Teaching English in China

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Why it will be a great experience for you?

The Place: With its breath-taking landscapes, beautiful language, incredible food, rich history, wonderful people and fascinating diversity, China makes a great place for those who’re considering teaching English abroad

The Position: Teaching in China provides you with a fully immersive cultural experience, great salary package and support. You’ll be able to explore and learn more about Chinese culture and language.  

Words from current teachers in China

There are some basic requirements for teaching in China:

  • Have obtained a Bachelor degree (no specific field required);
  • A 120-hour TEFL certificate (can be obtained after interview)
  • Able to obtain clean police check;
  • Able to work and live in China for at least one year.

Details about teaching in China requirements. 

How much can you make as an ESL teacher in China?

A monthly salary ranging from 8,000 ~ 24,000 RMB. Bonuses include housing allowances, airfare reimbursement, visa support, as well as insurances. Cost of living in China is comparatively low meaning expats can easily enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

Cost of living in China vs USA

Public schools in China

Public Schools

All the public schools are run fairly well when it comes to organization and classroom size. You will find that you will have between thirty and fifty students in your classroom and you will be able to teach mostly what you want.

Private language institutes in China

Private Language Institutes

Cater to students who want to learn the English language after their normal school hours. This type of position will allow you to really get to know the locals in the area that you will be living in.

International Schools in China

International Schools

A mixture of both Chinese students from more well-off families and non-Chinese students who happen to live in the country. These types of positions are more challenging to get, but the rewards are amazing, as are the benefits.

Kindergartens in China


Nowadays, English education has become the mainstream in kindergartens in China, therefore driving a huge demand for foreign English teachers who can nurturing the young minds.

The typical jobs descriptions of an ESL teacher

Class Size: 20 ~ 60
Teaching Hours: Max. 20 hours
Office Hours: Varied by schools
Salary: 8,000 ~ 24,000 RMB depending on experiences and qualifications
Accommondations: Fully-furnished apartment of housing allowances
Syllabus and training are provided

The process of a successful application

Qualified applicants will be in touch within 1 business day:
Step 1: Submit your online application
Step 2: Get matched with suitable positions
Step 3: Interviews with schools
Step 4: Receive and review contract
Step 5: Apply for the work visa
*TEFL certificate support is provided in some positions.

Work visa for English teachers in China

A list of documents needed for the work visa in China:
• Degree certificate
• Clean police check
• Passport scan Headshot photo with white background
• TEFL/CELTA/TESOL certificate (or can provide reference letters accumulating to two years’ experiences instead)

Positions are available in big, medium, and small cities:


It’s definitely a city that can compare to lots of metropolitan cities in the world, and it can only be more intriguing because of its fast-developing speed.


Everyone who chooses to go there is always impressed by what they can see and do on a regular day in this city.


Shenzhen has more young people than any other Chinese city. So now you know this place is going to be hip and fun. And truly it is.


Chongqing is a major city that can be found in southwestern China and it is considered one of the four municipalities that fall under the central government.

Things you might be interested in before teaching in China:

I don't have prior teaching experiences, can I teach in China?

Though teaching experience is highly valued for this position, it’s not a must-have requirement. Most schools will provide teachers will training before their work to make sure they comply with their teaching curriculum and specific methods.

I can't speak Chinese, is that a problem?

Although it'll definitely make your life easier while living and teaching in China. You don’t have to be fluent in Mandarin in order to teach English in China.

What's the experience like?

Positive Impact: There are so many things that you will be able to experience when you are living and teaching over in China.  First, imagine all the students that you will have an impact on, whether with the language that they are learning, in other areas of school, or even in their personal life.

Exploration and new friendship: That doesn’t mean that you won’t have plenty of time to explore other areas of the country.  Imagine taking a day to explore a city or town a couple hours away or taking a long weekend to see the sights that were recommended by your new friends!

Billie's story of teaching English in China

Billie's Story

"Spontaneous decisions don’t always end up the way you expect them to, but if you don’t take a chance, you’ll never know how life-changing something could turn out to be."

Bre's story of teaching English in China

Bre's Story

"My experience in China was truly life-changing. I spent two years there, and I learned as much about myself as I did about Chinese culture."

Jonas' story of teaching English in China

Jonas' Story

"I gave myself to teaching, learning about children, and connected with other people, hearing their stories."

Embark on a new journey

And create your own story of teaching in China!