As a professional and international language institute, we are committed to delivering excellent, diverse and flexible Mandarin Chinese language programs and teaching, while bringing our students a memorable life experience and cultural immersion in China. We also offer a variety of exciting optional electives and free workshops as part of our Mandarin Chinese language programs. See below for Mandarin Chinese course and class details and descriptions, and please feel free to contact us with any questions or enquiries. Email Maggie at maggie@summitkm.com or call +86 (871) 535.4889.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price of the course. Summit provides or can help organize a number of accommodation options for staying in Kunming.

  1. Chinese Homestay: Living with a Chinese family is a direct route into day-to-day Chinese life and is a rewarding cultural experience, not to mention a fast track way of learning the Chinese language. Every student will be guaranteed their own room and a family that is friendly, open and known to Summit School. Families on our homestay accommodation option typically live within half an hour's traveling distance of the school. Homestays can be arranged prior to departure or upon your arrival. If you're interested in arranging homestay accommodation prior to departure, email us a brief statement about what you'd like to gain from the experience and any requirements concerning the Chinese family you'd like to be placed with; would you like a family member to speak some level of English? Do you mind eating Chinese family meals (take note vegetarians!)? Do you have any pet allergies? Etc. etc. We'll do our best to find a suitable match. Before you make any decision we'll provide an introduction written by the family, family details, family photograph and pictures of the accommodation to be stayed in. Cost: Homestay Accommodation typically costs RMB200/week (around US$24), though costs vary slightly from family to family.
  2. Private Rented Accommodation: Private rented accommodation is plentiful in Kunming, especially around the school area. We can help you find your own apartment or arrange a flatshare with other students or residents in Kunming. The city has a vibrant local and expat population and needless to say, having your own place or living in a flatshare is a great way to socialize and meet people. Prices and quality of apartments vary. Typically expect to pay RMB500-1000/month (around US$75-150) for a decent furnished room within walking distance of the school. Please contact us with any questions or enquiries. Cost: Summit will help you find accommodation free of charge.
  3. Hostel to hotel: If homestay or private accommodation is not for you, we can reserve you a place from hostel to 5star hotel at discounted rates. Let us know what you require and we'll find accommodation to your taste. Costs: Variable. Contact us for more information.
  4. Elementary, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Chinese Programs

    Summit Chinese Language Programs are designed to immerse participants in Mandarin Chinese through class instruction, after-class tutoring, language exchange with native Mandarin Chinese speakers and optional electives. Accelerated teaching methods allow participants at lower proficiency levels to acquire the language skills needed for effective communication in a short period of time, and advanced students to gain expression proficiency at an abstract level. Summit Chinese Language Programs integrate all aspects of the language: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics, and vocabulary. All our Chinese teachers are fluent in both Chinese and English, experienced, fully certified and speak standardized Mandarin. In addition to your teacher, an experienced bilingual tutor will always be available to help resolve any difficulties and to offer study guidance. We provide the option of an informal Chinese language test before every student's period of study to ensure the right level of class. See our table for more details or please contact us with any questions or enquiries.

    Short Term Training Class

    Summit School understands that people's schedules vary or that people may not want to commit to a full length language program. As opposed to Summit's Language Programs, Short Term Training Classes can be undertaken anytime, for any length of time, providing there is a minimum number of four students per class. Short Term Training Classes are a flexible and practical way to learn the Chinese language. The classes integrate all aspects of the language: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary. All our Chinese teachers are fluent in both Chinese and English, experienced, fully certified and speak standardized Mandarin. In addition to your teacher, an experienced bilingual tutor will always be available to help resolve any difficulties and to offer study guidance. We provide the option of an informal Chinese language test before every student's period of study to ensure the right level of class. See our table for more details or please contact us with any questions or enquiries.

    Personalised Class

    You're the boss! Tell us when, what, where and how you want to study and we'll cater to your needs. Teaching methodology, curriculum, location, class time and length of study are all decided by you. All our Chinese teachers are fluent in both Chinese and English, experienced, fully certified and speak standard Mandarin. Our Personalised Classes are a great way to learn whether you're an individual or a group. If you're not sure what's right for you, don't worry! Contact us and we can help you create a schedule and curriculum to fulfill your potential. Tuition costs vary depending on your teaching requirements, requested class size and schedule of study. Please contact us with any questions or for more information.

    HSK Training

    * Entry Requirement: a vocabulary of about 600 Chinese characters Our program prepares students for taking the beginner/basic/elementary/intermediary levels of the HSK (The Chinese Proficiency Test) and is designed to assist students achieve the highest score possible in their level of test. The course content includes exam taking skills and strategies as well as general Chinese; including grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension. Our HSK Preparation Programs are run for 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks prior to the exam date (Dec '07). So right after taking our preparation course, you can take the exam in Kunming - one of the Chinese cities where HSK is held. All our Chinese teachers are fluent in both Chinese and English, experienced in teaching the HSK, fully certified and speak standardized Mandarin. In addition to your teacher, an experienced bilingual tutor will always be available to help resolve any difficulties and to offer study guidance. Please contact us with any questions or enquiries and for HSK application times.

    Optional Electives

    Summit School runs a series of optional electives to give students the opportunity to enhance their time studying with us and to gain a deeper insight into Chinese culture. Optional electives are a great way to meet other students and to immerse yourself in Kunming life. Classes are run either within school or at external locations with private teachers. By undertaking optional electives through Summit, you will be guaranteed a professional and reputable instructor, as well as a competitive price (often hard to get if you're a ‘laowei' or foreigner in Kunming!). Electives include Martial Arts (karate, taequando, yoga, tai chi, judo), Chinese Cooking Classes, Chinese Painting, Minority Music (choose from a variety of instruments), Chinese Dance, Massage and Acupuncture, Ancient Chinese and Chinese Medicine. Prices vary depending on class sizes and season. Please contact us for more information or with any questions or enquiries.

    Workshops

    Summit School runs a series of free workshops as part of any Chinese course or class. Our workshops are a great way to meet other students and enhance your understanding of Chinese and Kunming culture. Choose from Calligraphy, Paper Cutting, Chinese Chess, Chinese Film and Ethnic Minority Culture. Please contact us for more information or with any questions or enquiries.

    Classes Size Study Hours Per Week Cost Schedule
    Beginners Chinese Program Small Class (4-10) 18 5000/person/20 weeks Contact school for summer and semester dates
    10 3400/person/20 weeks
    Elementary Chinese Program One to One 18 17800/person/20 weeks
    10 9800/person/20 weeks
    Up to 8 60/person/hour
    Intermediate Chinese Program One to Two 18 9800/person/20 weeks
    10 5800/person/20 weeks
    Up to 8 40/person/hour
    Advanced Chinese Program One to Three 18 7800/person/20 weeks
    10 4800/person/20 weeks
    Up to 8 35/person/hour
    Short Term Training Class Small Class (4-10) 18 25/person/hour Undertaken anytime
    10 40/person/hour
    Personalised Class You choose! You choose! Varies
    HSK Training Class Small Class (4-10) 6 25/person/hour Undertaken anytime
    One to One 10 55/person/hour
    Optional Electives (see courses) Variable Variable Varies Undertaken anytime