China Online Immersion

True Education Partnerships have designed a programme that enables students to become immersed ‘live’ in China’s rich culture and interact with their peers, accessible to the entire school.

Immersive Itineraries

October – November 2021

Key Stage 2-4

Taking Immersive Experiences Online

Pioneering a bold and visionary approach to immersive learning, True Education Partnerships (TEP) has been delivering transformational education experiences since 2011.

We understand that the current obstacles for foreign travel have provided students with limited access to unique learning opportunities. As the future of education shifts to online learning, we have developed a pathway for online and immersive learning.

The China Online Immersion programme includes live sessions to explore China and interact with students, resources, webinars and lesson plans – all tailored to develop global citizenship in your school.

The live sessions offer a digital exploration of China using live, interactive and pre-recorded footage, tailored to enrich and stimulate student learning. Dependent on the selected itinerary, pupils are able to directly interact and engage with their student peers in China.

China’s ancient and modern history provides endless discoveries for camp participants. During this programme, students will participate in cultural activities and join virtual tours of Chengdu’s biggest landmarks – most famous for its giant pandas! Each itinerary has been carefully designed to create a pioneering multiplatform approach to online and offline learning and engagement.

Thomas Camilleri, CEO.

Letter from the CEO

The pandemic has rocked the world and has meant that the freedoms I had as a student to travel and immerse in China’s fabulous culture has been taken away. It was those experiences that changed my life and my future forever, for me not being able to share this opportunity of a transformation was not acceptable, so we as a team have worked for 8 months building what is possibly the greatest online immersive China programme available in the UK.

I am over the moon to be able to bring the amazing life changes experiences of our immersive exchanges into an online environment. Your children will still be able to immerse, learn, interact and grow as people all from the comfort of your classroom or home.

I am excited to share this revolutionary new way of learning with you all and commend your schools’ participation in making this dream a reality.

China Online Immersion

1. Select Itinerary and Dates

We have 5-day interaries available for October and November 2021 - including live sessions, interaction with peers, cultural activities and virtual visits to some of Chengdu's most famous landmarks.

China is a diverse and fascinating country with a rich history of over 3,000 years, giving students the opportunity to discover a unique culture virtually.

3. Visit Chengdu Virtually

Participants will begin their online immersion with a welcome from their host. Each day the host will take the students around some of the city's biggest heritage attractions, along with live visits to peers in China.

2. Prepare for Immersion

All live and interactive sessions will be held via Zoom, whilst the pre-recorded footage will be made available in line with the proposed itinerary. Teachers will be invited to attend information webinars ahead of the online immersion to demonstrate how it will work.

4. Continue Learning!

All participants will be awarded with a certificate for their participation and commitment to connecting globally. Following the programme, True Education Partnerships and the Global School Alliance can support the school's future global education development.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is currently tailored for UK students in KS2-4.

Dates available in term and holiday time.

Benefits of the China Online Immersion programme:

  • Gain exclusive access to Chengdu’s most famous landmarks
  • Experience first-hand what it’s like to be a student in China
  • A pioneering multiplatform approach of online and offline learning and engagement
  • Participate in cultural activities
  • Learn new skills in a variety of practical lessons
  • Add a global dimension to your school
  • Become immersed in China’s unique culture
  • Practice Mandarin with native speakers
  • Increase global awareness
  • Dedicated host and guide
  • Not limited by distance or time

Chengdu 5-day Itinerary

Students will gain a deeper understanding of Chengdu’s long history, unique natural landscapes and modest city life. The capital of Sichuan Province has held onto its ancient roots despite becoming increasingly modern.

There’s no better place in the world to see giant pandas than at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Participants will gain exclusive access to the research base, learning about the species and the centre’s preservation efforts. Ending the week with live interaction will enable students to tune into the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chengdu.

Day 1: The First Impression of Chengdu

AM – 2 Hours: Chengdu holds some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes and wildlife. Let’s take a look at life in ancient and modern-day life in Chengdu from the heart of the city.

