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Our Gap Year Abroad program for college-bound high school graduates is the perfect way for young people to spend one year exploring an immersing themselves in another language and culture. Not only do students who study abroad gain proficiency in another language and come to understand a foreign culture at an intimate level, but they also learn how to adapt to unfamiliar environments, meet challenges, and interact with people of different backgrounds. The skills that Lotus participants acquire and the experiences they have in China prepare them well for college life and beyond.

Lotus Gap Year Abroad students get a chance to live as a member of a local Chinese family in Beijing while attending Chinese language classes. During the program period, students could choose to participate in part-time internships and volunteer events. Since Lotus is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, those who volunteer while in Beijing can earn community service credit. Participants interested in exploring more of China may cap off their program with one of our different exciting travel options (see Study and Travel),

Our Gap Year Program includes:

  • 40 weeks' homestay covering spring and fall semsters.
  • 40 weeks' daily language courses at BLCU. Four hours per day from Monday to Friday, including Spring semester and Fall semester.
  • Twice a month excursion activities, both outdoor and indoor. Such as trip to the Great Wall, participate in a guohua demo, light some incense at the Lama Temple, attend a Chinese medicine workshop at a local clinic, try your hand and foot at our Chinese Tai-Chi class, visit the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and so on.
  • One week spotlight travel to Xi'an, Hangzhou and Shanghai after finishing the full course in summer.
  • Earn community service credit by volunteering to teach English at a school for children of migrant workers.


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