Watching your child pack their bags, head to the airport and get on a plane alone to China to study is a moment you will never forget.
There will be happy tears that they’re going off and educating themselves, but there will also be sad tears because you’re going to miss them. But, the happy tears will outweigh the sad tears and when they land in Kunming, China, we’ll take great care of them.
Allowing your child to study abroad is a big decision, so here are 5 considerations you and your family should consider before applying to schooling abroad.
The costs of study abroad programs vary greatly across schools and programs. At Keats School in Kunming, China, we offer eight different Chinese language courses at various price points.
Depending on the study option, and how long you intend to study abroad, your cost will differ.
Our tuition prices also include accommodation, food, and amenities. Not all schools offer this, which means the cost will greatly increase when you add on rent and food. To see everything included in our tuition fees, check out our application section on the website. It shows you every option at Keats and what’s included in the fee.
When your kid gets off the plane in Kunming, China, they’re going to feel the overwhelming sense of wanderlust. It’s a new country they may never have been to before, which means they’re going to want to explore when they’re not in school.
That could simply mean exploring the beautiful city of Kunming on their free time or it could mean buying a flight to a nearby tourism point of interest and heading there for the weekend.
There will be extra costs during their time away studying. This means your family will have to save a bit of extra pocket cash for the trip. Discussing potential travel plans with your child ahead of time will allow your family to plan for the extra funds.
If those funds aren’t completely available for you, Keats School offers Culture Classes in addition to Mandarin courses. These classes will make your child receive a cultural awakening.
These three options will have your child experiencing the city and country, all while becoming fluent in Mandarin.
Your child’s health and safety are going to be one of your biggest concerns when deciding if studying abroad is right for them.
We take this very seriously at Keats, as we want you to be comfortable at home while your child is with us.
We offer medications for minor illnesses and help your child if they need to visit a doctor or hospital.
There are some very good international hospitals in Kunming. They have very good doctors and equipment for medical treatment.
They work together with foreign insurance companies to ensure that your medical cost in China can be compensated. The teachers at Keats will take the students to see a doctor and will help to translate. The school also offers special meals for students who don’t feel very well.
If you’re interested in learning more about the health and security measures at Keats, speak to one of our representatives. We’d be happy to discuss this with you.
You can also buy travel insurance and speak to a physician specializing in travel medicine and traveling abroad precautions.
It’s important to have all of the right documentation before studying abroad.
Students will need a passport and visa when traveling to Kunming, China, to study. Your child’s passport will need at least 6 months of remaining validity and blank visa pages to receive your visa for studying abroad.
We offer to help you and your family with the visa application at Keats, which is not included in many other universities and schools.
If the distance between you and your child worries you, don’t worry; keeping in touch is a lot easier nowadays.
Modern technology, especially the internet, makes it incredibly easy to know what’s going on in your child’s life while they’re abroad.
First things first, you’ll want to download skype and have your child show you how it works if you’re not already familiar with it.
Once your kid is in Kunming, China, you’ll be able to have Skype dates. They can even tell you some of the new Mandarin they’ve learned.
At Keats School, we offer free internet access for all students and a SIM card for their phones.
Make sure to like Keats’s Facebook page as well because we’re always updating our student albums from fun activities.
If you’re hoping to send mail or care packages to your child while they’re studying at Keats, you can do so by sending the package to the following address:
80 Dongfeng Dong Lu (Dongfeng East Road) 16th Fl., Guolian Building, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, 650041
We can’t wait to hand your child their mail!
Now that you’re a little more at ease with your son or daughter traveling abroad to study Mandarin, you must consider where they’ll study.
Throughout this blog post, we’ve mentioned the benefits of studying Mandarin at Keats School. To learn more about why Keats School is the best option, download our “Consider This” checklist. We talk about what’s offered at Keats School, which other schools don’t offer.
To get started on the application process, visit Keats School online.
I can’t tell you how much I liked it. The thing I liked about the teachers and the teaching method is that there is so much flexibility. The other thing I liked about the teaching is the combination of classic textbook learning and going outside. I loved it! I like getting to know other students. Everybody shared the same goal and that’s making their Chinese better. Kunming is a big city, but it is very safe to live here. Another thing I liked about Keats is the idea that people here help you. I can’t recommend it enough. I think it was a valuable experience. Looking forward to coming back!
The best part of the school is the patience the instructors had and the time to focus on the fundamentals like pronunciation. I think it is very easy to skip over those and go to vocabulary. But by learning the pronunciation, I feel like it helped me gain a better understanding of the language.
I found Keats to be very good, teachers are excellent and really take the students seriously. Kunming is the best place to learn Mandarin in China. The environment is awesome, no pollution. The air quality is great, good weather. The people here are very friendly. I come to take classes every day. I feel comfortable studying Chinese at Keats. I learned so many things, although I only studied at Keats for 2 months. I am really satisfied with my teacher. For us foreigners, Keats is the best Chinese school in China. Therefore, I would highly recommend Keats to all of you.
It has been notable because I have met a lot of people who I met first time last year like me to come back to Keats this year. The teaching has been fantastic. The teachers carefully prepare each lesson. I think this one-on-one approach is really a great way to rapidly increase your level of Chinese and increase your confidence and fluency with the language.
Since last semester, we started studying Chinese at Keats. It was the best choice we can ever make. It is a really good school. The classes are a lot of fun, you learn a lot, but very interactive, so you talk a lot which means it is not just books and writing. Kunming is a really pleasant city to live in, especially if you compare it to other cities in the east. If you like to travel, if you like to study Chinese in a fun way, Keats has the best Chinese language program for you.
My name is Sarah Fish. I am 81. I knew very little Chinese when I arrived. How was I going to survive 2 weeks of intensive Chinese course? I have to laugh when I think of that now. What a positive experience this has been! I really wish we could be here a little longer. The teachers are extremely encouraging, evaluating first how much someone knows, and then starting from there.
Kunming’s scenery is very beautiful. It is the best place to study Chinese in China. My favorite learning method at Keats School is one-on-one because it is suitable for everyone. My teacher is very good, very caring, and lovely. My life when learning Chinese in Kunming is very good and the weather is very good. The air is very good. It is good for the elderly’s body.
I come to Kunming because I think the environment in Kunming is better and I heard that Keats School is better. I like the small group Chinese class because my classmates study hard and our teachers are very good. I like the teaching method of Keats because I like the activities at Keats. I think Yunnan is a particularly beautiful Chinese province.