PM – 2 Hours: Situated at the city centre of Chengdu, the Hejiang Pavilion is the perfect place to appreciate the enchanting view of the Jinjiang River. Students can expect to explore Chengdu’s famous park, modern developments and relaxed city life.

Day 2: Ancient Shu Civilization and Sanxingdui Culture

AM – 2 Hours: What was the ancient Shu Kingdom really like? Let’s learn about the history of the Ancient Shu Civilization and the King of Shu as we discuss the mysteries at Sanxingdui Museum.

PM – 2 Hours: As we learn more about the culture, students will create their very own 3D striking bronze masks, similar to the artifacts found in the discovery of the Shu civilization

Day 3: Take you to the campus

AM – 2 Hours: Local students from Chengdu will give a virtual tour of their school, sharing the atmosphere and campus culture. The Chinese students will also introduce the school’s important philosophy and classroom values.

PM – 2 Hours: Learning calligraphy is a typical activity for students in China. It is a tradition that is rooted in China through centuries of practice. Join us for a special live calligraphy lesson on campus as we learn about its history and practice writing.

Day 4: Chinese Culture

AM – 2 Hours: Chat and interact with classmates in Chengdu ahead of the closing ceremony. Chinese students will share what it’s like to school in China and typical family traditions.

PM – 2 Hours: To celebrate this online exchange, participants of the programme will join their peers for some live craft making and that are a huge part of Chinese tradition and culture.

Day 5: Kung Fu Panda is Here

AM – 2 Hours: Chengdu is most famous for its conservation of the giant pandas. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding imitates the natural habit, saving them from going extinct. There’s no better place in the world to see China’s national treasure.

PM – 2 Hours: Chinese Kung Fu has developed over a long historical period in China and is now regarded as a traditional sport. We learn from the experts as we join a Kungfu and BaDuanJin class live in Chengdu.

Choose Your Itinerary…

3-day Itinerary

Students can get a taste of Chengdu by joining the first 3-days.

  • The First Impression of Chengdu
  • Ancient Shu Civilization and Sanxingdui Culture
  • Campus Visit

5-day Itinerary

Students can become fully immersed in the 5-day itinerary.

  • The First Impression of Chengdu
  • Ancient Shu Civilization and Sanxingdui Culture
  • Campus Visit
  • Chinese Culture
  • Chengdu Food Culture

All participants can access a free Online Mandarin Survival lesson.

Register Your Interest


“This is one of the most exciting things I have been involved in since entering the teaching profession."

Mrs Cath Green, Principal of Ellesmere Port C of E Collegeon Sister School Partnerships Programme

Our partnership with True Education has allowed us to run our own Mandarin Language for our Year 5 students. I have seen our children's enthusiasm and confidence flourish as they learn a new, unfamiliar language.

Sophie Gunner, Principal of Cheam Common Junior Academyon Sister School Partnerships Programme

Our Sister School Programme has given me the chance to practice my Mandarin with children from China. I love our weekly lessons with our friends from Brookfield Primary; we are all working hard to get even better at speaking Mandarin. Having a Sister School in China has also inspired us to enjoy a year of special activities at school. I love learning all about China.

Jayden, Y5 Pupilon Sister School Partnerships Programme

Programme FAQS

For any further questions please contact TEP.

Why choose True Education Partnerships?

True Education Partnerships are the most trusted provider of immersive education programmes.

True Education Partnerships has been building strong, lasting partnerships between the UK and China since 2011. We provide a range of Government-backed, tailored discovery and engagement programmes, including headteacher delegations and student exchanges, that help to encourage learning and unleash new opportunities.

How do I join the programme?

You can join the programme, here.

When will the programme take place?

Depending on the school’s preference, the programme will be running during term time and school holidays.

Term Time

w/c 22nd March 2021

w/c 19th April 2021

School Holidays

w/c 12th April 2021

Are there limited spaces?

Yes, spaces are limited so we recommend securing your slot as soon as possible.

Life-Changing Experiences

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