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Teach in China

ESL Certified is the partner of choice for EFL instructors seeking life-changing work in China. We can guide you through the application process and support you every step of the way. Before going through the nuts and bolts of applying, let us tell you a little more about Vietnam and the unique teaching opportunities it has to offer. Click here to learn more about China teaching jobs or to learn how to apply or here to apply now.

Country Background

China is a country of great diversity – from the smothering heat of Hong Kong and Shanghai, the cooler climate of Beijing, all the way to the frost covered villages and cities deeper inland. China is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion people. It is also the third largest country in the world, following Russia and Canada. It borders 14 different countries, and from the beginning of the 21st century, it is well on its way to become the world's leading economic force.

Huge cities are scattered all over China, and multimillion megalopolises foreigners have never even heard of are very common. Energy production and heavy industry has long been a staple of China's economy, but recently China has seen exponential growth of private entrepreneurship ventures.

It is a well connected nation, with an efficient road, train and airplane system. It will soon be possible to travel the distance from Hong Kong to Beijing in under 8 hours.


Whether one likes the hustle and bustle of large cities, or the peace and tranquility of small, rural villages, China can accommodate anyone willing to live there. It is an amazing country to live in, and anyone who has done it will be willing to confirm that statement.
China is loud, hot, and a bit overwhelming to a foreigner at first sight. But, as with all Asian countries, as the short period of adaptation passes, people usually grow to love their countries of choice. You will find something that can never be palpably felt in the West, and you will learn to love Asia because of it.  What is that? Walk around Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing for a while, and you will assuredly find out.

Whatever your likes or preferences may be, China will not leave you wanting. From sports, amazing food, dynamic and never ending nightlife, beautiful cities, forests and beaches, and the sheer feeling of that Asian atmosphere during the night will be more than enough to pin you down for a long time.


Chinese schools have long been considered the most rigorous educational institutions in the world, which resulted in Chinese students being, on average, almost 30% better than their Western counterparts in standardized math and language tests. All EFL Teachers equipped with the knowledge provided by ESL Certified have had no major issues with settling in, adapting and getting used to such a new, dynamic environment as China offers.
English teachers are in an incredible demand throughout China, and various opportunities present themselves to a willing teacher. ESL Certified Recruiting will assist you in finding your perfect job in China and provide you with information you may face as an expatriate in China. Job possibilities range from private language centers, language institutes and private schools.   

Even though the demand is ever increasing, the spaces at good schools with higher salaries are always limited. Apply today, and let us make your dream career come true.

Take a look at your visa requirements below, as well as your salary information, application requirements, and everything else this opportunity of a lifetime entails.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here at ESL Certified we aspire to provide the best service and support in the industry. One way in which we do this is by providing a thoughtfully written FAQ section. We try to provide information not covered elsewhere on this page. If you have a question which is not covered below or elsewhere on the page, please contact us. Click here to see FAQs.



  • Be a native English speaker

  • Possess a bachelors (3 or 4-year ) degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university*

  • Nationalities: America, Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, or South Africa citizens only

  • Must be healthy (mentally and physically)

*Graduating college seniors can apply now and start the process upon graduation.


How to Apply

Interested in teaching English in China visit to apply.


Salary and Benefits

  • A monthly salary of approximately $1000-2500 USD after taxes (varies)

  • Medical insurance provided (varies)

  • Paid vacation (duration varies)

  • Paid national holidays

  • Working hours 30-40 per week

  • Teaching hours 15-25 per week

  • Visa and work permit is arranged and paid for by the employer

  • Airfare (varies)

  • Housing (varies)

  • Overtime pay

  • Low income taxes

Obtaining a Visa

In order to teach in China you will need to have a visa and a work permit. However, your employer will assist you in obtaining both the visa and permit.

Your employer will send you a government issued Employment Permit and Visa Notification Letter which you must submit with photocopies with your application. Accompanying family members should apply for new S1 or S2 visa submitting invitation letter from the relative with work Z visa in China and proof of relationship (example: their marriage certificate for a spouse, or birth certificate for a child.)

This Z visa is valid for only 30 days from the date of arrival during which time you and your employer must seek a Temporary Residence Permit for the duration of your contract, to the minimum of 90 days and the maximum of 5 years.

1. A valid passport with at least six months and at least one blank page.
2. Completed Visa Application.
3. One passport size photo attached to application.
4. Invitation Letter issued by employer.
5. Employment Permit: only one is needed

  • Foreigners Employment Permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC.
  • Permit for Foreign Experts (Foreign Experts Certificate) issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts of the PRC.

How to Apply
You can go to the nearest Chinese embassy, consulates, or other diplomatic missions in person. You can also entrust your friends, a travel agency or visa agency to act on your behalf. There is no need to make an appointment. Mailed applications are not accepted.

Processing Time
It usually takes 4 business days for processing. Additional money is required  for 1-3 business days processing.

Visa Fees
The fee is the same for other types of Chinese visas.


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