Becoming an English teacher in China 101


The Process of Finding a Job

  1. Find a job through a trustworthy ESL agency.

  2. Receive the offer of employment from the School.

  3. Apply for necessary documents in your country of origin.

  4. Go to the Chinese embassy/consulate in your country of origin to authenticate your documents.

  5. Continue the application process in China.

  6. Enjoy your time in China working, travelling, learning etc. etc.

Where to Look at?

  • Northeast of China: Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang

  • North of China: BeijingTianjin, Hebei

  • East of China: Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shanghai

  • South of China: Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi

  • Southwest of China: Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou

  • Middle of China: Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Henan

Documents You Will Need

  • To be from an English speaking country with a degree from a university within an English speaking country – that means USA, UK, SA, AUZ, NZ, CA, IRE.

  • To have this degree notarized in the country the degree originates from, confirmed by the Foreign Office, and further authorised by the Chinese embassy/consulate.

  • To have employment letters to prove your 2 years post graudate work experience ( english teaching related experience).

  • To have some form of TEFL/TESOL qualification if the school require for it.

  • Finally, without saying, a valid passport.

  • You future employer will require the above documents in order to apply for documents they require in China to authorise your employment.

Degree & Criminal Background Check Authentication Example

Documents You Should Get From Your Employer

This stage is quite simple. Once you provide all the necessary documents to the employer, they will work hard behind the scenes to acquire certain other documents. 

Moving to China

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Paperwork in China

A foreign affairs employee from the HR department should then escort you to the local Citizens Home to apply for your Residence Permit and complete the process of work visa application.

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