Students get set for educational visit to China


 On Wednesday 3rd July, 36 Year 8 students who have been studying Mandarin Chinese for two years, will set off on a trip-of-a-lifetime to China.

The students will stay at the Shanghai Foreign Language School.

On arrival, students will enjoy an Opening Ceremony that has been prepared by the host school.  This event will provide an opportunity for students to meet students from local schools in China, as well as students from other UK schools who are also part of the Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP).

The students have a busy itinerary for the full two weeks that they are in China.  During the morning, students will study Mandarin Chinese for around four hours.

Afternoon activities are centred around students learning more about Chinese culture and developing their language skills.  Students will venture into the city to markets, local attractions and places of interest to put their newly learnt vocabulary to use.

As part of the visit, students will explore some of the top attractions in Shanghai, including: The Bund (famous waterfront on the west bank of Huangpu River and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai), Nanjing Road (Shanghai’s principal shopping street), Shanghai Museum (China’s most important museum of classical Chinese art) and The Shanghai Tower (famed for having the world’s highest observation deck).

At the end of the two weeks, there will be a final closing ceremony and celebratory graduation organised by the host school.

Mr Edwards, Teacher of Mandarin Chinese at Cowley said:

“This represents a fantastic opportunity for our students who have worked very hard on learning Mandarin Chinese over the last two years.

“Some of our students have never been abroad before and they will be fascinated by the sights and sounds of one of the greatest cities in the world, Shanghai.”


Cowley has been an MEP school since 2017 and is one of only nine schools in the North West to be part of the programme.

As part of the MEP, this visit has been organised and is managed in China by the British Council in partnership with Hanban (Office of Chinese Language Council International and Confucius Institute Headquarters).

For more information on the Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP), visit: