Teach English in China

The Teach in China – Immersion program is very similar to our core Teach in China program but offers a unique immersive cultural exchange experience in places off the beaten path. You’ll live in a second- or third-tier city in a region where contact with foreigners is relatively rare, giving you an up-close and personal look at a culture largely untouched by Western influences.

As a highly valued foreign teacher, you’ll promote an exchange of cultures with Chinese students, teachers, and the greater community. At the same time, you’ll gain a deeper awareness of and appreciation for the local people, culture, and language.

Our Teach in China – Immersion program is ideal if you have experience living abroad, specifically in China, and you’re looking to join a rural Chinese community. If you speak some Chinese, it’s a great opportunity to practice your language skills daily, as not many locals speak English.

What’s included

The fee for the program covers:

  • Job placement
  • Furnished accommodations
  • Pre-departure assistance – including visa assistance
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Survival Mandarin language lessons with pre-departure material and during orientation
  • A Lonely Planet guidebook
  • Transportation to your assignment
  • Cultural and professional development activities
  • One to two months of vacation
  • A completion bonus equivalent to one or two months’ salary to offset the cost of return airfare after you teach for two consecutive semesters at the same school

Meet your students

In the fast-growing, globalized Chinese economy, English is an important pathway to success. You’ll be welcomed with open arms and have students who want to find out all they can – not only about English, but about Western culture as well. With so much to learn from one another, classes will be something you look forward to every day.

CIEE places teachers in classrooms that range from kindergarten to college. You can request placement at a particular level and preferred location, though placements are driven by the demand for English-speaking teachers and the requirements of each host institution, so CIEE cannot guarantee that all requests will be met.


Teach in China – Immersion teachers are stationed in second- and third-tier cities in areas seldom visited by tourists, to provide a different kind of cultural exchange experience. Get more details about Teach in China – Immersion locations.

Job description

As a lead classroom teacher, your goal will be to improve the conversational English skills of students. Through creative classroom exercises and educational games, your native English abilities and cultural savvy will improve the oral competence of eager Chinese students.


Participants are placed in private and public schools. Most are in suburban or rural areas.


Teaching contracts typically require 15 to 22 classroom hours per week. In addition, you’ll need to devote time to class planning, presentations, faculty meetings, and some extracurricular activities. In some cases overtime can be negotiated, typically at a rate of 80-120 CNY/hour.


In addition to a net salary of 5,000-7,000 CNY a month, you’ll have rent-free housing.

There are ways to earn additional income. Overtime may be arranged, and those with graduate degrees or significant teaching experience can earn higher rates of pay. In addition, there’s a completion bonus that can be applied toward airfare if you stay two consecutive semesters.

Pay is generous by local standards, and about twice what a local teacher makes. You can enjoy a comfortable standard of living on what you earn. Expenses are very low, and your income can go a long way, leaving you with funds to explore and experience all China has to offer!

A Glimpse at the Cost of Living in China

Breakfast (Typical Chinese breakfast: baozi [steamed bun filled with meat or vegetables], soy milk): 1.5-5 CNY (25-80 cents)

Lunch & dinner (meat, vegetables, rice):

  • Shanghai & Beijing: 20-50 CNY/person ($3.25-$8)
  • Midsize city: 15-25 CNY/person ($2.50-$4)
  • Small city: 5-10 CNY/person (80 cents-$1.60)


You’ll need a bachelor’s degree to apply, along with a few other qualifications. These, plus a sense of adventure and desire to cross cultural boundaries and engage with people eager to learn English, make you a great candidate.

CIEE looks for candidates who are independent, curious, and thrive in a changing environment. Are you self-motivated, responsible, and ready to take the plunge into a rewarding adventure? If so, start your application now!


  • Native English speaker
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • One year of teaching experience
  • Citizenship in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
  • 60 years of age or younger

To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications, such as:

  • TEFL certification
  • Experience studying, working, or volunteering in China
  • A degree in English or education; a master's degree in education is preferred
  • Additional teaching certification/credentials

Quick Info

Teach in China – Immersion
Start Dates:
  • August
  • February
  • 10-12 months (for two semester programs)
Application deadlines:
  • December 1: February departure
  • April 1: August departure
Eligibility requirements:
  • Native English speaker
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Citizenship in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
  • 60 years of age or younger
  • 5,000-7,000 CNY/month
  • All China programs include housing; with this program, you’re eligible for a completion bonus that can be applied to your return airfare
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