Verbena field in Guizhou province, China
Verbena field in Guizhou province, China. Photo ©

lin2015, licensed under CC0 1.0 and adapted from the original.

Why choose China?

From towering skyscrapers and walls of neon, to ancient temples and elegant pavilions – China has it all.

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 closer understanding of a rich, distinct culture.

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.

As part of the programme offer, you will receive the following:

  • 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 by the British Council in the UK (attendance compulsory)
  • Training in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), which consists of a 60-hour online course and a two-week training course in Beijing (also compulsory)
  • Our Chinese partner organisation, CEAIE, and British Council staff in the UK will also be available to support assistants for the duration of their assistantship.

*Please see FAQs for more information on visa costs and accommodation, as well as the country notes below.

You will develop practical skills in teaching English as a foreign language, while 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.

Am I eligible?

To become a language assistant in China, you must:

fulfil the general eligibility criteria (EU citizenship, native-level English, etc.) and

  • be 55 or under
  • hold a valid UK or Irish passport
  • be available from 14 August 2018 to 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

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn between 5,000 RMB and 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.

Where can I go?

For 2018/19, we have placements available in Beijing, Chongqing, Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Hebei. We expect to have placements available in Shanghai, Guizhou and Guangdong. 

If you would like to be considered for Shanghai, Guangdong and Guizhou, please state the region and a reason for your choice in the textbox provided on the preferences section of the application form. Please note that placements in these regions will be limited and subject to availability. 

When will I hear back?

The dates given below are rough guidelines and may be subject to change.

  • November – February: Applications open
  • February – 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 however be available to take up your assistantship from 14 August 2018 - 30 June 2019, as stated above.

Will I be interviewed?

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

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