About Hutong School

Chinese Classes

When was Hutong School founded?

What if I have studied Chinese Before?

How many people have taken part?

How many students are in one class?

Where is Hutong School located?

What is the duration of each class?

Hutong School Programs

Can I take the HSK-test at Hutong School?

Which of your programs would be the best for me?

Can I have classes in a different language?

Do you provide health insurance?

Accommodation

Is there any support for my flight to China?

When do the programs start?

What do the apartments look like?

When are the official school holidays?

Is it possible to have a private apartment?

When should students apply for their program?

How far are the apartments?

Can programs be longer than 12 months?

Can I stay with a Chinese family?

I'm younger than 18. Is it possible to enroll?

Can I take the program without accommodation?

Which visa do I need?

Cultural Activities

Where do I apply for my visa?

How often are activities organized?

How do I pay?

When are the activities?

Do you provide scholarships or grants?

Is there a cost for the activities?

Internships

 

Does the internship pay a salary?

 

What are normal working hours?

 

What kind of internships are available?

 

 

 

About Hutong School

 

When was Hutong School founded?

Hutong School was founded in March 2005 and started its Internship Program in September 2005. The Intensive Chinese Program was started in October 2006.


How many people have taken part in your programs? Where do they come from?

So far, Hutong School has welcomed more than a 5000 people from no less than 38 different countries, namely Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Congo, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, and the USA.

Read about their experiences on our student testimonials page or get in touch with them through our LinkedIn alumni group.


Where is Hutong School located?

With schools in both BeijingShanghai and Hangzhou, you have the option to partake in our programs in either of these cities. As of May 2014, the Internship Program is also available in Chengdu. Take a look at our locations page for more information.
 

 

Hutong School Programs

 

Which of your programs would be the best option for me?

If you are in search of work experience, we would advise you to apply for our Internship Program; this program also includes 4 hours of Chinese group classes per week.  If you would like to focus more on learning Chinese, we suggest that you apply for our Intensive Chinese Program.


Do you provide health insurance?

Though our partners Compass Benefits we are happy to offer our students a comprehensive health and travel insurance package for 650HKD/month. You can find more information here: www.compassbenefits.com/hutongschool
 

Is there any support for my flight to China?

Thanks to our partnership with Journeys Are Made @Gapyear.com, we can support our students when making their flight bookings. You can find more information here; or make a direct enquiry on: http://b2b.gapyear.com/hutong-school


When do the programs start?

 

Program Starting Dates 2017* 

2 Jan 2017

6 Feb 2017

6 Mar 2017

10 Apr 2017

8 May 2017

5 Jun 2017

3 Jul 2017

31 Jul 2017

4 Sept 2017

9 Oct 2017

6 Nov 2017

4 Dec 2017

 

 

*Beginner level, non-beginners can start anytime.

 

See also:

Internship Program
Intensive Chinese Program

 

It is usually no problem if you arrive a few days later, we will make sure that you can catch up with your classes. 


When are the official school holidays?

At Hutong School we celebrate both Western and Chinese holidays. Below you’ll find an overview with the holidays for 2017:

 

New Year: December 31st - January 2nd (Sat-Mon)
Spring Festival: January 27th – February 2nd (Fri-Thu)
Tomb-Sweeping: April 2 – April 4 (Sun-Tue)
Labor Day: April 29th – May 1st (Sat-Mon)
Dragon Boat: May 28th – May 30th (Sun-Tue)
Mid-Autumn Festival + National Day: October 1st – October 8th (Sun-Sun)
 

During these days Hutong School will be closed and no classes will be held. However, there will always be a Hutong School employee on stand-by for any assistance needed during holidays and weekends.
 

When should students apply for their program?

In order to guarantee a smooth application, we recommend that students apply two to three months before they plan to arrive in China. However, applications can be submitted anytime before the intended starting date.


Can programs be longer than 12 months?

Yes, it is possible to participate in our programs for longer than 12 months. Programs can be extended for as long as you wish.


I'm younger than 16. Is it possible to enroll?

The minimum age of our programs is 16. If you are younger than 16 you can only apply for a tailor made program. Please contact us for more information.


Which Visa do I need and what does the Visa application process look like?

The visa application process is different for each student, so we will help you figure out which visa will be the best option for your specific situation. Once you enroll in one of our programs, we will then be able to assist you with the details of the visa application process.


Where do I apply for my visa?

To apply for your visa, you will need to submit your application to the Chinese Visa Office in your area or to the Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside.


How do I pay?

Hutong School requires all payments to be made via bank transfer or paypal. Bank fees will be to the account of the student. Bank transfers can be made in EUR, USD or GBP.
 

Do you provide scholarships or grants?

We do not provide scholarships ourselves. If you are a student, we advise you to ask the career center at your university for available scholarships. Many universities provide scholarships and they will be able to provide you with the most detailed information. 

More information on funding possibilities: http://www.hutong-school.com/scholarships-and-grants

 

 

Internships

 

Does the internship pay a salary?

Most of the internships at our partner companies pay a small ‘living allowance’. However, some companies are unable to give their interns any compensation, especially when the internship duration is short.


What are normal working hours?

Normal working hours are between 9:00am-6:00pm or 9:30pm-6:30pm (with a one-hour lunch break).


What kinds of internships are available?

Depending on your qualifications and preferences we will search for the best possible match for you. We can offer you anything from internships in small start-ups to internships in multinational corporations. See our current Internship positions for updated information.

 

 

Chinese Classes
 

What if I have studied Chinese before?

We constantly have group classes for many different levels of Chinese at Hutong School. If you do not fit into one of the existing group classes, you will then be given private catch-up classes rather than group classes.


How many students are in one class?

Our classes have an average of 3-4 students, with a maximum of eight students per class.


What is the duration of each class?

Hutong School classes last 50 minutes, followed by a 10 minute break.
 

I want to do the HSK-test. Can I do this at Hutong School?

Yes, our Shanghai branch is a registered HSK center, so you can register and take the exam at our school. For all other branches, we help you to register and take the exam at the nearest exam center. You will furthermore be trained to take HSK exam at your best: we offer HSK preparation classes in all our branches. 


My English is not good; can I have classes in a different language?

Our beginner Chinese classes will take place in English and Chinese. Therefore, knowledge of the English language will be very helpful. As your Chinese level progresses, less and less English will be used in your classes.

 

 

Accommodation
 

What do the apartments look like?

Take a look at some pictures of our apartments: http://www.hutong-school.com/accommodation

All of our apartments have a kitchen, a living room with TV and DVD-player and a Western-style bathroom. In our apartments, you will have your own bedroom, but share the apartment with 2-3 other students from Hutong School.


Is it possible to have a private apartment?

On request we do offer private apartments. There will be an additional monthly fee on top of the normal program price.
 

How far are the apartments from the school/internship company?

We will try our best to place you in an apartment that will be the most convenient for you. From most of our apartments, you should be able to get to the school via public transportation in 30 minutes or less.


Can I stay with a Chinese family?

We do not offer the option of home stays at this time.


Is it possible to attend your program without accommodation?

It is possible to take part in one of our programs without accommodation. Please contact us for further details about the price for this option.

 


Cultural Activities

 

How often does Hutong School organize activities?

We organize business and cultural activities for the students 2-3 times per week. All activities are designed to help you experience the Chinese culture as well as get to know other students from Hutong School.


When are the activities?

The activities are held either in the evenings or on the weekends so that it is possible for everyone to participate.


Is there a cost for the activities?

Many of the activities that take place at Hutong School will be free of charge. However, there will be a small charge for other activities that have an entrance fee or traveling fees.