Why MasterChina

Mandarin and Cculture Study

MasterChina has developed its own Mandarin teaching method, and syllabus, designed to allow course participants to make
rapid progress in developing their practical communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our aim is to help
all attendants to express their own opinions in Mandarin freely, precisely and confidently. Throughout summer program attendees’ time
in China, our tutors and practice partners work together to achieve this aim for every participant.

Our cultural instruction includes lectures covering China’s history and customs, its economy and society and its business culture.
We also invite professors to explain China’s own unique philosophy, including the concepts of natural law, evolution, rationality,
spirit, emptiness, trustworthiness, knowledge, essence and the Yin and Yang. Far from being abstract concepts, we show how
these concepts still heavily influence Chinese citizen’s thinking, communication and behavior.

For total beginners, we include 1-month’s on-line study as part of the price to get participants up to speed before travelling to China.
In this way, we can cover necessary basic concepts which take some time to master.


We prepare comfortable, convenient and safe accommodation for program participants. Our summer holiday programs are usually
delivered at a university campus in Shanghai, and course participants normally stay in the university’s modern, purpose built,
international student accommodation. Despite Shanghai being one of the most populous cities in the world, the city is quite compact
and the university is conveniently located close to the downtown area; which now rivals any city in the world in terms of the range of
recreational activities on offer. Besides the convenient location,close to public transportation,
all private rooms provide the following amenities:

If students would rather stay in alternate accommodation (i.e. hotel) that can be arranged to meet attendee’s specific requirements.


Unlike other language schools, and most university programs, our “out of the classroom” activities focus on meeting
Chinese people, especially the younger generation who are outwards looking and progressive. We also arrange for course attendees
to experience the innovative business culture of modern China by visiting, and talking with employees, of local businesses
epitomizing the rapid growth and innovation helping to drive China’s economy.

Activities included in the summer program (exact content depends on course duration) are:
For attendants of our “Study and Travel Program”, we arrange transportation and accommodation in two or three historic
destinations around China (typically Beijing, Xi’An, Chendu) accompanied by a guide and language teacher. The destinations are
chosen to help gain an even deeper understanding of China. Based on our previous experience, attendants improve both their
Mandarin speaking skills as well as their appreciation of China during their journey.
Details of all destinations are listed in the “Cultural Journey” section.