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Why choose China?

From towering skyscrapers and walls of neon, to ancient temples and elegant pavilions- China has it all and is not to be missed!

Become a language assistant in China, and you will have the chance to experience first-hand one of the world’s fastest growing superpowers. Not only will experience in China stand out on your CV, but working directly with Chinese students and staff will give you a real understanding of a culture that is uniquely distinct from the western world. It has never been more important to connect with China and now is your chance.

You don't need to speak any languages to apply but you will need to have graduated from university by the time you start your assistantship.

For more information about the China programme before applying, please make sure to also read the country notes and FAQs available below.

What can I expect?

As a Language Assistant in China, you will develop practical skills in teaching English as a foreign language. You could be working in a primary or secondary school, or even a university, usually with large numbers of students. You will be expected to prepare your own lessons and lead your own classes.

To help you prepare for your role, you will be required to complete an online TEFL course and attend a pre-departure briefing at the British Council before you leave the UK. In China, you will attend a two week TEFL training course before starting at your host school.

How does it all work?

Find out more about the process of becoming a language assistant in China below. Please note the dates given below are rough guidelines and may be subject to change.

Nov - Feb: Applications open

Feb – March: Applications assessment

Late March: Successful candidates offered a post

Early April: Assistants receive their school allocations.

April- July: Assistants complete online TEFL course and visa application process.

Early July: Assistants attend a Pre-Departure Briefing day at the British Council in the UK.

14 - 29 August: Assistants attend TEFL training course in Beijing.

1 September- 30 June: Assistants in post

You must be available to take up your assistantship from 14 August 2018- 30 June 2019.

Where in China can I go?

For 2018/19, we expect to have placements available in 8 different regions including: Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Guizhou.

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn between 5,000 RMB- 9,000 RMB per month and work 16- 25 hours a week (salary dependent on your experience, region and number of working hours).

Assistants in Shanghai will receive a higher salary (around 13,000RMB) including a living allowance to cover the costs for accommodation, which will not be provided.

What does the programme offer?

As part of the programme offer, English Language Assistants for China will receive:

  • Return flights to China (reimbursed up to 10,000RMB)
  • Accommodation provided and paid for*
  • A contribution of 3,000RMB towards visa costs*
  • A Pre-Departure Briefing given by the British Council in the UK
  • TEFL training (a 60 hour online course and a two week training course in Beijing)

Our Chinese partner organisation, CEAIE, and British Council staff in the UK will also be available to provide support to assistants for the duration of their assistantship.

*Please see FAQs for more information on visa costs and accommodation.

Am I eligible?

To become a Language Assistant in China, you must:

  • Be 55 or under
  • Hold a valid UK or Irish passport
  • Be available from 14 August 2018 - 30 June 2019
  • Have graduated from university with at least a bachelor’s degree and obtained your degree certificate by the time you start your assistantship.

You do not need:

  • Language skills or teaching experience. 

If offered a post, you will be asked to provide copies of the following documents for the visa process:  

  • Your passport (must be valid for the entire duration of the assistantship)
  • Your CV
  • Your degree certificate (or student status letter for 2018 graduates)
  • A signed tutor or employer reference letter

Will I be interviewed?

Candidates for China who pass the first stage of online assessment will be invited to complete a video interview. If successful, candidates will then receive an offer of a post.

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