If you are coming to study in China it is a good idea to learn some Chinese before you arrive. This will help you a great deal in your daily life from ordering food in restaurants, organising your accommodation and also in your relationships with Chinese people, and will also give you more opportunities for working in China.
Being in China is also a great opportunity to learn Chinese – There are many other reasons to learn Chinese. There are more Chinese speakers in the world than any other language, and being able to speak Chinese allows you to communicate with Chinese speakers which is great for travel in China, business, and your career, literally opening the door to a whole new world of opportunities.
Learning Chinese is also a lot easier than many people think, for example the grammar is quite simple, and the tenses. The numbers are also very logical. Beginners will often find that they can get to a good Chinese level very quickly.
One way you can learn Chinese before coming to China is by taking 1 on 1 Chinese Skype Classes with BLCU. You can also try taking the Free Online Chinese course on BUSUU.
When you are in China you can take classes at your University, or you can enroll at a local private language school. You can also try to find a language partner, and you can teach them your language, in exchange for Chinese. You could also hire a private teacher. In Beijing, you can find teachers on websites such as thebeijinger.com.