Carefully selected and matched homestays-is the best way of improving your oral Chinese quickly, as well as experiencing Chinese culture first hand. LTL homestay families are very welcoming and want to make sure that a student enjoys Shanghai and leaves with a good impression of the city. The family will treat you more as a family member than a guest, which means the option to participate in family weekend trips, visiting relatives, family celebrations etc. Also, if you like Chinese food, a homestay in Shanghai will be an amazing experience. Real home-cooked Shanghainese food is one of the greatest culinary experiences one can have.
We know all our homestay families personally, have been to their homes and work with them for a very long time. Many students return to Shanghai to visit their families and many of them end up inviting their host parents to their home country. It is a great opportunity to not just learn, but make friends.
Students with no knowledge of Mandarin can live in a homestays of course as well. If you prefer a family that speaks some English, please let us know and we will arrange accordingly. The same goes forvegetarians and vegans – just ask us for a vegetarian or vegan food option. We also offer options for older participants in homestay families.
Most homestays are quite close to the school and never more than 50 minutes travel time away. When you arrived in Shanghai, the LTL driver will take you to your homestay family and you will start your stay here with a home-cooked meal and a whole family of experts to answer any questions about Shanghai, China or Mandarin you might have. On the first day of class, your homestay family will take you to the school. Your homestay family will take you to the school on the first day of class to show you the way and of course be able to assist you during your stay in Shanghai.
Half board and full board options- In China, most socializing happens at the dinner table and eating with your homestay family will not just be an amazing culinary experience, but also provide valuable Chinese practice and life-long memories.