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Travel to China, the land of the dragon, and immerse yourself in its fascinating culture by learning the language and art of its people. Should you wish to broaden your horizons a little further, try a martial arts course during your stay or explore the region's cultural and spiritual sites. Using your newly-learned skills you'll soon make new friends both on your placement and whilst visiting some of China's most famous heritage sites such as The Great Wall and the Forbidden City.


  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Immerse yourself in true Chinese culture
  • Learn the melodious language of Mandarin


  • Minimum age 18 years

Course Semesters

Spring:  Starting from 1st March to end of June.
Autumn: Starting from 1st September to end of December.

Airport Pickup Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Language Terrestrial
Location Yantai, China
Activities Intensive language course
Improving written, verbal & reading skills
Developing pronunciation
Learning Chinese history & culture
Learn an elective
Transport Pick-up from the airport
Transport to & from the project site
Accommodation University campus

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
Internet access
All textbooks and notebooks
Language tuition


Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. China's rapid economic growth, its military power, and its sheer number of citizens mean that it is having an ever-increasing influence on the world stage. Whether you're interested in global business or politics, or you're simply interested in learning more about China's culture or history, it is imperative that you understand the language. At the very least, it will open your eyes to a remarkable region like never before.


Studying at a well-known university, you will undertake an intensive Mandarin study course, studying about 4 hours a day, learning not only the language but also the history and culture of your host country. Your module will help you develop your written, verbal and reading skills, and working alongside native Chinese teachers and student teachers will ensure that you pick up authentic pronunciation and comprehension skills. Aside from your language course, you can choose an elective such as Chinese calligraphy or Taiji, a martial art focused on both physical and mental harmony and balance. Project lengths vary from 4ñ8 weeks during the summer months to a whole semester of about 5 months (starts twice a year). If that's not enough, you can study for a BA in Chinese language and literature, a 4-year long course. You will be so well looked after by the local staff, people, and your new friends that the only problem you're likely to face is deciding where you want to explore next!


You will be collected from Yantai airport by a Frontier representative and escorted to the university, where your textbooks await you.


You'll be welcomed to your accommodation on the university campus where you will have a clean, quiet room with private or shared bathroom, comfortable furniture, air-conditioning, a phone, internet access, and a TV - all you could possibly need for an enjoyable and productive stay.


You'll be free to explore the local cuisine of Yantai, or if you prefer you can make use of the delicious Chinese meals available on the university campus, and at weekends you will be provided with the means to self-cater. You may wish to take the opportunity to explore the delicacies on offer in local restaurants or in the vibrant street markets. The best thing about this is that you will be totally free to decide for yourself!

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In your free time in the evenings and at weekends you can explore the city of Yantai, with its modern bars, cafes, and shops, or soak up its rich historical heritage by visiting local temples and museums. Should you wish to have tours arranged for you, either around the city or further afield, the local Frontier staff will be more than happy to point you in the right direction and suggest reputable and reasonably priced local providers.


1 month US$ 2,845

Extra week US$ 445

Semester programme (4.5 months) costs US$5,950, with additional months available at US$680


Please arrive on a Monday. 

Term dates

Spring Term is from March 1st till June 30th 2016. 

Autumn Term is from 1st September to the end of November 2016 (this includes a holiday during the first week of October)

Please be aware that this project does not run outside these dates.


You can join this project for a minimum of 4 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Yantai (YNT)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@statravel.com .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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