Teach English in China
The Teach in China – Immersion program is ideal if you are looking to examine in closer detail what life is like off the beaten path in China. You’ll live in a second- or third-tier city teaching at a public Chinese institution in a region where contact with foreigners is relatively rare, giving you an up-close and personal look at traditional Chinese Culture that tourists rarely see. Some placements in this program are available at the middle or high school level, but most placements with our Teach in China Immersion program are typically at public schools in China, typically at the university level. Teaching at a public university in China typically requires fewer contact hours, a more relaxed working environment, and more time to explore China and surrounding Asian countries.
Our Teach in China – Immersion program is ideal if you are looking for a healthy balance between work and free time, and if you are ready to dive into the culture of a Chinese host community. If you speak some Chinese, it’s a great opportunity to practice your language skills daily, as not many locals speak English.
The fee for the program covers:
- Job placement
- Furnished accommodations
- 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
- Orientation on arrival
- Survival Mandarin language lessons with pre-departure material and during orientation
- A Lonely Planet guidebook
- Transportation from orientation 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 complete your contract
Meet your students
In our Teach in China – Immersion program, CIEE places teachers at public schools in China, typically at the university level, though there are also placements at the middle and high school level. In this role, your students will have already completed several of the English language instruction courses.. Their levels will still vary, and it is your job to increase their language skills. It is possible that you will be their first foreign teacher, so you will 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.
You can request placement at a particular level and preferred location, though placements are driven by the demand for English teachers and the requirements of each host institution.
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 public schools, usually at the university level, though there are also placements available at the middle or high school level. Placements with our Teach in China – Immersion program are in suburban or rural areas.
Teaching contracts typically require 16 to 18 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 6,000-8,000 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 which is usually provided when you complete your contract.
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
- 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
- A degree in English or education; a master's degree in education is a plus but not required
- Additional teaching certification/credentials
- Chinese language skills are a plus, but not required