the lounge area to help you stay hydrated. You’re welcome to refill and enjoy the beverages anytime!













Suzhou is a charming city located in southern Jiangsu Province of East China, about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Shanghai. It is a major economic, trade, and commerce center, and the second-largest city in the province after its capital Nanjing.

Suzhou is famous for its gardens, lakes, rivers, ponds, hills, and a waterway known as the Grand Canal. As the Chinese proverb goes, “In heaven, there is paradise; on earth, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou.”


Their Suzhou Campus is located just 190 meters from Xinghai Square subway station – the hub of the Suzhou Industrial Park business/nightlife center.

You can get to their school by taking Line 1 to Xinghai Square subway station, and then taking Exit 3.

That’s Mandarin Suzhou occupies the southeast unit of Level 21 Zhongyin Huilong Mansion with a floor area of over 300 square meters.

Their rooms are named after the signs of the Zodiac (Yes, it means there are 12 rooms in total) and are decorated as such. Besides various sizes of classrooms, there is also an activity room with a mini library inside (they like to call it the “Sunroom” as it enjoys generous natural light from the south and east), a coffee room, and a computer lab.

They offer water and other types of refreshments (depending on the season) in the coffee room to help you stay hydrated. Or you can always visit the Starbucks on the ground floor of the building.







Cultural Trips & Activities

To maximize the students' grip on Chinese culture we organize regular cultural activities and excursions, inside and outside our campuses. All of the events are thoroughly planned and participants are accompanied by our staff. The activities & excursions aim to teach students about Chinese life and culture and encourage each participant to use his/her Chinese.








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🏠 Accommodation

If accommodation on campus is important to you we advise you to arrive a few days before so you can try to register. You can also to choose accommodation off campus, we have an article about that here.

💸 Living Expenses in Beijing

Expense Average costs
Accommodation On average, a single room student dormitory accommodation will cost about RMB 1500 per month, or about RMB 18,000 per year, including utilities.
Food A meal at the university canteen/restaurant or in a fast-food restaurant outside would cost about RMB 7 to RMB 30. The average monthly bill for students that will study in Beijing, China can be between the range of RMB 1800 to RMB 4000.
Transportation A one-way local transport ticket in Beijing costs about RMB 4. The taxi start rate costs about RMB 13, plus the additional taxi rate per kilometer of about RMB 2.30. A monthly transport pass for university students in Beijing would cost around RMB 200.
Extra costs: Some extra costs for university students who will study in Beijing, China are books and study materials around RMB 210 to RMB 350 per month (increased costs for those studying Sciences, Medicine, or Art), and medical insurance of about RMB 400 per six months.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Graduation certificate
  • Passport size photo

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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