Teaching English in China

Teach in China Overview

Why Teach in China?

With globalization bringing the world closer together, it’s not surprising that China is becoming one of the best countries for those who seek to teach English abroad. It’s a big country with so many opportunities and plenty to offer for those that are willing to try something new.

Besides, with its breath-taking landscapes, beautiful languages, incredible food, rich history, wonderful people and fascinating diversity, China makes a great place for those who’re considering teaching English abroad. Whether you are a certified teacher, or just recently graduated from university, there are positions tailored to your profile.

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Requirements to Teach English in China

  • Have Obtained Bachelor Degree (or graduating in next 12 months)
  • Passport Holders Of United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand Or South Africa according to China’s visa policy
  • The Ability To Obtain A Clear Background Check
  • Ability To Live Abroad For At Least One Year
  • Teaching Experience Is Preferred But Not Required 

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Salary & Benefits for Teaching English in China

  • A fulfilling job that help students learn and grow
  • Locally competitive salary to allow you to have a comfortable lifestyle
  • Learn Chinese language and practice with local Chinese
  • Travel and experience China in a local way during weekends and holidays

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Opportunities in China for ESL/Foreign Teachers

There’s a huge demand for foreign teachers (ESL/other subjects) to come teach in China. 

  • Public schools
  • Kindergartens
  • International Schools
  • Language Institutes
  • Universities & businesses

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Best Cities to Teach English in China

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Living in China

Learn more about what life in China will be like for you as a teacher! 

ESL Teacher Apartment in China

If you are in the process of thinking about teaching over in China or think that you may be interested in doing that in the future, then you will want to keep reading to see exactly what you can expect for your new home. Read More >>

Cost of Living in China

You can live in most China’s major cities for far less than $1,000 per month, and with a great lifestyle. However, there’s always room for luxury and more spending. It costs around $1,000 or more to rent a nice apartment in the center of Beijing or Shanghai if that’s the kind of lifestyle you are seeking. Read More >>

Pros and Cons of Living in China

While some people would argue that living in a foreign country can’t be that wonderful, those who did choose to work and live in China have discovered that they wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else!
Listed in this article are some major pros and cons for living in China, you can take them as a reference when making your own decision. Read More >>

Frequently Asked Questions

 You don’t have to be fluent in Mandarin in order to teach English in China. Here are a few reasons why: 

  • Most schools want you to just speak English to the students. 
  • You’ll want your students to stick to English in your classroom anyway. 
  • You can take a Chinese class yourself. 
  • Use language apps to fill in the gaps. 
  • Make a friend to exchange language with.

Though teaching experience is highly valued for English teaching positions, 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. However, if you are applying for teaching positions in other subjects, you need to have certification and relevant teaching experiences. 

The standard contract will be 12 months and in some cases (mostly public school), might be around 10 months. You can extend your contract to another year if you want, and the average length of stay for teachers is around 2 – 3 years.

Teachers need to have work z visa in order to teach in China legally. Generally the whole process takes up to 2 months.

Your employer will provide assistance throughout your visa application process. In most cases, the costs for processing the work permit documents inside China will be covered by your employer. Teachers need to pay the fees for getting documents notarized/authenticated, passport photos, and the fee charged by the Chinese visa processing office in their country.

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Teaching English in China Experience: What it looks like?

No day is ever the same in China, especially when you have just moved there to teach.  Therefore, you should be prepared for unexpected surprises. But isn’t that a big reason why you wanted to go overseas at the first place?


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