Teach English in China – Immersion

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture and language while teaching English in Shanghai, the dynamic financial capital of China. Teachers will be enrolled in a beginning Mandarin Chinese course and they can practice their developing language skills as they navigate daily life in Shanghai. This program also includes CIEE’s 150-hour TEFL Certification course so that participants will have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful teachers. Placements are available at private schools in Shanghai that offer competitive salaries, rent-free housing, and contract completion bonuses.

What’s included

  • Job placement
  • Rent-free furnished housing
  • Contract completion bonus
  • Enrollment in a beginning Mandarin Chinese course at Eastern China Normal University in Shanghai
  • CIEE's 150-hour TEFL Certification course
  • Pre-departure assistance, including an online pre-departure course
  • Visa assistance and the cost to process your Z visa
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services for US permanent residents
  • 24-hour in-country support from CIEE staff in Shanghai
  • Multi-day orientation in Shanghai upon arrival
  • A Lonely Planet guidebook

Meet your students

In our Teach in China – Immersion program, you will teach kindergarten, elementary, or middle school age children. All placements are at private English schools in Shanghai, in which your students take English courses in order to supplement their regular classes in public schools. Most of your students will have likely studied English previously and your job will be to improve their conversational English skills by facilitating fun and engaging activities.


Teach in China – Immersion teachers are all placed in private schools in Shanghai. 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.


Placements are at private English schools in Shanghai and your students will be young children who are enrolled in English classes to supplement their regular education.


Teaching contracts typically require 22 hours of classroom instruction per week. In addition, you’ll need to devote time to class planning, presentations, faculty meetings, and some extracurricular activities. If your teaching schedule exceeds 22 hours per week you will be eligible for overtime pay.


In addition to a net salary of 7,000-8,000 CNY a month, you’ll receive rent-free housing, which is a big deal in terms of both finances and convenience.

There is also a contract completion bonus equivalent to approximately one month’s salary that can be applied to the cost of your return airfare.

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

The cost of living in Shanghai is higher than in many other Chinese cities; however, if you choose traditional Chinese meals from local restaurants it is still very affordable.

A typical breakfast of baozi (steamed bun filled with meat or vegetables) and soy milk costs approximately 1.5-5 CNY, which is less than one US dollar. For lunch or dinner, a hearty meal including meat, vegetables, and rice costs between 20-50 CNY or $3-8.


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
  • Citizenship in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
  • 60 years of age or younger
  • TEFL certification (included with this program)

To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications that are desirable but not required, such as:

  • A degree in English or education
  • Additional teaching certification/credentials
  • Experience relevant to teaching, whether formal or informal

Quick Info

Teach in China – Immersion
Start Dates:
  • August
  • 10 months
Application deadlines:
  • August Start Date: Apply by April 1
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
  • 7,000-8,000 CNY/month
  • Rent-free housing
  • Contract completion bonus
Program Fee:


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