With rising salaries and low cost of living, China is becoming an increasingly popular destination for ESL teachers around the world. China provides unlimited opportunities to travel, fascinating history and culture, incredible food and the ability to save money whilst experiencing all of this! For teachers looking to work in China there are 3 main types of school to consider:


Learning Centre’s

Learning Centre’s are private schools that offer extracurricular English Lessons. Classes typically run during evening and weekend times which makes these schools great for people who want time to explore their new cities during the day. They are also a perfect place to start for those without prior teaching experience as often they value energy and enthusiasm just as highly.



Kindergartens teach from Monday to Friday and teach a full curriculum, but often hire native speakers to teach English classes. You’ll be working with children as young as 2 years old so will need to be patient. Kindergartens usually require prior teaching experience.


International Schools


For experienced teachers International Schools are a great option. At International Schools both local and international students are taught in English so there are subject teaching positions available for Native English speakers.



Requirements vary from school to school and International Schools and Kindergartens may require teaching experience, however the basic requirements to teach English in China are as follows:


  1. Native English Speaker

  2. Bachelor’s Degree or higher

  3. 2 years teaching experience OR 120 hour TEFL certification 


Visa Application Process


To obtain a Z (working) Visa for China, you need to supply 3 documents; a copy of your Degree Certificate, a copy of your TEFL Certificate and a Criminal Background Check. These documents must be authenticated by a Chinese Embassy or Consulate. You will send these documents to your employer who will need to apply for a Work Permit on your behalf. Once the Work Permit is issued you can apply for the visa. It can be a long process, but Teach Beyond Recruitment will be with you every step of the way.

For more information on life in China check out our blog, or Apply Now and arrange a time to speak with one of our placement consultants.

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