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 have really enjoyed the Chinese course in China at Keats and meeting the teachers here and the students. We have a lot of fun in class. It is a really great school to learn with good teaching methods and a really good textbook, examples and games, and everything.
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.
We use a lot of games to learn grammar and new words. We have really good teachers, really patient. She helps us a lot. Our class is really nice and we have people from all over the world, different countries. We often discuss topics in Chinese in our class. I live in the dorm of Keats. It is very convenient. I don’t have to spend time traveling. You can just focus on learning Chinese.
My first semester that I studied at another school, and the pressure there was pretty high, the classroom hour was long, and the homework was pretty tedious. Since I came to Keats, I found I have a lot more opportunities to speak in the classroom. My classmates all are fluent and love speaking and participating in the class. We have great classroom dynamic.
Last year I started studying Chinese at University. The reason that I came here is that currently, I’m preparing for the HSK 5 test. Also, I heard that this is one of the best schools to study Mandarin in China. After I came here I realized that Kunming is a pretty cool city to live in and with regards to the teachers’ teaching methods, I think they’re very professional. And I think the language environment is good so now I’m ready to take the HSK 5.
I decided to learn Chinese in Kunming because I like smaller cities and I like the climate here. We had four hours a day study here and my dear teacher taught me very much and never lost her patience with me. It was a really wonderful experience to be here and I recommend Keats school and the teachers here to everyone who likes to learn Chinese in China.
Before I came to Keats School, I had no confidence in my Chinese proficiency. I did not have the confidence to speak Mandarin Chinese and chat with Chinese people. However, after 4 months of study at Keats, I become more and more confident in speaking Chinese now. Studying Chinese in China at Keats School has been the best decision I have ever made. There are many games in the class, and my teacher’s teaching methods are also very interesting. My experience at Keats School has changed my view of China and Chinese people.
I have 2 teachers, and I do 4 hours a day. So I have got Dong Laoshi and Jin Laoshi. Both of them are very good. They made the experience very nice to me. They are willing to help you whenever, so if you ever have a question here, the teachers are always there to help you whether it is visas, whether it is getting around the city. Everyone wants to talk to you.