Part-Time Study

Part-time learning at New Century is one of the most flexible options available and is a great choice for those who would like to fit language study around an already busy schedule. Classes are scheduled on a monthly basis and learners can take as little as one hour per week of class. Generous cancellation policies even provide an opportunity for schedule changes after the month’s schedule is set. Part-time learners have the option to take class on-campus at New Century or off-campus in their home or workplace. For those interested in the online study, classes can even be taken in a different city or country!

Most part-time learners live or work in China and desire to increase their proficiency in their Chinese context. Some part-time learners have studied full-time in the past and desire to keep their language sharp while others take classes in order to get a head start in the future full-time study. The availability of online classes also allows both former and future students to take classes even while in a far-off place.

New Century places a high value on adaptability in order to meet the wide range of needs and goals of our students.  There is no better way to facilitate success or to improve quality of life in China than to learn to communicate effectively in Chinese. We are committed to helping learners move beyond survival, equipping them to thrive in their Chinese context. Explore further to learn more about how part-time study works and which variety of part-time study best fits you!


One of the advantages of part-time study is the flexibility that comes with monthly scheduling. When a part-time learner begins at New Century, the learner and New Century work together to create a schedule that will serve as the student’s standard monthly schedule (for example, classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:15-12:15). Once this standard schedule is established, the part-time student will then be ready to participate in the New Century monthly scheduling process.

Prior to the beginning of a new month, part-time students will receive a scheduling email from New Century which has their standard schedule for the next month displayed on a calendar (using the example from above, the calendar would display class on every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10:15-12:15). At this point, the learner can cancel classes without limit (including taking the entire month off from class). Requests for scheduling additional classes or changing class times can also be made during this scheduling process (we are not able to guarantee the ability to meet 100% of these requests, but we will always try our best to do so).

Once a learner either confirms or corrects their schedule for the following month, the schedule is finalized and tuition fees for the month are calculated. After the finalization of that month’s schedule, the part-time student cancellation policies go into effect. These policies stipulate that up to 25% of scheduled classes can be canceled or rescheduled without penalty, as long as requests are made with at least 24 hours advance notice. See Part-Time Policies for more details.

The New Century monthly scheduling system and accompanying cancellation policies allow for a great amount of flexibility for learners with fluid schedules.