G: Why do you think international students have chosen to study at your institution?
J: There are many reasons that students choose Mandarin House over other Chinese schools in China. Here are the top three:
- We have structured Mandarin courses and great student life with exciting cultural activities, organized every week, by passionate and friendly staff that welcome and help students to settle in to China.
- We have won the "World Language Provider Star Award" in 2009 and 2013 by Study Travel Magazine, and 5 further nominations.
- Mandarin House is a pioneer of the Chinese language industry, established in 2004, we have the strictest quality accreditation standards by IALC, and and we are proud to be an official HSK Chinese Proficiency Test centre by HanBan.
G: Please tell us an interesting fact about Shanghai.
J: Shanghai cooking is sweeter than other areas in China and we consume more sugar than any other part of China.
G: What are your top five tips of things to do (e.g. landmarks or attractions to visit/local festivals to see) in Shanghai?
J: - Tour Yu Garden and try Shanghai's classic 'dumplings' at a tea house. This is just a 15 minute walk from our school.
- Watch the ERA show, extraordinary and incredible acrobatic show along with great music and lighting effects, a thrilling experience. Just a 3 minute walk from Subway Line #1, which is the same line that our school is on.
- Visit the Observation Decks of Shanghai World Financial Centre, which offer different experiences on the 94th, 97th, and 100th floors, an overall incredible view. This is just a 3 minute walk from Subway Line #2, which is the same line that our school is one.
- Visit the Shanghai Museum which features eleven state-of-the-art galleries housing China’s international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jade and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture. This is just a 5 minute walk distance from our school.
- Walk along the Bund and appreciate the international architecture on the Western Side of the River. This is just a 10 minute walk from our school.
G: Where do you suggest students eat (what is tasty, what is cheap, where can they find authentic Chinese/Shanghai cuisine)?
J: Most shopping malls offer different cuisines including local and foreign flavor. You can find cheap and authentic Chinese food around People's Square easily, where our school is located, near the Nanjing Road pedestrian street and the Bund.
G: Do you have any useful tips regarding visa applications?
J: Apply for the tourist visa if staying less than 3 months, or the X2 Visa (student visa) if plan to stay for longer than 3 months.
Mandarin House can provide necessary documents for this type of visa. Please contact our school before you come to China to explore your visa options.
G: Do you have any useful tips regarding accommodation?
J: Living in a new culture away from home doesn't need to be a headache, at our school in Shanghai, we provide shared apartment single room and home stay options. We suggest our students to book two months accommodation with us, and let us do some small things like registering their arrival at the local police station, washing bed sheets and towels, an option of airport pick-up/drop-off are all designed to help our students acclimatise to the fast-paced Chinese. After a couple months, we suggest our students to explore their own accommodation choice and to experience Shanghai like a local.
G: Do you have any useful tips regarding inter-city travel?
J: Inter-city travel is fairly convenient in Shanghai since China has developed an extensive high-speed train network. For example, you can reach Hangzhou and visit the West Lake in under one hour, and you can reach Beijing and visit the Great Wall in six hours.
G: Do you have any useful tips regarding international student work rights in Shanghai?
J: International students holding student visa are not allowed to do any paid work in Shanghai, however, we can help our students to get some very promising internship through our network of partners. If you find a job in Shanghai, it's not difficult to change your student status to working permit.