The Application Process
Here to support you throughout the application process, pre-departure, and beyond
After submitting an application form, you’ll receive an interview invitation from us within 3 working days. If successful at interview, a Coordinator will work with you closely to find a school and role which is an ideal fit based on your preferences. You will then start to speak directly with schools, and once you’ve found your perfect match will sign an employment contract.
Check out Opportunity China’s thorough Pre-Departure Guide to ensure you’re fully prepared before heading to China!
Regardless of where you are in the world, Opportunity China are here every step of the way, contactable via email, we chat, skype and telephone.
Assessing your eligibility to teach in China is easy. If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a native-English-speaking country, and no form of criminal record, Opportunity China welcome your application.
Once offered a role by an employer school, you will also need a minimum 120 hour TEFL certificate*, or a reference letter demonstrating 2 years of professional or teaching experience after graduating from your bachelor’s degree.
These are the basic requirements set by the Chinese government to obtain a work ‘Z’ visa.
Of course, we look for teachers with engaging and friendly personalities, those who exhibit skills in resilience and flexibility as well as excellent communication and presentation skills, and cross-cultural understanding.
*You can start your TEFL Qualification after applying to Opportunity China.
Teach China Graduate Program – February 2018 intake
Ambitious? Globally focused? Excellent communication skills? Kick-start your career with this challenging and fulfilling experience of a lifetime.
Our Graduate Program facilitates teaching roles in China for dynamic graduates, combining a paid role with skills training. On completion, you will have gained an exceptional insight into this fascinating country, have enhanced your future employability, and built an excellent foundation on which to hone a rewarding career.
A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in China
Who Are Opportunity China?
Working only with trusted partner schools and education institutions, we’re here to offer personalised advice and resources throughout the process, whether you’re an experienced teaching professional, a first time teacher or are taking a gap year.
We pride ourselves on offering a professional and personalised service to all candidates, right from their initial application through to beginning their dream opportunity in China. Learn more
Connect with Current Teachers in China
Opportunity China encourage teachers to learn about the experiences of others teaching in China. As part of the application and school-matching process, we will always introduce you to a current teacher at the school you choose to work for, and will connect you to other teachers working in the same city as you.
Read more about the experiences of just a few current and former Opportunity China teachers.
Foshan is a really nice safe city. You get to eat out all the time and it’s such a social environment. It’s great if you’re someone who wants to say yes to everything!Jenny Hoper, Foshan 2017
Definitely come with an open mind! I’ve really enjoyed being around the kids. Hearing them shout “Teacher Hannah” never gets old!
The Teacher training at my school is very impressive. It was simple but effective, fun and interesting! My first few lessons made me realise I could teach, even having had no experience beforehand. There’s always something to do in Beijing, and there’s always something you ‘want’ to do in Beijing!Dominic De Couto, Beijing 2017
Arriving in China is an interesting experience, but luckily there’s a great team to help you move in and get settled! Things happen very quickly but everything is done with a smile and the people will help you out if you need it. I’m absolutely loving it!Emily Beckwith, Shenzhen 2017
Our feedback is glowing about Opportunity China. Can’t fault it. The fact that we’re dealing with native English speakers, and we can communicate freely and frankly is great. All candidates that I talk to have very positive experiences with Opportunity China – unlike many other recruitment services. Very happy.EF Education Centre Manager, Shenyang
"I’d heard vastly differing opinions from friends and family who’d visited China, ranging from those extolling its virtues, to those expressing downright contempt for the culture. I’m glad to say that my experience here so far has confounded those negative opinions, and resoundingly reinforced the positive." by Kev BowesRead more
"Applying with a friend/partner seems quite common and Opportunity China were very helpful putting us in the same city and even with the same school!" by Sarina SchrammRead more
"Seeing my students make progress has been extremely rewarding; watching a four-year-old write her name for the first time, and sharing the excitement with a student scoring well enough in an English exam to obtain a place at a US university have been just a few of the highlights of my time here. " by James HaleRead more
"I like to think my year here has taught me among other thing how to be flexible. I have also picked up a small amount of Mandarin, which I’m sure will look good on my CV." by Tom YorkRead more
"I really enjoyed being an Au Pair in Chengdu, it allowed me to experience Chinese culture in a totally unique way that would’ve been totally different to if I had just been a tourist. " by Alice BennisonRead more
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