Whether you are an absolute beginner or already know some Chinese, SYA China won’t just “teach” you Mandarin, we will surround you with the language and culture of Beijing. You’ll unravel the mysteries of this ancient land and understand the complexities of its modern-day issues. Our curriculum, your host family, and all the myriad experiences in between create a level of intensity and specialization unmatched anywhere else. Beijing is the historical and cultural hub of China, and, with a population of 21.7 million people, you will never lack for entertainment, social interaction or interests to pursue. Cocurricular activities range from community service to sports to music. Better still, SYA can arrange for classes in tai chi, calligraphy, brush painting or other Chinese arts, allowing you to dabble in options you might not easily find at home.
“It’s very rewarding when we visit places that are a reflection of Chinese culture rather than just places that are structured for tourism.”
– Yumna N. China ’16, Wardlaw-Hartridge School, NJ