Teaching English in China: At a Glance

This massive country has a great deal to be famous for: its five millennia of history, the Forbidden City, landscapes like the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River or the volcanic dishes of Sichuan, and dazzling cities like Beijing and Shanghai. But it is also famous for its strong ESL market, which makes for attractive contracts, finding positions quickly after certification, and the ability to teach and travel with friends or a spouse.

Monthly Salary*:4,500 - 16,000 CNY
Accommodations:Usually included or allowance given
Airfare:Reimbursement (full or partial) usually given
Health Care:Usually included
Holidays:Usually paid
Teaching Hours per Week:20 - 25
Typical Contract Length:One year preferred; short-term may be available
Typical Start Month(s):Year round
Application Timeline:1 - 6 months
Private Tutoring per Hour:100 - 300 CNY
Income Tax††:3 - 25%
Cost of Living**:Cost of a Big Mac = 16.60 CNY
Exchange Rate:As of 09-01-2014
10.0 CNY = 1.62 USD
1.00 USD = 6.0 CNY
Ability to Save:High
Visa:Employer sponsors
Minimum Requirements:Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate and High School Diploma, or Bachelor's Degree
Additional Notes:Certain regions/schools require Bachelor's Degree; ESL teachers are in great demand






Other East Asia / Southeast Asia Countries:

Cambodia ~ China ~ Hong Kong ~ India ~ Indonesia ~ Japan ~ Korea ~ Kyrgyzstan ~ Laos ~ Malaysia ~ Nepal ~ Taiwan ~ Thailand ~ Vietnam




Teaching English in China gives you the chance not only to explore its bustling city life but also the quiet of the countryside and the mystery of the desert. China is the fourth largest country in the world. Its history dates back over 6,000 years. The yin of Imperial structures, calligraphy, Tai Chi, the Great Wall, and green tea is balanced by the yang of cell phones ringing, digital cameras, DVDs, and palm pilots.

The combination of Oxford Seminars' internationally recognized TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification and the Graduate Placement Service included with the course makes teaching English abroad a reality.  Learn more about teaching English in China and other opportunities teaching English abroad by calling 1-800-779-1779, or by attending an upcoming free Information Session in your area.

* Wages vary depending on the economy of the country.
** The Big Mac Index is a credible, reliable, third-party cost-of-living index created by The Economist. For comparison purposes, it lists the cost of an American Big Mac at $4.62.
† Exchange rates are subject to change. Check www.xe.com for current rates.
†† You will be paying income tax while teaching abroad, and the tax rate can change depending on how much money you earn.

Oxford Seminars makes every effort to keep our information as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, individual teaching positions and experiences may vary with job market conditions. Specific information listed cannot be guaranteed to be applicable when you are seeking employment teaching ESL in a specific country.

Note that certain positions require additional qualifications and credentials that are not negotiable due to specific country legislation.

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