Teach English in China

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Teach in China Program Options

CIEE was one of the first Western organizations to offer Teach Abroad programs in China. Since 1997, we have helped thousands of participants connect with reputable schools and begin their adventures abroad.

Our program packages are carefully designed to help you meet the visa requirements and transition to a new culture. We’re not just finding you a job, we’re laying a foundation for you to have a successful and rewarding experience! Plus, our teach English abroad programs in China offer competitive salary, a rent-free apartment, and CIEE’s 150 hour online TEFL course. 

Teach in China

Teach in China – This option will connect you with our full range of job opportunities. Teach pre-K, university, or anything in between, in Chongqing, Shanghai, and other destinations. Start dates are in February, March, August and September each year. Most contracts are for two semesters (10-11 months), but one-semester contracts are available in certain areas. Learn more.

Ideal for:  Applicants at all levels of teaching experience, from zero to veteran educator.

Teach in China Immersion

Teach in China Immersion – This option includes the added feature of an 18-week introductory Mandarin course at one of the top universities in Shanghai. You’ll work with kids at a private school during the day, and then study the language one night a week. This program is available in the fall only, and requires a two-semester commitment. Learn More.

Ideal for:  People who want to learn Chinese by classroom study as well as living abroad.

Living in China

China has something for everyone. Are you a city person? You’ll enjoy living among the skyscrapers and coffee shops of Chongqing or Shanghai. Nature lovers will be drawn to China’s dramatic mountains and national parks (244 and counting!). World-class public transit makes it easier than ever to connect with locals and expats to experience sports, music, or art. Students of history and language will find endless inspiration all around them, and of course, everyone will enjoy sampling from the delicious array of restaurants, wherever they are teaching! 

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Before you Leave

Teaching in China is the adventure of a lifetime, but it can be daunting to get everything ready by yourself. We get it. That’s why we offer the most comprehensive pre-departure package around, including:

  • CIEE’s premium 150-hour online TEFL certification program
  • Personalized assistance with documents and interviews
  • Placement at reliable institutions, with detailed employer profiles
  • Step-by-step guidance through the complex visa process
  • Visa fee and visa processing services included
  • Pre-departure guides with important cultural tips and advice from former teachers

During Orientation

You’ve arrived, you’re jet-lagged, and you’re more than a little culture-shocked. The CIEE orientation program is designed to get you up to speed -- and comfortable -- as quickly as possible. You and your fellow teachers will enjoy an in-country orientation upon arrival that includes:

  • Airport pickup
  • Presentations from current teachers
  • Cultural tips and lessons
  • Local Excursions
  • Accommodation and most meals
  • Transportation from orientation to your host institution

While You’re There

Just because you’re settled into your new home doesn’t mean we’re going anywhere. We provide:

  • 24-hour in-country support from CIEE resident staff members
  • International medical insurance and 24-hour worldwide assistance with CIEE iNext

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. 

What’s the best thing about living in China?

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So many answers to this question! On top of the great job benefits, we like… the never-ending flow of superb food… trips to China’s mountains, lakes, and national parks… gleaming high-speed trains… easy access to Asia’s travel destinations… and learning to play cards and Mahjong with retirees in city squares. Plus, you’re learning about one of the world’s most important countries firsthand!

Why CIEE Teach Abroad?

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The CIEE Teach Abroad team is there for you every step of the way. From deciding what program is right for you, to navigating visa paperwork, to 24-hour in-country support. See all the ways that CIEE supports you throughout this exciting, yet sometimes nerve-wracking, process. Learn More.

Should I pay a fee to teach in China?

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We know that there are lots of jobs out there for China. Some of them advertise themselves as “free” programs, but in reality they will expect you to cover expenses like the visa fee and handling services, health insurance, TEFL training, and international shipping costs on your own, which can add up to more than $1,500 in some cases. At CIEE, we charge a fee, but we bundle as many of those services as possible into our program package to help streamline your experience. Plus, you get the benefit of our top-notch support and reliable placement partners! If you have questions about this, give us a call at 207-274-5783. We’ll give you our honest advice, even if our program isn’t the best fit for you.

Is housing included?

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Yes! All employers in China provide comfortable rent-free accommodations with basic furnishings. You’ll either live in a small studio of your own, or a two-bedroom unit shared with another foreign teacher of the same gender.

Can CIEE place me with my friend/partner?

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We get this question a lot: Can couples teach in China together? Can friends teach in China together? The answer is, yes! It’s pretty easy to find a Chinese school that will hire both of you, and give you shared housing. Make sure to mention each other’s names somewhere on your CIEE application, like in your personal statement.

Is it safe to teach in China?

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Yes. China’s crime rates are far lower than the United States, especially for violent crime. Our teachers quickly settle in and feel safe and comfortable in their new homes! As long as you avoid drugs, fights, or activism on controversial political topics, you have nothing to fear from the local authorities.

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Meet Our Teach in China Staff

Kelvin and Luke

Luke Beland
Senior Coordinator (Portland, ME, USA)
207-553-7892 (M-F, 9-5 EST)

Kelvin Li
In-Country Program Manager (Shanghai, China)

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