How to Start Preparing to Teach in China

Rachel Weiss
Rachel Weiss

I'm an American who has been in China for three years! Read more about my adventures here: www.rachelmeetschina.com

 / May 20, 2020

While the current travel ban in China doesn’t allow those without a residence permit to enter the country right now, there is a glimmer of hope. Schools in China are reopening and looking to hire teachers for future vacancies, and there are ways you can begin this process.


If your dream is to teach English abroad in the future, here is how you can start preparing now in your home country.


  1. Research
  2. Get Qualified
  3. Document Preparation
  4. Learn more about China
  5. Teach online




1. Research Where You Want to Teach English in China


There are so many types of schools to work for in China, so it’s important to think about the kind of company you want to work for, whether it’s a public school, kindergarten, or private training center. These schools all have different kinds of hours, salaries, benefits, holidays, and airfare reimbursement, and more.


Read more about the different types of schools in China.


It’s also important to consider the kind of company you will be working for – you want to make sure they are a reputable company that will help with your transition to China. Here at Career China we help make this transition easier by matching candidates with reputable schools and walking with you through the visa and application process.


Location is another aspect to research when searching for teaching jobs in China. China is a huge country with a variety of cities, each offering amazing and unique opportunities. Want to live in a big international city like Shanghai or Beijing? Or are you looking for a smaller city where you can experience slower-paced life away from crowds?


A few of the most popular cities to teach English in China:


  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Nanjing
  • Guangzhou
  • Chongqing




2. Get qualified and apply


Before you can teach English in China, you must meet the requirements set by the Chinese government in order to get a work visa and residence permit.

The three basic requirements for teaching in China:


  • Have a bachelor degree
  • Have a TEFL or TESOL certificate
  • Be a Native English speaker


Read more about the requirements to teach English in China.


So, if you have a bachelor degree and are from a native English-speaking country, get started on your TEFL certificate course! Check out these great courses you can do online.


If you are qualified, or in the process of finishing your certification, we recommend you go ahead and apply now! You can chat with a Career China career consultant and begin the interview process. This way, once the way is clear to come to China, you will already be ahead and in the process!




3. Document Preparation


You will need to prepare many documents to make the move abroad. Here is an overview of the documents needed for your Chinese Working Visa:


  • Passport
  • Updated Resume
  • Scanned copies of your degree documents
  • Digital photos and printed photos for your visa application


Learn more about the documents needed for your Chinese Working Visa.





4. Learn more about China


China is an amazing and diverse country with more than 5000 years of history. It can be exciting to move to a new country, but also overwhelming when considering all the different cultural aspects and language barriers. If you start preparing before you move, it will help make the transition easier, and also make you more excited for all the adventures to come!


Here are ways to brush up on your knowledge of China.


1. Start Learning Chinese


There are many great apps, learning resources, and online teachers to get you started learning Mandarin!


2. Research Travel Destinations


Have you always wanted to hike the Great Wall? Want to see the Pandas in Chengdu? Besides these famous China sights, there are even more amazing things to do and see! Start creating a China bucket list and learning more about the amazing destinations China has to offer.


3. Learn more about city life and public transportation


What many don't know is that China has a highly developed public transportation system in most cities! Because many people don't have cars, there are a variety of ways to get around: buses, metros, taxis, shared bikes, and Didis. Public transportation is also quite cheap!





4. See what Expats in China are currently doing



If you want to learn more, check out our full guide for moving to China.






5. Teach English Online


Teaching English online is a booming market right now. If you are unsure if you want to move abroad in the future, or currently need a way to earn extra income, teaching English is a great way to get experience teaching while also making money.





Prepare to Teach English in China


If you start checking these items off you're list, you can can be better prepared to teach ESL in China in the future! Check out these job positions now.









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Rachel Weiss

I'm an American who has been in China for three years! Read more about my adventures here: www.rachelmeetschina.com