As the first Chinese language school under foreign management to be officially licensed by the Chinese Ministry of Education, we have built a strong reputation for high quality teaching and become the school of choice for anyone looking to do an internship or learn Chinese in China. Through our wide range of programs, excursions and activities we aim to provide our students with an authentic insight into modern day China whilst helping them pave the way to a successful career.

What Makes Us Unique?

An International Team

Hutong School in ChinaOur young international team is formed of people from all over the world, representing China, Belgium, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Argentina, the United States, Britain, Italy, and more. Each member of our team speaks fluent English and Chinese and has several years of experience in China. We’ve all completed an internship or studied in China ourselves, making us the perfect people to assist you on your adventure.

One thing we all have in common is a passion for China and giving others the opportunity to explore this fascinating country, language and culture. We know what it’s like to board a plane flying into the unknown, and we use our own experience of living in China to help you find your way and feel at ease in your host city.

“Taking classes at Hutong School was an extremely good decision and an unforgettable experience. It is totally worth it, they do really make you feel part of a big family.” - Juan Carlos Rodriguez Moreno, Spain

Award-winning Teaching Methodology

Based on 18+ years’ experience teaching Chinese, the unique Hutong School teaching methodology has been proven to speed up the language learning process. By separating spoken Chinese from character recognition and promoting total immersion, we encourage learners to start speaking from the very beginning. As our students progress in spoken Chinese, they develop an understanding of the logic that underpins Chinese character construction and begin laying a solid foundation for character memorisation.

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We pride ourselves on our teaching quality, for which we’ve been awarded the iStudy Guide award for Educational Excellence. We maintain this high standard of teaching in our schools across the world by employing experienced native Chinese teachers who follow a standardized curriculum and training process. Our textbook series and interactive learning platform put our methodology into practice and enable Chinese learners to follow our award-winning program no matter where they are.

Quality Internships

We boast an impressive portfolio of over 600 partner companies in China, representing more than 20 different sectors and ranging in size, from foreign and local start-ups to high-profile international corporations. They have been carefully selected by our expert team, who ensures they offer a safe working environment for our interns.

We carefully match our interns with partner companies based on their skills, preferences and educational background to find the perfect match.

We are continuously looking to form new partnerships with companies around the world. If you’re interested in working with us, you can find out how here.

I ended up doing an internship in Beijing totally randomly. I didn't know a thing about China, or the working conditions there, or even how to say Hi in Chinese. Well, Hutong School destroyed all my fears, crashed the doubts you can have when moving in another country, and welcomed me as part of a big family Laura Lee Moreau, Canada

Worldwide Locations

International Chinese Language SchoolsSince beginning in a small Beijing hutong in 2005, we have expanded to 5 locations in China, and a further 7 across Europe, Australia and the Americas. Each of our schools uses our unique teaching methodology and quality learning materials, which we maintain by employing experienced native Chinese teachers who follow a standardized curriculum and training process. Our 3-part textbook series and interactive mobile app put our methodology into practice and enable Chinese learners to follow our award-winning program no matter where they are.

Outstanding Service

Our service starts from the moment you send an application, to the very end of your program. During this time, our dedicated team of Program Consultants will be on hand to guide you through the visa process and ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Hutong School representative at the airport, who will give you a tour of the school, introduce you to fellow students, and take you to your apartment.

Starting from my initial email contact, the customer service was exceptional. I received excellent information and support before, during and after my classes. The instructors are skilful and experienced both at teaching Chinese and adjusting to student and class needs. I was amazed at my progress after only one month!” –Enrico, USA

We’re here every step of the way to ensure you feel safe, happy and ready to make the most of your China experience.

Trusted by over 100,000 Students

Since 2005, we have welcomed over 100,000 students onto our programs, including embassy and Chambers of Commerce employees, and even the wife of Mr. Jacques Rogge - President of the IOC. We’ve received a steady stream of positive feedback from our students, many of whom have returned to study with us in later years.

International Chinese language schools in China

We thrive off giving others the opportunity to experience China for themselves in a safe and friendly environment. Find out more about what our students say.

"Hutong School offered exactly the services I was looking for. It was a 1000%-fit.” Daniela Schiesser, Germany


We are trusted by a number of renowned universities around the globe, with whom we work to provide their young and talented students with high quality internships and Chinese language instruction. Our university partners include:

Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies - Belgium

Lessius Mechelen - Belgium

LMU Munich - Germany

Hogeschool Zuyd - The Netherlands

Avans Hogeschool - The Netherlands

Kellogg Institute for International Studies - The Netherlands

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business - China

Beijing International MBA at Peking University - China

We are always looking for suitable new partner institutions to join our network. If you are an educational institution interested in partnering with Hutong School, you can find out more here.

We have also partnered and accredited by several corporate organisations and Chambers of Commerce. If you are interested in partnering with us, you can find how here.


Registered HSK Centre

Hutong School Shanghai has been a registered HSK testing center since 2005. Students studying in Shanghai can register to take an HSK test with us each month.

Our Awards

We are proud winners of several awards, which recognise the quality of our services:

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2016 – Mandarin School of the Year, That’s Beijing Lifestyle Awards

2016/17 – Cultural Excellence Award of the Year, iStudy Global Awards

2017 - Mandarin School of the Year, That’s Beijing Lifestyle Awards

2017/18 – Academic Excellence Award of the Year, iStudy Global Awards

2018 – Mandarin School of the Year, That’s Beijing Lifestyle Awards

2018/19 - Service Excellence Award of the Year, iStudy Global Awards

2018– Top Language School for Support, GoOverseas Community Choice Awards

2019 - Mandarin School of the Year Shanghai, BonApp Awards

2019- Mandarin School of the Year Beijing, BonApp Awards

If you'd like to find out more about what it's like studying at Hutong School, feel free to get in touch with our ever-growing alumni community through our LinkedIn Alumni Group OR Facebook page!

Protection of your personal data

All of your personal data sent to us during the application process will be treated as strictly confidential information and used solely for the purpose of your application. Your personal data, such as email address, passport information and telephone numbers, will not be passed on to any third party.