Looking to teach in China but unsure where to begin? Join our TEFL Training Teaching Programme and let our team guide you through from start to finish.

Run in partnership with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), our TEFL Training Teaching Programme is perfect for final year students and recent graduates looking for a rewarding teach abroad experience. Working closely alongside this Beijing based organisation, we are committed to finding you your ideal teaching job in a safe, reputable school in one of over 25 destinations.

No teaching experience or knowledge of Mandarin is necessary, but don’t worry; we’ll provide you with an online TEFL course and training to ensure you head to your city feeling confident and prepared.

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Programme Highlights

TEFL & Training

We offer all candidates a 120-hour TEFL course, designed to give you an introduction to teaching and to life in China. This will be completed with a 2-week practical training camp in Beijing, where you’ll get a taste of teaching Chinese students.


You’ll receive a monthly salary of between 5,000 – 16,000 RMB per month, depending on location. Salaries are always relative to the cost of living in each city, and they provide teachers a comfortable monthly income that goes a long way!


All schools except those in Shanghai* provide free accommodation in shared or private apartments. Accommodation is equipped with all the essentials, including air conditioning and western toilets to make your stay comfortable.


You’ll get the chance to choose between over 20 different cities and 5 school types, giving you the chance to find your ideal placement. Each city has it’s own character, so whatever kind of location and age group you’re looking for, we can help!


You’ll get to enjoy a 4-6 week-long winter break over January/February, as well as several long weekends throughout the year. In some cases this vacation is paid, and it gives you the perfect chance to travel around China or other parts of Asia!


Though you’ll need to pay for your flights up front, your school will reimburse the cost of a return journey once you’ve completed part of your contract in China. In some cases, schools also reimburse the costs associated with applying for a work visa.


Our TEFL Training Programme is the ideal way to meet others in the same boat as you. The Orientation Day, training camp and social media group give you a chance to get to know your colleagues and make friends before you even arrive!

Orientation Day

You’ll be invited to attend our day-long Orientation Day in London along with all other participants a few weeks before departure. Here you can meet your colleagues, chat to ex-teachers, and clear up any last-minute nerves!

Member’s Area

All programme participants receive access to our exclusive Teach English In China Member’s Area, which contains a Lesson Plan Library, tips on various aspects of life in China and placement specific resources to help you prepare.

*Schools in Shanghai pay a higher salary to cover the cost of private rentals (3,000 – 7,000 RMB p/m depending on location and living arrangements)

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With over 25 different cities to choose from, you’re sure to find a placement that suits you. You’ll be given the chance to send us your top 3 cities and we’ll do our best to match you with a suitable school. Below are our most popular destinations, but you can find the full list here.

  • Beijing

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  • Shanghai

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  • Jiujiang

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The Practical Parts


This Programme begins at various points throughout the academic year. You can begin your placement in August*, October, February and March. Options are available for a period of 4.5* or 11 months, and you must be able to commit to work in China for the whole of your chosen period.


All participants will go to China on a Z-type Work Visa. This takes around 3 months to prepare and apply for, so you must be able to dedicate time to this prior to your departure. Teach English In China will guide you through the application process step-by-step to make the process more manageable.


To be considered for our State School Programme, you must be a final-year student or graduate, holding a passport from the UK, Ireland, US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada or South Africa. You must also have an interest in foreign cultures and helping others learn.


We charge a support fee for participation in our State School Programme, which includes the pre-departure services and in-country support we provide. This is paid in two instalments; the first upon enrolment and the second before 1st April 2019. Schools are only allocated once the second has been received.

£549 €625 $730 $1,045 $980 $960 R 9,950

You will be responsible for the upfront cost of the visa, visa administration fees (inc. legalisation and medical) and flights. All schools will reimburse flights up to 10,000 RMB, and some will also reimburse the cost associated with getting a Z visa.

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