Chinese Language in Hong Kong


    Study in Hong Kong, China
    Mandarin or Cantonese Courses: 20 hrs
    2 wks: $895 / 4 wks: $1595 USD
    Minimum age 16 yrs

    The Program

    Study Mandarin or Cantonese in Hong Kong. Since 1994, the Hong Kong study abroad program has been teaching students and business clients from around the world. All courses are conducted by qualified teachers, certified in teaching Chinese as a second language. Classes are small, with a maximum of 7 students per class, which assures that each student receives the maximum of individual attention. Beginner thru advanced levels available. Open to students and adults worldwide. Minimum age 16 yrs. Join us……..and experience Hong Kong!

    The Location

    The programs are conducted in modern office buildings in both the Yaumatei area of Kowloon and the Wanchai area of Hong Kong island. Conveniently located next to the subway, the main center has over 3000 square feet of classrooms and language laboratory, fully equipped with audio and visual aids to facilitate language training.

    Hong Kong means “fragrant harbor”, and originally referred to only the main island, but now includes Kowloon, the New Territories, and the outside islands as well. With a population of over 5 million, Hong Kong continues to be a shining symbol of capitalism and remains a powerful influence in international business as well as a major transportation and communications hub for not only China but all of Asia. Hong Kong’s hard working and imaginative people have created a standard of living matched by few developing countries, all in just the past 50 years. In 1997, the British government transfered full sovereignty of the islands and New Territories back to China, with the understanding by China that Hong Kong’s economic freedom and capitalist lifestyle would be preserved for at least 50 years. Thus, the agreement “two systems, one China”.


    Students take 20 hrs per 2 wk session, HSK type course. This includes a 1 hour language lab. Class times are held in the morning or afternoon, depending on your level. All students take a placement test to determine level, and then placed in the proper level course. All levels are offered, from the absolute beginner thru intermediate and advanced levels. Both Cantonese and Mandarin courses are available, with a major focus on “immersion – conversation” learning as well as reading and writing. Students are guided to speak only Cantonese or Mandarin in the classroom, and class size is kept small (7 or less), to maximize personal attention. All the courses are taught by qualified teachers from Hong Kong who have completed special training for teaching Chinese as a second language to non-native speakers. A transcript (Certificate) is awarded to all students upon completing the course. See the program dates section for more schedule information. Open to students and adults worldwide. Minimum age 16 yrs.

    Six Levels: A-F

    Level A: is for absolute beginners. Course includes study of Chinese pinyin, basic sentence patterns, Chinese characters, and basic grammar.

    Level B: is for students who have some phonetic training, know about 800 Chinese words, and can engage in simple, daily conversation. Course includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Focuses on Chinese pinyin, daily conversation, improving listening skills, reading skills, and writing exercises.

    Level C: is for students who know about 1500 Chinese words and basic sentence patterns, as well as able to engage in daily conversation. This course is more extensive in building skills: listening, writing, reading, and speaking enhancement. Build vocabulary, continue to study sentence patterns and grammar, intensify reading exercises, and discriminate the meaning and usage of words.

    Level D: is for students who know at least 2500 Chinese words, and have a systematic knowledge of Chinese grammar, as well as able to converse in daily conversation at a higher level than Level C. Emphasis is put on building listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Extensive drills are also used.

    Level E: is for students who know about 3500 Chinese words, and can engage in more complicated discussions, as well as give short speeches.

    Level F: is for students with a vocabulary larger than 4000 Chinese words and can express sophisticated ideas in daily conversation.

    Academic Credit

    Students can earn 2 – 15 credits, depending on how long they take the course. Usually 2 – 3 credits per month can be earned. See the Academic Credit section of the CSA website.

    Financial Aid

    Yes, you can use your financial aid on this program. Please have your Financial Aid office e-mail us a “Consortium Agreement” to complete and sign. CSA does not offer any scholarships or financial aid, we can only assist you in using your home school’s financial aid on this program.

    The earlier the better, since it takes time to process. Overall, CSA does not offer any financial aid, we can only assist you in obtaining and using your aid from your home school on these programs.


    Students live with carefully selected Hong Kong families (homestay), or in local guest houses and hotels. Host family housing includes your own private, furnished room, and shared bathroom. Meals are taken with family and food is served in local style. Cost $500 USD per week to stay with a host family. Housing in guest houses and small hotels vary from $95 USD and up. Major hotels cost more. You may arrange your own housing if preferred.

    Another housing suggestion is to stay at the Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong. Located on the Kowloon side, the rooms are spacious and offer modern amenities, including on site restaurants. Click on the following web-link for more details and make a reservation:

    Dates and Fees

    * Minimum age is 16 yrs
    * Mandarin or Cantonese; 20 hrs
    * Course starts every 2 weeks – all levels

    2 WEEK SESSIONS  (10 days M-F, year-around) HSK type course
    * Start early in month, and end mid-month.
    * Or start mid-month, and end later.
    * Exact dates provided in confirmation docs.
    * Placement test given there at check-in.
    * Housing is extra – not included.



    2 weeks $895 USD
    4 weeks $1595 USD

    Addtl 2 weeks = $350 USD extra. Housing is extra.


    Minimum age is 16 yrs. No visa required for U.S. citizens (90 days). Open to all students and adults worldwide.


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